My Jazz Bar Experience: The Minokaua

by - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I've been trying to experience more in life, doing something I don't usually do, going places I don't usually go. I've been trying to come out of my shell, and so far, everything I've done differently have all proven me right about this decision of mine, including my most recent trip to a new bar. 

The Minokaua is a new Jazz bar located along the streets of Adriatico in Manila. Its name is derived from an awesome Filipino folklore about a bird that swallowed the moon, resulting to the lunar eclipse (search it up, it's really cool, I promise!). 

First Floor

Second Floor

Second Floor and Loft

It's a 3-storey establishment, with the second and third floors (loft) as the band venue. The bands playing in Minokaua are also well curated to ensure the perfect harmony of blues, jazz, rock and indie rock all under one roof. 

Not only does this bar house the best music in town, it also offers delectable dishes to enjoy!


Wilted Taiwan Pechay Salad
An unsual salad with a bed of Taiwan pechay, garlic, grilled tomato, and fried egg, but with the same fresh taste and nice crisp. Who knew that there are still a lot we can change about a simple salad?

Lunar Eclipse Squid, Fish and Squid Ink

Almost a paella negra, but without the use of paella rice, and without the strong, heavy taste of the squid ink. The taste of this lunar eclipse was also a bit odd, as it was like a fusion of the paella valenciana and negra to me, which is also the reason why I loved it a lot. 

Solar Eclipse/ Anghang Rice

This was too spicy for me to take, so I won't be able to say much about it. My friend who loves extremely spicy food loved this one, though. Are you up for the heat that is the solar eclipse? 

Pork Riblets

Juicy bite-sized pieces of pork ribs sprinkled with chopped crispy garlic bits and parsley, and served with vinegar sauce. I tried it both with and without the sauce, and I definitely loved it better when dipped in vinegar since it kinda activated an added taste in the ribs. 


Their wings are cut into lollipop style to avoid all the mess associated with eating wings, so you can enjoy it and the performance all at once. Are you up for a challenge? Then I suggest that you try this. It's insanely delicious and hot! I would've eaten more of it because of how good the coating tasted. Too bad all the hotness set me back! :( 

Laksa Style Mussel Pot
Seafood lovers are surely going to love Minokaua's mussel pots. They offer different choices on how you want the mussels cooked. Oh, and have I mentioned that these are gigantic mussels we are speaking of? Yup, and we got to try the laksa version. The mussels were perfectly cooked, with the laksa complementing the flavor of the fresh seafood well. This wasn't spicy, so I was able to savor each bite 😋

Grilled Ensaymada Ice Cream Melt
Grilled cheesy ensaymada sliced horizontally into half and filled with a cheesy surprise that comes in 2 huge scoops of home made keso ice cream. Yum! 

If you're looking for a place to eat, a place to chill, and a place for good music, well, Minokaua sure is the place to be. It's a bar way different from all the others we already have, but offering the same (or even better) experience. 

My Scores:
Pricing - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Taste - 4/5

Hungry for more,

The Minokaua is located at 1951 Adriatico St. Malate, Manila

Date of Visit: June 10, 2017

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