MANILA – Who said you have to go out of town to set the mood for romance?
Here are some restaurants in Metro Manila that boast of interiors that will surely impress your date not only on Valentine's Day, but at any time of the year.
100 Revolving Restaurant
Inside 100 Revolving Restaurant. Photo from the restaurant’s Facebook page
One of the newest restaurants in Quezon City, 100 Revolving Restaurant is located at the 33rd floor of the MDC 100 Building in Eastwood, Libis. As its name suggests, the restaurant offers a 360-degree breathtaking view of the metro.
Inside Aubergine. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com
The interiors of Aubergine are impressive without being too intimidating, with its tables well spaced out to give diners some privacy. The restaurant is located at the 32nd and 5th building at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig.
Inside Champagne Room. Photo from Manila Hotel’s Facebook page
With its elegant upholstery and brightly lit dining area, the Champagne Room of the century-old Manila Hotel is more romantic than stuffy.
Inside Vask Gallery. Photo from the restaurant’s Facebook page
Vask Gallery at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig offers a different dining experience with its 14-course degustacion set against the backdrop of local artworks curated by Carlo Calma. Diners also have the option of sitting near the kitchen for a better view of what they are able to eat.
Inside Wafu. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com
If you are craving for Japanese food, Wafu at Greenhills, San Juan offers just that. But unlike other hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurants, Wafu boasts of elegant furniture such as lotus pod-shaped chairs for added privacy.
At Barbara’s. Photo from the restaurant’s Facebook page
Located at the Plaza San Luis Complex in Intramuros, Barbara’s lets diners experience Old Manila with its rustic interiors and traditional Filipino and Spanish recipes.
Designer Blooms Cafe
Designer Blooms Cafe. Photo and writeup by Joko Magalong for ABS-CBNnews.com
Located inside a flower shop in Alabang, this airy cafe feels very shabby chic with mismatched furniture, interesting knick knacks and the occasional flowerpot, here and there. And, of course, there are lots flowers.
The menu features familiar and conventional cafe fare from soups, pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas. They have a dessert menu with different cakes available each day. The beverage list is quite extensive for a small cafe, offering various tea, coffee concoctions, and even alcoholic beverages like wine, beer, hard liquor and even a proseco.
Isabelo Garden Restaurant during the day. Photo from the restaurant’s Facebook page
Aside from being secluded, this garden restaurant in Marikina does not accept walk-ins at night, giving diners a sense of exclusivity. Guests can take a look at the paintings, pots and pans and empty bottles of perfume on display while enjoying home-cooked classics.
Tucked inside Horseshoe Village in Quezon City, Lemuria is charming fine dining restaurant that looks like a quaint European country home.
My Mother’s Garden
Diners having a meal at My Mother’s Garden. Photo from the restaurant’s Facebook page
My Mother’s Garden is an ancestral house in Pasay City turned into a restaurant, a tribute of designer Malu Antonio Veloso to her mother. Here, diners can enjoy a slow, lazy meal with a beautiful view.
Maria Luisa’s Garden Room
Hidden in a garden near the corner of EDSA and Ayala Avenue, Maria Luisa’s Garden Room has been recently dubbed as a “secret” destination among food lovers. This French restaurant has a charming ambience with its mismatched chairs and floral accents.
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine
Inside Ninyo. Photo from the restaurant's Facebook page
Located at Esteban Abada Street in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Ninyo offers a fusion of Asian and European dishes in a cozy, intimate setting.
Nothing says romance more than chocolate. Here are two restaurants in Manila that can satisfy your chocolate craving.
Some of the products sold at Chocolate Fire. Photo from the restaurant’s Facebook page
An ideal place for chocolate lovers, Chocolate Fire is located at the corner of Leviste and Rufino Streets in Salcedo Village, Makati. The restaurant offers over 70 varieties of fresh chocolate creations, as well as savory dishes and cocktails.
One of the desserts offered at Maitre Chocolatier. Photo from the restaurant’s Facebook page
Another restaurant specializing in chocolates is Maitre Chocolatier, which is located at Jupiter Street in Makati City. Maitre Chocolatier uses well-known chocolate brands such as Ferrero, Ritter Sport, Lindt, Valor and Guylian in its various offerings.
BONUS: ANTI-VALENTINE RESTAURANT
Sidebar El Pueblo
Inside Sidebar El Pueblo. Photo from the restaurant’s Facebook page
If you are not into celebrating Valentine’s Day, you may want to drop by Sidebar El Pueblo in Ortigas Center, Pasig. The restaurant will hold an “Anti-Valentine’s Day” party, where they will play songs such as “You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi and “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor all night.