10 Mom-Friendly Restaurants in Manila
It doesn't have to be Mother's Day for you to treat her right!
(SPOT.ph) You’ve probably already booked a restaurant for Mother’s Day (you need to do it now if you haven’t because reservations could get crazy). Here’s our question though: Why do you need a special once-a-year day to take mom out? Wouldn’t it better to take her out on an ordinary day and make that special? Trust us, she'll be more touched.
Did we just make you guilty now? We’re sure mom would love any restaurant you’d take her as long as you get some QT together. This isn't a list of places to take your her for celebrations. Just those sweet Sunday lunches and random dinner dates. In case you’re stumped, we’re giving you a few ideas.
Perfect for: The Bookworm Mom
Part-whimsical, part-homey, this storybook-styled building (it honestly looks like it’s been wrapped in fondant) is a wise choice for moms who live vicariously through literary adventures. Witty one-liners are painted on the white canvas, magazines hang all over the space, and there’s even a bookstore inside (Christian books, but still). Bicycles and other crazy knickknacks are all over the walls; the randomness is comforting. Dishes are the results of playing around in the kitchen, but you can bet that the traditional flavor profiles you love will still be there.
Must-tries: Sinigang Paella (P350), Miso Sinigang (P695)
Neil’s Kitchen is at L701 Westgate, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Read more about Neil’s Kitchen.
Perfect for: The Sophisticate Mom
Pinkies at the ready! Crown’s tea lounge defines luxury—from the ornate gilded chandeliers and mirror installations to the cushy chairs and high ceilings. Your mom will feel mega-pampered in Crown Towers' signature tea spot. The tall trays of gourmet sandwiches and desserts are excellent to start with, but roving servers also carry more exciting and delicious propositions. Here, tea-time is a high-end, high-flying deal with cocktails that are remarkably prepared table side.
Must-tries: Crystal Lounge only has two tea sets: Traditional English (P1,188) or Asian (P1,080)
Crystal Lounge is at G/F Crown Towers, City of Dreams, Parañaque City. Read more about Crystal Lounge.
Perfect for: The Gym Mom
Don’t worry. Your mom’s back-to-back classes at the gym won’t be put to waste when you take her to Runner’s Kitchen. This health-oriented restaurant is all about counting calories—but enjoying it. The kitchen has a menu chock-full of comfort favorites, with the more unsavory (health-wise) ingredients replaced with items like mushrooms, beans, and leaner cuts of meat. These healthier elements work overtime to give you flavors that don’t make you feel deprived.
Must-tries: Yogi’s Breakfast (P300), Black Rice Champorado (P150)
Runner’s Kitchen is at 74 Creekside Square, Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City. Read more about Runner’s Kitchen.
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
Perfect for: The Rustic Mom
Who would know what mom likes better than Mama Lou? This homey Italian restaurant has a fuss-free approach to serving food—only that everything has to be really, really good and straight-up Italian. The portions are enormous, which would make your mom satisfied that everyone in the family is enjoying a good and hearty meal. You can share, too. Mama Lou’s started out in the South, but it’s quickly made a name for itself in the North.
Must-tries: Linguini Vongole (P295), Risotto di Mare (P350)
Mama Lou’s has branches at 36 Tropical Avenue corner Palace Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City and UP Town Center, Quezon City.
Perfect for: The Reunion Mom
There are just some moms who make everything an extended family affair. You know it’s more fun this way. Your aunts, your cousins, your uncles, your ninangs all get to join in on the fun. Livestock is a great choice. This humongous restaurant has festive offerings like their melt-in-your-mouth crispy pata and super-juicy porcetta. Special rooms are available for more private celebrations, but even the common areas are wide enough to cater to large groups.
Must-tries: Crispy Pata (P590), Crackling Belly (P290 to P895)
Livestock is at 34 Sergeant Esguerra Avenue, Quezon City. Read more about Livestock.
Perfect for: The Cool Mom
12/10’s entire MO is the culture of the youth—a playful approach to cuisine, service, and style. The girl and the bull, Thea de Rivera and Gab Bustos, brought their brand of innovative cuisine to Makati. Trendy moms would go nuts over the fusion food that boasts intricate layers of flavor that you really have to stop, pause, and think about to truly embrace all that effort. You can enjoy a cocktail or two with your meal, too.
Must-tries: Korean Fried Chicken (P320), Katsu Sando (P260)
12/10 is at 7635 Guijo Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City. Read more about 12/10.
Four Seasons Hotpot City
Perfect for: The Tita of Manila
We mean a literal tita of Manila. Four Seasons is a gorgeous backdrop for hot-pot cravings. The large 300-seater restaurant is styled liked an upscale market that is sure to delight your mom’s natural inclination for (grocery) shopping and cooking. Four Seasons offers an impressively wide selection of hotpot offerings—from familiar fish balls to more exotic Beijing-styled toppings. For those who need to warm up their tummies before the broth bonanza, there’s a small arrangement of ready-to-eat dishes. The dessert section is also awe-inspiring.
Must-tries: The Premium section isn’t open yet, but it’s worth a shot for an added fee. A regular buffet ticket at Four Seasons ranges from P588 to P788.
Four Seasons Hotpot City is at Building E, SM By The Bay, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Read more about Four Seasons.
StrEat Maginhawa Food Park
Perfect for: The Laidback Mom
StrEat is ideal for adventurous gastronomes who appreciate great flavors that give them bang for their back. Moms who love no-frills, new experiences will appreciate StrEat Maginhawa’s laid-back al fresco setup. The food trucks and stalls offer a variety of eats that can target any craving. You can sit at one of the tables or enjoy the scenery on the grass.
StrEat has 11 tenants. Read more about StrEat’s offerings.
Perfect for: The Traditional Mom
There are some mothers who are sticklers for habit—Filipino food, Chinese food, homecooked food. For such classic tastes, they’re usually the ones that are hardest to please. We’re sure Chef Sandy Daza won’t disappoint. His brand of Filipino fare is all about tradition and family. Every dish has a great story to tell, not just in the connection of flavors, but also on how they were created. The chef’s old favorite, his mom’s old favorite, his sister’s. Being at Wooden Spoon is like being at home, but with much better food.
Must-tries: Crab Pansit (P145), Lechon Kawali (P195)
Wooden Spoon has branches at Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City; Kapitolyo, Pasig City; and Power Plant Mall, Makati City. Read more about Wooden Spoon.
Crystal Jade Dining In
Perfect for: The Chinese Mom
This is your everyday Chinese food made better. If Crystal Jade in Greenhills answers your daily dim sum cravings, this fancier branch in Bonifacio Global City fulfills your celebratory Chinese requirements. Not only does it elevate the standard the “normal” Crystal Jade has set, it also has offerings exclusive to this outpost that will surely excite your taste buds. Here, modern Chinese food takes center stage. It’s also notorious for its occasional unlimited dim sum deal.
Must-tries: Baked Lobster with Salted Egg Yolk (seasonal price), Beijing Fried Noodles (P258)
Crystal Jade Dining In is at Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Crystal Jade Dining In.