The Hipster Earth-Lovers: Harlan + Holden Dine
R1-GH, The Glasshouse, Rockwell Center, Makati
0917 109 2156, 0956 295 7606 | Facebook
Open Monday to Friday from 12nn to 9pm, Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 8:30pm
Budget for two – P500
The hipster earth-lovers will appreciate Harlan + Holden’s respectful to nature aesthetic. The restaurant is built around trees, rather than in place of them. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows also make customers feel totally one with nature. And as for the food, expect fuss-free comfort food—the type that you’ll want to come back for almost every day. Harlan + Holden’s caesar salad is something you can’t miss.
The Travel Bugs: The Alley by Vikings
If they didn’t meet while traveling, the travel bugs definitely fell in love after a few getaways together. For those who can’t spend Valentine’s Day exploring a beautiful corner of the world this year, visiting The Alley comes very close. Vikings’ newest buffet concept brings together a plethora of street food concepts from around the globe.
Ensuring every plate is fresh—The Alley lets you order an infinite amount of a la carte plates from the different food stalls. To name a few, there’s dimsum, Spanish food, New York-style pizza to get excited about.
The Foodies: The Test Kitchen
9780 Kamagong, San Antonio Village, Makati
0917 304 1570, (02) 403 5952 | Website
Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 10pm
Budget for two – P5000
The Foodies undoubtedly spend most of their money on dining experiences. They can’t think of any other way to spend Valentine’s Day than to feast on a marvelous meal. Degustation menus are their favorite for special occasions; they live for the thrill of not knowing what will be served and witnessing the chef’s culinary passion first hand.
For that and possibly even more, The Test Kitchen is the way to go. Helmed by multi-awarded Chef Josh Boutwood, the foodies will be in for a delicious ride.
Those with a Sweet Tooth: St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert
They hate waiting for everyone to finish the meals for the best part—dessert, duh. If they can’t have the sweet ending for the main (and only) event, they will at least choose the restaurant based on dessert. And for Valentine’s Day, those with a sweet tooth should settle for nothing less than St. Louis. This house of fine ice cream & dessert comes from Australia and is committed to using only the finest quality ingredients.
While they do offer some savory dishes like breakfast pastries, baked eggs and hearty crepes, the focus is definitely on decadent dessert—tons of it in various, glorious forms. There are shakes, waffles, crepes, churros, fondues and signature creations.
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