By Shen Mascariñas
Don’t sell one of your kidneys just yet. Sustaining the flame doesn’t have to equate to being broke 90% of the time. Yes, even if your frequent hangout spot is exorbitant Makati.
Keep the bae perfectly satisfied (and more importantly, happily-busog) with these wallet-friendly food spots.
119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
(02) 772 8270 | Facebook
Open daily from 6:30am to 11pm
Date budget – P700
How about a breakfast (okay fine, brunch) date instead of the usual dinner meet-ups? Cartel Deli, a cozy neighborhood café, is the perfect venue for that.
There are tons of quality sandwiches to choose from, eggs in various delicious forms and pasta dishes to satisfy larger appetites. Cartel Deli also features artisanal products that would make winner take-away, or a post-date gift *wink*.
1137 Kamagong Street, San Antonio, Makati City
0927 761 9799 | Facebook
Open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 10pm, every Sunday from 9am to 7pm
Date budget – P800
For all you health-buff couples, Satinka Naturals just might be your new favorite spot. This homey, intimate restaurant features organic, all-natural ingredients mostly sourced from local farms. They transform these into wholesome, flavor-packed dishes that vegetarians, vegans or even carnivores will enjoy.
There’s really something scrumptious for every diet. All sorts of healthy knick-knacks, from toiletries to household supplies, await at Satinka Naturals as well.
2F Lokal Hostel Building, Ebro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 246 9069 ext:711 | Facebook
Open daily from 4pm to 2am
Date budget – P700
The ones served here aren’t your ordinary hotdogs. Think top quality meat, soft French buns and a generous amount of toppings that range from familiar to unexpected—all in all, totally date-worthy hotdogs.
Don’t let your date end without trying the Tijuana Bacon Dog, No.5 Dog or the Wasabi Dog. Let things get deliciously messy, and wash it down with—as Wicked Dogs puts it—“beers colder and cheaper than your ex.”
Unit 59C Paseo de Roxas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
0917 845 7965, (02) 501 9732 | Facebook
Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 1am
Date budget – P750
Take your busy bae on a work date for major pogi/ganda points. 59C lets you enjoy scrumptious grub and your preferred brain juice (may that be coffee or cocktails) in a lovely co-working space. Look forward to fusion Asian food in the likes of Asian Goreng, Frynanese Chicken and Asado Floss Pao.