At the rate it takes you to get from one place to the next because of heavy traffic nowadays, it's wise to simplify your itinerary if you can. Take date night, for instance: You most often troop to Makati or BGC to wine and dine with your special someone, and it would take you at least a couple of hours to get there; chances are, the traffic would have already affected your mood by then. Start loving your own city—if you think QC is only home to quirky restaurants and group dining places, we're about to prove you wrong.
We've discovered an exquisite fine dining place ideal for romantic dates which you can reach without having to endure EDSA traffic (hello, side streets!): The Cowrie Grill, born inside The Manila Hotel, is now tucked away in the relaxed Greenhills neighborhood. Here are three other things you'll love about this establishment, besides it being located not too far from home:
The lavish decor, especially the use of a thousand of rare cowries. Tons of the most coveted sea shell found in the deep waters of Leyte have been assembled into decorative pieces, which complement the restaurant's elegant, Old World interiors.
Their mouthwatering signature steak creations and grilled entrées. Executive Chef Michael So Chan, who used to be the Commis Chef 2 of The Manila Hotel's Champagne Room, brings his high standard of excellence to Cowrie Grill. Our recos? The Angus Prime Rib cooked using a Montague steakhouse broiler and a complement of wines from the restaurant’s exquisite selection, and for dessert, the Baked Alaska flambé.
The romantic date ideal: Private dining booths. You and your date can forget about the rest of the world once you slip into their stylish private booths. But come mealtime, they've got a gracious tableside service so you'll be able to see your food cooked right before your eyes (you can therefore be sure that they're prepped well!).
The Cowrie Grill is located at Promenade Mall, Missouri Street, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, and is open daily from 11:00AM to 3:00PM for lunch and from 6:30 to 10:00PM for dinner. For inquiries and reservations, call +632-4631993.