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8065 Bagnet is a Hidden Makati Gem

I’m a bring-what-you-need-only type (or the lazy type, pick one), which means that my real camera only gets to see the outside when I’m going to an event or on a trip further than 30 kilometers from homebase. Within 30 kilometers, I use my phone’s puny camera. It’s doesn’t take awfully bad shots but sometimes, I wish I had an actual camera in my purse to take better pictures of surprise nomfinds. This was what was on my mind when we had a quick bite at 8065 Bagnet one random workday.

8065 Bagnet right in the heart of Makati

It was the middle of the work week when I was brought to this magical place in one of the inner streets of Makati. I didn’t have a real camera on me and had to use up the last of my phone battery juice to be able to take pictures of the noms in this little hole-in-the-wall restaurant in the heart of Makati called 8065 Bagnet.

Located at Estrella street in San Antonio Village, 8065 Bagnet has gained popularity among Makati yuppies as a place to have a quick after work bite. Although they have a variety of menu choices, the small house-turned-resto’s claim-to-fame is their special Bagnet (whoddaguessed?!). For the benefit of those who have no idea what a Bagnet is, a formal definition of it is “chopped pork belly bits deep fried to perfection”. My own definition would be “artery clogger masked as a delicious pork dish”.

Bagnet, Bagnet, and more Bagnet!

The picture above is the Classic Bagnet with a side of sliced green mangoes and shrimp paste. Besides the classic, 8065 took the liberty of taking it a step further by offering different flavors of the Bagnet, among the choices are Bagnet Curry, Bagnet Binagoongan, Bagnet Sisig, Bagnet Spicy Gata, Bagnet Dinuguan, and the Bagnet Kare-kare. All under 200 bucks and good for sharing (they also have solo meals that are served with rice and soup). Where else can you get all these types of Bagnet all week long?

Besides bagnet, 8065 Bagnet also offer other kinds of Filipino fare. They’re.. aight (for lack of a better fitting term), but bagnet is is what you go there for. Bagnet and cinnamon rolls. Yuh huh.

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This (kinna) rivals Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. I kid you not.

The plan was actually to get dessert somewhere else, but after demolishing the bagnet and before getting the bill, we noticed the stacks of cinnamon rolls on the counter. They came highly recommended by our server and my curious sweet tooth needed to be appeased. Boy, am I glad I listened to my inner sugar junkie. The cinnamon roll was served warm on a plate and all soft and gooey and sweet but not too sweet and cinnamon-y but not too cinnamon-y. I’d even go as far as to say that 8065 Bagnet’s Cinnamon Roll can (kinna) rival Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. Ya, it’s that good.

If you’re near the area, you gotta head over and check them out for yourself. Map below.

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