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

Makati Leads - - Urban Bites -

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.

outré

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.

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