LIST: 5 date places for different couples this Valentine's
The month of love is upon us, and the commercially-known day of romance is nearing – Valentine's. Got any plans yet?
Whether you're celebrating it with someone new, your partner of X years, or even just with your best girl friend, there are countless restaurant choices in and near the city that'll fit your couple personality, food preferences, and shared love languages to a T.
Here are some suggestions for you and your S.O. to try out on V-Day:
1. For the fancy shmancy lovers
If you and your beau are looking to take your regular foodie dates a notch higher this Valentine’s, why not bask in the sophisticated, fine dining experience that Blackbird at the Nielsen Tower promises?
What was previously an air control tower is now a romantic, urban escape for couples looking to lock eyes over an intimate, candle-lit dinner, surrounded by a 360-degree top view of Makati city.
Aside from the classy ambiance both its indoor and al fresco dining areas emanate, Blackbird offers a menu that sounds straight out of an Iron Chef kitchen. Care for some Rubbed Wagyu Hanger Steak, Lobster Spaghetti, Grilled Tiger Prawns, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, or Seafood Bisque? What about a dainty Afternoon Tea set?
When all is said and done, cap off the night with Blackbird's signature cocktails, enjoyed best at their ritzy bar lounge.
2. For the playful kids-at-heart
Video games, board games, snacks, drinks, and an uninterrupted day – does this scream romance to you and your S.O.? For some couples, it 100% does.
Play Nation, UP Town Center’s anti-boredom hub, welcomes gamer couples any day of the week, offering affordable hourly rates for those ready to play the day away.
Sofas and private rooms surround the spacious modern arcade, each with its own Xbox and Nintendo Switch consoles, available for unli-use. Board games more up your date's alley? Play Nation's walls of board games won't disappoint.
A very notable thing to mention: Play Nation's gaming bundles also come with unlimited drinks and popcorn!
However, if your intense gaming worked up a bigger appetite, you can check out Play Nation's food menu – they've got appetizers, filling rice dishes, and build-your-own-bowl options to tide you over.
3. For the artsy, nature-holics
Half interactive pottery class studio, half art gallery, and half Southeast Asian resto? Sign us up!
Amid Antipolo's picteresque hills stands the quirky Crescent Moon Cafe, an al fresco dining space within lush greenery that prides itself in its unique Asian-Filipino dishes, fresh produce, and invigoratingly creative atmosphere and activities.
Couples brave the long ride uphill for Crescent Moon's color, life, artistic experience, and of course, their food. A must-try is the best-selling Alagaw Salad, a DIY appetizer of fresh greens stuffed with flavors of the orient, such as coconut, chili, ginger, basil, green mango, shrimp, and a sweet peanut sauce.
Other faves on their buffet-style menu include the Twice-Cooked Pork Belly with Adobo Mullberry Sauce, Fried Catfish with Green Curry Sauce, and the Suman Itim dessert, which is black rice suman topped with gata (coconut) cream and adobong kasoy (cashew).
4. For the too blessed to be stressed
Are your overworked selves dying for an afternoon of peace, quiet, and calm together? Kick back, relax, and rejuvenate yourselves from inside out at the I'M Onsen Spa, a self-proclaimed "urban oasis" at the center of busy Makati Avenue.
Inspired by Japan's tranquil hot springs, Onsen Spa delivers the destressing you and your partner deserve. Depending on the couple's package you choose, you can each expect an indulgent full-body massage, scrubs, a private steam room, sauna, jacuzzi pool, facials, and premium first-hand pampering.
There's also a whole level dedicated to Onsen Spa's relaxation lounge, where complimentary, free-flowing herbal teas and cozy, retractable armchairs await spa guests.
To top it all off, Onsen Spa boasts a full international buffet spread at The Common Good, specifically prepared for hungry couples craving for a variety of cuisines, post-treatment.
5. For the chillnuman night owls
If the night life is what you both seek, then you're definitely not short on bar choices around the Metro. However, if rowdy, dark bars and uncomfortably packed dancefloors aren't your thing, the FYRE Rooftop Lounge at Poblacion understands.
At this breezy roofdeck are lights, live music, and cozy chairs that help add to its laid-back yet still hip happenin' ambiance.
Aside from its low-key party atmosphere and Makati skyline view, the food is another reason guests climb 3 stairwells for.
It's no wonder, since Locavore's Chef Mikel Zaguirre is at the helm of FYRE's killer pulutan menu and signature cocktails.
Now go celebrate your love with a toast of your beer bottles and a spoonful of sisig. Cheers!
Where will you be taking your Valentine's date to this weekend? – Rappler.com