“Ma’am, pa-void ng feelings.”
One thing’s for sure: Breakups aren’t easy. Your life isn’t being directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and you are definitely not John Lloyd. None of the seamless hugot lines are going to come out like a perfect romantic comedy and when the real thing happens, it might get pretty awkward.
But if you prepare yourself for what’s to come, things might end up well and good between you and your future ex. Just make sure you get some privacy, some alcohol, and a lot of Kleenex. Don’t worry, we’ve been there and we’re here to help you out. Here’s a list of restaurants we’ve rounded up that’ll help soften the blow of your breakup.
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Izakaya Kikufuji – Little Tokyo
Kikufuji is no doubt, Makati’s best open secret. The secret to their success? Their authenticity, fresh sushi bowls, and signature grilled wagyu sticks.
Why it’s the perfect spot: Like most izakayas, they have private rooms with dividers which separate you from other diners and keep you from prying eyes. You can be certain that you can leave with your dignity intact.
No reservations accepted
Little Tokyo, 2277 Chino Roces, Pasong Tamo,Legaspi Village, Makati
Village Tavern – Bonifacio High Street
Village Tavern offers something for everyone: rustic whole wheat flatbreads made from scratch, fresh seafood dishes, juicy burgers and gourmet sandwiches served on artisan bread, premium beef trimmed and aged with precision and decadent desserts.
Why it’s the perfect spot: Apart from the food, what makes this a good break up venue are their booths, which offer some privacy and seclusion which are ideal in case the night ends in tears.
Kung feeling mo mag-wawalk out siya
Barcino – various branches
Barcino is famous for its delicious Spanish cuisine and wide selection of wine. The Executive Chef, Chef Nicolas Diaz, is from Bilbao, Spain and has worked in notable restaurants such as Restaurant Nicolas and Goizeko Kabi, a Michelin Star restaurant.
Why it’s the perfect spot: If you’re still telling yourself that you aren’t strong enough to do this, Barcino has several branches conveniently located across the metro, so you can plan accordingly and meet up with your best friends right after. Nothing heals a broken heart faster than best friends and unlimited sangria!
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Vengo – Legazpi Village
When they first opened in Kapitolyo, Taco Vengo rose to popularity as a modern taqueria. Today, the brand’s new concept – Vengo Neighborhood Cafe, is proving itself to be a hit among the working set as it’s the perfect spot to transition from coffee to cocktails.
Why it’s the perfect spot: Break ups involve a lot of talking which makes Vengo the ideal place to hold a conversation that might extend past midnight. Plus, it’s dimly lit and there’s seating by the bar if you suddenly find yourself alone and in need of a few drinks.
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Jollibee – various branches
Jollibee is the country’s most popular fast-food chain. For decades, they’ve consistently made Filipinos smile with their classic Yum Burger, Jolli Spaghetti, and Chickenjoy.
Why it’s the perfect spot: Here’s where you can say, “Ma’am, pa-void ng feelings.” No break up, however ugly, could possibly taint the countless happy memories made here. You might also want to take out five orders of C4 to eat all your feelings after, just in case.
Starbucks – various branches
Starbucks is the most famous coffee chain in the world. In the Philippines, they’ve cemented their position as the go-to place where customers can hang out, study, meet people, and quite possibly, break up.
Why it’s the perfect spot: Starbucks may be the place that sells drinks colder than your future ex’s heart. We’re kidding. But if you’ve got a flair for dramatics, a break up here is sure to garner an audience. Fair warning, don’t be surprised if a Twitter thread surfaces with a blow-by-blow account of events.
Kung last hurrah na ‘to
Namoo House – Uptown Parade
Namoo House is the local franchise of Maple Tree House, a popular Korean BBQ restaurant from Seoul, Korea. The value-for-money restaurant is known for their smokeless grill setup and pre-weighed meat servings that range from samgyeopsal, galbi, marinated and premium meat offerings. Eat your heart out, literally!
Why it’s the perfect spot: Not all breakups end badly and if you’re both amicable about it, why not end things with a bang? Though, you’ll probably have to cook all of your ex’s meat for them.
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Niu by Vikings – various branches
Niu’s interiors are modern and luxurious and their stations much grander and higher in quality than that of their pioneer brand, Vikings.
Why it’s the perfect spot: For a more intimate and cozy setting, they have couches and booth tables at the back of the restaurant, referred to as Section C. The food will also definitely make up for what’s about to happen. And you’re paying.
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Flour Jar – Las Piñas
Flour Jar is a new neighborhood café + bakery in Las Piñas, specializing in many kinds of desserts such as cakes, cookies, and doughnuts. They specialize in desserts such as cakes, custard-filled doughnuts, cookies, and even homemade ice cream.
Why it’s the perfect spot: Their sweets are so good, they’re sure to remove the bitterness in your heart! The café also exudes a bright, friendly ambience, which might put your future ex in a less crappy mood.
Vanderlust Bistro – various branches
Vanderlust is a hidden pastry shop and restaurant in Tomas Morato serving up unique European pastries and dishes inspired from the owners’ honeymoon in Europe.
Why it’s the perfect spot: This restaurant is all about the desire for soul-searching, which may be the motivation you need to get the break up over and done with. We suggest ordering the Schneeballen, which is a pastry that you need to pound with a hammer (just so your soon-to-be ex takes their anger out on that instead).
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Know of any places that deserve to be part of this list? Let us know in the comments section below!
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