Terraz Bistro and Meetings by Raintree Restaurants is almost like a little secret, as it’s housed at the third floor of the Zuellig Building in Makati and it’s operating actively only during the weekdays (Mondays to Fridays, 11AM to 11PM). Clearly, its target market belongs to the working professionals in the area, the yuppies, and those who want food that has good value for their money without sacrificing quality.

This restaurant is a beautiful joint that offers a relaxed atmosphere for anyone who either wants to wear a suit or dress it down and feel fine (but please, no wearing of slippers, says the Management). Terraz is a perfect place to hold social events, corporate meetings and even romantic dinners.

Review of Terraz Bistro and Meetings (Zuellig Building, Makati City)

Ambiance: ★★★★★

The design at Terraz Bistro Meetings is one that can only be described as private, intimate and modern. A seamless blend of bright colors, muted tones and mirrors produce a subtle elegance all throughout. While there are tables you see openly as you walk across the dining area, there’s a separate section further inside the restaurant where six conference rooms for meetings and events are placed.

These are conducive to organized bookings of small to medium groups of people getting down to business without being interrupted. I absolutely love the concept! The layout of the restaurant is expansive as it also offers accommodation for seating outside where fresh air can be enjoyed.

Service: ★★★★★

Service was fast, efficient and operative. Communication was professional—as it should be. Delivery of food to the table was done well. Our experience was delightful as well because of the staff’s friendliness. It made the visit worthwhile.

Food: ★★★★★

The Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna (PhP 275) is not your typical salad as it’s served with all kinds of goodness including the pan-seared ahi tuna, romaine lettuce, sliced Japanese cucumber, and vine cherry tomatoes in sesame dressing. It had that conglomerate of flavors that’s ideal when you’re looking for a great starter. The highlight must be the tuna, which will make tuna fans out of their comfort zone.

Arguably though, the Terraz Chef Salad (PhP 295) was about three times better than the first. 😛 This is because of the rich ingredients, namely: crispy parma ham, grilled bacon, red wine, roast beef in light salt and pepper vinaigrette and ranch dressing, apart from the romaine lettuce and  hard boiled eggs we’re used to find in salads. I tried every single one and declare the grilled bacon and roast beef as best. Without question, this salad dish is a must-order.

Let me assure that the tilapia in Buttered Tilapia Saltimbocca (PhP 350) must have been grown in clean waters because it didn’t taste like dirt or something earthy. It was cooked well and served with vegetable pilaf, asparagus, sage tomato sauce and grain creamy mustard sauce.

The Pan-seared Boneless Chicken Cream Emince (PhP 350) came out with white-sauce pasta, Terraz baked potato, peppered asparagus and creamy mushroom. The creamy factor to the sauce hits the spot. I dislike white pasta but liked the dish as a whole.

Quality is more important than quantity when it comes to the Simple Saffron Spaghetti (PhP 250). This dish exemplified that theory. It consisted of homemade spaghetti pasta (thin, smooth and tasty), fresh spinach and smoked grilled asparagus.

Now onto why you’d really want to dine in at Terraz Bistro and Meetings… The Spicy Terraz Corned Beef Adobo (PhP 495) is an obligatory dish to order. Standing out as a house specialty, it’s the best corned beef we’ve ever tasted made with a glorious combo of slow cooked meat and sides such as garlic pumpkin, sweet mashed potatoes, and crispy white cheese (kesong puti). You’ll love these delicious pieces in one plate.

Whoa. I’ve seen, heard and tasted veal cheeks for the first time here and I’ve been intrigued. We agreed that the Merlot Braised Veal Cheeks was another winner. I know I have just already hinted that the Spicy Terraz Corned Beef Adobo was vying for best dish of our lunch meal, but I can’t help to say that this was on that same level. It was made with crushed garlic potato, olive oil, marinated root vegetables. Now I don’t anymore wonder how it’s like.

The Grilled Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallion and Foie Gras (PhP 695) would be the second best thing on the menu if it weren’t for so many other second best things present. Served with macaire potato, sauteed vegetables, mushroom ragout and merlot sauce, this creation was completely crafted with a balance of flavors and beautiful presentation.

Moving on to the desserts, we had Pavlovaz (PhP 150)—a cream-topped light, and airy meringue of Aussie or New Zealand extraction topped with fruit slices and whipped cream. It’s sweet, fruity and refreshing. I want more…but I’ve consider doing more cardio first. 😛

Last to fill our stomach was the Crepe Samurai (PhP 150), which looked like a volcano crater exploding with the mixed tastes of cinnamon sugar, caramel and fruity notes as there were small chunks of mango and banana swimming in the creamy sauce. Amazing. Those who have a sweet tooth will see this as a show-stealer. For sure, it can’t be skipped.

Price for Value: ★★★★☆

Terraz Bistro and Meetings exactly knows the market it caters. Food is tremendous and ambiance is great. For all these, prices are right for the value being offered. Add good service and a prime location into the mix and you’ve got yourself a brand new go-to spot for brainstorming sessions, lunch meetings with vendors, partners or clients, and/or special dates. That’s the move!

3/F Zuellig Building, Makati Ave. cor Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
For inquiries, contact +632-625-4831 or +632-625-4832
Date Published: 09/16/2014
19 / 20 stars

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76 Responses

  1. Fred

    Those food choices look so good, esp the veal cheeks. Its just so far from where I am. Hope to be able to try that place soon.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah, you should. This is an array of stunning food. Don’t forget to order the salads because they have it all: crunch, bite and citrus, heat, colour and zing. They’re simple but not predictable.

      Reply
  2. Fernando Lachica

    The food you presented here are tremendously superb with a classy plating and wow…I like to eat all! The place’s clean and the colors too blends with the furniture.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      This has been a fine dining experience in a trending restaurant in Makati. The flavors of each entree were so strong that they all came at you at once, like a children’s orchestra. Everything as part of the ambiance was likable.

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  3. MOJ

    Terraz has a truly interesting and unique target market, and in support of their concept, they’ve even taken the risk of NOT opening on weekends. Haha. I’ve never encountered a business so attuned to their marketing goals.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      True. That’s very brave for them to put a stake at. Many people would want to eat here during the weekends because it’s their only free days from work (for those who live or work far from Makati, esp.). So I give them high praises for that.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Affirmative. I’ve never thought I’d end up going to one restaurant to another and even have to file a vacation leave from work for some worthy occasions such as this. 🙂

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  4. Kungphoo

    I really like the fact that i can have a meeting there and also not look for food after or during.. that is a great convenience.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Right. So many corporate professionals are having difficulties looking for a place to bring their clienteles or partners. When you’re near Makati or in this area, there should be no second-guessing. Terraz will have you covered.

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  5. Franc Ramon

    I’ll suggest this place on our next board meeting. I’m very near the Zuellig building and my old office was just in front of the Zuellig building.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Every function room is really comforting but still sophisticated. I took one VL credit since it’s almost the end of the year. Our leaves get replenished every November. I might as well use the ones left else they get forfeited.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I’ve seen the place in pictures before we came. But the actual ambiance is incredibly more beautiful. So you have to pay this restaurant a visit at least once to see the eye-popping design scheme closer. 🙂

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  6. Bonnie @ wemake7

    Wow, I’m surprised they are only open on the weekdays only. Looks like a lovely place to eat.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It’s one of the few that decided to go on that path. Marketing Manager said that they sometimes open for special events as booked and arranged during Saturdays. There have also been times when wedding receptions are held in the restaurant. Over a hundred guests can be accommodated.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      More than the design and feel of the place though, I’m trying to sell the idea that food here is what you want to come for. Your salivary glands would be in overdrive, thanks to the clean and heavenly scents of dishes to be served.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Terraz Bistro and Meetings is perhaps the best thing going on in the vicinity, appearing like an urban oasis amidst the busy streets of Makati. You’re like immediately transported to something modern, even just passing by. Food and ambiance are great.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Visually, I could this place for hours. Everything is a beauty. Now for the food, if the regular menu proves a bit pricey, definitely still venture in for some appetizers.

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  7. Rebecca Swenor

    This is an awesome place to eat indeed. The food looks amazing and I love the different dining areas. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Welcome, Rebecca! Our orders had a great variety of bits and pieces, and the whole dining experience was a flavor and texture adventure. You should visit this, too.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      If you’re looking to have a proper meal (not in one of the function rooms), I recommend making a reservation for a table in the smaller, more intimate area in the back.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha if only we could jump to places where we wish we can physically be in, we would do that all the time! 🙂 Ahh.. I wonder when teleportation will be made possible.

      Reply
  8. hany

    hi! we are planning to have a small group date (4 people) and i am tasked to look for a place. Is this place gonna be OK for intimate and private talks among friends?

    thanks!

    Reply

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