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Cosmo Recommends: 3 Must-Try Pre-Party Dining Spots At The Fort

Going on a gimik with your guy or girlfriends somewhere in Bonifacio Global City? Grab a bite first in these three new restos.
Burgos Circle in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, is packed with great places to eat, all surrounding a quiet, homey, residential area in the heart of one of the most active areas in Metro Manila. Whether you're going out with your guy or hanging out with your girlfriends, you may want to enjoy the best eats around the area before you hit the clubs--just to get you pumped up for partying all night long.

With reports from Nizzi Gatdula


Where To Go: Cantinetta (Aside from their branch in Burgos Circle, you can also check out their branches in Pasong Tamo, Rockwell, and Camp John Hay in Baguio.)

What They're Known For: A very wide selection of scrumptious Italian dishes

The Resto: Located along Burgos Circle and surrounded by other restaurants, Cantinetta stands out because of its warm, homey atmosphere. You feel comfortable in the resto, with its ambient yellow lighting and elegant mahogany-toned interiors.

Who To Bring: Your boyfriend before a night of partying at Encore, Ascend, or Amber Lounge. Cantinetta's ambiance can be very romantic. You and your guy can share a lot of the dishes they offer.

Food Favorites: The Insalata Cantinetta (P380) is not your typical salad. For one, it's hot. It features a refreshing blend of zucchini, buffalo mozzarella cheese, grilled bell peppers, and carrots. It's definitely a must-try. The Ravioli al Funghi Porcini (P480), which is pasta stuffed with porcini mushroom, is a savory dish that is flavorful but doesn't overpower the taste buds. The Cotoletta di Maiale may look overwhelming (it's a huge slab of grilled pork chop!), but it's absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection: perfectly grilled yet still moist and tasty inside.

For dessert, try their Tiramisu (P240), which is creamy and sweet, but not heavy on the stomach, and their Panna Cotta (P240).

Other Bestsellers: Italian classics such as Carpaccio di Manzo alla Cantinetta (P350), a super thin raw beef with shaved parmesan and olive oil; Caprese (P380), made of fresh tomato slices and buffalo mozzarella cheese drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette; Vongole (P380); Pescatora (P420); Canelloni Ricotta e Spinaci (P450); and Ravioli (P480).

Click through to the gallery below to see photos of Cantinetta and the food they serve, or click on to the next page and check out Rastro.

Where To Go: Rastro Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Unit WS-4, Burgos Circle, Forbes Town, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

What They're Known For: Authentic Spanish cuisine in huge, family-size servings

The Resto: The main dining area is upstairs, but you can also opt to dine outside, right in front of the restaurant.

Who To Bring: Your family or barkada. Most of the dishes at Rastro are for sharing.

Food Favorites: Their super tender Beef Kebabs (P300) are so soft (even if they're well-cooked) that you barely have to chew. You should also try the Pollo Asado Ariero (P860), a Rastro specialty made of whole chicken baked with marble potatoes, garlic, and herbs. The chicken is tender and tasty, with just the right amount of saltiness, and it's not dry--an excellent savory dish good for four to six people. You need to order it two hours in advance. For a big group, you may also try the Paella Ala Catalana (P900), another chef's specialty.

Other Bestsellers: Gambas (al ajillo, P320; Chef Special, P320), Croquettas (P200), and Molten Chocolate (P180).

Click through to the gallery below to see photos of Rastro and the food they serve, or click on to the next page and check out Mile Hi Diner.

Where To Go: Mile Hi Diner (Aside from their branch in Burgos Circle, you can also check out branches in Camp John Hay in Baguio, Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay, and Mezza Residences in Araneta Avenue, QC.)

What They're Known For: Mile Hi Diner is a longtime Baguio staple, and they're famous for classic American-style diner food.

The Resto: Mile Hi in Burgos Circle is kitschy and homey; all it lacks is a working jukebox for it to have that totally old-school American feel.

Who To Bring: Your girlfriends, right before you go clubbing.

Food Favorites: Diet-conscious or not, you'll love their Classic Caesar Salad (P170) with grilled chicken (an additional P60). Mile Hi's Caesar dressing is flavorful without being overpowering, and their greens are Baguio-fresh. You should also try their Parmesan Crusted Fish Fillet (P310), with the saltiness and crunch of the parmesan breading presenting a delightful contrast to the softness and delicate flavor of fish (which is not malansa at all). Their US Rib Eye Steak (P595) is pretty affordable for such a huge slab of truly tender beef. Another binge treat? Their Mozzarella Stuffed Burger (P255), which oozes tasty cheese from a generously-sized beef patty.

Click through to the gallery below to see photos of Mile Hi Diner and the food they serve.
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