Upholding safety doesn’t have to compromise romance in enjoying the coming weekend. Time to book your seats or reserve your sets in time for the 14th.
A romantic dinner is a trusted classic for Valentine’s Day as good food sets the mood for everything else to come for the night. Even in the context of the pandemic, romance prevails; Restaurants have created hybrid offerings where you can still safely have that night out or choose to stay on the even safer side at-home.
Here are just a few of our favorite places where you can have a fantastic meal this V-Day.
With their recently launched ‘The Food Truck’ concept, Sofitel maximizes its Manila Bay locale with al fresco dining with a delicious buffet menu of grilled meats, gourmet sandwiches, and seafood to pair with a beautiful sunset view. Highlight dishes include the shrimp roll brioche, Bellychon, and smoked salmon. Of course, you can also opt to go for their ever-satisfying Spiral buffet which also offers at-home packages.
The Food Truck and Spiral are located at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex 1300, Roxas Blvd, Pasay. For reservations and inquiries, contact Sofitel at (0917) 309-2161 or (+632)-8-832-6988.
This Poblacion spot stays true to their Neo-Filipino identity with a six-course Valentine’s menu of contemporary yet familiar flavors. Dishes such as the aligue-rich Montaditos and Cochinillo all go down well especially when paired with a sparkling bottle of Chandon Brit Rosé.
Lampara Neo-Filipino Bistro is located at 5883 Enriquez, Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila. For reservations contact (0917) 173-5883.
For those looking for a more urban backdrop, Mireio at Raffles Makati offers a five-course dinner backdropped by the Makati skyline. The menu showcases Mireio’s French and continental chops in their dishes. Tuna carpaccio with truffle vinaigrette, mushroom and foie gras raviolis, and Wagyu beef tenderloin with compressed potato tossed in aged parmesan and red wine sauce are among its highlights. At-home diners can also order from their Mireio a la Maison website.
Mirèio is located at the 9th Level, Hotel Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Ave., Makati. For reservations and inquiries, contact 7795-0707 or e-mail [email protected]
If Sakura’s standard Japanese fare isn’t enough to entice you, their Miyazaki Gyu Beef Festival might just change your mind. The February-long special menu is filled with savory and juicy dishes that show off the flavors of prestigious Miyazaki Wagyu. The meat lover’s delight features dishes such as Aburi beef sushi, beef sukiyaki, and beef sashimi.
For reservations and inquiries, contact +63-917-799-8894 or +63-908-887-0910. Sakura is located at The City Club, 4F, 7232 Ayala Ave, Extension, Makati.
Gallery by Chele
Ever the creative culinary mind, Chele Gonzalez also takes a meaty turn for his Valentine’s menu. Gallery’s Valentine Wagyu Set features a Josper oven-grilled Wagyu MB9 Tenderloin as its main dish. Along with the meat, the set comes with Kare-Kare bonbon made with peanut praline, beef cheeks, and bagoong mayo; tiger prawn cocktail salad, and two slices of burnt Basque cheesecake. This set is available for dine-in and takeaway.
Gallery by Chele is located at 5/F Clipp Center, 11th Avenue corner, 39th St, Taguig. For reservations and more information, visit their Instagram page, their website, or contact +63 917 5461673.
Although this modern Filipino restaurant is already fully booked for Valentine’s Day, you can still enjoy their dishes at your own space with their Hapag Valentine’s Package. The package comes in a hefty box containing a full four-course meal, a bottle of Gran Hacienda wine, short bread, rose petals, and even a candle for a complete and intimate dining experience at home.
Hapag is located at Katipunan Ext, 201 Katipunan Ave, Project 4, Quezon City. For reservations and inquiries, contact us at +63 947 560 1853.
Raging Bull Chophouse
Shang Fort’s signature steakhouse makes quality home-cooked steaks look easy with their Steak-Me-Home DIY Kit that contains a full 4-course meal you can sear and serve in the comforts of your own kitchen. The kit comes with two 270g center-cut stripling steaks as well as some side dishes like caesar salad, sourdough rolls, shellfish bisque, and raspberry tartlets.
For order arrangements and inquiries, call 091SLFMEATS (09175363287) or email [email protected]
This Spanish spot in Poblacion offers a vibrant menu that patrons can indulge in for their dinner out or even at home. The Día de San Valentín menu comes with Jamon Serrano, Grilled Pulpo, White Sangria Marisco Shrimp, and some cheeses. “The Día de San Valentín menu will be special enough to wow your loved ones but not intimidating to the point that you don’t know what you are eating,” explains executive chef Ruther Sandico.
Hola Bombon is located at 5887 Fermina, cor Enriquez, Makati. For reservations and inquiries contact (0917) 520-1880.
Craving for some Chinese for V-day date night? Lung Hin at Marco Polo serves up a Valentine’s Day set menu that showcases the best of Cantonese flavors with dishes such as Crispy Roasted Baby Duck with Black Pepper Sauce and Stir-Fried Crystal Prawns. These set menus are offered for the entirety of Valentine’s weekend and are available for dine-in and takeaway.
Lung Hin is located on Level 44 of the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street Ortigas Centre, San Antonio, Pasig. (632) 720-7777