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The double-fried crispy pork specialty of Ilocos is glorified in this Bagnet-themed hole-in-the-wall resto in Makati. This place feels like Fat Michael’s and serves good food with warm service.

It is named after its street number address: 8065 Estrella. It is owned by Alain Nadal (older brother of a popular singer of our generation — Kitchie Nadal) and his partner Jeff Tuason. It’s been popular among Manila-based foodies for some time now.

Here is our 8065 Bagnet experience…

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Would you eat in a place like this? The unassuming facade along Estrella St. can make some people think twice about eating here.

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Inside, you’ll actually find a resto that has an artsy, homey feel with artworks on the wall and mixed tables and chairs.

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The best table is the family table with a backdrop of this bagnet painting at the far end.
(I wonder what’s the story of this painting?)

Check out the 8065 Bagnet Menu

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Bagnet Kare-Kare (P195). Good for 2.

They offer different versions of bagnet: spicy gata, sisig, dinuguan, curry, binagoongan and kare-kare. Which one is your favorite?

You can order it as a set meal (P105-P115) with rice and soup, or an ala carte meal good for 2 (P175-P195).

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The Bagnet Kare-Kare was deliciously deadly — it’s like Bagnet with peanut gravy sauce and sweet bagoong (shrimp paste) with hints of coconut. I liked the crispy bagnet pieces, especially the rib parts.

This is the kind of comfort food for us, and we love it!

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Steamed Fish (Cream Dory) in Curry Sauce (P175).

For the health-conscious foodies, you can order cream dory in curry, spicy gata sauce or shrimp paste sauce.

The cream dory was a bit thin and had a different color (that needed to be covered by the sauce). It tasted just ok.

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On the second floor, they have a private function room that you can reserve for a private party.

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It can accommodate a group of 15-20 people. As long as your group orders food, you can reserve this place.

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There’s also a simple clothes shop there by Kitchie and Lala Nadal (with the help of Yasmin Yanong, who designed some of the dresses).

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Here’s another view of the clothes available for sale.

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8065 Bagnet is a just-right, feel-good place for when you are craving good comfort food in a homey, down-to-earth setting. (That’s why we included it in the Top 100 Awesome Restos in Manila in the 2012 Awesome Planner. 🙂 )

8065 Bagnet
8065 Estrella St., San Antonio Village, Makati City
Telephone: +632 519-6511
Operating Hours
Monday to Saturday 11am – 12mn;
Sunday  5pm – 12mn

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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals. We are not connected with the owners or any organization promoting 8065 Bagnet. 

P.S. They have a second branch in Manila located at Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila (Telephone No: +632 519-6511)