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THE ULTIMATE LIST: 6 Luxurious Valentine’s Day Dinners That You Should Book Now (Part 2: Restaurants)

M DINING BAR

 

 

Italian-inflected dishes, European elegance, and excellent wines make for one of the finest dining experience in town, with a choice of two menus for Valentine’s Day—Menu A for P2,950++ and Menu B for P2,300++ per person. If you’re looking for an extra treat, you can add pan-seared foie gras to the main course (for both menus) for just P550. The wine pairings are optional but highly recommended, for an additional P1,700++ per person. For those who just want to stick with the bubbly, M Dining is offering unlimited sparkling wine (Mazzei, Villa Marcello, Prosecco 2016) for P990++ per person.

 

Menu A (a choice of)

Beef carpaccio, calamansi-soy, ginger (+P450)

Shrimp ravioli, uni butter

Mesclun mix, poached pears, bleu cheese, candied pistachio

paired with Daniel Dampt & Fils Chablis Village 2015

 

Poached salmon, shrimps, truffle cream

Pork belly, sweet ponzu, watermelon

Beef Wellington (+P950)

paired with Torre de Ona Reserva, Rioja 2012

 

Warm chocolate cake, honey ice cream

Pavlova, marron glacé, muscato sabayon

paired with Villa Rinaldi, Moscato d’Asti DOCG

 

Menu B (a choice of)

Pumpkin soup, chicken skin

Tuna carpaccio, anchovy dressing, arugula

Soft-shell crab, red radish, orange-saffron cream

paired with Bread & Butter Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2015

 

Sea bass en papillote, sake, shiitake

Pork chops, agro dolce, potato strings

Osso buco, breaded polenta (+P200)

paired with Ornellaia, Le Volte Dell’Ornellaia 2014

 

Chocolate chip sundae

Apple crostata, vanilla ice cream

paired with Villa Rinaldi, Moscato d’Asti DOCG

 

3/F Alegria Alta Building, 2294 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, (02) 810-3565,
mgroup.com.ph
 

 

BLACKBIRD

 

 

The setting of Blackbird in the historic Nielson Tower offers a mix of nostalgia, contemporary elegance, and warm Filipino hospitality. The evening can start with drinks at The Lounge, then dinner at The Grill Room, and perhaps end with a quiet moment at the Terrace. The Valentine’s Day menu reflects this relaxed yet refined vibe, offered at P3,800+ per person.

Canapés

Crispy king prawn, sweet corn velouté, roasted corn and pepper salad

or

Seared foie gras, celeriac beignet, caramelized apple and port wine jus

Mushroom agnolotti, winter truffle cream, Parmesan and rocket

Grilled SRF Wagyu flat iron with slow braised beef short rib, carrot purée,

spring vegetables and potato fondant 

or

Roast salmon fillet, dill potatoes, crab remoulade, asparagus and pickled cucumber

Dark chocolate délice, salted caramel, candied popcorn and tonka bean ice cream

or

Lemon profiteroles, strawberry sorbet and lavender praline ice cream

 

Nielson Tower, 6752 Makati Avenue, Makati City, (02) 828-4888, (0917) 889-2782,
blackbird.com.ph

 

MECHA UMA

 

Chef Bruce Ricketts always impresses with his daring juxtaposition of flavors and textures against the canvas of Japanese cuisine. For Valentine’s Day, he has prepared a dazzling menu that plays with Japanese ingredients, flavors, and techniques with a touch of luxury thrown in. The menu goes for P3,950++ per person and will be available the whole week of February 12, including Valentine’s Day, of course.

 

Tuna Sandwich

Yellowfin tuna tartare with goose liver and roasted pineapple

Oyster Toast

Potato bread soaked in miso with pickled eggplant and grated radish

Ika

Local big fin squid with aromatic herbs and local peas in a sour broth

Salmon Kasu Zuke

Aburi, coated with sake lees, cabbage and beet vinegar

Blue Fin Tuna

Negi toro style, cured and smoked with wasabi

Smoked Duck Breast

Squash, black vinegar sauce, activated charcoal dumplings and corn miso

Guava, Mango and Yuzu

Curd honeycomb and squash seeds

 

G/F RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 964-9605, (0917) 855-7230, mechauma.ph
 

 

DONOSTI PINTXOS Y TAPAS

 

 

If you want to keep your Valentine’s Day casual yet still romantic, then head out to Donosti for an indulgent set of Spanish small plates, offered in two sets, one for P5,000 for two (set A) or P4,000 for two (set B). It’s guaranteed to be a fun Valentine’s night out.

 

SET A

Pintxos

Montadito de cabrales con crujiente de jamon (Endive, cabrales cream, jamon)

Boquerones en vinagre (Pickled tawilis on homemade potato chip)

 

Tapas

Gambas al ajillo (Shrimps in EVOO, garlic and chili)

Tosta de foie (Seared foie gras, shoestring potato, red wine reduction)

 

Platos Principales

Lapu-lapu con miel (Lapu-lapu fillet, potato purée, rosemary honey)

Solomillo de ternera con salsa Diana (Grilled tenderloin, fried peppers and potato, mushroom sauce)

 

Postres

Hojaldre con crema de limon y fresas (Puff pastry, lemon curd, strawberry coulis)

 

SET B

Pintxos

Pate de jamon (Jamon Serrano pâté, cumberland sauce, toast)

Montadito de gulas (Garlic baby eels, quail egg, bread)

 

Tapas

Gambas con Jerez (Prawns in EVOO, garlic, rosemary and sherry wine)

Tosta de foie (Seared foie gras, shoestring potato, red wine reduction)

 

Platos Principales

Lubina al espalda (Apahap fillet, garlic, EVOO, pimenton, roasted peppers, potatoes)

Cuchifrito (Deep fried suckling pig chunks, fries)

 

Postres

Tarta de Santiago (Almond cake, coffee crème anglaise)

 

G/F NAC Building, 32nd Street between 7th and 9th Avenues, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 856-0206, (0917) 849-2205, donosti.com.ph

 

SALA

 

 

Colin Mackay’s newly refurbished Sala shines with its modern European menu and restrained elegance. Enjoy the special Valentine’s Day menu for P4,500+ per person with a glass of Duval Leroy Brut Reserve Champagne NV.

Amuse bouche

Blue swimmer crab, sweet shrimp, apple and mustard remoulade

Lobster and fennel pansoti with tarragon bisque sauce

Pan seared foie gras, brioche, parsnip, roast pear, and spiced port jus

 

Jack’s Creek Wagyu tenderloin, celeriac and Parmesan pave and

roast Portobello mushroom with guanciale and sage

 

A dessert platter to share…

Chocolate espresso and mascarpone trifle

Lychee and rose water pavlova, roast rhubarb and strawberries

Honey, yoghurt and pistachio semifreddo

 

Podium Level, LV Locsin Building, 6752 Ayala Avenue, Makati City, (02) 750-1555,
www.salarestaurant.com
 

 

ANTONIO’S

 

 

For a truly special night out, make it an out-of-town “music and fine dining” affair at the country’s most romantic restaurant. This “A Night of Music and Love” Valentine special will be held on February 13 and 14. Chef Tonyboy Escalante will serve a special five-course menu with wine pairing at the intimate and romantic setting of Lanai Lounge. To start, a raclette station with over 15 different condiments welcomes diners with a glass of perfectly chilled Chandon Brut. The meal ends with a trio of housemade ice creams made especially for Valentine's, followed by a token of Felchlin chocolate truffles served with Antonio’s signature housemade limoncello—all for P3,800+ to 4,800+ per person. DJ Herbie Walton with jazz trumpeter Enzo Bautista will serenade guests throughout the evening.

 

Purok 138, Barangay Niogan, Tagaytay City, (0917) 899-2866, (0918) 899-2866,
antoniosrestaurant.ph