DANS Restobar is an isolated restaurant and bar in the stretch of Shaw Boulevard that you’d never expect to love but will. It’s best to go there via car but if you’re commuting, it’s a walkable distance from Starmall. From the pictures, it looks like a huge bar that can house a good capacity of customers, but in the flesh, it’s more intimate and compressed – not that it’s an issue, though!
The main difference of DANS Restobar with other restaurant and bars is there is no bar music accompanying you in between sets. Instead, the customers are free – or more so, encouraged – to use the videoke at their disposal. The best part of all? Most customers have really good voices! It’s not like you’re listening to “mga tambay sa kanto”. Otherwise, just be there to support their singing endeavors, if ya know what I mean.
If not for the acoustic sets, these customers could probably last the entire night (and day) on the videoke. That’s not a surprise, though, since Filipinos are generally known to love videokes.
I’ve only been to DANS Restobar twice, but I’m slowly getting accustomed to its ambiance and the customers that frequent there. I’m guessing that their customers are typically from the call centers parallel to the restaurant. I noticed how some of them would arrive already late in the evening, like around 11pm on a Sunday.
SERVICE + LOCATION
For me, the servers are very accommodating. Even if they don’t know you by name, they would approach you like you’re a long-time customer. On my first time there, I noticed that they had Wi-Fi connection. I asked for their password and they gave it freely. Someone had to punch in the password, though, probably so I wouldn’t be able to share it. Their Wi-Fi connection is pretty fast so I was able to upload photos of (We Are) Choosy Beggars during their gig.
Location-wise, I think the restobar has a good enough spot. It’s near SM Megamall and Starmall, and it’s just along Shaw Boulevard, so I think it’s pretty accessible. Maybe not as visible, but still accessible.
I personally love the ambiance + interiors of DANS Restobar. I’m easily hooked on rustic interiors because it looks pleasing to the eyes and it looks very natural. You don’t have to try hard and be posh to fit in. You just do. I also super love the vine decorations on the ceiling and on the stage. I don’t think it’s something that I’ve already seen in another restaurant, let alone a bar so that’s a huge plus for me.
I also have to mention this as it’s a very important factor for me.
THEY HAVE WALL FANS.
WALL FANS, TITAS, ARE YOU HEARING ME RIGHT NOW?
For someone who gets hot easily, this is a super huge, like, SUPER HUGE deal. Aside from the comfortable seats, the AC, and the amazing performers, you get to have a fan. #BLESSTHEM
They serve typical pulutan, alcoholic drinks, and rice meals. For our last visit, I took pictures of our orders and wrote down their prices so I could compare them. I don’t really frequent bars so I don’t have full knowledge on the food prices, but I’d say theirs range from average to slightly more expensive. But I don’t know, you be the judge.
Knowing I would review the restobar, I immediately turned my “food blogger” switch on and was a wee bit particular on the taste of the food. I personally love their barbecue. Sometimes, the sauce is a hit or miss, but this I personally wouldn’t mind having again. I didn’t like the same sauce on the tenga, though. It just didn’t go well together.
I tried the barbecue with the vinegar mix – it still tasted ok, but I prefer no vinegar because I wasn’t raised consuming that stuff. Just a personal preference. 🙂 The vinegar, however, has a different taste. It was sweeter than usual. It was different, but not bad. I didn’t really mind it.
Since a friend mentioned this before, it also stuck as my first impression – I found the cheese sticks would do with more cheese. Appearance wise, it’s thicker and longer than your usual cheese stick, but when you bite into it, it’s hollow inside. However, my companions thought otherwise. They loved it so much we got three orders of cheese sticks! I wanted to try their onion rings, but it wasn’t any more available that night. Sad because it looked really promising!
Here’s the breakdown of what we ordered + their prices:
- PORK BARBECUE (MINIMUM OF 3 ORDERS) – Php 18/stick
- TENGA (MINIMUM OF 3 ORDERS) – Php 15/stick
- CHEESE STICKS – Php 116
- PLAIN RICE – Php 15
- BUCKET (ANY BEER) – Php 285
I’m not sure how performers go in DANS Restobar since I’ve only been there twice and both on Sunday nights, but so far, the other acoustic duo I heard was pretty good, too. On-stage, they have good sound system except maybe for some feedback. But they have a loud mic, which I think is a huge plus for music lovers and performers. I learned that performers are pretty particular with the technical sounds.
As I also mentioned earlier, most customers sing well, too, and they sing legit karaoke songs, so you won’t really get bored with typical bar music. You can even sing along with them if you feel like it!
DANS also has speakers outside the restaurant, so you’d be able to hear the performers even when you’re just passing by. I personally think it’s a good marketing strategy to get more customers.
I can only see one disadvantage in DANS Restobar – the comfort room. If you’ve already been there then you know what I’m talking about. It’s just too cramped for me, but at least it has a proper trash bin! I’m trying to see the silver lining here, bear with me.
Visit DANS Restobar!
📍 711 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong, Philippines 📍
☎️ (02) 9661110 ☎️
Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.