So, you have no idea where to take your bae to this Valentine’s. You’ve probably taken her to almost every restaurant you know that’s perfect for date nights by now that you’re scared to bring her somewhere that’ll make her say, “Nanaman?”
Fret not because we’re here to show you some of the new beautiful and romantic spots around the Metro to surprise your date at after class or work!
8. La Spezia
Named after a coastal town in Italy, La Spezia is a restaurant that serves Italian food like you never would have imagined it to be. It’s as authentic as it could get, with a homey nondescript vibe that would fool you into thinking it isn’t romantic a place enough. But even with its short menu of Italian classics, you won’t go wrong with any of them—especially with the Spaghetti Pomodoro E Basilico, the Risotto Classico, or, if any of you aren’t fond of pasta, the Pesce, Pomodoro E Arugula Insalata.
7. Foo’d by Davide Oldani
GF, High Street Park, Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street Corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(02) 246-9069 ext:620 | Facebook, Instagram
Open every day 11AM to 10PM
Budget for two – P2,000
If you’re not afraid to spend on a little on luxury with your beau, head for this fancy restaurant inside Shangri-La Fort. Pronounced as “Food-dough,” Foo’d by David Oldani serves accessible high-quality Italian dishes with a modern twist, offering a Michelin-star quality three-course menu starting at Php 800, and a four-course menu starting at Php 1,200. The elegant ambience will really set the right mood for romance.
6. Made Nice Supper Club
This place puts great balance between casual and elegant which makes it perfect for those who don’t want the date to be too fancy, but still want to make the night more special. You’ll splurge just a little for its few dishes and cocktails, but every peso spent will be worth it. Plus, the entire place and food are Instagenic, so you and bae will definitely make people green with envy with your pretty photos!
5. Bistro Manuel
2F, Six Axis Center, 4347 B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City
(02) 871-8566, (+63) 926-734-1067 | Facebook, Instagram
Open every day 11AM to 2:30PM
Another option for fine contemporary dining is Bistro Manuel where you are treated with a set menu that differs from month to month depending on the occasion. It’s relatively more affordable than fine dining restaurants yet you and your bae can enjoy the feeling of accessible luxury. They have a Valentine’s Menu this February too, so you better make your reservations soon!
You can never go wrong with Japanese food for date nights! Or in Hibana’s case, date lunches. You and your bae will be delighted by authentic-tasting innovative dishes that will have you savoring every bite. It only just recently opened, so your date will surely be pleasantly surprised by a Valentine’s treat at a place he or she has never heard of before.
Stay tuned for an announcement on Hibana’s page this month about their extended store hours!
3. Black Sheep
It’s Filipino and Chinese cuisine fused together to give a one-of-a-kind degustation experience. They’ve got course menus with dishes that are truly unique and creative, like the Foie Long Bao, Aklan Oyster, 3 Cups Rice + Seared Scallops, and Purple Whiskey Sangria (with a whole ice popsicle dipped in the drink) that will give your date a classy yet fun vibe.
2. 210 Degrees Kitchen + Drinkery
GF, Icon Plaza, 25th Street Corner 6th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(02) 958-5305, (+63) 995-015-2192 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Monday to Saturday from 6PM to 10 PM
Budget for two – P2,600
On first glance, you might not want to spend too much for a 5-course fine dining meal. But hey, it’s V-Day and you don’t always treat your date to something this lavish, so it won’t hurt to try this restaurant at least once. And with the quality and effort presented in each French cuisine-inspired dish, you’ll realize that you’ve gotten a lot more bang for your buck than you expected! They also have a special menu on the night of Valentine’s Day that costs Php 2,399 per person. Reserve your slots now because seats are filling up fast!
1. Hey Handsome
GF, Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(02) 946-3815, (+63) 926-051-1471 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Monday to Saturday from 11AM to 2PM, 6PM to 10PM
Budget for two – P1,500
Think you can’t handle just tiny dishes for set meals? Hey Handsome is also a great place for your hipster Valentine’s date! It’s a simple restaurant fit for a casual lunch or dinner when you and the bae have had enough of overly romantic settings. It offers dishes you most probably can’t pronounce inspired by Peranakan cuisine, and must-tries are their Fried Egg Salad, Soft Soft Tofu, Buah Keluak, and Bebek Penyet.
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This article originally appeared in Booky.