24 Romantic Spots in the South you should bring bae to


Southern food, could you want me?

Driving around Manila on a Valentine’s Night is a pain in the ass, but the streets of the South are the exception to the rule. If all you’ve ever wanted was a date with bae perfectly tailored to your interests, South has it all for you.

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The South is pretty much known for its different brand of chill, but you can find any type of date spot you want. From a fine-dining kind of night to a bar-hopping extravaganza, every corner’s got the perfect place for you and your special someone. Be sure to add these spots to your ‘MUST-TRY‘ lists on the Booky app so you never miss any restaurants near you.

Relish Cafe – Madison Galeries

Relish Cafe at Madison Galeries is a cozy modern bistro restaurant serving delicious cross-continental food inspired by family favorites. Enjoy their sumptuous fare in beautiful and welcoming interiors. It’s for the couple in search for a bright and luxurious atmosphere with intricate decors and filling comfort food. It’s not for the couple looking for a turnt night!

Also read: 17 Romantic Restaurants at Madison Galeries Worth the Trip Down South
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2/F Madison Galeries, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa
(02) 813 8735

Bar Pintxos – Gesu Building, Don Jesus Blvd.

Bar Pintxos is a tapas bar from the South serving authentic Spanish food specializing in different kinds of tapas and pintxos. It’s for the pair that loves pairing food with their liquor in a cool and quirky place, whether they’re in for an intimate drink session or a long night at the bar. It’s not for the couple out for a more refined, picturesque date.

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G/F Gesu Building, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 831 0065

Kessaku – Commerce Center

Kessaku is a casual restaurant serving a full range of authentic, top-quality Japanese food. True to their name, the word “kessaku” (pronounced kessah-koo, accent on the ‘koo’) translates to “creating masterpieces“. Their no-frills menu includes everything from sushi boats to tempura, wagyu cubes, and more. It’s for the two who love their bento boxes and sushi more than anything, except each other. It’s not for the couple not in the mood to use chopsticks.

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G/F Commer center Building, Filinvest, Alabang
(02) 403 3445

Mona Lisa Ristorante – Commerce Center

Mona Lisa is a hidden Italian restaurant with an extensive menu where they have dishes to represent every region of Italy. It’s for the lovebirds who want to transport to a romantic European City. It’s not for the partners in crime up for a grittier date.

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2/F The Commerce Center, Commerce Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 556 0708

Melo’s – Westgate

Melo’s Steakhouse by Carmelo Santiago is the first in the Philippines to offer Certified Angus Beef. It’s also one of the few spots to offer authentic Wagyu beef. It’s for a night of fine dining with great ambience at their al fresco seating area that will treat you to live music. It’s not for the type of fine dining with different courses and violins everywhere. Read our full feature here.

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Westgate, Alabang – Zapote Rd, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 771 3945

Picada Tapeo Restaurante – Aguirre Ave.

Picada Tapeo Restaurante is a Catalan-inspired restaurant serving up Spanish fares such as tapas, paella, wine, and even sangria. Recommended dishes include their Pinxtos, Chiperones, and Cerdo Asado. It’s for the couple that wants to chill at their backyard, because Picada literally has one. It’s not for the two who don’t enjoy a simple wine night under fairy lights.

Also read: Tita’s List of the Best Tapas Bars for Chismis Sessions with the Amigas
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252 Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
(0956) 805 3676

Butamaru – Westgate

This ramen house from the South serves the noodles with fresh vegetables and tossed in black sesame dressing. You can also their other salad ramen flavor, the Kani Salad Ramen (cold ramen, shredded kani, mentaiko dressing). It’s for the couple that loves their noodles fresh and clean. It’s not for those who don’t like noodles.

Also read: 17 Photos of Ramen That Are Hotter Than Your S.O.
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CE405 Westgate Center Commerce Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 887 4255

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen – BF Homes

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen serves up authentic Italian cuisine with dishes like pizzas (which you can order two flavors of in one pizza), pasta, risotto, and more. Recommended dishes include Risotto Tartufo Funghi, Spaghetti Seafood Olio, and Truffle Mac & Cheese. It’s for those who enjoy authenticity and have no qualms with the homey ambience. It’s not for those looking for an upscale wine night with candle lights around.

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B1 L36 Tropical Ave cor Palace St., BF International Village, Las Piñas
(02) 519 1977

Señor Pollo – ATC Corporate Center

Señor Pollo is a Latin American restaurant and Bar specializing in fried and roast chicken as well as bar bites. We recommend their Grilled Chicken, Señor Pollo Roast, and the Crispy Chicken Sisig. It’s for the couple that can’t resist a simple, good roasted chicken and beer. It’s not for those who don’t think Latin-American food is romantic. Please reconsider.

Booky Tip: Get up to ₱200 off of your bill in the Señor Pollo branch in Eastwood.
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ATC Corporate Center, Alabang Town Center, Alabang Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 891 5152

Hanamaruken Ramen – Alabang Town Center

Hanamaruken Ramen, a decades-old mom-n-pop ramen chain, hails from streets of Osaka, Japan. Famous for its “Happiness Ramen”, Hanamaruken serves a signature soft bone ramen unmatched in tenderness and flavor. It’s for those who find happiness in ramen. It’s not for those who don’t enjoy Japanese food! But who doesn’t, am I right?

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2/F Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa
(02) 869 9857

Southern Dairy – Aguirre Ave.

Southern Dairy is an ice cream parlour serving small-batch homemade gelato. Menu favorites include the Mango & Graham Chunks, Chocolate Oreos and its signature Butter Cake Cream Cheese. They also serves some light meals, sundaes, floats, cakes, cookies and milkshakes. It’s for the pair that doesn’t mind being a little two sweet. It’s not for the couple that tend not to order dessert.

Fun fact: there are two Southern Dairy branches along Aguirre!
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44-C Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 475 6527

Trattoria Altrove – BF Homes

Trattoria Altrove offers authentic Italian dishes, with the signature brick oven wood fired pizza. They also serve Antipasti, Pasta, Risotto, Lasagna, several meaty dishes, home-made desserts. To round up a delicious meal, they offer several kinds of wines & liquors. It’s for those in the mood for a rustic pizza place. It’s not for those who don’t don’t like a little crisp on their crust.

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858 Tropical Ave, B.F. Homes, Parañaque
(02) 776 4388

Aburi – Madison Galeries

From the team that brought us Relish and Romulo Cafe, Aburi offers modern Japanese cuisine specializing in aburi or “torched” sushi, chirashi bowls and other unique dishes. It’s for those who stuff themselves with aburi more than any other Japanese dish. It’s not for those who don’t like torched dishes.

Also read: 15 of the Best Japanese Restaurants for Authentic Aburi Sushi
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2/F Madison Galeries, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa
(02) 776 1474

Flour Jar – Pilar Village, Las Piñas

With sweet Bali-inspired interiors, Flour Jar started out as a cake supplier, but is now a homegrown cafe and restaurant serving an extensive assortment of cakes, pastries, and coffee with sandwiches, pasta, and others. It’s for those who love bright ambience and flowers all around. It’s not for those who like their date nights dimly lit.

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Unit C, Pilar Development Corporation, Rose Ave, Pilar Village, Las Piñas
(02) 824 3152

Samgyupsalamat – Aguirre Ave.

Samgyupsalamat is an Unlimited Korean Charcoal BBQ Restaurant that has grown popular to students and nearby residents of DLSU-Manila. It has now opened a new branches around Metro Manila. Enjoy barbecuing and other Korean favorites like Bibimbap, spicy noodles and other grilled meat.

Also read: The Best Korean Barbecue Spots in Metro Manila for 2017
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G/F C&C Business Center, No. 235 Aguirre Ave, BF
(02) 621 3591

La Chinesca – BF Homes

Chef Bruce Ricketts’ previous Mexican pop up concept now has a permanent location. Enjoy fresh tacos like Tripitas made with beef intestines & Guisada de Res made with beef shoulder & lengua and drinks.

Booky tip: Ask for their secret menu and see their guacamole dish and other tacos.
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248C Aguirre St, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 738 0724

Artists Cafe – Aguirre Ave.

Located in what is known as Artists Haven (across all-time fave and alternative cheap date idea Atoy’s Porkchop), Artists Cafe is Cynthia Jamlang’s Gallery-Home. With her brick exteriors and intent to blend quietly with the surroundings, her space serves as an artist’s gallery and cafe that draws attention with its natural beauty. It’s for those who enjoy a little culture and a lot of art infused in their date. It’s not for those who just want a meal. Tsk tsk.

Also read: 16 New IG-worthy Cafes in Manila to Include in Your 2018 Bucket List
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190 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 825 8810

Bamba Bistro – Aguirre Ave. cor. Arsenio Luz

Labelled as “Not your average bistro by the corner” says a lot, yet for Bamba Bistro, it’s an understatement. With cross-continental food featuring modern twists from Middle-Eastern, Italian, Filipino cuisine to no-nonsense comfort food, take a bite of exquisite and intelligently-prepared food under the fairy lights. It’s for those who are in for a roller coaster of flavors. It’s not for those who aren’t willing to spend the coin on something unexpected.

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55 Aguirre Ave cor Arsenio Luz, B.F. Homes, Parañaque
(02) 519 7097

Drive by Taco Shop – Aguirre Ave.

Drive-By Taco Shop is a carwash diner concept serving street tacos, burritos, and nachos. They are currently open from 4pm to 10pm. It’s for the laidback couple in it to win warm tacos and cold beer. It’s not for those who don’t like chilling at the bar enjoying a loud conversation.

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167 Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
(0917) 803 3663

Sensei Sushi Bar – BF Homes

Sensei Sushi Bar is a humble local and seasonal Japanese and Asian-inspired restaurant along the now popular Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes. Its 12-course Chef’s Omakase received numerous praises for taste, creativity and affordability. It’s for the fun couple that enjoys Japanese food as much as they enjoy each other’s company in this quaint but famous sushi bar. It’s not for those who don’t want a good time. Take our word for it.

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268 Aguirre St, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 358 1387

Rue Bourbon – Aguirre Ave.

Rue Bourbon is popular for their drinks menu ranging from plain beer to mixed drinks. This New Orleans-themed restaurant also has food menu ranging from bar grubs to full heavy meals. It’s a place easily filled up by yuppies around its area. It’s for the couple down for a beer at any hour with their different flavored beers and other drinks. It’s not for those who prefer to call it an early night.

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196 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 815 7572

TAS Roofdeck – Aguirre Ave.

Tas is the newest roof deck restaurant and bar in BF Homes. It offers Filipino and international fusion dishes including grilled skewers, street pizzas and wraps. Try the crispy adobo flakes or s’mores. P.S. They’re closed on Mondays. It’s for those who love a good rooftop deck with the cool wind of the South tinkering the fairy lights above you. It’s not for those who can kick back and enjoy food on sticks. Shame on you!

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3/F 31 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque
(0917) 719 4840

Sing Sing – Aguirre Ave.

An old-timer unlimited Korean barbeque joint along Aguirre Avenue, Sing Sing has packages of fresh beef and pork for you and your loved ones. It’s for those who want to enjoy a Southern legend and are coming in with an empty stomach. It’s not for those who can’t make the most out of an unlimited deal.

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268-A Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 738 0673

The Rib Shack – BF Homes and Almanza Uno

The Rib Shack is a steak joint originating from Las Piñas and now also in BF Homes that specializes in American style comfort food. They have ribs, cajun chicken, pizza, pasta, and more. It’s for those who are out for hearty meals, and a bonus for the couple in the mood to chill out with a wide array of vinyl classics in their speakeasy, The Stock Room. It’s not for the pairs that are up for a fancier night!

Insider tip: Step into the Stock Room and chill out in their speakeasy with a wide array of vinyl classics.

Also read: 25 of Manila’s Best Kept Secret Bars and Speakeasies
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71c President’s Ave cor Rufino St, BF Homes, Parañaque
PDC Compound, Rose Ave cor Aguirre Ave, Almanza Uno, Las Piñas

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