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When it comes to food, San Juan is more popular for its iconic Greenhills malls, neighborhood cafes and night drinking spots best suited for families and barkadas. More often than not, it is overlooked as a destination for romantic and date-worthy places. Big mistake.
Update: Check out the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in San Juan this month!
Because let’s face it, it’s not always convenient to drive all the way to Makati or Fort for a date night when you live just around San Juan. So for nights when you don’t feel like leaving the comforts of your neighborhood, you can check out these subtle romantic dining destinations in the heart of San Juan.
We got you covered, from breakfast to dinner dates!
Hai Chix & Steaks – Missouri St.
Hai Chix & Steaks is a dining concept where East meets West. It is an Asian fusion restaurant specializing in steaks and Hainanese chicken. It’s for everyone craving some Asian and American specialties without having to visit 2 different restaurants. It’s not for vegetarians. We recommend their bestselling U.S. Angus Ribeye and the Hainanese Chicken Rice. Our insider tip: Have your steaks cooked medium.
Refinery – Promenade
Refinery is a third wave cafe that serves all-day breakfast and brunch items, international comfort dishes, light meals and specialty coffee–but what sets it apart is that it also serves wine and cocktails. This is its 2nd branch following the first in Rockwell and is open until 1AM.
Wildflour Café + Bakery – Wilson
Wildflour Café + Bakery offers international fare and specialty pastries, famous for being the first purveyor of the wildly popular cronuts in Manila.
House of Wagyu Stone Grill – McKinley Arcade
For those lovers who will never settle for less, House of Wagyu Stone Grill is the ultimate steak place to be. Serving premium and graded Wagyu steaks imported from Australia, what truly sets this steakhouse apart is their hot stone grill experience where guests can personally cook their steak to their liking.
Fun fact: It's one of Piolo Pascual's favorite restaurants!
Chef Laudico Guevarra’s – P. Guevara St.
Named after its founding chef, Chef Laudico Guevarra’s prides itself in serving affordable and quality Filipino buffet in a converted 1920’s heritage home. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, couples will enjoy the ambiance, the food selection and most of all the rates. Signature dishes such as the classic sinigang and heart stopping crispy pata, lechon and roast beef carvings are also served.
Insider tip: Be careful with leftovers, you may be charged P100 per 100 gram of food left on your table.
Torch – Connecticut
Torch serves international fusion cuisine; their specialties include thin crisp pizzas, sizzling marbled Angus steaks and their unique oven baked sushi plates. This is Torch’s pioneer branch, it currently stands at 7 branches strong today.
Tomo Japanese Dining – Araullo St.
‘Tomo’ means ‘friend’ in Japanese and its kitchen is helmed by Chef Tom, formerly from Sugi, whose San Juan branch closed down a few years ago. Loyal patrons of Sugi should expect the same quality of dishes and specialties here. Popular dishes include the Kari Kari Kariyaki oysters, fresh sashimi selection and Saikoro steak. Read our full feature here.
Cafe Sanso – P. Guevara
Cafe Sanso is a small cafe serving Spanish specialties such as chorizo platters, paella, callos and churros. It serves as an ode to Juvenal Sanso, an internationally-renowned painter. Recommended dishes include the Serano Especial platter, Francesinha sandwich, and their Churros and Leche Frita (or Fried Milk) for desserts.
Insider tip: Next door is the Sanso Museum, which is a showcase of the legend’s 65 years in art. It houses the artist’s personal collection with many works and award-winning masterpieces that have never been seen by the public.
Reservations are accepted
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387 P Guevarra St cor Agnonne St, Addition Hills, San Juan
Calderon Cocina Tapas Y Bebidas – Little Baguio
Calderon is a quaint little restaurant most known for serving authentic home-style Spanish dishes, tapas and sangria. Signature dishes include the Paella Negra and Pollo Iberica. Pre-ordering is recommended as best sellers usually run out on a full night. This is its pioneer branch.
Insider tip: Bottomless sangria on Mondays!
XIÙ: Fine Cantonese Dining – Connecticut
After months of waiting on who and what will be replacing the old Lugang in Greenhills, XIÙ finally opens. This two-floor, 230-seater restaurant exudes every bit of ‘elegance’ its names implies–from the interiors, to the falling leaves installation, down to the food. Prominent chefs from HK come together to bring the finest Cantonese dishes including their most talked about Baked Lobster with Cheese.
See more photos and information here.
HotBox Kitchen – Wilson St.
HotBox specializes in Canadian rustic comfort food, with their homemade smoked bacon and sausages. Recommended dishes include Double Smoked Candied Bacon Crisps, Apple Wood Smoked Sausage Skillet, and Poutine.
CO/OP – A. Mabini St.
Co/Op, short for “cooperation”, is a collaborative project by cousins Polly Caragay, Christine Lee and Michelle Chan. This converted house is a lifestyle cafe and a hipster’s haven for imported and local kitschy items, furniture and home decor, and more importantly, comfort dishes and coffee.
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