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MANILA, Philippines – Fine dining is a concept both exhilarating and intimidating, with good reason. Aside from the obvious cry for help from your wallet, it’s also choosing the right place – but that’s where things get exciting.
A number of things to factor come in to play: is it for Valentine’s, an anniversary, or just a romantic getaway? We’ve got several recommendations to make, not restricted to Tagaytay or BGC restaurants, or to the best restaurants in Manila even. Check out these 16 opulent spots to consider.
Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant serves expressive French Mediterranean cuisine made from scratch using only the best and freshest ingredients. Their innovative menu evolves to offer new discoveries of flavor combinations that challenge the adventurous palate desiring cuisine beyond the mainstream offerings.
Pio’s Kitchen is a private dining restaurant headed by Chef Chin Gallegos. Chef Chin personally welcomes her guests into her grandparents’ old home which is exclusive for reserved guests only. Homey and spacious, Pio’s Kitchen can be customized according to the guests’ personal preferences, subject to additional costs.
Often described one of the most beautiful fine dining restaurants in Manila, Champagne Room over the years, has been able to maintain its classic, elegant and royal charm to its multitude of loyal patrons. Its regal interiors and high-quality dishes make it a top choice for couples spending Valentine’s Day or their anniversaries.
Spiral Buffet is one of the most lavish buffets in the country with its 21 unique dining ateliers each showcasing the best of international cuisines, including a L’Epicerie, or the “cheese room”. Its extensive selection of gourmet dishes and its eye-catching interiors make it an easy choice for Valentine’s Day festivities – be it with your date or with your family.
China Blue offers a fine dining experience with elevated Chinese cuisine by celebrity chef Jereme Leung. The dishes are as beautiful as they are delicious. Early favorites include the House Specialty Steamed Truffle Mushroom Bun, Black and Gold Egg Custard Bun.
Galileo Enoteca Deli serves authentic Italian dishes and boasts of their vast collection of wine to perfectly match their food, giving diners the ability to explore the world of fine alcohol of the European regions.
Tomo is located in a refurbished house with modern, minimalistic Japanese interiors. A lot of light wood is used in the fixtures and furniture making it easy on the eyes. It also has an outdoor Japanese-style garden. All of our Japanese favorites seem like they’ll be present on Tomo’s menu – sushi and sashimi, donburi rice bowls, tempura and ramen.
Formerly known as Gallery VASK, Spanish-born Chef Jose Luis “Chele” Gonzalez showcases his culinary skills and experience in some of the world’s most respected restaurants, such as El Bulli, El Celler de Can Roca, Mugaritz, and Nerua-Guggenheim. Their use of classic, modern, traditional and molecular tools to create degustacion menus that immediately turn its first-time customers into its patrons in the long run.
Located in the heart of Makati city, Blackbird is an upscale contemporary European and Asian restaurant boasting some of the most high-end interiors the Metro has to offer, and it is headed by none other than Chef Colin Mackay of Sala Bistro and People’s Palace. The Manila International Air Terminal, which was built and used to stand on the same location in 1937, was the inspiration behind its aviation-themed design.
Kyo-to is a fine dining Japanese restaurant by Chef Ryohei Kawamoto. They are best known for serving authentic kaiseki ryori, also known as dishes that explain Japanese history.
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G/F 119 C. Palanca Jr. St, Legazpi Village, Makati
Waterside Restobar is a Latin American, Mediterranean and Filipino restaurant located in one of Manila’s newest, most elaborate hotels. It represents a broad range of flavors from all over the world and displays classy interiors.
Caviar is a French fine dining restaurant that celebrates the era of cultural refinement and social elegance in the last century. Within Alabang, it provides a serene, intimate space where guests can escape from the real world and relax, drink great wine, and eat some of the best food around.
Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe is the destination for people who want to enjoy affordable herb-infused food in a relaxing ambiance of a sprawling garden!
Tahanan, meaning ‘home’, is a family run business set in renowned Filipino artist, Benji Reyes’ home lanai. It serves all-Filipino dishes that are close to home, using only local produce and applied with international techniques from Chef Kevin Tuason’s culinary experience in Melbourne. With rustic interiors balanced by all the nature around, Tahanan Bistro is the fine dining experience fit for any Filipino.
Burrow Café at Antipolo Beehouse is an underground haven consisting of a hidden cafe, restaurant, shop, and function space. Tucked away overlooking a sloping terrain that leads to a nearby river, it’s perfect for both a romantic getaway and an artist’s retreat.
Antonio’s is Tagaytay’s most celebrated fine dining destination that features the best international cuisine by world-class chef Tony Boy. Its impeccable food, elegant interiors, scenic gardens and great service make them exemplary. People come here to celebrate special occasions–birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and more.
Insider Tip: They're closed on Mondays.
With these fine dining restaurant options all over Metro Manila, all you’ve got to do now is to download the Booky app to make sure you get your directions and travel time right, which you could see through each restaurant’s ‘Navigation’ feature. Booky is the most comprehensive phonebook for all your food destinations, making sure you get all the information you need to eat out with ease.