Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie: Upscale Dining With An Awesome View

August 15, 2017

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie combines good food and the amazing view of the Makati skyline to provide an unforgettable experience to diners.

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie raises the bar when it comes to upscale dining in Makati City. It treats diners to a stunning view of the Makati skyline, especially at night. Coupled with good food, Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie creates an experience that diners will find hard to forget.

Roast US Beef Tenderloin and Grilled Blackened Tuna Fillet at Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie
Roast US Beef Tenderloin and Grilled Blackened Tuna Fillet

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie: Upscale Dining With An Awesome View

    Our experience at Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie


    Makati City is no doubt one of the most attractive cities in the Philippines. Bustling with business during the day, it transforms into a laid-back cosmopolitan district at night. And what better way to enjoy the Makati cityscape during the night, with its tall illuminated skyscrapers, than to behold it from a lofty view. 

    The interiors of Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie
    The interiors

    This is exactly what Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie wants you to experience, Makati's other side, its unseen facet beyond the flurry of office space. For those who are unacquainted, Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie is one of the fine dining restaurants located in the heart of Makati City, specifically on the 34th floor of Citibank Tower.

    What to expect at Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie


    Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie is a restaurant most often reserved for business lunches, cocktail parties, and functions, rather than, say, impromptu dinner dates. On the other hand, if you want to impress a special someone, then, by all means, book a table at Top of the City by Chef Jessie.

    At night, the bar gets rather busy when patrons wind down for a few drinks after a busy day at work. The terrace is more recommended for you if you want a stunning 360-degree view of the Makati skyline at night.

    On one very rare occasion, we felt rather ostentatious and convinced some of our friends to try out Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie.

    It's strictly by reservation so we booked a table a few days before. Upon entering, you would immediately notice that it's the typical fine-dining restaurant. The lights are dim, the music is soft, the servers are more formal, and the tables are spaced wide apart.

    Surprisingly, I did not feel out of place but that's because nobody looked at me, anyway. We proceeded to our table near the terrace and we were handed copies of the menu. 

    What we ordered


    We ordered Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie's dinner set menu for the evening composed of Kale and Mesclun Greens Salad, Cream of Broccoli and Asparagus Soup, Mango Sorbet, Roast US Beef Tenderloin, Blackened Tuna Fillet, and Caramelized Profiteroles. The food sounded fancy, no doubt.

    Kale and Mesclun Greens Salad at Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie
    Kale and Mesclun Greens Salad

    The Kale and Mesclun Greens Salad was brought out first. It was fresh but I couldn't fully enjoy it because the kale had a strong, bitter aftertaste. It was well-dressed but the taste of the kale was really pronounced.

    Cream of broccoli and asparagus soup and mango sorbet at Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie
    Cream of Broccoli and Asparagus Soup and Mango Sorbet

    The Cream of Broccoli and Asparagus Soup came next. It tasted creamy and was velvety smooth but it was a little bland. I didn't want to add salt; I don't know why. Maybe because this soup was made that way so I tried my best to enjoy it as it is.

    In preparation for the main course, the Mango Sorbet was served. It was not a dessert but rather it was meant to balance out the taste and cleanse the palate so that we can fully enjoy the main course. 

    The Mango Sorbet was a cute scoop of what looked like shaved frozen mango juice. It was successful in cleansing my taste buds, anyway.

    The main course is a plate of Beef Tenderloin in Wild Mushroom Sauce, and Blackened Tuna Fillet, paired with potatoes and steamed vegetables. 

    I really like this main course. The beef was packed with flavor and was very tender; cooked just right so it easily yielded to every stroke of my knife. The same goes for the tuna fillet, it was scrumptious, flavorful, and juicy.

    Caramelized profiteroles at Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie
    Caramelized Profiteroles

    To cap our meal, our dessert was served. It was the Caramelized Profiteroles which looked like cute little puffs coated with melted sugar. It was also delicious with just the right amount of sweetness. It was a great conclusion to our meal at Top of the City by Chef Jessie.  

    Our verdict


    Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie is like any other fine-dining restaurants in the metro. It had a good ambiance, which is possibly its strongest character. The service was also commendable.

    But what can I say about our meal? The mains were delicious but I could use another helping of the beef tenderloin. Anyway, that's how it is in first-class restaurants, you get small portions only. 

    The rest of the food was similar to the usual hotel food which I found a little bland. There really nothing wrong with it, I think that's really how food in these types of restaurants is prepared. 

    It's just that my Pinoy palate was looking for something punchier. Oh well, at least I got to try fine dining and felt like a millionaire even just for a brief moment.

    Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie is located at 8741 Paseo de Roxas, Makati. If you want to make reservations, you may call (02) 7750 5810. 

    Cash and credit cards are accepted modes of payment.

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    5 comments

    1. Agree po ang ganda ng ambiance ng Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie must visit po kahit yung food nila very unique din po and kita mo agad na ang sarap..

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    2. Grabe kakatakam. Siguradong sobrang sarap nito at talaga namang babalik balikan mo ang foods nila.. Must visit po dito..

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    3. Grabe kakatakam. Siguradong sobrang sarap nito at talaga namang babalik balikan mo ang foods nila.. Must visit po dito..

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    4. top of the City by Chef Jessie is nice to have intimate/romantic dinners (that is, if you eat little. well that is fine dining). but aside from the food, the main attraction would be the scenery especially at evening, where you can see the other image of the Makati skylines. if you have money to spend then maybe it is worth a try just for the experience

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    5. Ang gaNda ng place. Ang sosyal po. Ang sasarap Ng foods. Sarap mag date Kasama si Hubby. Kaya lang di ata namin keri Ang price ng
      foods🤧

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