You adore your boyfriend to bits, but your date nights have become about as exciting as a trip to the dentist. Here’s a totally simple suggestion that just might do the trick of shaking up your ho-hum relationship routine: why not ditch the same old dinner plans you make weekend after weekend and go for brunch out instead?
With the ever-growing popularity of late-morning munching, many top-notch restaurants in the metro now offer brunch specials that are usually cheaper than your fancier dinner date fare. The best time to go for brunch is on weekends; besides catching each other at a sunnier time and in a stress-free disposition, an early date frees you up to just enjoy each other’s awesome company for the rest of the day.
We leafed through Summit Books’ bestselling restaurant guidebook, Eat Out Now! 115 Manila Restaurants We Love for brunch options. Check out our daytime date picks, plus cute couple activities you can do once the plates have been cleared!
A popular brunch spot, Apartment 1B offers hearty breakfast comfort food for you and your man to dig into, such as Eggs Benedict, Turkey Burger, and the Big Breakfast.
Post-brunch bonding: The day’s gastronomic adventure is far from over! Head to nearby Salcedo Saturday Market to grab more grub.
Ground Floor, One Lafayette Square, Leviste cor. Sedeno St., Salcedo Village, Makati
Tel. no.: (02)843-4075
Ground Floor, Unit 101-E,One Rockwell East Tower, 1 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati
Tel. no.: (02)869-3530
Open Mondays to Saturdays, 7am-11pm; brunch menu available every day, 7am–3pm
The artfully prepared dishes in this fine dining restaurant may look too fancy to eat, but once you take a bite of their Filipino-with-a-twist fare, you’ll be scarfing it down in seconds.
Post-brunch bonding: Give your compliments to the chef, and don’t hesitate to ask for tips so you and your honey can craft your own neo-Pinoy concoction for dinner.
Ground Floor, Net 2 Building, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. no.: (02)856-0634, (0917)800-2433
Open Mondays to Fridays, 11am-3pm and 6pm-11pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-3pm (with brunch menu) and 6pm-11pm
Corner Tree Café
This vegetarian eatery is perfect for health-conscious lovebirds. Don’t be too quick to judge its greens-infused dishes—Corner Tree Café’s nutritious nosh actually packs quite a flavorful punch.
Post-brunch bonding: Maintain the day’s healthy streak by jogging or playing badminton together in the afternoon.
150 Jupiter St. cor. Saturn St., Bel-Air Village, Makati
Tel. no.: (02)897-0295, (0906)558-6177
Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 11am-10pm; brunch menu available on Sundays, 11am-3pm
Diners come for Mamou’s steaks, but on weekends, brunch favorites such as the Eggs Benedict and Rau’s Platter are the stars.
Post-brunch bonding: Make this day all about your man. After treating him to a filling meal, head to the shops nearby and buy him a sharp new shirt or a book by his favorite author.
Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. no.: (02)856-3569, (02)909-5741, (0917)816-2668
Mamou Too!: Level 1, Rockwell Power Plant Mall, Makati
Tel. no.: (02)822-6218
Open Mondays to Fridays, 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10:30pm; Saturdays, 11am-3pm (with brunch menu) and 6pm-10:30pm; Sundays, 10am-3pm (with brunch menu) and 6pm-10:30pm
Photo: Mamou's Facebook page
On weekdays, Masseto is frequented by busy professionals; at night, it plays host to chic urbanites. On Saturdays, this swanky spot welcomes brunchers who want to indulge in some quality chow.
Post-brunch bonding: So what if it’s broad daylight? Splurge on one of Masseto’s premium wines to get an early buzz going.
Ground Floor, 114 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati
Tel. no.: (02)810-3565, (02)338-0929
Open Mondays to Fridays, 12pm-2pm and 6pm-10:30pm; Saturdays, 11am-2pm (with brunch menu) and 6pm-10:30pm
This hip Filipino fusion resto boasts inventive takes on your regular 'silog, not to mention walls covered with cool artwork and delightful doodles.
Post-brunch bonding: Cruise around Teacher’s Village to discover more gastronomic gems—and future date destinations—in this northern foodie haven.
39 Malingap St., Teacher’s Village, Quezon City
Tel. no.: (02)441-1773
38 Jupiter St., Bel-Air Village, Makati
Tel. no.: (02)550-1781
Open daily, 11am-2pm and 5pm onwards
Photo: Pino's Facebook page
Click on Page 2 for five more brunch places!
If your honey has a huge appetite in the morning, take him to this cozy nook, where he’ll drool over the Angus Beef Tapa, Bacon Slabs served with eggs, and all the sausage dishes being offered.
Post-brunch bonding: Score some of the house-made sausages for sale here so you can surprise your honey with a deli-inspired brekkie at home the next day.
21 East Capitol Drive, Barrio Kapitolyo, Pasig
Tel. no.: (02)477-4332
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Paseo de Roxas cor. Makati Ave., Makati
Open Mondays to Thursdays, 11am-10pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 11am-12am; Sundays, 11am-10pm (with brunch menu)
Photo: Poco Deli's Facebook page
With an impressive menu that includes Filipino, American, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, and Thai delights, every food lover is sure to discover a favorite dish here.
Post-brunch bonding: Take a stroll at the Sunken Garden in nearby UP Diliman to burn off all those calories.
218 Blueridge A, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Tel. no: (02)682-1860
Open Mondays to Sundays, 7:30am-11:30pm
On weekends, this elegant bistro in Greenbelt 3—the less glitzy sister of dining haute spot Sala—comes alive with casual brunchers who feast on fresh organic eggs and unlimited bubbly Australian wine.
Post-brunch bonding: Dine al fresco so you can linger after your meal and make up silly stories about the folks who pass by.
Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
Tel. no.: (02)729-4888
Open Mondays to Saturdays, 11:30am-2:30pm and 6:30pm-11pm; Sundays, 11am-2:30pm and 6:30pm-11pm (with brunch menu available Saturdays and Sundays)
There’s no shortage of brunch-perfect offerings in this inviting eatery, such as the sinful Croque Madame. Order some of their delicious house-baked breads to complement your meal.
Post-brunch bonding: Now, it’s your turn to sweeten someone else’s day! Get Wildflour’s yummy home-style treats to go and drop them off at your friends’ or relatives’ homes. They’ll appreciate the unexpected gesture.
Ground Floor, Net Lima Building, 4th Avenue cor. 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. no.: (02)856-7600
Open Mondays to Saturdays, 8am-10pm
Photo: Wild Flour's Facebook page