Eats A Date: Restaurant Suggestions for Valentine's Day
Indulge in a gastronomic love affair with the special people in your life this Valentine's Day at the following restaurants.
Early Bird Breakfast Club
Unit C, Ground Level, Fort Pointe 2 Bldg.
28th St., Bonifacio Global City
(+63 2) 470-8847
Recommended for: Breakfast lovers (obviously!), night-shift couples, and people who believe that life without bacon is not worth living
Early Bird Breakfast Club serves all-day beautiful and delicious breakfasts in a bright and Instagram-worthy setting. Bring your date here and share a serving of their Chorizo and Mushroom Risotto (P465), the classic Early Bird Croque Madame (P445), and the haute-looking Yin and Yang Champorado (P275) with Begian chocolates.
Also, practice your best smile because she'll most likely force you to take your happy couple shot against Early Bird turquoise-and-white wall mural.#thingsyoudoforlove
?Solace Wine & Dine
One Greenbelt Hotel
914 Arnaiz Ave., Makati
(+63 917) 538-4928, (+63 905) 229-4062, (+63 917) 535-7529
Recommended for: hearty eaters, crowd-haters, non-calorie counters
6060 Palma cor Osias St.,
+63 917) 830-8393, (+63 2) 384-7064, (+63 2) 358-0987
Recommended for: Easy to please couples who usually engage in this kind of dialogue: "Saan mo gusto kumain?" "Kahit saan."
Molave Lane, Acacia Estates,
Brgy. Ususan, Taguig
?(+63 2) 466-5390, (+63 932) 710-0010
Recommended for: Hole-in-the-wall-fanatics, guys with great sense of direction, and Filipino food-lovers
Cue Modern Barbecue
Lower Ground Level, Bonifacio High Street Central
7th Ave. corner 29th St., Bonifacio Global City
(+63 917) 899-2283
Recommended for: Carnivores, people with no history of cardiovascular diseases
Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center
(+63 2) 757-3000, (+63 2) 757-6000
Recommended for: couples who like great bar mixes together with good food
Kabila, Museum Cafe's sister restaurant, makes a nod towards their menu’s direction, which is the other side of what Filipinos have grown accustomed to. With a kitchen headed by Chef Kalel Chan, food here is still Filipino, but imbued with a quirky, almost unpredictable character, with the way it is cooked and presented.
Alba Restaurante Español
Bel-Air, Tomas Morato, Westgate Alabang, and Mall of Asia Complex
Recommended for: Traditionalists, buffet-lovers
If you like the dim, tavern-like dining experiences and quality dishes oblivious to moden kitchen techniques, then Alba is your best bet this Valentine's. Alba's bestsellers throughout the years are consolidated in a comprehensive Spanish lunch buffet (P650++) that's available daily in all their branches. Included in the spread are hot (excellent Gambas Al Ajillo!) and cold appetizers (chorizo de bilbao and company), soup, salad, vegetable, pasta, seafood, and desserts. Among the mains, the Cochinillo's tray is still the quickest to be emptied. People just love to make a beeline for the crispy glossy skin and tender flesh of the golden suckling pig.
If for some reason you've lucked out and you can't get reservations in any of the restaurants above, or anywhere else for that matter, just keep in mind that if your date forgives you for this mess-up, you have a good chance of making it up to her next Valentines. Happy Hearts Day!