10 Most Romantic NEW Restaurants in Manila for Valentines 2015!

Valentine Weekend is just around the corner, and we have exciting new romantic restaurants that recently opened in Manila. Our Awesome Planet Most Romantic Restaurant Series:

Here are the Top 10 Most Romantic NEW Restaurants in Manila for Valentines 2015:  

1. NOBU MANILA

The Nobu Manila Experience City of Dreams-4.jpg The NOBU Restaurant is a Japanese & Peruvian-inspired restaurant by Celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa in City of Dreams Manila. It’s the signature restaurant of the Nobu Hotel and the 2nd Celebrity Chef Restaurant to open in the metro. We had a special date with our foodie friends, Tina and Chef Guy, to check it out. Here’s our experience and some tips to have an awesome experience at Nobu… NOBU MANILA Level 1 Tower 3 Nobu Hotel Email: NobuRestaurant@cod-manila.com Telephone: +632 691-2882, 691-2885 Websitehttp://www.cityofdreams.com.ph Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is a must.

2. BLACKBIRD

Blackbird-7.jpg BLACKBIRD is the Aviation-themed, Contemporary European and Asian Restaurant of Chef Colin Mackay of Sala and People’s Palace fame. It is located at the Neilson Tower of the old Manila International Airport and is named after the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft. The ambiance is inspired by an Airport Terminal and its Art Deco building in the heart of Makati City. We tried Blackbird with our partners and we loved it! Check out one of our favorite restaurants of 2014… Read More: BLACKBIRD MAKATI: Aviation-Themed Restaurant by Chef Colin Mackay at Nielson Tower BLACKBIRD by Chef Colin Mackay  Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati City, across the Peninsula Hotel. Telephone: +632 828-4888 Operating Hours: Open Daily 11.00am to 12.00mn Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is a must.

3. MECHA UMA

Mecha Uma-54.jpg MECHA UMA is a Chef-Driven Restaurant by Chef Bruce Ricketts of Sensei Sushi fame. The name is a Japanese expression for absurdly delicious food. They serve predominantly Japanese food but are not limited to it. Foodies have raved about the Tasting Menu served Omakase-style (but is still dependent on the chef and what’s freshly available that day). They also serve an a la carte menu of the best dishes featured in the Tasting Menu. Read More: MECHA UMA: “Absurdly Delicious” Food by Chef Bruce Ricketts! MECHA UMA G/F RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 25th Streets, cor. 6th and 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines (beside Starbucks Coffee) Telephone: +632 801-2770 Mobile: +63 917 544-3226 Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is a must.  

4. PURPLE YAM MALATE

PURPLE YAM Malate-91.jpg PURPLE YAM MALATE is the local branch of the popular Purple Yam Modern Filipino Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. It was founded in 2007 by Amy Besa and Chef Romy Dorotan of Cendrillon fame in Soho. Its name was inspired by the owner’s love of ube. 🙂 The Malate branch is only open on weekends for by-reservation private dining — dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, and brunch on Sundays. The owners describe their restaurant as a “serious dining” establishment (as opposed to a fine dining one). The opening of Purple Yam is sure to create a buzz among the foodies in Manila and hopefully usher in the revival of Malate. Read More: PURPLE YAM MALATE: A Taste of Reimagined Filipino Food & Revival of Malate! @PurpleYamNYC #VivaManila PURPLE YAM MALATE – Reimagining Filipino Food PY Curated Foods, Inc. 603 Julio Nakpil corner Bacobo, Malate, Manila Contact: Amy Besa Email: acbesa49@gmail.com Reservations: +632 523-3497 Mobile: +63 926 713-3523 FacebookPurple Yam Twitter@PurpleYamNYC Websitehttp://www.purpleyamnyc.com/ Operating Hours (Set Menu price): Friday Dinner:  7.00 pm onwards (P2,500/head) Saturday Dinner: 7.00 pm onwards (P2,500/head) Sunday Lunch: 11.00 am to 3.30pm (P1,500/head) Note: Cash Only. Reservation is a must.  

5. QIWELLNESS LIVING TEA HOUSE

Qi Wellness Tea House + Bath House-28.jpg We were pleasantly surprised to discover QiWellness Living–a Budji Royal-designed Chinese Tea & Bath House–with probably the best overlooking vantage point of Taal Volcano. We tried their 3-hour Quick Escape Package for couples on our 12th year wedding anniversary. Here’s our QiWellness Experience… QIWELLNESS LIVING Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, Philippines Email:  teahouse@qiwellnessliving.ph or bathhouse@qiwellnessliving.ph Mobile:+63 917 522 6969 Websitehttp://www.qiwellnessliving.ph/ Instagram: @qiwellnessliving Operating Hours: The Chinese Tea House Monday to Tuesday – CLOSED (but can be opened for group bookings or functions) Wednesday to Sunday- 11:30am to 2:30pm  6:30pm to 10:00pm Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is a must.  

6. 12/10

12-10 Restaurant-8.jpg 12/10 is a Japanese restaurant by Thea de Rivera and Gab Bustos, also known as The Girl + The Bull. The name of their second restaurant is a tribute to their anniversary date. The restaurant is an izakaya-inspired drinking joint featuring a customize-your-own degustation. It’s like the younger, hip brother of Mecha Uma–another “graduate” of the BF Aguirre Food Street– offering contemporary Japanese cuisine to a mainstream foodie audience in the metro. Read More: 12/10 December Love Affair! a hip Izakaya Joint by @thegirl_thebull (a review) 12/10 Izakaya Japanese Restaurant 7635 Guijo St., San Antonio Village, Makati Operating hours: Monday to Saturday, 5.00pm to 11.00pm Telephone: +63 915 663 2823 Email: hello@twelveten.ph Websitehttp://twelveten.ph/ Facebook12/10 Restaurant Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is a must.  

7. ARROZERIA

Arrozeria-34.jpg ArroZeria is an authentic Spanish paella place by Chef Chele Gonzales (of VASK fame) and Spanish chef Paco Bermudez from Valencia. You can enjoy your paella in 5 different ways–the classic PAELLA (Al dente and thin), CALDOSO (Soupy), RISOTTOS (Creamy), MELOSO (Saucy), and FIDEUA (Thin Noodles). In partnership with the International Rice Research Institue (IRRI) in Los Baños, they were able to source an heirloom rice from Cordillera to use in their paella, which is similar to the Spanish arroz bomba rice. Here are some tips to have an awesome experience at ArroZeria… ARROZERIA – “Rice is the Hero” Level 4, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue Makati City Mobile: +63920 974 4742 Email: info@arrozeriamanila.com FacebookArroZeria TwitterArroZeriaMNL InstagramArroZeriaMNL #arrozeriamanila Website: www.arrozeriamanila.com (in construction)  

8. ALLIUM

Allium-34.jpg ALLIUM is the restaurant reincarnation in Makati of our favorite Studio Kitchen in Alabang, by Filipino-American Chef Mark Tan. Its name is inspired by the genus of plants that include onions, garlics, chives, and leeks and responsible for the flavors we enjoy in our food. We tried the degustation sampler and grilled meat selections prepared by Chef Mark during one of our Mercato partners’ meeting. His specialty is contemporary American cooking using fresh local ingredients and good quality imported meats. Read More: ALLIUM by Chef Mark Tan of Studio Kitchen 🙂 ALLIUM Contemporary Modern American Cuisine G/F Grand Midori, Bolanos St., Legaspi Village, Makati City Telephone: +632 519-1088 Mobile: +63 999 694-3068, +63 916 356-3663 Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is recommended.  

9. LA CABRERA

La Cabrera Manila Review-36.jpg LA CABRERA is an Argentinian Steakhouse and the Manila branch of Parrilla La Cabrera by Chef de Cuisine Gaston Riveira. This local iteration is through the efforts of Carlo Lorenzana of Shi Lin fame, and Carlo Lorenzana of Cellar de Boca Argentinian Wine Kitchen in Davao (yes, they have the same name. :D). Argentinian Steak is considered the best in the world. In La Cabrera Manila, however, they use USDA steak. It still gets good reviews when it’s the Argentinian Chef who prepares the steak. Read More: LA CABRERA MANILA Argentinian Steakhouse at 6750 (A Review) LA CABRERA Grillado and Bar Ground Floor, 6750 Ayala Avenue, Makati, Philippines Operating Hours: 11am-3pm/5:30pm-10:30pm Mobile: +63 905 290-0703 Facebook: La Cabrera Manila Instagram@lacabrera_mnl Websitehttp://www.parrillalacabrera.com.ar/ Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is recommended.  

10. TODD ENGLISH

TODD ENGLISH Food Hall-85.jpg TODD ENGLISH FOOD HALL is officially Manila’s first Celebrity Chef Restaurant opening at the SM Aura Premier! It is also the first restaurant that sets the trend for the Food Hall concept in Manila. A Food Hall is a communal dining space with well-curated stalls or food stations. It is NOT a buffet, because you can order from one or any of the stations. It is NOT a food court, because the food is typically handmade, with a cohesive theme. Todd English Food Hall is all about quality of food with provenance, and a mix of cuisine that is eclectic and inspired across 9 food stations. Read More: TODD ENGLISH FOOD HALL MANILA: What you Need to Know About the First Celebrity Chef Restaurant in Manila! @SMAuraPremier TODD ENGLISH FOOD HALL 5/F SkyPark, SM Aura Premiere, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Operating hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday to Sunday Email: toddenglishfoodhallmnl@gmail.com Twitter@TEFoodHallMNL FacebookFoodHall ToddEnglish Instagram@toddenglishfoodhallmnl Telephone: +632 621 4002 Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is a must.   Our Awesome Planet Most Romantic Restaurant Series:

Live an Awesome Life, Anton Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com  Disclosure: I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.   P.S. Check out the Villa del Conte Amore Box P880 with 200g of chocolate pralines for Valentines day! For more info, visit Villa del Conte FB Page. VilladelConte

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