March 06, 2006
UPDATE: This restaurant is now closed and replaced by Le Bistro d'Agathe.
I got a sudden urge to check out Fat Michael's Place again and I missed the ambiance more than anything. This used to be an Intel secret years back, but after 5 years, I'm sure this is not a secret anymore because of the thousand dinner dates it hosted and the word-of-mouth raves/ rants. Carlos also uses this as his starting point for his Evangelista tour. The food is better than the usual restaurant, they offer intercontinental cuisine not filipino surprisingly. My only issue about this place is the cocky service embodied in their motto "We cook slow, live with it!" Also, by now Fat Michael is already Fit Michael who is all grown up already (Michael is the son of the owner). In a nutshell, it is a cool homey place to have an intimate dinner with a special someone or your barkada or office teammates.
I visited here last saturday night, and peaking inside this is the ambiance waiting for you. It still did not lose its magical touch. It is like you are transported into a different world when eating here.
The menu is mostly presented in the black board hanging on the walls. Every weekday, there is a Fat Michael's special dish. But since this is Saturday, all you get is the standard menu offering.
We got this small table for two beside the wall with my wife. In the background, is one of the hostess of the place and don't be surprised that waiters/ waitresses in this place are actually family members. They dressed in their home attire and sometimes a short mini-skirt :)
If you are a party of 4-5 this is the place to reserve which is beside the entrance. This is the round table beside the green window in the corner of the place. The place has a definite weird but at the same time magical feel to it, that I keep coming back even if the people are cocky.
Fruit n' Walnut Salad (P105)... Bravo! Bravo! the dressing is a winner and my wife and I were surprised that it tasted this good. Btw, I regretted ordeing the P70 house red wine, because it is so expensive with the serving you can see above.
Scampi Pasta (P205) -- this is OK as well, not bad for a pasta, although the serving size is smaller than I expect.
This is the special place located on the second floor. This room could sit 15 people comfortably and you can use this for a minimum P5,000 consumable. This is a perfect place actually for team dinners or that special birthday celebration. Budget for Fat Michael's would be P300/head at minimum, P500/head at max.
Better reserve at this place, since there are only a few seats. I'm surprised that after all these years, it is still full and I realized not all people have been to this.
FAT MICHAEL'S PLACE
Telephone # +632 843-1953 (Call for reservations-- it is a must!)
This place is near Evangelista in Pasay and you need to pass by South Super Hi-way going South. Once you are past Pasay Road intersection with SSH, you need to start driving on the right side because you need to turn right in Makati View Apartelle. This is right before the Magallanes overpass but you need to make sure you are on the rightmost side of SSH because you need to be in the side street before turning right in Makati View Apartelle. You can see Fat Michael's by now, and it sits on the first corner.