Must-Try Date Spots For A Romantic Month-End

Flavorful food, check; awesome ambiance, check. End the month on a loving note in these restos with your man.

wdd_monthenddatespots_thai_main.jpgThai at Silk
Little Asia, G/F Serendra Piazza, 26th St., Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; (02) 856-0386 to 87; open everyday from 11:30AM to 3PM and from 6:30PM to 11:30PM

Love Mood: Exotic Thai aromas meet bright, smart dcor, making Silk great for laid-back lovers lunches, or decked-out dinner dates with cool cocktails.

Sweet Spot: Crisp white walls and lime floors with bottle green accents make it an elegant place. Ignore the down-to-earth menu prices—the lanterns and celadon ware will make you feel like youre romancing in Sydney, Soho, or Singapore.

Passionate Tastes: Roll him up a bite of Mieng Khan (P230), betel leaves grown in the chefs own garden, served with palm sugar, ginger, and grated coconut. Enjoy the zest and crunch of the Yam Som-O (P380), a pomelo and shrimp salad, and try the See Khrong Moo Yaang (P245), cinnamon and lemon-marinated baby back ribs. Desserts are light: Coconut ice cream (P224), and Taro Balls in Coconut Milk (P224). To get you through dinner, Cosmo recommends the fresh, tingly Lemongrass Juice (P115).

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wdd_monthenddatespots_ninyo_main.jpgNinyo
66 Esteban Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City; (02) 426-0301; open everyday (but Monday) from 11AM to 2PM and 6PM to 10PM

Love Mood: Come here for a cozy dinner in a quaint place—especially if you give premium to hushed chats and quiet cuddling.

Sweet Spot: Dramatic foliage and superb food all create the romantic Ninyo experience. Ninyo recently had gazebos and fountains constructed, and a wine lounge is being built on the second floor. Like an adorable Tagaytay garden spot, it’s complete with the romantic hideaway feel and intimate corners. You’ll feel at ease in this house-turned-resto, making it the perfect venue for amorous admissions and giving in to your emotions. They accept walk-in diners, but it’s wise to call ahead to reserve your table.

Passionate Tastes: If you’re the kind of couple who bonds over fantastic food, Ninyo offers a lot of motivation to get closer. Their beautifully-plated dishes pose a fantastic fine-dining experience. Appetizers start at P290, main dishes range from P390 to P1,900, while desserts go for P180 to P270. Try Chef Nino’s special Jap version of the traditional Fish & Chips (P350) for an exotic starter. Enjoy their Honey Glazed Grilled Salmon (P540) to fill you up. Then, taper the evening off with some rich Chocolate! Chocolate! Cake (P225). Can’t decide? You can opt to get their Degustation Menu, a six-course meal for P1590.

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wdd_monthenddatespots_bistro_main.jpgBistro Filipino
G/F Net 2 Building, 3rd Avenue, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; (02) 856-0634, 856-0541; open Monday to Friday from 11AM to 3PM and 6PM to 11PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 3PM and 6PM to 11PM

Love Mood: An obsession with cuisine abounds inside, so if you love to love food with your honey, come here to share bites of bliss.

Sweet Spot: Dramatic touches, like the oversized black chandelier overhead, the checkered tiles below, and the sizeable seagrass room dividers all seem to work in the name of food and love. Sink side by side into a banquette or show each other off down the middle tables. There aren't any Pinoy resto cliches here, and the service is the most hospitable yet.

Passionate Tastes: If you close your eyes and taste it, its Filipino, challenges Chef Rolando Laudico, who never strays from traditional Filipino flavors. Try his take on Beef Nilaga (P168), with fresh corn, shallots, and potato croquette stuffed with beef and cabbage. The Milk Fish Souffle (P268) has smoked fish, keso de bola, and paksiw vinaigrette with fried bangus belly. Prawns Laing Tempura (P888) has grilled tiger prawns and coconut cream. For dessert, Suman Cake (P168), Molten Chocolate (P188) with carabao vanilla ice cream, or Slow Baked Tsokolate Eh with Almond Cream (P108) will leave you reeling. Three-course lunch sets start at P300, while a 12-course dinner menu is at P1,500 per person. Breakfast menu is available from Monday to Saturday.

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