Starry, starry night!
Seeing stars? It may just be the look in bae’s eyes, but bringing your SO out for a night under the constellations isn’t a bad idea. An alternative to that is to have the heavens even closer to home, with fairy lights hanging from the ceiling to make everything shine even brighter.
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Wine and dine in either an breezy al fresco setting, on a rooftop overlooking the view, or cozy and warm indoors. It’s a starry, starry night wherever you go with bae. Be sure to add these spots to your ‘MUST-TRY‘ lists on the Booky app so you never miss any restaurants near you.
Grape Escape – Maginhawa
Grape Escape Wine Lounge + Kitchen is a casual wine and dine experience where you can pair wine with a Spanish-Italian inspired cuisine that offers Brick Oven Pizza and Tapas. Aside from their food, make sure you leave space for their drinks, especially because you can avail of their wine-all-you-can promo for only P499!
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge – Loyola Heights
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine, headed by Chef Niño, serves up his take on modern Asian and European dishes with 100 of the world’s great wines. For romantic dinners, make sure to get one of the outdoor private gazebos.
The Purple Owl – Tagaytay
The Purple Owl is truly one of Tagaytay’s best kept secrets. Serving homemade comfort food by Mrs. Gee’s Kitchen right in their own backyard, The Purple Own transforms the place into different themes, making it perfect for date nights, anniversaries, or even casual outdoor movie nights.
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Pinto Cafe by Peppermill – Pinto Art Museum
The museums boasts a casual cafe with Filipino flare. With modern takes on classic dishes of our culture, the doors are always open letting in that equatorial breeze.
The Nest Dining in the Sky – Alabang
Offers combined familiar comfort food with gracious personal service beneath the warmth of life and laughter as you dine on the 31st floor of Vivere Hotel with a sweeping view of the south.
Bamba Bistro – Aguirre Ave.
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.
Blackbird – Makati
Located in the heart of Makati city, Blackbird is an upscale contemporary European and Asian restaurant boasting some of the most high-end interiors the Metro has to offer, and it is headed by none other than Chef Colin Mackay of Sala Bistro and People’s Palace. The Manila International Air Terminal, which was built and used to stand on the same location in 1937, was the inspiration behind its aviation-themed design.
Insider tip: Dine outside in their garden and get a night full of romance amongst the candle-lit corners.
Mon’s Restaurant – Cavite
Short for Meant for Organic and Natural, Mon’s is a farm-to-plate concept restaurant that values health and wellness. It is a “house” created through passion, pride and creativity from different regions and experiences of their fine chefs. Enjoy Mon’s all-day breakfast and merienda menu, burgers and sandwiches, salads, and various inspired regional dishes.
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Garden – Marikina
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Garden is one of Marikina’s hidden gems; it combines delicious food (their Cinnamon Waffles are the best) with quality service, and most of all, a mesmerizing garden-style set up, making up for a unique dining experience a little outside of the city. Rustic Morning accept walk-ins only.
Insider Tip: Rustic Mornings becomes Isabelo Garden at night, a casual intimate date place that is by reservation only.
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.
Tomatito – BGC Corporate Center
Led by acclaimed chef, Chef Willy, Tomatito is a sexy tapas bar from Shanghai serving Spanish-influenced dishes. Its aesthetic is inspired by Spanish bars in the 80s which provides a retro fluorescent atmosphere.
Pio’s Kitchen – Tomas Morato
Pio’s Kitchen is a private dining restaurant headed by Chef Chin Gallegos. Chef Chin personally welcomes her guests into her grandparents’ old home and is exclusively for reserved guests only. Pio’s Kitchen is homey and spacious, and can be customized according to the guests’ personal preferences (subject to additional costs). Get the feel of a breezy night outdoors with their bright lights and their open windows showcasing the best view nature has to offer.
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Foggy Mountain Cookhouse – Baguio
Foggy Mountain Cookhouse is a hidden gem, nestled along the residential area of San Carlos Heights. Chef Babes Reyes decided to open up his own home and provide a private dining experience to his diners, where he will personally cook and prepare Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
By reservations only (at least one day ahead)
172 St Joseph Street, San Carlos Heights, Baguio City
Poblacion Dining Room – Poblacion
Poblacion Dining Room is literally your home-style Filipino dining room. It serves modern Filipino cuisine including all-day breakfast, pastas, local breads and pastries and more. Moreover, they also host a special Sunday brunch spread. The current theme is #CheesyLikeSunday morning where La Petite Fromagerie’s raclette and fondue bar is showcased. Follow @poblacionph for updates.
Insider tip: You can book the whole place for a more intimate experience.
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