Tipid times with bae? We gotchu.
The best memories sometimes consist of the simplest things: your special someone and good food. But when times are hard and the budget is tight, the easy way is out to take a raincheck – but not so fast!
We’ve formulated a list of 10 romantic date plans with meals for ₱500 (more or less*), so don’t cancel just yet!
*Psych! Shell out a bit more for your loved one! Take a look at these carefully planned out meals that will go a little above ₱500.
Be sure to add these spots to your ‘MUST-TRY‘ lists on the Booky app so you never miss any restaurants near you.
Va Bene – various branches
Va Bene is the first Italian restaurant in the Metro to serve only fresh pastas on their menu. Chef Massimo Veronesi offers a fully-set menu with classic pastas and pizzas, main courses consisting of steaks and veal, and truffle specials. If you find bae as irresistible as truffle, this date is for you!
What to order: Gorgonzola Polenta with Sauteed Mushrooms & Black Truffles for: ₱490 Your choice of any square pizza: ₱288 Traditional Italian Tiramisu for: ₱280 Booking via Booky: (-₱500) = ₱558
Also read: 23 Go-To Restaurants in Manila for Irresistibly Delicious Truffle Pasta
Nikkei – various branches
Nikkei is the first Peruvian-Japanese Sushi Bar in Manila headed by Argentinan Chef Christian Cejas. “Nikkei” is Peruvian cuisine culturally inspired by the Japanese who started to migrate to Peru in the 19th century and is now becoming the latest food trend in Europe. Something about the different flavors, textures, and aromas awaken all your senses, just like when you met your SO.
What to order: Niku Uni for: ₱495 Your choice of Sashimi: ₱250 Your choice of Maki: ₱300 Booking via Booky: (-₱500) = ₱545
Fresh Oysters for: ₱420 Lomo Saltado for: ₱480 Your choice of Appetizer, Nigiri, Rolls, or Sushi: ₱180 Booking via Booky: (-₱500) = ₱580
Gringo – Fort Bonifacio
Gringo is a homegrown restaurant serving Latin American and Tex-Mex specialties such as ribs, chicken, burritos and more. It’s also an ideal spot to drinks and unwind. Try some of their signature concoctions like the El Gringo Margarita!
What to order: 1/2 Original Chicken with 3 sides (to share) for: ₱365 Two orders of Chili Con Carne Crispy Tacos, for ₱88 each: ₱176 Two orders of House Mojito, for ₱160 each: ₱320 Booking via Booky at Fort Bonifacio or Mall of Asia branch: (-₱300) = ₱561
1/2 rack Baby Back Ribs with 2 sides (to share) for: ₱365 Crispy Catfish Salsa for: ₱365 Truffle Queso Quesadilla for: ₱145 Booking via Booky at Fort Bonifacio or Mall of Asia branch: (-₱300) = ₱575
Photo from @gringoph
Photo from @gringoph
Romulo Cafe – various branches
Romulo Cafe offers traditional Filipino comfort food from heirloom recipes. Romulo Cafe gives its diners a glimpse of the Philippine history though its museum-style interiors. If you and your date have a hankering for the food of our homeland, look no further.
What to order: Your choice of appetizer or rice ranging from: ₱145-250 Two choices of Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood, or Vegetables dish ranging from: ₱205-460 each Booking via Booky: (₱500) = more or less ₱500!
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. Relish in a simple and fresh pasta but also enjoy sweet Sangria to get a little tipsy together!
What to order: Any pasta of your choice ranging from: ₱325-365 Sangria Carafe: ₱695 Booking via Booky: (₱500) = ₱560 maximum
FETA Mediterranean – Greenhills
Come and dine in into the authentic Mediterranean Cuisine by Chef Beyto Koc. With his year of experience and expertise, Chef Beyto Koc has shown his great work in the field of Mediterranean delicacies. The mouth-watering food he prepares would soon become his masterpieces he would lived by and servet o every customer he comes across. You two don’t have to go far to taste the flavors overseas!
What to order: Mixed Kebap for Two, comes with 1 mezze, french fries, pide, and unlimited basmati rice for: ₱950 Baklava for ₱60 per piece, add ₱50 for a scoop of ice cream Booking via Booky: (-₱500) = more or less ₱560!
The Noodle Studio – Ayala Malls The 30th
The Noodle Studio gathers the best noodle dishes around Asia into one modern setting, offering classics such as Pad Thai and Beef Brisket Noodles, as well as new “creative” dishes like the cold noodles with Hainanese chicken. Chef Gigo aims to offer Manila the ultimate modern Asia comfort food. Want a perfect Lady and the Tramp moment? Spaghetti ain’t the only dish you need to have that!
What to order: Your choice of modern Filipino appetizers ranging from: ₱238-298 Two choices of Stir-Fried, Creative, or Soup Noodles ranging from: ₱298-388 each Booking via Booky: (-₱500) = more or less ₱500!
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2/F Ayala Malls The 30th, 30 Meralco Ave., Ortigas, Pasig
(0928) 389 8583
St. Louis – High Street Central
A European-inspired, Australian cafe in the heart of BGC, St. Louis offers a wide variety of breakfast & brunch options, gourmet sandwiches, decadent desserts, specialty coffee, artisan ice cream, and cocktails. For the busy bodies who can’t squeeze in a candlelit dinner, head out for a breakfast date!
What to order: Buy 1 Get 1 Banana Popcorn Waffle for: ₱380 Tea for Two for: ₱200 = ₱580
Little Winehaus – Tomas Morato
Little Winehaus transports you to another city other than Manila. The space is cozy and intimate, reminiscent of the wine cellars in Europe but with a more modern twist. The restaurant’s ambiance and affordability makes it a perfect place for date night or after-work apéritifs.
What to order: Aged Cheddar OR Gruyere cheese for: ₱195 Either Salpicao or Wagyu Cubes: each for ₱275 Bottle of Casa Lo Mata wine from Chile, choose from Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc for: ₱345 Booking via Booky (-₱300) = ₱515
Brie OR Emmental cheese for: ₱175 Either Caviar Pie, Callos, or Jamon Serrano: each for ₱295 Bottle of Casa Lo Mata wine from Chile, choose from Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc for: ₱345 Booking via Booky (-₱300) = ₱515
Photo from Booky
Photo from Booky
View their menu
2 Scout Lazcano St cor. Scout Magbanua St
and Mother Ignacia Ave, Paligsahan, Quezon City
Dohtonbori – Greenhills
Dohtonbori is the first and only okonomiyaki restaurant in the Philippines that lets you cook-your-own okonomiyaki. The restaurant also offers other Japanese favorites like Sukiyaki, Yakisoba and Yakiniku. This one is for the no-frills couples that love DIY concepts!
What to order: Deluxe Okonomiyaki for: ₱380 Pork Yakiniku for: ₱260 Gyoza for: ₱150 Booking via Booky (-₱200) = ₱590
Photo from @dohtonbori_ph
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