ON TRUE ROMANCE
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 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.