Food is the way to a person’s heart, all the best movies say so.
There’s a perfect intersection of a hopeless romantic and a foodie, and that lies in romantic comedy films. Few things can brighten up your day like a good cheesy flick, except perhaps good food. Make your fave romcom a reality and bring your date to these restaurants in and out of Manila!
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Be it a long night of conversation with some wine, a fancy candle-lit meal, or a sweet treat with your sweetheart – check out our top picks of romcoms and where to eat to relive fiction. Be sure to add these spots to your ‘MUST-TRY‘ lists on the Booky app so you never miss any restaurants near you.
Before Sunrise (1995) – Grape Escape
Nothing will make you want to miss your plane than spending a day in Vienna with a perfect stranger. Have a romantic night out with the person you can talk to forever like Jesse and Celine, and grab that last chance and swipe a bottle of wine at Grape Escape Wine Lounge + Kitchen. Have 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!
Lady and the Tramp (1955) – Va Bene
There are a lot of food moments in romcom history, but an iconic one that comes to mind is from a Disney classic: a little Lady and a Tramp from the wrong side of the tracks sharing a plate of spaghetti with meatballs. Dine out at the first Italian restaurant within the Metro which serves only fresh pastas in their menu, and maybe steal a kiss or two courtesy of a noodle.
Serendipity (2001) – Sugar Factory
What’s your favorite New York moment? The story of Jonathan and Sara maybe a twist of fate, but it all started with a simple pair of gloves and a glorious-looking Frozen Hot Chocolate. Get a similar experience with gourmet desserts and over-the-top premium sweets at Sugar Factory, a popular American brasserie from Las Vegas.
Notting Hill (1999) – Cup Fiction
Whether you’re just a girl, standing in front of books, asking for a cup of coffee or coming by with a date, do either of them surrounded by fiction. Owned by Saab Magalona, Cup Fiction is a library cafe concept that serves good coffee, light meals, and delicious pastries and desserts. It has a small bookshelf with books you can read while enjoying your hot cup of coffee.
Sixteen Candles (1984) – Pio’s Kitchen
Want a little less sixteen candles, a little more “touch me”? Get the perfect view exactly like when Jake Ryan surprised Sam Baker against the picturesque window at Pio’s Kitchen, 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).
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Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) – Pinto Cafe by Peppermill
Found someone who looks good wearing your future? Instead of buying expensive earrings for your date, do what Keith did (for the wrong girl) and take your SO out for a night of the arts. Stroll through a museum like Pinto and end it with your best friend by your side at Pinto Cafe, featuring classic Filipino dishes.
When Harry Meets Sally (1989) – Pink’s Hotdogs
Hitting a diner with your best friend is usually a lot tamer than the scene Sally pulled, but go ahead and place your specific order in at Pink’s Hotdogs is a popular US-based hotdog stand that opened first in 1939 in Los Angeles, California. Manila is their first international branch, all thanks to the Wildflour Cafe + Bakery group.
You’ve Got Mail (1998) – Coffee Project
Don’t cry, shop girl. Sometimes, the person you’re meant to be with is right in front of you, and if you’ve reached the point of confessing your feelings, do it the Joe Fox way: in front of a garden of flowers. Coffee Project is a opened garden-inspired cafe great for brunches with the ladies, a coffee date with your, a catch up with an old friend, or even a casual business meeting. The ambiance is bright yet warm, and it definitely brings about a cheerful mood.
The Notebook (2004) – Pamana Restaurant
Noah and Allie share one of the most popular love stories in pop culture history, and any fan would remember the dream house Noah built for Allie after 7 years apart. It may not be white with blue shutters, but dine in a home-turned-restaurant like Pamana. The homegrown and classic Filipino restaurant opened in Tagaytay in 2009. Aside from its dishes, the place became popular for its homey interiors and photo-filled walls. Most of the dishes are preserved and updated heirloom recipes from owner Happy Ongpauco-Tiu’s family.
She’s the Man (2006) – Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
Do you like cheese? Our favorite’s gouda! Lots of things tickle our fancy about this movie, but one thing we wished was real is the pizza place near Viola and Duke, Cesario’s. Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza is a neapolitan-style pizzeria that serves fresh oven-baked 12-inch pizzas specially made with their own kesong puti. The SMEGG and Buffalo Chicken Mozzarella are some of its most popular dishes.
500 Days of Summer (2009) – 121 Grille and Restaurant
Here comes your man! When you’re in love, everywhere seems like Sugar Town. If you want a fun and casual date with your bae, hit the karaoke bar! 121 Grille and Restaurant serves value-for-money delectable Filipino favorites like Crispy Pata, Grilled Pork Liempo, and 121 Pork Sisig to name a few. They are known for their casual ambiance as you can just feel at home and have a good time.
La La Land (2016) – Incognito Music Bar
Dream about the future with your lover right beside you, and lose yourselves in the music at a jazz bar in the South, Incognito is for those who wants some good ‘ol sultry jazz music, appetizing dishes and meaningful conversations with friends. They’re open daily but live performances happen every Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Pitch Perfect (2012) – 78-53-86
Opt for an aca-awesome date with a chill jazz bar with more than 10,000 vinyl records and reenact Beca and Jesse’s round of matching album covers on their faces. Check out 78-53-86, a jazz cafe with a vast collection of Japanese whisky. If you couldn’t already tell from the streamlined, no-frills menu, they don’t mess around with the classics. This is the place to go if you want traditional drinks done right.
No reservations accepted
2/F West, 42 Katipunan Ave, White Plains, Quezon City
(02) 819 9297
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Happy Cream Puff
All throughout the perfectly asymmetrical beauty that is Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, two things pure and sweet are at the core of the plot: Zero’s love for Agatha, and the pastry Courtesan au Chocolat, a stack of cream puffs dipped and stacked. Happy Cream Puff Inc. is a Japanese Pastry Shop that first popped up at Bel-Air Village. Serving a selective variety of pastries and desserts, it aims to revolutionize the usual snack and dessert of Filipinos into cream puffs.
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