It’s all about the ambiance this Valentine's: Whether you opt for a 5-star restaurant or a cozy dimly-lit hidden gem, what's important is you get that romantic feel you want. Here are five restaurants that boast of not just wonderful ambiance (we've got fine dining and laidback options), but spectacular menus:
Le Bar. What you can expect: An intimate, extensive wine collection, a carefully selected menu, and an international selection and french dishes are at the forefront of the menu; and if you choose to go on Thursday evening, there's unli wine and cheese, and on Saturdays, you can look forward to their jazz brunch. Location: Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Call +6321-5515555
Paparazzi. What you can expect: The best of the northern tradition of italy, diversity of italian cuisine, and an extensive selection of world class wines. Location: EDSA Shangri-La, Manila, 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, +632-6338888
Cowrie Grill. What you can expect: Elegant dining, a cozy luxury atmosphere. It first opened its doors in the Manila Hotel in 1977, but has now brought its iconic dining experience to the heart of San Juan. Location: G/F Promenade 3, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City. Call +632-4631993.
Crying Tiger Street Kitchen. What to expect: Really good Thai food at reasonable prices and an uber relaxed ambiance for chill dates. Location: Guanzon Street, Makati City
El Chupacabra. What you can expect: Topnotch Mexican dishes, like carne asada and grilled boneless chicken skewers, among others, and a casual cool setting. Location: 5782 Felipe corner Polaris Street, Makati, +632-8951919.
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With reports from Food Magazine by Anne Marie Ozaeta (Le Bar), Athena Fregillana (Paparazzi), and Troy Barrios (Cowrie Grill, Crying Tiger, and El Chupacabra). Photography by Pia Puno (Le Bar) and Paul Del Rosario (Paparazzi and Cowrie Grill).