The Gr8est Restaurant Dates
By Shen Mascariñas
Consider Quezon City your vast dating playground. After all, the metro’s largest and most populated city is wealthy with cultural destinations and great restaurants just waiting to be explored. With almost a surplus of choices on where to eat, though, it’s easy to settle for overpriced yet mediocre dining experiences.
You wouldn’t want that for bae (or your wallet) now, would you? Get the most bang for your buck (pun only slightly intended) in these QC restaurants.
GF 140 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
(02) 738 2543, 0917 704 0515 | Facebook
Open Mon to Thurs 11am to 11pm, Fri & Sat 11am to 2am, Sun 11am to 12mn
Date budget – P700
From grub to booze, go on an all-out Japanese-themed date at Soru Izakaya. This modern Japanese restaurant features an extensive menu from crowd-pleasing classics to the trendiest (aka most instagenic) dishes. Whether you want Saigoro Wagyu Cubes, a Poke Bowl or something as unique as the Akai Paella Maki, you can satisfy that craving here.
Also, It’s #SakeNight every Friday at Soru Izakaya, which means cool beats and cheap shots.
Afters Espresso & Desserts
Start and end your date on a sweet note at Afters Espresso & Desserts. Have breakfast or merienda with bae here, and even better—why not make it a productive work date? You’ll get plus points for accomplishing things together. Their fine, handcrafted coffee will give both of you the brain fuel to do just that. Don’t miss their artisan gelato as the perfect reward.
99 Scout Lozano Street, Laging Handa, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
(02) 501 2620, 0917 817 6045 | Facebook
Open daily from 11:30am to 10pm
Date budget – P800
Lola café is a residential house charmingly transformed into a cozy restaurant. The food served here, however, is far more sophisticated than ordinary home-cooked meals. They’ve upgraded Filipino dishes into modern, more indulgent masterpieces that you’ll surely be swooning over up to the ride going home.
How do Bacon Belly Batchoy, Bone Marrow Sisig, Wagyu Kare-Kare and Truffled Lengua sound?
The Porch by Casa Verde
113 Anonas Extension, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
(02) 952 7178 | Facebook
Open daily from 10am to 10pm
Date budget – P900
The Porch is somewhat reminiscent to Noah’s white house in the Notebook, the one he built for Allie. Romantic, isn’t it? Once you’re through with the cheesy lines and the puppy-eyed stares, get ready for some serious feasting.
The Porch is home to comfort food in huge servings. In fact, they’re famous for The Mighty Ton—a 12-nch burger with a one-kilo tenderloin patty and a shitload of toppings. If that’s too much for you and bae, scrumptious American fare in normal generous servings are available as well.