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WEEKEND EATS: 5 Feel-Good Neighborhood Restaurants For Your Last-Minute Mother’s Day Celebration

Still haven’t made any plans for Mother’s Day? If you don’t want to go for those all-you-can-eat establishments, why not opt for any one of these “quieter” neighborhood spots that mom will surely love.


Stories by Lilypad

46 Times Street, West Triangle, Quezon City, (02) 374-4376 or (0956) 824- 0094  


Stories by Lilypad’s mug fountain


Sausage and Garlic and Grilled Chicken and Lime Pesto pastas


A venue (or pad) where people can share stories and create new ones—this is the owners’ idea behind Stories by Lilypad. Two things our dearest moms will appreciate about this place: the homey vibe and the flavorful comfort food offerings. With so many Instagram-worthy spots to choose from (can’t be missed is their iconic fountain with mug displays), your Mother’s Day mementos will fondly be remembered. Must-trys include the Godofried Chicken (two-piece chicken leg quarters with creamy dipping sauce and garlic rice) best paired with the all-natural housemade lemongrass tea. For spicy food lovers, there’s Jakothai Rice, a Japanese-Korean-Thai fusion dish with beef sirloin, scrambled eggs, and kimchi rice. For pasta, highly recommended are the cream-based Sausage and Garlic and the Grilled Chicken and Lime Pesto. Want a customized breakfast platter? That’s possible, too! Plus, they have a wide array of drinks—hot and cold, coffee-based and otherwise—plus luscious desserts to cap off your wonderful meal. —Rhia Grana


Old Swiss Inn

G/F Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue corner Sto. Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City, (02) 818-8251,


Slow-Roasted Beef Belly


Roasted Porkloin stuffed with mushroom and spinach


Why not revisit this old-time Makati favorite? Many fond memories have been made at this 24/7 Makati haunt that still draws crowds for its signature cheese raclette, cheese fondue, corned beef, and other European specialties. The Swiss chalet décor and waitstaff in Alpine attire make the experience all the more memorable. For Mother’s Day lunch on May 13, you can treat mom to scrumptious carvings of Slow-Roasted Beef Belly and Stuffed Roast Pork Loin with Mushroom and Spinach. If you still have room, make mom’s day even more memorable by ordering a pot of cheese or melted Toblerone chocolate fondue. —Monique Suzara



Milky Way Building, 900 A. Arnaiz Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, (02) 810-8735, 810-2763


Paella Valenciana


Milky Way ice cream


You can never go wrong with a meal at one of Makati’s most beloved restaurants. With Chef J Gamboa at the helm, the Cirkulo kitchen produces winning dishes such as its Slow Roasted U.S. Beef Belly with horseradish cream sauce, and Paella Montaña with Portobello mushrooms, whole roasted garlic, truffle oil, and asparagus, among many other favorites. Chef J also constantly updates the menu to offer dishes inspired by his recent travels. Thankfully, Cirkulo will be open on this Sunday specially for Mother’s Day. So be sure to book a table to give mom a relaxing meal starting with Cirkulo’s signature tapas and sangria. And moms get free Milky Way ice cream after the meal, not just at Cirkulo but at its sister restaurants Milky Way, Azuthai, and Tsukiji, too. —Monique Suzara


Bamba Bistro

55 Aguirre Avenue corner Arsenio Luz, BF Homes, Parañaque, (02) 519-7097

Sizzling Kesong Puti

24-hour Smoked Pork Belly


A family favorite in the BF Homes neighborhood, Chef Tina Legarda’s homey restaurant never disappoints with its menu of international classics with refined touches. Aside from signature dishes like the Foie Gras Salad and Duck Ravioli, Chef Tina recently introduced new specials to impress. Sizzling Kesong Puti features crumbled longganisa, mango jam, tomato-onion-cilantro that one scoops up with green onion mini pandesal. You can also discreetly ask for the off-menu French Onion Mac and Cheese. Or go for the 24-hour Smoked Pork Belly with inasal rice, chicken skin crumbs, ensalada of langka, fresh coconut, puso ng saging, and sukang berde. It may be comfort food, but it’s done with much sophistication, a testament to Chef Tina’s talent and experience cooking at top restaurants here and abroad. And just for Mother’s Day, moms get a free slice of a special pie that Chef Tina and her mother created just for the occasion. Nana Ozaeta


Café Madrid by JC Terry

Estancia at Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard, Pasig City, (02) 470-1675


Café Madrid inside Estancia Mall


Café Madrid Paella


If mom is a lover of Spanish food, then bring her to this more modern version of Juan Carlos de Terry’s flagship Terry’s Bistro. Café Madrid offers a more affordable taste of gastronomic specialities from the 17 regions of Spain, from Galicia to Madrid to Cataluna. The restaurant features a selection of the finest Spanish wines and cheeses, warm tapas and pinchos. One unique dish is Colgados de Toledo or hanging tapas. A fun way to share, Spanish cheese, pork and beef tapas and other meats are threaded through a metal skewer, which is then hung from a metal rod. There’s also the utterly decadent Cochi-Frito, small chunks of cochinillo confit marinated in garlic, sherry vinegar, and fresh herbs. And whatever the Paella of the Week is, it’s guaranteed to be delicious, with fluffy Valencian rice cooked in flavorful housemade stock, with mushrooms, shrimps, chicken and chorizo. —Ginny Mata (FOOD Magazine, Issue 2, 2017)