SAVE THE DATE
Single, coupled, hoping to get shackled—whatever your status this Valentine’s month, there’s a dining experience in the city that will fulfill your heart’s fondest, hungriest desires
ROUX BY CHEF MARGATE
Out to change the face of French cuisine in the country, chef Joseph Margate puts forward a traditional menu that highlights the French’s ability to present dishes that are as palate-gratifying as they are nourishing. Roux is the best spot for making a great first impression, with the innate sophistication of the French taste and aesthetic compounded by homegrown produce. Long after the meal is over, memories of the flavors linger.
For singles: Be your own best Valentine by treating yourself to a rich dinner here, a glass or two of fine wine on standby.
For couples: Celebrate everything you’ve weathered together by ending a meal with basket of Roux’s decadent madeleines served with rich, thick chocolate sauce.
Black Pepper Tuna Steak (P438) The French take on a North African plate of couscous topped with a peppered tuna steak and drizzled with yogurt, olives, and the Maghrebian harissa or hot chilli pepper paste. Roux by Chef Margate. 2/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati. 729- 0467.
The Parañaque favorite for soft-serve treats comes closer to the metro with a branch in Makati that looks exactly like their original one: a relaxed setting complete with a pitch-black freedom wall, plus huge containers of liquid nitrogen that serve as both necessity and spectacle. Outré’s exclusive gelatos are not what you’d expect but also what you wish for on an afternoon date: soft, flavorsome, and cool enough to balance your heightened body heat.
For singles: Take a pick from any of the gelato flavors that fancy you. Each serving is more than enough for one and is a perfect afternoon dessert.
For couples: Share any of their sangers, salads, sides, and pasta dishes for a full-course meal. Commemorate your date by writing on their freedom wall.
Milo Dinosaur, (P150) Delectable, creamy gelato wrapped in a blanket of chocolate bits. If that’s not enough, inject chocolate syrup into the gelato with a syringe. Outré. G/F, Circuit Lane, Makati
KITE KEBAB BAR
Poblacion has become a fantastic alternative to the too-posh settings of Makati’s more upscale lifestyle centers. One of its newest must-visit spots is Kite Kebab Bar, a place that’s reminiscent of the bohemian ’80s heyday of Malate. Here, people from all walks of life converge for a meal and conversations that run the gamut from art to politics and back.
For singles: Find like-minded folk at the bar and get into philosophical discourses with friendly strangers over cold bottles of brew.
For couples: Stuff yourselves with the Mediterranean street food-inspired cuisine without breaking your date night budget and reminisce over travels and adventures you’ve had together.
Spicy Keema (P145) A traditional Indian dish of spicy minced meat sautéed with tomatoes and onions, and served with garlic and hot sauce. Best paired with a bowl of longgrain Biryani Rice. Kite Kebab Bar. 5772 Ebro Street, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City. 810-7388.
THE BELLE & DRAGON
What used to be a parking lot is now an avenue where East meets West— or in this gastropub, east meets pub. Arrive at sunset for some British-Asian fusion dishes and let the high ceiling and grand arch windows transport you to Europe. Then, enjoy a little tipple as night falls and the festivities start.
For singles: Take a seat in the outdoor bar and make friends with the solo stranger beside you while sipping on any of The Belle & Dragon’s local brews that are available on tap.
For couples: Have a late afternoon date where the two of you can wind down after a long day and right before the party-ready drinking crowd starts pouring in.
Pulled Pork Tonkatsu Sandwich (P390) A generous shank of pork shoulder cooked for six to eight hours then wedged between the halves of a potato bun and drizzled with hoisin-tonkatsu sauce. The Belle & Dragon. 100 OPL Building, C. Palanca Street, Legazpi Village, Makati. 720- 8700.