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Gourmet escapes around Manila

March 8, 2017

If you’re looking for a venue to woo your loved one then ideally your decision should be based on the personal history you have between you.

Restaurants are the ideal place to spend time together, sample some great food and wine and even sometimes could even result in a proposal!

Here are some versatile and most swoon-worthy restaurants in Metro Manila.

1.  Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant – New Manila
Lemuria is a secret garden restaurant hidden amongst a residential area in New Manila.  It is a dining destination and not really a place you simply happen to go by and choose to eat at. The restaurant serves French Mediterranean dishes with wine matching that finishes the entire experience.

Note: Reservations accepted/Walk-ins
Location:  5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe, Quezon City
(02) 722-2185

Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant, Manila











2.  Blackbird – Ayala Triangle Gardens

Blackbird is a contemporary European and Asian restaurant headed by Chef Colin Mackay (of Sala Bistro and People’s Palace). Its aeronautics theme is propelled by the Manila International Air Terminal which was assembled and used to remain on a similar area in 1937.

Note: Reservations are recommended.
Location:  Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati
(02) 828-4888

 Blackbird – Ayala Triangle Gardens, Manila







3.  Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge – Katipunan

Ninyo is an escape pad, it’s not precisely a beach resort but closely resembles one! Cook Niño heads the kitchen serving his interpretation of present day Asian and European dishes with 100 of the world’s extraordinary wines. For sentimental dinners, make a point to get one of the open air private gazebos.

Note: Walk-ins
Location: 66 E. Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(02) 426-0301

Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge, Manila











4.  Atelier Vivanda – Forbes Town Centre

The name Atelier Vivanda originates from two French words. Atelier which implies ‘workshop’ while Vivanda originates from la viande, or ’meat’, or la strive which translates to ’life’. Atelier Vivanda is a French bistro, steakhouse and a wine and cheddar bar (BRVT Paris) by 2-star Michelin gourmet specialist, Akrame Benallal, who is just 32 years old. The place can cater for around 70-80 individuals, including a Chef’s table, and in the open air zone, the primary feasting zones and a private room.

Note: Walk-ins/Reservations
Locations: U-A8 Forbes Town Center, Forbes Town Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 848-2632

Atelier Vivanda, Manila











5.  Galileo Enoteca – Highway Hills

With “enoteka” which means wine display in Italian, Galileo Enoteca offers fine Italian dining and a wide choice of wine. Its natural, wood inspired décor transports diners to a calm Italian escape from the bustling metro.

Note: Walk-ins/Reservations
Location: 80 Calbayog St, cor. Malinao St, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
(02) 534-4633

Galileo Enoteca, Manila











6.  Caviar Restaurant and Champagne Bar – Alabang

Caviar is an up-market European fine dining restaurant based in Alabang, offering alfresco dining and a glass cellar showcasing an extensive wine collection. Take your special somebody here in the event that they appreciate the opulance of an upscale eatery.

Note: Walk-ins/Reservations
Location: Unit A-206 Westgate Center, Alabang-Zapote Rd, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 552-7930

Caviar Restaurant and Champagne Bar, Manila











7.  Cru Steakhouse – Marriott

Cru Steakhouse is one of the premier restaurants in Manila, concealed inside the prestigious Marriott Hotel. Their wide choice of matured meats makes it one of the must-visit steakhouses in the metro.

Note: Walk-ins/Reservations
Location:  Manila Marriott Hotel, 10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay
(02) 246-9357

Cru Steakhouse, Manila











8.  Sky Deck – Bayleaf Hotel

With a rooftop restaurant boasting 360 degree views the Sky Deck at the Bayleaf Hotel is impressive. Catch the Manila sunset while enjoying a cocktail or glass of wine.

Note: Walk-ins/Reservations
Location: G/F The Bayleaf Hotel, Muralla cor. Victoria St, Intramuros, Manila
(02) 318-5000

Sky Deck, Manila








9.  Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant – Plaza San Luis Complex

If you’re searching for some traditional Filipino sustenance to support your trek around the city, Barbara’s, situated near San Agustin Church, could tempt you. Arrive hungry so you can sample a smorgasbord of local delicacies. This is a great way to get a taste of Philippine history.

Note: Walk-ins/Reservations
Location: Plaza San Luis Complex, Gen. Luna St, Intramuros, Manila
(02) 527-4086

Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant, Manila












10.  Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie – Makati

Another restaurant with a great view is Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie. Situated at the top of Citibank Tower in the Makati district, it boasts a perspective of the metro’s Central Business District from the 34th floor. It is headed by VIP Chef Jessie C. Sincioco who also has restaurants in Rockwell and the old 100 Revolving Restaurant in Eastwood.

Note: Reservations are recommended
Location: 34/F Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo de Roxas, Salcedo Village, Makati
(02) 750-5810

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie, Manila









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