Celebrating Love (and Good Food) this Valentine’s

Valentines Day means so much to most us like Christmas or any other special holiday you might think of.  Although it’s not really considered as a holiday, people, especially those that have significant others, look forward to this much awaited celebration.  As early as the last week of January, flowers, heart-shaped balloons, mugs with hearts, and any other Valentines day stuff flock our malls and stores.  It might look much like a cliche if you see people holding bouquets of flowers around but deep inside there’s this happy (and sometimes fidgety) feeling of having to celebrate this day with someone special.  Most of us also spend this day with our friends and family because really, is there a greater love than this?

And of course, what better way to celebrate this day but with FOOD.  Restaurants too get a buzz on people flocking over to make this day extra special.  It’s not just the florist or the novelty store or the chocolatier that gets super busy during this day.  Most of the memorable moments we had in our lives took place in our favorite restaurant; fiance’s proposal, engagement party, birthday party, wedding reception, baby’s christening, of course Valentines Day, and so much more.

I’ve narrowed the list down to some of the BEST restaurants or shall I say Romantic Restaurants that we have here in the Metro (trust me, the list goes on and on and on…).

Owned by Chef couple Roland and Jackie Laudico, Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino is a world class fine dining restaurant with modern Filipino cuisines.  This one is truly a Pinoy restaurant at heart.  Serving the finest in traditional Filipino cuisines combining the best world famous ingredients with the freshest local finds, this restaurant is exceptional in so many ways.  The service is just perfect and the owners are heart-warming and accommodating too.  You won’t go wrong for sure!

It does have a nice interior that will absolutely set the mood.

Ground Floor net 2 Building, 3rd Avenue,
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
For reservations or inquiries
Telephone: 856-0634/0541
Mobile: 0917800CHEF (2433)
email: cheflaudico@yahoo.com

Lolo Dad’s

Lolo Dad’s cafe has been in Manila for more than a decade now and it still continues to give that surprising satisfaction to customers.  It is owned by the Ayuyao family and Head Chef Ariel Manuel (husband of owner Carminia Ayuyao Manuel).  The name itself adds a homey feel as it came from a cute little family story.  Their famous Tasting Menu is good enough reason for you to pick up the phone and get reservations immediately.  It’s composed of different mouthwatering cuisines complete from appetizers to scrumptious dessert.  Sample menus include the exceptional Foie Gras, the finest Steak, palette-cleansing Sorbet, as well as the best house wine.  What more can you ask for?

899 Pres. Qurino Ave. cor. Leon Guinto St., Malate Manila
Phone Number : (63 2) 522-2941, 524-2295, 526-7151
Cellphone Number : +639228125971

Beurre Blanc

Beurre Blanc (French for White Butter) serves one of the finest French – Mediterranean cuisines in the Metro.  This is owned by the Chef’s Quarter group of restaurants under the tandem of Larry Cortez and Chef Mauro Arjona.  Located just in the heart of Resort’s World Manila, this is an ideal dining choice after going to the movies, or watching a play, or even playing in the casino, so you have that cozy and feel good experience.   The interior boasts of a ceiling covered with large scale Fresco paintings, classic chairs and tables, plus an immaculate fountain smack in the middle.

2/F, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila Newport Boulevard Newport City, Cybertourism Zone Pasay City, Pasay
Phone: (+632) 836 4342/ (+632) 659 4020

Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante

Now who doesn’t want a good dose of authentic Spanish food?  Casa Armas has been well known all around the Metro with it’s several branches for the warm and indulgent Spanish delicacies it brings.  Best to experience Spain within their classic and perfectly polished interiors which is perfect for any intimate celebration and get-together.  You gotta love their Spanish and Tapas specialties for they are truly the best.

Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante, Jupiter St.
132 Jupiter St., Bel-Air 2
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 897-3605
Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante, Malate
573 J. Nakpil St. cor. J. Bocobo St.
Manila, Metro Manila
(02) 523-5763
Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante, Greenbelt 3
G/Lvl. Greenbelt 3, Paseo de Roxas, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 757-4961
Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante, The Podium
1/F The Podium, 18 ADB Ave., Ortigas Center
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
(02) 687-3663
Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante, Trinoma Mall
3/Lvl. Trinoma Mall, EDSA cor. North Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 900-0449

La Cocina De Tita Moning

Such a different experience it will be by visiting La Cocina de Tita Moning as you will be in a flashback into the 1930’s era.  Dining in an pre-war ancestral home  that serves the finest in Filipino and contemporary dishes must be the new edge to put into a small gathering for lunch or dinner.  The interior is pretty much like a museum with the preserved items from the past but it still has it’s life and gleam because of the way the place has been taken care of.  Simply a one of a kind fine dining experience.

La Cocina de Tita Moning
315 San Rafael Street, San Miguel District, Manila
Tel. Nos. 632.7342146, 632.7342141
Mobile: (overseas): +63917.5383490; (Manila)  0917.5315203
Email address :talktous@lacocinadetitamoning.com


Yet another famous fine dining restaurant in Makati, Sala gives a laid back vibe perfect for the hustle and bustle around the city.  Sala is well known to be one of the finest European dining places in the Metro.  The location along Ayala is convenient for those who are working so that they can easily drop by and have great food after the stressful day they had.  Another good instance is for those who have to work during Valentines so they can just place a reservation and come by after.

6752 Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
+632 750 1555 / +632 893 0242
email info@salarestaurant.com
For more details on their Menu and Prices, just visit their websites that I have linked on each title. 🙂
photo credits–
  • cheflaudico.com.ph
  • lolodads.com
  • pickypescetarian.com
  • ouraweseomeplanet.com

One response to “Celebrating Love (and Good Food) this Valentine’s

  1. Lolo Dad’s = absolute favorite.
    I have yet to try the other establishments though.

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