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Feb 13, 2015
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It’s our favorite time of the year—that’s aside from Christmas and the FHM 100 Sexiest Victory Party; okay, it’s our THIRD favorite time of the year! But who’s counting, right? What’s more important is it’s now February. The love month. The okay-lang-magwaldas-para-sa-date month. The only month men are allowed to be ultra-cheesy.

But do you have any idea HOW to be cheesy? Are you and your lady constantly bickering about your lack of romance? Do you attribute your singlehood to your lack of wooing skills? Well, we’re going to solve these all for you! FHM will be dishing out daily how-to-be-a-Don-Romantiko tips the whole month of February!


This is no ordinary fast-food date—not unless you want to end up single on the most important day of every couple’s life (sort of, anyway). Good conversation over good food is the basis of an ideal date, but Valentine’s Day is a on a different level. Effort and budget, three fold. Picking a restaurant—the right restaurant—is a crucial decision.

Which is why we're here to help you make the right choice. From secret cafes to impressive high-end degustation, these 10 restaurants in Metro Manila set a romantic mood perfect for this Day of the Hearts.


1)   LEMURIA

5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village, Quezon City
Contact number: 724-5211

Image via Lemuria official site

This French-Mediterranean destination is a regular on romantic restaurants lists. Its location in a residential neighborhood gives it a peaceful, out-of-town vibe (and by out-of-town, we mean a gorgeous country home somewhere in Europe). The picturesque house-turned-eatery offers cozy rusticity, making it upscale yet still relaxed. If you need more convincing, the whole place sits atop a wine cellar. (Yes buddy, there's a lot of wine around in case the date goes bad.)

Must-tries: Quail Two Ways, Beef Bourgignon

Visit their website here.


2)   CANTINA SICILIANITA

Facilities Center Building, 548 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Contact number: 570-2905

Image via Cantina Sicilianita official site

Shy away from the V-Day crowd and impress your date with your ability to sniff out hidden haunts in the bustling city. This unassuming spot on Shaw Boulevard (almost indistinct in the “Babyland” Building) is a quaint slice of Sicily. Nothing too fancy: The hidden setting, terrific coffee, and authentic cannoli are the stuff long afternoon conversations are made of. And if you know girls, you know that they like the authentic stuff.

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Must-tries: Arancini, Cannoli

Visit their website here.


3)   CHESA BIANCA

7431 Yakal Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City
Contact number: 815-1359

Image via Chesa Bianca's Facebook page

This chalet in the middle of Makati is a secret retreat, a serene Swiss getaway for those who want to get out of the city...but haven't been able to get around to saving up thanks to a destructive PS4 addiction. It attracts a wide-range of customers, but it’s built for romantic dates—blonde wood, a nice warm glow, little red details, and amazing food.

Must-tries: The menu changes depending on what’s available, but they’re awesome with seafood.

Visit their Facebook page here.


4)   BRASSERIE CICOU

57 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan
Contact number: 661-9200, 0917-885-8841

Image via Brasserie CiCou official site

The best of French cuisine is in San Juan. Chef Cyrille Soenen’s playful haven is a medley of distressed wood tables, vibrant furnishings, and really fun chandeliers to distract the girlfriend with while you fumble around for cash. Casual as this place looks, the food is elegant in the way only French cuisine can be—a strict adherence to techniques for effortless effect.

Must-tries: Degustation, Duck, Seafood Bouillabaisse, KouignAmann

Visit their website here.


5)   100 REVOLVING RESTAURANT

33/F MDC Building, Libis, Quezon City
Contact number: 962-1016

Image courtesy of Spot.ph

Make her dizzy with your love in this rotating space on MDC's 33rd floor. Let the 360-degree view entertain you as indulge on Chef Jessie Sincioco’s international country-club dishes. Making one full revolution every one and a half hours, the scene is gorgeous during the day, but when the sun goes down to cast an amber glow over the city, it’s absolutely breathtaking. A great proposal spot!

Must-tries: Balut Surprise, Tuna Melt, Baked Rack of Lamb

Visit their Facebook page here.


6)   STOCKTON PLACE

227 Salcedo corner Gamboa Street, Makati City
Contact number: 0917-856-1419

Image via Stockton Place's official site.

Speaking of proposal spots, it’s not too surprising that this tiny space in Legazpi Village is one. Unmarked (the sign is in the form of a faded chalkboard) and dwarfed by the city’s skyscrapers, this New York-inspired nook is in a different class of charm—sweet, modest, yet totally chic. With a menu that marries brawny two-inch-thick steaks with delicate pastas, it’s a great date place whatever the season.

Must-tries: Sweet Potato Tortellini, Prime Grade Rib Eye Steak, Seared Scallops

Visit their website here.

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7)   CAVIAR RESTAURANT AND CHAMPAGNE WINE

206 Westgate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Contact number: 552-7930, 0917-868-3080

Image via Caviar's official site

The walls of wine bottles should be a hint that this is a place that sets the right kind of mood. Then, the name—Caviar. It speaks of the luxury you’ll find in this European restaurant. The interior is a vision of black chairs, white tablecloths, and pewter walls. A row of booths provides a more intimate date venue, but for that faraway feel, the al fresco area, decked out in lush hanging gardens, is extra idyllic.

Must-tries: Steak Diane, SaumonCuitLentement (smoked salmon with pesto risotto and Bearnaise sauce)

Visit their website here.


8)   LE JARDIN

W Fifth Building, 5th Avenue corner 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City
Contact number: 0917-817-6584

Image courtesy of Spot.ph

This scenic penthouse/dining hall is a preview of the French capital. Pristine white walls serve as a fitting canvas to the well-manicured faux foliage that adds warmth to the mixed industrial space. Backed by Chef Gils Brault of Vietnam’s Trois Gourmands, this is a restaurant that pays meticulous attention up to the smallest of details—from the bistro lights on the walls to every chunk of foie gras. A great way to let the ladylove know how sophisticated (and galante) you've become from the crude, beer-chugging bro you once were.

Must-try: Joue de boeuf etfoiegraspoele (beef cheek with seared foiegras)


9)   BLACKBIRD

Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati City
Contact number: 828-4888

Image courtesy of Spot.ph

The former Nielson Tower has been converted into this stylish Art Deco restaurant headed by none other than renowned chef Colin Mackay (if you've eaten at Sala, Sala Bistro, and People’s Palace, you probably know him). The jewel-toned lobby is already a pretty sight, but move into the main dining hall for a tasty and visual treat. Chef Colin pays homage to the building’s roots by installing clocks that demonstrate the time zones of the airport's first flights and keeping the private room reminiscent of its old cockpit days. Blackbird isn’t just your regular gastronomic excursion, it’s a trip through time.

Must-tries: Cheddar and Zucchini Brioche, Wagyu Hanger Steak


10)   MADISON'S BISTRO MODERNE

G/F EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Garden Way, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Contact number: 631-4675

Image courtesy of Spot.ph

White linen, soft curtains, almost-butler-like service—looks-wise, Madison is every inch a fine-dining restaurant, but any kind of uppity ends there. As long as you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed, you can wear your shorts. The best seat is at the chef’s table, where you let your culinary maestro surprise your palates with a custom menu.

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Must-tries: Pistachio-crusted Black Cod Fish, Potato Gnocchi

Visit their website here.

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