ON TRUE RO­MANCE

Let’s Eat - - NEWS -

We live in in­ter­est­ing times. We’re en­joy­ing a restau­rant re­nais­sance, and the choices are dizzy­ing. I’ve never seen this phe­nom­e­non be­fore; we’re not even half­way through the year, but there are al­ready at least a dozen con­tenders for my fa­vorite new restau­rant of the year, and there’s so much more to an­tic­i­pate in the lat­ter half of 2018.

You name the cui­sine, there’s a restau­rant for it. The in­flux of Main­land Chi­nese in­vest­ing in the Philip­pines has led to a pro­lif­er­a­tion of Hu­nan and Sze Chuan des­ti­na­tions, mostly in Makati. And in the hippest part of that city, the boom in the Pobla­cion con­tin­ues un­abated. And then there are the suc­ces­sive launches of pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tional fran­chises, one af­ter an­other, in the Up­town BGC and SM Fash­ion Hall hotspots. The list is end­less.

But.

But ma­jor­ity of the new play­ers are ei­ther brightly lit fam­ily friendly es­tab­lish­ments, or half-restau­rant/half-club hy­brids: places that pump up the vol­ume af­ter din­ner ser­vice, per­fect for groups of friends out on the town, din­ing and drink­ing in one con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion.

This begs the ques­tion: where to go for an in­ti­mate, ro­man­tic date? We’re rec­om­mend­ing three of our fa­vorite restau­rants that can surely set the mood for love: dim lights, lovely mu­sic, fine cock­tails, ta­bles for two, and last, but not the least, ex­cel­lent food.

Let’s Eat!

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