When Chaplin fully launches soon this April, Century City Mall in Makati will get yet another surge of limelight—as it should. Reflective of upscale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, this mash-up leads to a celebration of clean, vibrant, wholesome flavors.

Vegetarians, vegans, and the growing health-conscious masses will go weak in the knees for Chaplin’s vividly hued, delicious vegetable-centric dishes, I bet. We came here for lunch yesterday and totally enjoyed the food and also conversations with Chef Myke Del Rosario and F&B Manager, JM. 🙂

Review of Chaplin (Century City Mall, Poblacion, Makati City)

Ambiance: ★★★★★

For a perfect meal with friends and family, a pleasing dining area is obviously where the journey starts. Chaplin is decorated with a style that oozes sophistication and elegance with crisp, well-defined straight lines. The connection between modernity and contemporary almost looked natural and seamless. I can imagine staying here all day just appreciating its cool ambiance. 🙂

Chaplin’s theme combines form with function with comfort in an effortless manner. Quotes posted on the walls evoke some humor which take inspiration from Charlie Chaplin. I love the exquisite chairs with round coffee tables and sofa seats at the sides for a more relaxing vibe. Lights enclosed with a cage hanging from the ceiling also looked quite unique and classy.

Service: ★★★★★

Service was friendly and professional. Staffs were attentive and quick to take requests from customers. They were also accommodating and helpful. I just hope this service level would stay consistent this way in the coming months.

Food: ★★★★★

Chaplin’s owners are from Israel, and this mostly explains why their dishes take inspiration largely from Israel. Bourekas (PhP 240), for instance, are the quick breakfast or brunch of choice in Israel. Also regarded as “Israeli hand pies,” these crispy pockets of dough stuffed with cheese and filled with boiled eggs, tomatoes, and pesto sauce had a good mix of texture. Taste packed a punch for summer and it was awesome, no doubt.

Served in its cast-iron pan, shakshouka (PhP 195) came with one egg perfectly poached in a liquidy sauce of spiced tomatoes, plenty of olives, spices, and feta cheese. It’s paired with ciabatta (house bread) to wipe up all that tasty and glorious shakshouka swamp. Good stuff!

Juicy and smooth all the way through, the Eggplant Melanzane (PhP 265) was a bomb of tomato flavors with a hint of truffle. It got a savory boost and meaty texture from the button mushrooms inside (something unexpected). Made without cheese (dairy food), this vegan dish is good enough that we will happily return. I’m sure my dad will love it.

For our main course, we had the Chicken Steak (PhP 345)—grilled marinated chicken thigh served with side salad. It’s one of those food that you can’t help but love. The skinless and boneless chicken was moist, plump and tender without any greasiness or sogginess. Mashed potatoes on the side had a good dose of salt. Each spoonful was a delight as it’s decadently buttery but not the kind that’s heavy-tasting. Yum!

Chaplin’s Strawberry Fruit Shake (PhP 185) was rich and thick with a prominent strawberry flavor. We liked that it was not too sweet and tasted rather real. Expect nothing of the fruit-flavored powder drink here.

The Chaplin Tea (PhP 160) is another must-try. Made with honey, ginger, cinnamon, orange slice, and mint, this is a calming drink that brings a feeling of contentment. Tip: Use the cinnamon stick not only as the stirrer of the warm beverage but also as the straw and sip directly from it for a more aromatic taste. 😉

The Apple Jimmy (PhP 195) was a refreshingly fruity cocktail. Made with whiskey, the liquor wasn’t too strong and wasn’t too sweet to drink alongside food. Cheers!

Price for Value: ★★★★☆

Food prices at Chaplin, Century City Mall doesn’t hurt the pocket. This place works like a cafe, restaurant, and a bar altogether, or so it seemed, to us. The variety of food offered in its menu looked adventurous enough to be fun but not so adventurous that it’s intimidating. One option is to settle into a table and get familiar with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Another is to grab seats outside and breathe into the fresh air with cold alcohol drinks on hand. Either way, I hope you’d have a great experience. 🙂

Fourth Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue Corner Salamanca Street, Poblacion, Makati City
For inquiries, call (02) 9465335
Date Published: 03/20/2016
19 / 20 stars

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40 Responses

  1. Fred

    I’d try this restaurant based on your review and photos. However, I never would have thought this was a Mediterranean restaurant based on the American actor’s name!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Neither did we. I think the name is quite catchy though. Also, you will find consistency when you go inside because of the witty quotes lifted from Charlie Chaplin. 🙂

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  2. Franc Ramon

    I like the setup of Century City mall because it’s not too crowded and the place looks elegant. Chaplin enjoys that overall calming ambiance plus good food.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, that’s what I like about Century City Mall, too. There are so many must-try restaurants in the area. Hopefully I will have more time to visit them one by one. 🙂

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  3. Elizabeth O.

    The food looks outstanding! I love that all the ratings are high, from service to the ambiance and to the food. That’s pretty amazing and not all restaurants can get that. The tea is something I fancy!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It doubles as a bar at night. I think it will be a cool experience to hang out in the al fresco area and enjoy the bands playing along outside whenever there’s an event.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, Chaplin is fairly new and it’s gaining the momentum because of its great food. We talked to the chef and based on the short interview, we learned that they will be introducing some more exciting dishes as the grand launch is near.

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  4. Claire Marie Algarme

    Another new restaurant!! I’ve only been away from Metro Manila for almost two years and news places to visit seem to pop left and right. My list is extending and extending. The food here looks healthy to eat and sumptuous. I really want to try the food here.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah, I think there’s a boom in the restaurant/food industry in the recent years. That’s good news for us foodies as we have more choices to try. 🙂

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  5. Franc Ramon

    Their setup also looks comfortable for short business meetings. You can enjoy the place and discuss other stuff while eating.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah, it feels relaxing to the eye. The seats are very comfortable for a nice chat. 🙂 Make yourself feel at home and get delighted with healthy bites.

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  6. Sunshine Kelly

    I like the bright and clean setting at the cafe, it make the photos look good also. The shakshouka is muy pick among the dishes here.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Their shakshouka reminded me of Pita Pan, vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant serving healthy food in Marina Bay Sands Singapore. It was really good especially with the bread. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I think it is difficult to please everyone’s tastes; therefore, it will be a challenge for them to do that. At least, the message is clear: Chaplin offers tasty food that’s prepared in a neat way and packaged with healthier ingredients to suit their target market. 🙂

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  7. Shubhada

    This place am going to love for sure. I am a fan of vegan/vegetarian cuisine. The teas look awesome!

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  8. Mommy Roxi

    Oh my gosh, I want to try the Chicken Steak and Eggplant Melanzane! Finally, a place where my family and I can eat good food since my youngest is sort a vegetarian (sort of!)

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Great to hear that. 🙂 Meatless meals are harder to prepare because you have to be more creative. In reality, many home cooks fall into a rut when faced with making vegetarian dinner night after night.

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  9. nicol

    the interior is cute and definitely very welcoming. the food, oh my, drooling here

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The drinks are also lovely here. Some of the food names look unfamiliar and intimidating on the menu but have the confidence to try them. When in doubt, ask the staff for the best recommendations. 🙂

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  10. PJ Zafra

    Wow! The atmosphere and environment here sure looks nice. The food looks spectacular. I would love to try this place out some day. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Aileen Adalid

    You might just become my go-to guide for places to eat in Makati! I’m heading there this April and will be in a hotel in the area so these things are helpful. Thanks!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Oh wow, now you’re here! I have reviewed so many restaurants and many received high ratings as well. Chaplin may be one of the solid standbys you can always go to when the going gets tough. 🙂

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  12. Leke Awonuga

    Really sounds great! Quite similar to Ikeja City Mall, Lagos. Your review is an opener towards the creamy goodies endowed in Century City Mall.

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