1. Poco Deli
Located in the heart of Kapitolyo in Pasig City, this little café along East Capitol Drive creates the perfect Italian setting fit for an intimate dinner with close friends, or just a romantic date with your lover. The name literally means, “Little Store,” which is a deli and wine hidey-hole for all the foodies out there. Craving for gourmet comfort food? They serve delicious cold cuts and cheeses, premium sausages, scrumptious pizzas and pastas, sandwiches like you’ve never had them, as well as mouthwatering desserts like their signature Blackout Chocolate Cake (which was ranked #5 in Spot.ph’s Top 10 Chocolate Cakes in Metro Manila) and Red Velvet Cake. Seeing as space is limited (the area can fit perhaps 20 to 25 people), it’s best to make reservations a few days before.
21 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Sunday to Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday to Saturday: 11am to 12am
2. RELISH at Ponte
If you’re craving for some slow-roasted grilled beef belly and are looking for a quiet place with a cozy ambiance to have your get-together, RELISH at Ponte in Salcedo Village offers simple yet favorable recipes elegantly served. They also have a number of cocktail drinks on the menu, ideal for nights out with friends.
RELISH at Ponte
Ground Level, Ponte Salcedo Building, 120 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
Monday to Friday: 11am to 10pm
Saturday: 11am to 3pm for lunch and 6pm to 10pm for dinner
3. Wooden Spoon
What’s better than good food? Good AND cheap food! Situated along the busy street of Katipunan Avenue, right in front of Ateneo and Miriam, Wooden Spoon is brought to you by Chef Sandy Daza, who serves familiar yet innovative Filipino dishes. Although the sizing may be a bit small, it’s so affordable (presyong estudyante, as you might call it) you won’t be able to help ordering more. (Try the Crab Pansit and the Dinakdak ng Lechon!) Since they opened early in 2012, Wooden Spoon’s popularity has grown not just within the student population of nearby schools but also to residents in the area. If you appreciate a good and simple meal, this is definitely the place for you. The restaurant gets packed fast though, so make your reservations as early as possible.
329 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 10pm
4. Pino Resto Bar
Originally located along Maginhawa Street, where a number of other notable restaurants have been discovered, Pino serves fine Filipino food at an affordable price. The place is roomy and has maintained its original snug and artsy feel—the white walls are decorated with paintings for sale, and the outdoor garden makes for a lovely hangout area in the evening. The second floor, Pipino, was made exclusively for vegetarians, and at night it turns into a bar—making it an idyllic dinner-and-drinks session with friends.
Pino Resto Bar
Malingap Street, Teacher’s Village, Diliman, Quezon City
Monday to Friday: 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 1am
Saturday to Sunday: 11am to 2am
Living up to the words “Comfort food, revisited,” 2nd’s takes fine dining to a whole new level with their one-of-a-kind recipes (a fusion of East and West dishes) sure to leave your tummy craving for more. With their restaurant located near clubs and other establishments (such as 7th High, Skye, Relik Tapas and Bar, etc.) 2nd’s makes a good first stop for you and your friends before partying the night away.
Second Floor, Quadrant 3, Bonifacio High Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Sunday to Thursday: 11:30am to 10:30pm
Friday to Saturday: 11:30am to 11:00pm