It’s a steep climb up to ArtSector Gallery and Chimney Café 360° in Binangonan, and the dining experience is on another level.
Chimney Café 360° is the in-house restaurant of an out of way art gallery, the ArtSector Gallery. This 5 level gallery café is perched on a boulder at the highest hill in a gated community in Binangonan, Rizal. It’s a vantage point for breathtaking 360° views of the Laguna Lake, the distant cityscape and the Sierra Madre mountains.
The travel up here makes one hungry already, good thing they offer casual yet tasty food.
Right past the entrance door, the line goes straight to the counter for the dine-in options. They have appetizers, like salads, soups, and finger food. Then pizzas and pastas. Then to the mains, some fish and chips, mussels and clam stew, salted egg prawns, to be paired with hot steamed rice. And quite a selection for beverages, from hot drinks to cold fruit shakes to the booze. Plus a couple of dessert options for that sweet finish.
After placing the food order, which is on top of the gallery fee, it’s best to roam around the place. Then settle for a table with the view of the lake right before sunset. It’s such a compelling dining experience on highland.
In February, they had tables up the roof deck. Our tour group settled there while savouring the cool afternoon breeze. Took way too many photos and videos of the 360° view of Binangonan as we wait for our food. We ordered pasta, pizzas, canned beers, and cocktails. And if we weren’t in a hurry, I’d have more of their pizza Margherita and a glass of classic margarita for around ₱500 ($10 US), not bad.
Since their opening in late 2019, there’s a lot of patrons coming in at any given time from 4 – 10 pm. Finding a table would take a little longer, much more for the food to arrive. They weren’t taking reservations. And their kitchen was overwhelmed, especially on weekends. This scenario was put on a halt.
Like most dine-in establishments in mid-March, the Chimney Café 360° wasn’t spared from closing due to the pandemic. Then they fired up their chimney in May? for pick-up orders or delivery. And in late June, a reservation is a must. The food needs to be pre-ordered too. They revamped their menu, but I still see the pizza Margherita there, wink.
The entrance fee is now at ₱200 ($4 US) and ₱225 on holidays, per person. This is to be confirmed upon entering the gated community of Eastridge Subdivision. Health protocols are also observed before and upon staying at the property, like wearing a face mask, temperature check, and social distancing.
Starting mid-November 2020, all walk-ins, no reservations needed. The subdivision guard would require drivers to submit a photo ID upon entering, then claim it after presenting a ticket from ArtSector.
ArtSector Gallery and Chimney Café 360° is open from Tuesday – Sunday 2-7:30 pm.
For reservations and the latest bulletin, visit their Page here.
How to get here? Read this. Safe travels people!