Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Restaurants For Valentine's Day

Eats A Date: Restaurant Suggestions for Valentine's Day

by The Click List

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

If your favorite foods are in the same league as Pritong Kare-kare, Aligue Rice, Lamb with blue cheese mashed potato, and Durian brulee, then reserve a table at Solace Wine & Dine this Thursday. This casual chic restaurant at the foot of a Makati Hotel offers dressed-up comfort food at not so intimidating prices. 
Atelier 317
6060 Palma cor Osias St.,
Poblacion Makati
+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."

Can't decide what to eat? Drive to Stephani Zubiri's Atelier 317 and, for sure, you'll find something to like in her dynamic menu that features anything-goes-cuisine. There's Flamed Kesong Puti Caprese Salad (P200) for light-eaters and Balsamic Pork Adobo for those who can't dine without rice.
Atelier's Truffle Mushroom Lasagna (P350) also come highly-recommended. And then there's this White Chocolate Black Truffle Ice Cream that will surely end up in your Facebook wall. It's that good.  
Chef Tatung
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

Due to popular demand, Chef Tatung (then a private dining destination) opened his full-service restaurant at the south of the metro. Here, you can have reinvented Filipino dishes like Chicken Sisig Wraps, Lengua Adobo, Poki-poki Gratin, and Palabok Negra.
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

‘Cue Modern Barbeque is a fairly new restaurant owned and operated by The Moment Group. It is The Moment Group’s first foray into the local restaurant business and their aim is to provide great ambiance, great food, and lots of memorable moments. Memorable moments here are in the form of heart-stopping dishes like Bone Marrow and Steak Tacos (P485),  Baby Back Ribs (Half slab P645/Full slab P1,185), and Beef Belly (P695). Sinful is an understatement!
Ayala Museum
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!

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