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Go On A Food Trip Date This Weekend

Ditch the diet and indulge your man with the kind of date he likes—that which involves good chow. Lots of it. Cosmo suggests these great restos.
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heartymeals_hotrocks_1.jpgHot Rocks Club
650 Compound, Libis (beside Shopwise) QC, 636-6091

The Vibe: Your guy will love you for letting him go out to dinner with you in his beat-up tee and flip-flops. The food is so good, you can forego ambiance!

Best To Go Here With: Your guy and his crew. There’s an open-air deck upstairs that’s great for a couple of rounds of beer and a serious foodfest.

The Eats: Steak, steak, and more steak! Priced from P100 to P330, Hot Rocks specialty steaks are from tender Batangas beef, with a juicy, flavorful bite to them. Cosmo suggests you go for the large steaks, even if you have the option for a regular size cut. Hot Rocks also boasts of their grilled isaw, fish fillets, burgers, and crispy pizzas, which will gratify any appetite.

Special Treats: Service is quick and friendly, and it gets even sweeter with desserts that are the perfect finish to a steak dinner. Hot rocks offers Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, Tres Leches, Apple Pie a la Mode, and the curiously named banana split Jar of Monkey.

Photo courtesy of Hot Rocks
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heartymeals_bubbagump.jpgBubba Gump
2/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City, 757-5154

The Vibe: Absolutely “Gump-y” as the laid-back, friendly crew at Bubba Gump like to call it, just like in the film after which the restaurant was created, Forrest Gump. You and your guy will need a couple of minutes taking in the cool, kitschy scenes from the movie, knick knacks, bric-a-bracs, and costumes hung about the restaurant.

Best to Go Here With: Your man for casual but quality dining. The servings are huge so there’s lots to nosh on for double-date dining.

The Eats: At Bubba Gump, shrimp is what they do best. Cosmo suggests Forrest’s Shrimp Net Catch, with shrimp steamed in beer and spices, and starving sweethearts shouldn’t miss Bubba’s After the Storm Bucket of Boat Trash, a happy mix of fried shrimp, slipper lobster, mahi-mahi, and fries.

Special Treats: The Steak New Orleans which is available upon request was cooked Cajun style and Penne Pasta with Shrimp and Scallops in a vodka-tomato cream sauce was a unique take on pasta. Bubba Gump’s dessert list is irresistible, with concoctions like the Alabama Mud Pie, a towering slice of ice cream with Snickers pieces in a pool of chocolate.

For more information, visit www.bubbagump.com.ph.

Photo courtesy of Bubba Gump
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heartymeals_redbox.jpgRed Box
3/F Greenbelt 3 Ayala Center, 757-6188

The Vibe: Trendy, cool, and fun! Don’t be daunted by the maze-like layout—the rooms and hallways are cleverly color-coded. Choose any KTV room and you’re bound to find it extremely cozy and tastefully decorated. There’s no better place to dilute your worries after a stressful day at work. This Hong Kong franchise is the best of its kind here in Manila.

Best to Go Here With: Your guy for a surprise lunch. Take turns singing a few tunes and reward yourselves with a fave dish or drink.

The Eats: Karaoke cuisine. From pica-pica specialties like the Buffalo Chicken Wings that are easy enough to munch while waiting for your turn at the mike, to full-blown dishes that you can eat at leisure. They also serve Pizza Margherita and Pepperoni pizzas.

Bestsellers: Start with the Red Box Combination Platter or the Chicken Fingers. All-time faves include the Crispy Pata that’ll have you both in good spirits.

Special Treats: They have a range of different-sized rooms, so you can have a party of two or 12. For only P99 per person, you can enjoy a full buffet dinner from 7PM to 12AM from Sunday to Thursday with salads, grilled specialties, pasta, and dessert. Avail of their daily lunch buffet for P299 and use a KTV room for three hours—for free! Enjoy over 30,000 songs in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean and our very own Pinoy tunes.

For more information, visit www.redbox.com.ph.

Photo courtesy of Red Box
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