10 Restaurants To Try On Your Next Payday

Go ahead, you deserve it!
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It may not be a birthday or anniversary, but payday is its own special occasion. After weeks of putting in long hours at work, sticking to your budget, and doing well with your diet, it’s time to splurge—just a little. After all, to experience your own success, you sometimes have to take a step back and indulge! And what simpler way is there to do that than to spoil yourself with a good meal?

To help you celebrate getting through another pay period, here are our picks for the cutest, yummiest restaurants that you deserve to treat yourself to.

  1. Souv by Cyma

    Address: GF Net Park, 5th Ave., BGC, Taguig
    Just opened last year in BGC, this spin-off of the much-loved Greek restaurant Cyma, has a younger, fresher vibe than its predecessor. Serving big portions in an Instagram-worthy space, this is the place to go if you love hearty, Mediterranean food like pasta, paella, and gyros.

  2. Las Flores

    Address: Multiple branches
    Las Flores is a little on the pricier side, but if you’ve just wrapped up a long project or booked a big client, there’s no reason you shouldn’t try this modern take on a traditional Spanish restaurant. A perfect stop for happy hour, this spot serves a flavorful variety of tapas and small platesand some of the best sangria in the metro.

  3. Todd English Food Hall

    Address: 5F SM Aura, BGC, Taguig
    Not your average food court, Todd English Food Hall in SM Aura serves gourmet everything: pizza, sushi, tacos, and the most decadent chocolate dessert, aptly named OMG! This is the best place to go with coworkers who can never agree on what to eat.


  4. Ponte Rialto Ristorante

    Address: 1F Venice Grand Canal, Taguig
    Looking for a mental getaway? Be transported to one of Italy’s most iconic spots when you eat at Ponte Rialto Ristorante in Taguig’s Venice Grand Canal Mall. Be sure to get an alfresco seat to catch the romantic gondolas making their way up and down the turquoise canal.

  5. Flossom Kitchen Cafe

    Address: 187 N. Averilla St. Brgy. Sta. Lucia, San Juan City
    For a photogenic brunch or merienda experience, Flossom Kitchen Cafe in San Juan is your best choice. Serving everything from Filipino treats like Ube Champorado, to international favorites like Egg Tartufatayou might find yourself coming back here every payday. 

  6. LoLa Cafe

    Address: 99 Scout Lozano St, Diliman, Quezon City
    Tucked away in the Tomas Morato area of Quezon City, LoLa Cafe is worth venturing out of your comfort zone for. Right now, it’s a favorite for local residents who want Filipino comfort food without having to make their way to a crowded mall. But trust us, this isn’t just another hole-in-the-wall neighborhood cafe. The quality food and classy ambiance add something special to the mix.

  7. Nikkei

    Address: Multiple branches
    Set on either side of the Pacific Ocean, Japan and Peru are the experts when it comes to seafood. So when the two powers come together to make fusion cuisine, you know something magical is bound to happen. And that’s exactly what you get at Nikkei. Whether you’re there for the sushi, ceviche, or anything of the surprising results of combining the twoyou’re bound to enjoy your experience. Don’t forget to try their amazing cocktails too!

  8. Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen

    Address: Second Floor, 5972 Alfonso Corner Fermina Street, Poblacion, Makati
    This brand new bar in Poblacion is only at its soft-opening stage, so the only way to get a table is to make a reservation. But, if the current buzz about its unique twist on local food is any indication, Agimat is about to change the face of Filipino cuisine. And for that reason alone, it deserves to be on your list of must-try restaurants!

  9. The Wholesome Table

    Address: Multiple branches
    Whether you’re in the mood for a mid-afternoon smoothie or a heavy weekend lunch, The Wholesome Table has what you need, minus the guilt. Not only are their ingredients entirely organic (and hearty!), but they source their food from local farmersmeaning your dining experience is good for your body, the environment, and the economy. Plus, it’s delicious!

  10. Flour Jar

    Address: Flour Jar, Rose Avenue, Pilar Village, Las Piñas
    One of the more affordable eateries on this list, Flour Jar still manages to have a cute, cozy vibe that makes your visit feel like a secret indulgence. This bakery and cafe serves a variety of mouth-watering cakes, cookies, and doughnutsbest paired with their adorable lattes. While it’s their desserts that really shine, they also have some savory options, making this a good place to stop by any time of day.

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