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'Eat Out Now!' Book Shows You The Best Date Places!

Raise your resto game with this handy guide to the country's best dining establishments!
by Gelo Gonzales | Jan 11, 2015
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Any guy with a girlfriend has probably encountered this question: "Saan tayo kakain?"

It's the scariest thing to hear from the girlfriend, second only to "I'm pregnant," because as simple as the question might sound, it's incredibly tricky to answer. Tell her the decision's up to her and you're accused of passivity; suggest a place you actually like, and she'll shoot it down. It's a trap.

Luckily, we have found an ally:

Eat Out Now! is the latest from Summit Books designed to keep the girlfriend off your grill ensure that you have an entire book's worth of dinner date ideas to last you the entire year. As the cover states, the book features 232 restaurants in Manila, Cebu and Bacolod—three of the biggest food-loving cities in the country—that are guaranteed to tickle the palates.

And no matter what sort of palate you have, the book has something in store for every craving. There are steakhouses, kid-friendly restaurants, no-frills diners, meat-eater havens, dessert places, Korean, Spanish, and Thai, to name some of them.

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Best of all? It has its own list of places designed to make date nights extra special. Curated and written by Town & Country Philippines' Alicia Colby Sy, the book's a worthy wingman when the girlfriend pops that question. Below are a few of those answers, along with yummy excerpts from the book!

1)   71 Gramercy

Where: 71/F Century City, Kalayaan Avenue, corner Salamanca Street, Makati

Words from the book itself: "Perched over 70 stories above the city pavement, in a building nestled within the new Century City in Makati, this establishment is having its moment—and its unparalleled views are only just the beginning."

For the nights when she asks: "Can we eat somewhere romantic?" Gramercy is said to have some of the finest views of the Manila sunset.

2)   Black Sheep

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Where: Penthouse, W Fifth Avenue, 32nd Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Words from the book itself: "Occupying an oversized, double-height penthouse, floor-to-ceiling glass envelops half the room and gives way to an incredible view of the city skyline. Jordy [Black Sheep's proprietor and head chef] continuously creates different nine-course degustation menus and an abbreviated four-course sampling that reflects his modern approach to cooking and shows the full spectrum of the kitchen’s capabilities."

For the nights when she says: "I feel like eating at a buffet, but I'm not exactly that hungry." Black Sheep offers a degustation, a multi-course sampling of the chef's signature dishes perfect when she's feeling more fickle than usual. 

3)   Black Pig

Where: 2/F The Commercenter Alabang, Commerce Avenue corner East Asia Drive, Filinvest, Muntinlupa City

Words from the book itself: "A contemporary gastropub with modern interiors, this charcuterie bar and restaurant offers a sophisticated range of well-balanced dishes that are exquisitely plated."

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For the nights when she suggests: "I think I'd like some nice wine tonight." Black Pig boasts of a fine selection of beer and wine dedicated to complementing their dishes.

4)   Caruso Ristorante Italiano

Where: 210 Nicanor Garcia Street, Poblacion, Makati

Words from the book itself: "Offering a generous and varied selection of pasta, pizza, meat, and seafood, the food here is simply some of the best Italian available in Manila."

For the nights when she says: "I'd like some non-fastfood-type spaghetti tonight, please."

5)   Caviar

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Where: Unit A-206, Westgate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa

Words from the book itself: "A handsome restaurant that serves modern continental fare, this sophisticated dining room located south of Manila has become a favorite for those seeking an elegant dining experience at any time of day."

For the nights when: You find yourself in Alabang. Caviar is said to be one of the best fine-dining establishments in the south.

6)   Cirkulo

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Where: Milky Way Building, 900 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati

Words from the book itself: "Is it the consistently good food, the relaxed attitude, or the casually elegant atmosphere that makes this restaurant so wildly popular? Perhaps it is a combination of all these factors that’s been bringing people back since 1995."

For the nights when she prefers: Something familiar but unforgettable. This Makati restaurant offers favorites that won't require a dictionary to pronounce such as sisig and U.S. roasts.

7)   Impressions

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Where: 3/F Maxims Tower, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City

Words from the book itself: "This is one of the most remarkable French fine-dining restaurants in the country, thanks to the talent of Chef Cyrille Soenen and his tight but well-edited menu that features luxurious French classics, fresh seafood, and grilled meats."

For the nights when: You want to see just what French fine-dining is all about.

8)   L'Opera

Where: The Fort Entertainment Complex 26th Street corner Fifth Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Words from the book itself: "Its efficient and courteous waitstaff, many of whom have been with the establishment for many years, guide you through the wideranging menu that offers a full selection of appetizers, soups, pizza, pasta and risotto, as well as a range of meat and seafood mains and desserts."

For the nights when: The meat-lover in her completely takes over.

These eight are just some of the dining destinations that you'll find in our tummy tome of the hour. Pick up a copy now for P295, and go on a food-filled journey this 2015! It's another excuse to put off sweating off the holiday poundage.

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