Blackbird offers a diverse menu that draws inspiration from the rich aviation heritage of their building, The Nielson Tower. They serve a fusion of modern Asian cuisine with international standards. The atmosphere is relaxing, and the service is friendly and attentive, just as you’d expect from Filipinos.
The restaurant has four distinct sections, including the spacious Grill Room. The Cabin, housed in the airport’s former control tower, is a cosy restaurant with panoramic views of the Ayala Triangle Gardens. The Garden & patio, an outdoor dining area with a wooden deck and covered patio at the building’s rear, and the Lounge and bar, an ideal spot for pre-dinner drinks, are available to guests.
Baked Eggplant, Ricotta and Basil Involtini, Tomato and Parmesan
Wagyu Beed Croquettes, Horseradish, Mustard and Chine Sour Cream
Salt and Pepper Squid and Shrimps with Sweet Soy and Ginger
Prawn Scotch Eggs, Betel Leaves and Coconut Chili Sambal
Lamb Koftas with Roast Pepper, Walnut and Pomegranate Molasses
Crispy Squash Flowers, Hillhouse Truffled Honey and Pecorino
Braised Duck Bao, Pickled Vegetables and Chili Garlic
Mushroom, Truffle and Fontina Arancini
Tuna Poke, Crispy Rice, Lime Custard
Foccacia with Hazelnut Dukkah, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Soups, Starters and Salads
Mushroom Cappuccino, Tartufata Panini
Spiced Pumpkin Soup
Pickled Beetroot, Whipped Goat Cheese, Lentil, Pickled Onion and Mint Salad
Buffalo Mozzarella, Slow Cooked Tomatoes, San Daniele Prosciutto, Pangrattato
Cured Italian Meat Platter with Pizza Bianca
Crab Cake Salad, Dill, Caper and Lemon Aioli
Vietnamese Sweet Shrimp and Chicken Salad
Twice Cooked Beef Short Ribs, Sweet Fish Sauce, Hot and Sour Salad
Almond, Orange and Safron Torte, Salted Hill House Honey Ice Cream
Mango and Passionfruit Baked Alaska
Vanilla Panna Cotta, Strawberries, Grappa and Pistachio Tuile
Sticky Date Pudding, Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Seed Ice Cream
Summer Time Sundae
Burnt Butter Sundae
Homemade Ice Creams
Vanilla Chocolate Brownie
Salted Hill House Honey
Blackbird Signature Cocktails
Bourbon Iced Tea
Hot Ass Mule
The Paradise Mojito
The Gin Palace
Shakes, Smoothies, Extracts
Watermelon, Dalandan and Oragne Flower Shake
Pineapple, Mint and Hill House Honey Lassi
Strawberry, Banana and Chia Seed Smoothie
Fresh Mint, Lemon and Green Apple Iced Tea
Green Garden – Freshly Juiced Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Pear and Mint
Roots and Fruits – Freshly Juiced Carrot, Beetroot, Ginger, Orange and Passionfruit
Iced Teas, Juices and Softies
Blackbird Iced Tea
Lemon, Cardamon and Elderflower Fizz
Lemon, Lime and Bitter
Salty Lime Soda
Calamansi, Daladan, Cranberry Juice
Calamansi, Daladan, Cranberry Juice with Soda
Coke and than like
The first commercial airport in the country was located in Nielson Tower. British-born New Zealander Laurie Reuben Nielson, who emigrated to Manila in the 1930s, constructed it. Aviation enthusiast Nielson advocated constructing an airport to facilitate commerce and tourism and better link the Philippines to the rest of the world. He leased 42 acres of Ayala & Cia.’s Hacienda San Pedro de Makati and used the land to construct the largest and most modern airport in Asia at the time.
The terminal building and control tower at Nielson Airport was built to look like an aeroplane from above, and the airport first opened in July 1937. The runways used to be located on Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas. The first flight of Philippine Air Lines Inc. took off from Nielson Airport in 1941, carrying nine passengers to Baguio in a Beechcraft Model 18.
After America entered World War II, the Far East Air Force moved its headquarters to Nielson Airport. During their occupation, the Japanese utilized the airport and field they had blasted in December 1941 as their air headquarters. After being kidnapped by the Japanese and transferred to Hong Kong for imprisonment, Laurie Nielson was never heard from again.
The airport was severely damaged during the war, but Philippine Air Lines swiftly modernized and reopened it as the country’s primary airport for air travellers after the liberation. Manila International Air Terminal Inc. oversaw airport operations.
On July 31, 1946, a chartered Douglas DC 4 flew forty American service members from Nielson Airport to Oakland, California, via Guam, Wake Island, Johnston Atoll, and Honolulu, making PAL the first Asian airline to traverse the Pacific Ocean.
When Philippine Airlines (PAL) moved to its current location in Pasay City in 1948, airport operations halted, and the land was transferred to Ayala and Cia. Many airport buildings were demolished, and the runways were repurposed as highways, all to make room for expanding the Makati financial and commercial hub. Nielson Tower was formerly the airport’s control tower and passenger terminal. They are the only buildings in Makati that were constructed before the war.
Blackbird, a dining and entertainment complex, has taken up residence in the Nielson Tower, transforming the former check-in area, passenger terminal, control tower, and tarmac area into a bar and lounge, oval grill room, and private room, respectively. The site has been renovated extensively while retaining its classic Art Deco style.
Blackbird Opening Hours
Opened Monday to Sunday 11 AM to 10 PM.
Blackbird Online Delivery Information
You can order a pickup or delivery of Asian Italian fusion food by calling them on the phone and arranging it directly with the restaurant.
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