V-Day Dining Guide:
for 8 Kinds of Couples
By Shen Mascariñas
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, how about holding a reflective exercise? Ever thought about your couple brand? We’re all about supporting independence here—being your own, complete being whether you’re single or in a relationship. But, LBR, the longer you’ve been together with someone, the more pronounced your characteristics as a couple becomes (just like families, groups of friends, companies etc.).
Contemplating about what you’re like and what you want as a couple would do you some good in tons of aspects—one most pressing example being your V-Day date venue. Think, think, and think before you set those reservations, folks.
Okay, fine, we’ve done the thinking for you. Here are 8 restaurants distinctly romantic for 8 totally different couples.
The Morning Couple: Common Folk
79 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City
(02) 277 6357 | Facebook
Open daily from 7:30am to 10pm
Budget for two – P500
While other couples would find a date at 7:30am annoying (if not impossible), the morning couple would love the idea. Common Folk’s bright interiors with décor that match the morning couple’s sunny disposition make it the perfect setting for a V-Day breakfast or brunch date.
There’s a wide range of caffeinated concoctions to look forward to here, alongside flavorful and hearty meals. Common Folk’s Open Faced Toasts are crowd-pleasers with the Salmon to Love front and center.
Those on the Casual-Cool Dating Stage: Polilya
5658 Jacobo Street, Poblacion, Makati
Open Monday to Saturday from 5:30pm to 2am
Budget for two – P700
We’ve all been there at some point—the unsure and totally thrilling stage of getting to know a potential beau. If you’re not yet ready to make it official come February 14th, no worries. Keep it casual-cool at Polilya. Their beer cocktails, beer-infused food and chill yet enchanting vibe add up to a great night for sure.
The Night Owls: B.A.D. Late Night Breakfast Bar
The Palace, 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
0917 550 9999 | Facebook
Open Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 3am, Friday & Saturday from 6pm to 6am
Budget for two – P900
Who says breakfast is only to be eaten in the mornings? The night owls are almost never out-and-about to enjoy breakfast menus only up to 11. Their days usually start at noon, and a dinner date is their only option for Valentine’s. At B.A.D, the night owls can finally devour decadent breakfast food late at night, up to the wee hours of the morning.
Don’t leave without trying B.A.D.’s Bacon & Cheddar Waffles that come with bourbon maple syrup. They even have an extensive list of cocktails for those who want something even stronger than coffee.
The Childhood Sweethearts: Nono’s
The childhood sweethearts are already so comfortable with each other they’re not really looking for a fancy, wine-and-dine type of restaurant for Valentine’s Day. Excellent comfort food in a warm, homey ambiance is more like it, and Nono’s is just that. Nono’s is from the same makers of Classic Confections, but this time, they’re offering a full-course menu inspired by their family favorites. Word on the street is their Homestyle Fried Chicken may be one of the metro’s best.
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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