10 Restaurants to Hit Up for an Unforgettable Valentine's Dinner
Face it: Valentine's is as much the season of love as it is of good food.
Maybe you’re a lucky bastard with a blooming lovelife; maybe things in your personal arena are, for lack of a better all-encapsulating word, #complicated. (There's absolutely nothing wrong with flying solo either, BTW.) Either way, you can always make Valentine’s Day more memorable—or bearable—with the help of great food. Haven’t made plans yet? Consider one of these dining spots around the Metro to deliver drool-inducing flavors, idyllic sights, and happy memories to last you a lifetime.
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Check out the upcoming set menus from these Valentine's day restaurants:
Elbert’s Steak Room
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Steak is a no-brainer option for Valentine’s, and if there’s any homegrown establishment that knows the dish by heart, it’s Elbert’s Steak Room. Their St. Valentine’s 2023 set menu (P8,000/person) ticks all the right boxes with oysters, caviar, foie gras, strawberries, and your choice between the Double Gold Tenderloin Medallion or Double Gold Striploin as your main. Give them a call at 8519-8665 or send an email to [email protected] to book; note that you’ll have to pre-pay in full or pay a P1,000-per-head reservation fee.
Elbert’s Steak Room is at 3/F Sagittarius Building III, 111 HV dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. You can also check out their Facebook page.
PHOTO BY Instagram/terraza.martinez
If your love language involves exchanging sweet nothings over plates of Spanish and Mediterranean fare, Terraza Martinez is the place to book. The BGC establishment’s got a six-course menu available on February 14 (P2,995/head) with everything from oysters (made zingy with citrus and coriander!), salmon gravlax, duck (confited and stuffed into tacos), and Iberico pork (presa Iberica to be exact) plus more. Go ahead and dial 0966-700-5801 or 0945-409-8120 to book your tables.
Terraza Martinez is at Shangrila at the Fort, 30th corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. You can also check out their Facebook page.
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French food for Valentine’s is a no-fail, and BGC’s Sagana is one spot that does the cuisine justice. Their four-course Valentine’s menu (P2,250/person) shines the spotlight on Chef Marc Aubry’s great handle on classic French fare, with courses like the Warm Mushroom, Farmed Chicken & Duck Foie Gras Pate in Puff Pastry appetizer; Seared Hitachiwagyu Beef Chuck Roll; and the Iced Fresh Strawberry & French Vanilla Bavarois Cream for dessert. They’ve got 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. seatings available on the 14th; give them a ring at 8815-8801 or 09176327946 for reservations.
Sagana is at Net One Center, 3rd Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City. You can also check out their Facebook page.
One World Kitchen
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When you think of Valentine’s food it’s likely Western or continental fare that comes to mind—but there’s totally no reason you can’t bring in Asian flavors to the mix. Let One World Kitchen’s Valentine’s Day menu (by Babu’s Chef Him Uy de Baron!) show you how. Expect East-meets-West dishes that include the Warm Salad of Baby Carrots (glazed with shoyu caramel), Shio Broiled Prawn (with the seafood cured in kombu), and the Braveheart Beef Wellington (with an apple-teriyaki beef jus). This special dinner (P4,500/person inclusive of one cocktail) is available from the 13th to the 15th, with seatings at 5 and 8 p.m; just call 0917-838-1525 to book a table.
One World Kitchen is at 8491 Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Palacio de Memoria
PHOTO BY Facebook/Palacio de Memoria
How’s about a swoon-inducing Valentine’s dinner with a dose of history on the side? Palacio di Memoria’s joining forces with Chef Margarita Fores’ Cibo di Marghi with a special menu for the occasion, with the resulting rate per head depending on the main course you go for: chicken (P3,800), fish (P4,000), or beef (P4,500). This is available on the 14th and they’ll be having a live ensemble performing, too. Just fill out their online reservation form or reach out via email ([email protected]) or phone (0997-799-8187) to book your slots.
Palacio de Memoria is at 95 Roxas Boulevard, Tambo, Parañaque City. You can also check out their Facebook page.
La Vie en Rose
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Should you and your S.O. prefer to seclude yourselves from the world, La Vie en Rose—which is in a semi-hidden location in the residential area of Poblacion—is the place to book for V-day. The hush-hush spot’s coming out with a five-course candlelit tasting menu for the 14th, and you can get it with chicken (P2,800), salmon (P3,200), or ribeye steak (P3,900) as your main. Vegetarian options are also available upon request. Heck, why not go all the way and go for the wine- (P1,200/person) or cocktail- (P1,500) pairing option to go with it, and a bouquet of flowers (P2,500) to boot? Go ahead and book via their online reservation form.
La Vie en Rose is at Unit 2A, 6197 Gabaldon Street, Poblacion, Makati City. You can also check out their Instagram page.
PHOTO BY Gianetto Pizzeria
For an extra-fab celebration of the season of hearts, consider the upcoming Degustacion Le Queen event of San Juan's Gianetto Pizzeria. Not only will you (and/or your S.O.) get to dig into a five-course meal of playful European eats—think Halibut Fillet in Lime Coconut Milk, Currywurst in Potato Pave, and so on—as jazz tunes play in the background; they’ll also be having the Eva Le Queen (of Drag Race Season 1!) hosting the dinner. This will be happening only on the 14th, with very limited slots (12 per seating; choose from 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and rates go for P2,800 a head. Contact them at ??0917-142-4897 to reserve.
Gianetto Pizzeria is at 304 V Cruz Street, San Juan City. You can also check out Gianetto Pizzeria’s Facebook page.
PHOTO BY Instagram/pablobistro
This underrated Makati gem’s serving up Spanish flavors with their San Valentin menu from February 10 to 19. With tapas, starters, a main (choose from steak, sea bass or Iberico pork!), desserts, and wine included in the lineup, it covers all the (arguable) essentials. (That said, we’ll leave the emotional work to you.) Send Pablo Bistro a message on their socials or message 0917-812-3301 to reserve.
Pablo Bistro is at 119 LP Leviste Street, Makati City. You can also check out their Facebook page.
PHOTO BY Facebook/NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
With its lush garden setting, this fine-dining oasis in QC is romantic pretty much any time of the year. You can only imagine how much more so come Valentine’s day, especially as they’ve got an eight-course set menu (P4,000/head) inspired by the world of flora and going by the Filipino motif Ninyo’s known for. Just some of the courses you can look forward to are the Trunk (with hickory bark-smoked quail), Flower (an artichoke chawanmushi), and Leaf (with shiso leaf and grilled U.S. black cod). This is available between February 7 to 15, and you can place reservations through their hotline at 0939-921-5881.
Ninyo is at 66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. You can also check out their Facebook page.
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Your Local’s loved for their fun spins on Asian classics and clever tie-ups between the cuisines of the continent, courtesy of Chef Patrick Go. From February 10 to 15, they’ll be having a 7-Course Tasting Menu showcasing what they do best; rates go for P3,640 per person with wine or cocktails included. You can visit the Your Local section of the Tasteless Group’s website to reserve.
Your Local is at G/F Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street corner VA Rufino Street, Makati City. You can also check out their Facebook page.
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