6 Romantic Restaurants in Makati That Are Perfect For Valentine’s Day

Makati is one of the busiest business districts in the metro. Restaurants can easily be crammed with famished people, particularly during special occasions. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you should have already booked a table by now if you are looking to dine in the country’s financial hub.

Aside from getting reservations, probably one of the hardest decisions to make and what you should consider a top priority is the restaurant in which you want to celebrate with your significant other. Since Makati is home to multinational corporations and small- to medium-sized businesses, it also provides an eclectic mix of restaurants that offer a wide array of cuisines. These can either be found in upscale shopping malls or the neighborhoods of Legazpi and Salcedo Village. Some may be a bit pricey, but you need not break the bank to pull off the most romantic date. Nevertheless, we have narrowed down the best ones to save you the trouble.

Blackbird

Located in the heart of Makati, Blackbird prides itself as a restaurant of simplicity and sophistication. Its high-end interiors, exceptional service, and East-meets-West dishes are what make it a perfect choice. Headed by Chef Colin Mackay of Sala Bistro and People’s Palace, Blackbird stands on the previous location of the Manila International Air Terminal that was built in 1937, thus the original structure becoming an inspiration behind the restaurant’s aviation-themed design. If it is possible, request for an al fresco table and dine amidst the greenery of the Ayala Triangle.

What hit the spot: The Blackbird Burger, Twice Cooked Beef Short Rib, Blackbird Fish Pie Salmon

Location: The Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati

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Romulo Café

If you and your partner are fascinated by historic memorabilia, old photos, and artifacts from the most iconic and influential Filipino families, then you should not miss this restaurant. Romulo Café got its name from the family patriarch, Carlos P. Romulo, who is seen as one of the most important figures in international relations for the country. Not only is it famous for its elegant interiors and delicious home-cooked dishes, its mini-museum also complements your Filipino dining experience, taking you to a trip down memory lane with the nostalgia it brings.

What hit the spot: Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno, Boneless Crispy Pata Binagoongan

Location: 148 Jupiter St. cor. Comet St., Bel-Air, Makati

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Craving delicious Japanese dishes and Instagrammable food presentations? If so, this izakaya-inspired restaurant can satisfy your palate and eyes at once. This drinking joint by Thea de Rivera and Gab Bustos features a customize-your-own degustation in which there is a multi-course meal served in small meticulously prepared portions for a richer dining experience.

What hit the spot: Tori Onigiri, Chicken Wing Karaage, Salmon Kushiyaki

Location: 7635 Guijo St., San Antonio Village, Makati

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Restoran Garuda

It all started with their love for food and the desire to bring authentic Indonesian cuisine to the Philippines. Brothers Ashwin and Kamlesh Budhrani realized the opportunity of spreading Indonesia’s flavors and spices to locals right when other Asian restaurants sprung to life in one of the busiest districts in the metro. Restoran Garuda has a laid back, modern vibe, with colorful murals painted on the walls that make up for an awesome selfie spot. Indonesian cuisine is best known for its mix of heat and spices that are found in every bite, thus making it a very interesting choice if you want to expand your palate.

What hit the spot: Beef Rendang, Chicken Satey Ayem, Pandan Cake

Location: G/F Beneficial Life Bldg., 166 Salcedo St., Legazpi Village, Makati

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Metronome

Considered by many as the best French restaurant in the country, Metronome was inspired by the guiding instrument used by a musician to practice with a pre-determined beat/minute. To cook the food with precision and tastiness, Chef Miko Calo uses French cooking techniques like her own version of a metronome. The interiors are a mix of Filipino wood and French colors, which kind of emit a warm, cozy ambiance. Metronome offers dishes with flavors that can overwhelm you with simplicity, and the way they present their food is very stylish, giving you the urge to not really munch on it.

What hit the spot: Foie Gras Tart, Spaghettini, Seared Duck Magret

Location: G/F The Grand Midori Makati, Bolanos St., Legazpi Village, Makati

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Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

There is nothing more romantic than dining with your partner atop a towering structure with panoramic views of the Makati skyline. With its gastronomic delights and classic pastries, this rooftop restaurant offers quality dishes that will surely leave you wanting more. Whether you choose to eat al fresco or at the main dining area, you will be served only the best dishes that range from traditional European all the way to classic Filipino cuisine, all of which prepared over the watchful eye of the award-winning and the first Filipina pastry chef, Jessie Sincioco. Basking in the glows of the evening sunset while sharing a sumptuous meal with your other half complements the perfect ambiance of the restaurant. You can even cap off that romantic date with a glass of wine.

What hit the spot: Angus Beef Tenderloin, Lamb Chop with Adobo Sauce, Seabass with Goose Liver

Location: 34/F Citibank Tower, Paseo De Roxas, Salcedo Village, Makati

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When it comes to date nights, picking out the best restaurant puts you in a tough spot. There are places that offer different kinds of cuisines that cater to unique palates. Once you do, making a reservation is not even guaranteed. There is an overwhelming number of amazing dining spots in Makati alone, which makes it difficult for couples to select one where they can spend Valentine’s Day in. In the end, what really matters is knowing that you will have someone to celebrate this lovely occasion with. Spending quality time with your loved ones is the most important thing and you should cherish every moment together.

5 Neighborhood Coffee Shops in Salcedo Village We Love

Get your sip fix at local spots in Salcedo Village such as Toby’s Estate, Yardstick, and Narrative Coffee.

The coffee lifestyle around the world has been immensely shifting from simply having a cup of coffee to finding comfort within the corners of cafes. Aside from being a go-to place for quick caffeine fixes, cafes have become a hub for people to work, have great conversations, or spend time in solitude. With varying concepts and trademarks, coffee spots nowadays offer a space for individuals to spend time and have their coffee the way they want it.

Whether you’re in search of a great cup of coffee, a new hangout spot, or simply a quiet place to escape from monotonous routines, Salcedo Village is one of the many neighborhoods that has residential and office spaces which features a healthy roster of both independent and specialty coffee places at reasonable prices.

To help you find the best place for your caffeine fix, we have rounded up a list of neighborhood coffee spots near Arch Offices that offer exceptional coffee with a great private-in-public vibe.

1. Toby’s Estate

 

Why We Love it: Toby’s takes pride in the quality and taste of their coffee drinks. The coffee beans come from the farms in Panama and Singapore. These beans constantly undergo coffee cupping in order to ensure the taste and aroma. Their branch in Salcedo offers a relaxing ambiance brought by the space’s bright and stylish interior incorporated with a touch of wooden aesthetic to achieve the right balance of warmth and neatness. If you  love signature coffee places that not only offer awesome coffee but also really delicious breakfast or sandwich meals, Toby’s is the place to go!

Try this: Toby’s Estate Signature Coffee, Café Latte, Flat White

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Location: V Corporate Center, Shop 6, 125 Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati

2. Yardstick Coffee

 

Why We Love it: Yardstick offers a unique coffee experience as you can pick your own coffee bean blend and watch as the barista makes your hand-crafted beverage. They utilize the La Marzocco Strada coffee machine, which is the most technologically advanced traditional espresso machine. The minimal and contemporary design of the café makes it a top choice for people to work, create, and hang out with their friends.

Try this: Yardstick’s Cold Brew, Yardstick Milkshakes

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Location: Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban, Legazpi Village, Makati

3. Cartel Coffee Deli

 

Why We Love it: If you’re looking for a cozy place to stay while you work or unwind, Cartel offers a casual dining experience that has an exceptional selection of food and beverages. The cafe has a take-out aspect to it, so you may also have your coffee and snacks on the go. But who would not want to dine inside their café that is aesthetically designed with wood interiors, warm lighting, and a bit of rustic touch?

Try this: Iced Vanilla Flatwhite, Daily Brew, Salcedo Swing

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Location: GF Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati

4. Wild Flour Café + Bakery

 

Why We Love it: Wild Flour started out as a bakery in Bonifacio Global City until they become one of the most sought after dining experiences in Metro Manila. The menu ranges from breakfast items to different kinds of pasta, as well as bread and pastries to coffee.  Their brand hinges on creative menu selections and a laidback feel that is unlike any other cafe. Wild Flour elevates your dining experience with their rustic industrial interior which fits their great tasting meals.

Try this: Vietnamese Latte, Pistachio Au Lait

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Location: GF V-Corp Tower, 125 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati

5. Narrative Coffee Co.

 

Why We Love it: This cafe is a unique and compact spot that offers premium hand-crafted coffee. Narrative is one of the few coffee shops in Metro Manila that offer slow-brewed coffee. Each cup is made meticulously in order to ensure the quality of every drink. They have a small space but their customer service and interaction will make you feel warm and welcomed. The interior is also an attention seeker as a lot of people who visit their store can’t help but admire the counter where you can find their signature polygon logo.

Try this: Try their famous origin coffee that will surely give you a hint of what the other continents have to offer. Their COO sodas that come in three flavors (PCR, Aviation, and Lychee Grapefruit) are also definite must-tries!

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Location: GF, Philam Life Tower, Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Belair, Makati / GF Alpha Salcedo Condominium, Bautista Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City