The best way to spend time with your special someone is often over good food. So if you have been planning to treat your lover to a date night, you must have been scouring the internet for the best restaurants with a romantic set up, great food, and somewhere a little far away from the bustling and noisy metropolis.
The good news is, you can find a number of romantic restaurants somewhere around the area of Pasig and Cainta. Just a few minutes drive and you’ll be surprised by the hidden date night gems you’ll find.
With that, here are six restaurants to go on with your special someone on your next dinner date.
Whether you’re both big fans of Korean barbecue, Arariyo along Felix Avenue, at the border of Pasig and Cainta might just be what you need for a tummy-filling dinner. The restaurant is more affordable compared to the more popular unlimited samgyupsal joints in the Metro but is just as tasty and satisfying when it comes to its offerings. They also have a variety of sides and other dishes in case you two would like to try other Korean dishes.
Vieux Chalet Swiss
A fine dining restaurant that is tucked away in Antipolo, hidden from the noise of the city. Just a few minutes away from Pasig-Cainta, this restaurant is worth the drive as it features a warm and welcoming ambiance, perfect for a romantic dinner date or simply an intimate family gathering. What makes it extra special is that its the home of the family who started it, giving it an extra homey feel. You might feel that you are just eating a romantic dinner at home. It also features a spectacular view of Metro Manila, providing a spectacular view of the city lights as your backdrop. And of course, an array of scrumptious Swiss style meals. There’s a huge selection of palatable meals from steaks, pizza, pasta, and of course, they have wine too!
Going Japanese? Fukuruou Nihonyori offers an authentic traditional teppanyaki experience in Cainta. You can choose from a variety of meats such as chicken, sukiyaki steak, and even wagyu that the chefs will cook right in front of you using ingredients that shipped straight from Japan! But if you’re not particularly craving for meat, some fan favorites are the Maguro Sashimi, Grilled Mackerel, Mariwase Tempura Seafood Yakimeshi. For dessert, go for the Japanese Cheesecake which won’t overwhelm your tastebuds with sweetness.
Owned by celebrity-couple Gladys Reyes and Christopher Roxas, Estela is a vintage-themed resto that serves Filipino, Italian, and American favorites. The homey restaurant is located along Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall in Cainta, and is the perfect date night spot if you are looking for comfort food. The restaurant even discourages internet usage so diners can be in the moment with their company. Some menu dishes that are absolutely must-try are Buffalo Wings, Beef Salpicao, Estela’s Salad, Double Cut Porkchop, Shrimp Salted Egg Fettucini, Cream Pesto Linguine.
Amare La Cucina
Amare La Cucina is a dainty little spot in the sprawling foodie paradise that is Kapitolyo. They take pride in being a home-grown pizzeria as evidenced by their straightforward and fresh—as Italian food should be. While the brick oven concept in the Philippines isn’t new, what makes Amare La Cucina unique is the exposed pizza-making counter that offers delight to diners. The Pizza Con Prosciutto is a crowd favorite, as well as the rich and meaty Ragu Bolognese Pasta. If you and your significant other are serious meat lovers, you can try their Wood-Fire Ribs .
Cafe 1771 at El Pueblo Real de Manila, Ortigas, is the “young and quirky sister” restaurant of the famous Chateau 1771. The cozy, Parisian ambiance of the restaurant inspires intimate conversations, making it perfect for date nights. Their menu is European and Continental so expect that their soups and salads are staples. Try their house special, Cocotte Osso Bucco Caldereta, a popular home-cooked meat stew in France. For dessert, you won’t get it wrong with their sinful Chocolate Pie.
A New Wave of Luxurious Dining Experience is Set to Rise
Aside from these restaurants, get ready for a whole new wave of restaurants that will rise along with Empire East’s newest project, the Empire East Highland City. This development will exemplify a luxurious uphill community and will be the first-ever elevated city in the Philippines. This extravagant township is strategically located within the boundary of Pasig and Cainta, the convergence of the Metro and the East.
Empire East Highland City will include residential towers at the highest point of the township, living up to its promise of a grand highland community. Complementing this residential community is the Highland Mall, with 58,000 square meters of commercial space designed for world-class shopping, dining, and other recreational amenities. Soon, the Highland Mall be home to more unique gastronomic options at the heart of Pasig-Cainta, especially for the future residents of Empire East Highland City.
Read our previous journal for more features about Empire East Highland City.