Valentine’s Day 2020: Most Romantic Restaurants In Metro Manila
La Cathedral Café
La Cathedral Cafe is the place to be if you want to set the mood. The recently opened cafe is located in Intramuros, the historic walled city within today’s bustling modern city of Manila. Get to feel as if you and your date are walking along the streets of Spain with the cobblestone and lamp posts from 1800s, old Spanish houses, and gardens on the way to La Cathedral. As soon as you arrive at the cafe’s roof deck, you will be welcomed by an astonishing view of the Manila Cathedral.
The cafe is perfect for the crucial first date! You and your date will be able to choose from La Cathedral’s wide range of menu items— from pasta, Filipino comfort food, pastries, and sandwiches to a selection of wine and coffee.
La Cathedral Cafe is located at 398 Greenfield Bldg., Beaterio Street Corner Cabildo Street, Intramuros, Manila
12/10 is an easy choice for innovative, delicious Japanese dishes and picturesque food presentations. This non-traditional izakaya nests along the trendy Guijo Street in Makati City. Its hip yet cosy interiors coupled with excellent service makes for a smooth uninterrupted date night.
If you wish to ignite a romantic spark, head over to 12/10 and bond over delightful Japanese food like— uni toast, salmon kushiyaki, onigiri paired with a drink from their extensive menu. Their adventurous menu is definitely a conversation-starter. Every dish is has a whole new palette of flavours and textures that you and your date can explore.
12/10 is located at 7635 Guijo Street, San Antonio Village, Makati
Relish Luxe Café
Relish Luxe Cafe is a head-turning dining spot in Ortigas with its sleek, elegant interiors. This cosy modern restaurant serves cross-continental food inspired by Filipino family favourites. Its wide food and drinks selection can satisfy you and your date’s cravings!
Bring your date to Relish if you’re planning to take it to the next level! Exchange good stories over hearty Filipino food — crispy pata, kare kare, lechon kawali, and many more — and pleasant ambience.
Relish Luxe Cafe is located at 11 Ortigas Avenue, Ortigas Centre, Pasig
The Test Kitchen
The Test Kitchen is darker at night than most restaurants in the city - which is a plus in our book! The restaurant's sexy, dim lighting will instantly make anyone feel more attractive and can certainly set a sexy mood. Its modern minimalist interior features exposed timber beams that pull the visuals together, while the floor-to-ceiling varnished wood panels allow the eyes to travel. Open your eyes and palates to a world of flavours with a special someone at The Test Kitchen.
You and your date can enjoy a unique yet intimate dining experience as you both watch Chef Josh Boutwood in his element, preparing your dishes with precision. The beautifully-plated dishes are something to talk about while you get to know someone.
The Test Kitchen is located at G/F One Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Rockwell, Makati
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With its diverse cuisine, Nikkei prides itself as a restaurant that reflects the Japanese influence on the Peruvian gastronomy. As soon as you step into Nikkei, you will be charmed with its sleek wooden interiors accentuated with the warmth of Edison bulbs that makes for a simple and effortlessly elegant space.
Impress your date with a mouthful of culinary fireworks with Nikkei's playful menu — from fresh cuts of sashimi, causas, tiraditos, ceviches to a variety of decadent mains. This playground of two cultures is perfect for intimate celebratory nights filled with laughs and good food that will take you and your date to a culinary journey.
NINYO Fusion Cuisine
NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge is an ancestral house turned garden restaurant perfect for an intimate and romantic night with your special someone. As soon as you enter NINYO Fusion, you will be greeted by candles, stunning pavilions, decorative hanging vines, and other antique accents that make for a gorgeous ambience.
You and your date will also experience a food adventure with Chef Niño’s artistic take of Asian-European fusion dishes and an exquisite selection of 100 of the world’s great wines.
NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge is located at 66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Blackbird boasts itself as a restaurant of simplicity and sophistication — Chef Colin Mackay's trademark style. Named after a plane that the chef was fascinated with as a child, Blackbird actually takes the shape of an aircraft from an aircraft's perspective. Woo your date with that fact!
The effortless elegance of this restaurant is not the only thing that will leave you and your date in awe. You can also expect consistently good cuisine and exceptional service that will surely impress your special someone. Dine al fresco as you indulge in its East-meets-West dishes! The night will surely be one for the books.
Metronome is a modern French restaurant that can be found in Legazpi Village, Makati. This gorgeous restaurant is not your usual French restaurant. As you set foot in Metronome, you will be greeted by a high-ceilinged bar area that is light, a bit feminine, and Art Deco-inspired with its different shades of greys and pops of French blue.
You and your special someone can enjoy a serene and intimate anniversary dinner amid Metronome's romantic ambience over Chef Miko Calo's modern take on classic French cooking, coupled with a drink from the restaurants wide range of wines.
Metronome is located at G/F Grand Midori, Bolanos Street, Legazpi Village, Makati
Cru Steakhouse's modern and stylish interior of dark wooden floors, dim lights, and private booths make a perfect setting for a romantic date. Whether you are celebrating a milestone with your significant other or you just want to have a memorable and romantic night with each other, award-winning Cru Steakhouse of Marriott Hotel Manila is the restaurant to be.
With its luxurious and sophisticated space, Cru reinvents the steakhouse experience — without all the smoke and noise. The centrepiece of the restaurant is the open flame grill where you get to see how the steaks are prepared to perfection.
Experience gourmet dining featuring French-Mediterranean cuisine and fine wines at Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant. Surrounded with lush gardens, decorative warm lights, and wine cellars, the elegant yet cosy restaurant can be found in Quezon City. Take your date to Lemuria for an evening of food, wine, and classical music from the masters.
Lemuria's innovative menu offers various flavours that accommodate national and seasonal inspirations. For Valentine's Day, the restaurant has prepared a special menu that will take you on a romantic adventure! It's definitely a place for anniversary celebrations or if you're brave enough, reserve their hall for a romantic proposal.
Lemuria is located at 5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village, Quezon City
Galileo Enoteca Deli
Get to experience the taste of Italian countryside at Galileo Enoteca Deli in the middle of the bustling Mandaluyong City. This jewel is an authentic Italian deli and winery that lives up to its name ("enoteca" means wine library in Italian). Its walls are covered with shelves featuring different Italian wine variants. Galileo Enoteca easily became a well-loved little place that is perfect for celebrating anniversaries or maybe a place to pop The Question.
Give way for authentic Italian pasta dishes from Penne al Gorgonzola and Spaghetti Fruitti di Mare to Galileo Enoteca's risotto, perfectly paired with a glass of exquisite wine.
Galileo Enoteca Deli is located at 80 Calbagoy Street corner Malinao Street, Mandaluyong City
This restaurant, which originated from New York City, has brought international attention to Filipino cuisine. Locally it can be found in Malate Manila. The first thing you and your date will notice is that Purple Yam doesn't look like a restaurant at all. The place is actually an ancestral home of the owner. The comfortable atmosphere will enhance an intimate dinner for you and your significant other. Some say Purple Yam is also the place to get engaged!
Purple Yam takes Filipino food to the next level with its "reimagined" but flavourful dishes that make it a unique destination — from its Pandesal Sliders, Sorsogon Bay crab cakes to special drinks with lambanog and tapuy from the Cordilleras.
Purple Yam is located at 603 Julio Nakpil corner Bacobo, Malate, Manila
Solaire Resort is home to this authentic Italian restaurant. Finestra boasts beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows that allows for an unobstructed view of Manila Bay and the Solaire pool. At the heart of this restaurant's lavish dining room is a marble-framed open kitchen that gives you and your date a view of the culinary team's theatrical performance in bringing each dish to perfection. Artworks from the finest local artists, paired with beautiful acoustics, and warmly lit chandeliers really helps to complete a night full of love.
Finestra's romantic ambience may encourage you to bend the knee, take out a ring, and ask that nerve-wracking question. It's definitely a place to fall in love. Enjoy delightful food such as its Aragosta, rib-eye steak, fresh pasta, Alaskan crab cakes and it's selection of craft cocktails.
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