10 Perfect Places for Breakfast Dates
Because it's always nice to wake up to breakfast and bae.
(SPOT.ph) While dinner dates are romantic, breakfast dates are for the comfortable couples—those who don't care about makeup or perfectly coiffed hair, and are willing to lose a few hours of sleep just to be able to start the day together. Although it doesn’t require as much planning as dinner, it can still be difficult deciding where to spend the morning. We round up 10 places that are worth waking up early for.
Early Bird Breakfast Club
If “breakfast dates” were in the dictionary, a photo of Early Bird Breakfast Club would probably best define it. Each branch has unique interiors, but they still manage to put up similar design elements (like the adorable floral and faux grass accents) to make guests feel that they’re dining at Early Bird. They have the staple breakfast items such as pancakes and toast, but they also make sure to innovate and change a few items on their menu every once in a while to keep people excited.
Must-tries: Early Bird Signature Pancakes (P325), Bacon and Egg Nest (P295)
Early Bird Breakfast Club has branches at G/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City; G/F Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City; and G/F Fort Pointe 2 Building, The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Early Bird Breakfast Club.
Le Petit Soufflé
A beautiful garden-inspired interior is enough to sway you into Le Petit Soufflé, but you’ll find that this restaurant offers more than just double tap-worthy photos. Award-winning pastry chef Miko Aspiras whips up hearty French-Japanese dishes and the lightest, most luscious desserts that will have you looking forward to waking up and coming back for more the next day.
Must-tries: Croque Monsieur (P375), Valrhona Guanaja (P350)
Le Petit Soufflé is at Century City Mall, Makati City. Read more about Le Petit Soufflé.
Restaurants in El Pueblo have come and gone, but Café 1771 remains. After all, there’s no better place for luxurious breakfast dates with its gold and pastel hues, posh chairs, and a charm that even hotel restaurants will envy. They’re popular for their fluffy Eggs Benedict, but their pasta and Filipino sets are worth your attention, too.
Must-tries: Sautéed Mushroom Eggs Benedict (P230/piece), Tinapang Bangus (P410)
Café 1771 is at El Pueblo, Julia Vargas corner ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City. Read more about Café 1771.
Wildflour Café + Bakery
Good things come to those who wait, and waiting in line for Wildflour Café proves just that. The place is always packed, but have a taste of their homemade breads, soups, or appetizers and you’ll understand why. Make sure to sample the Croque Madame, a hammy sandwich slathered with béchamel in between buttery brioche, then topped with fried egg.
Must-tries: Croque Madame (P420), Sweet Corn Waffle (P420)
Wildflour Café + Bakery has branches at G/F The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City; Net Lima Building, 4th Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City; 125 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City; and 111 Rada Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Read more about Wildflour Café + Bakery.
Build-your-own sandwich? How about some build-your-own bagels? L.E.S. Bagels has everything you need for an exceptional New York-style bagel experience (complete with lox!). The space is tiny, but it’s rarely full, mostly because its regulars are people who are in a rush and order to-go. They open at 7 a.m., and the McKinley branch's terrace makes for a relaxing, cozy spot for early risers.
Must-tries: L.E.S. Addiction (P400), Pizza Bagel (P180)
L.E.S. Bagels has branches at Tuscany, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig City; and 2/F The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. Read more about L.E.S. Bagels.
Pi Breakfast & Pies
Before all the brunch hype, breakfasts were the thing, and Pi Breakfast & Pies was one of the first few restaurants in Teachers Village to have a full-on breakfast menu. They have a wide selection of breakfast staples like corned beef, omelette, and pancakes, but their bestsellers are—you guessed it—pies. Sweet, luscious, over 10 varieties of gorgeous pies.
Must-tries: The π Platter (P625), Banana Cream π (P700/whole, P125/slice)
Pi Breakfast & Pies has branches at 39 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City; and The Grove By Rockwell, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City. Read more about Pi Breakfast & Pies.
Ally’s All Day Breakfast
Giant pancakes? Classic tapsilog? French toast? Ally’s serves your favorite breakfast dishes in large portions that are good enough to feed two hungry guests. Before placing your order, you have the option to customize your pancake and waffles with different syrups and toppings. The branch in Teachers Village became so popular, they opened up two more branches and relocated to a bigger place along the same street.
Must-tries: Toffee Banana Pancake (P270), Cheesy Bacon Tomato Omelette (P170)
Ally’s All Day Breakfast has branches at 31 Pontiac Street, Fairview Park, Fairview, Quezon City; 22 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City; and The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive, Don Antonio Heights, Batasan Hills, Quezon City. Read more about Ally's All Day Breakfast.
The Breakfast Plate
White walls, an airy space, and sunshine peeking through the glass windows...you can't help but love mornings here. The Breakfast Plate is the kind of place you’d visit if you want to jumpstart the day feeling refreshed and satisfied. Scour their menu for their special rice meals. If you have trouble choosing, there’s always the Can’t Decide Plate—the perfect sampler plate of beef tapa, pork tocino, and longganisa.
Must-tries: Smoked Bangus (P200), Choc-nut Pancakes (P200)
The Breakfast Plate is at 80 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City. Read more about The Breakfast Plate.
Craving tapa at 4 a.m.? No problem. Recovery Food provides round-the-clock comfort—whether you’re nursing a hangover or you're really just an early riser. They mostly serve Filipino dishes in prices that won’t burn a hole through your wallet. It also makes for a great all-night study or deadline-beating sesh with bae, straight to breakfast in the morning.
Must-tries: Tapa de Morning (P285/full recovery, P180/regular), Happy Beef Rice (P290/full recovery, P160/regular)
Crisp on 28th
Just survived an intense morning workout? Crisp on 28th is the perfect post-exercise stop. It’s a hip corner-restaurant with organic elements that serve healthy and modern European, Asian, and Mediterranean fusions with bacon and scrumptious desserts. Quiet and rustic, Crisp will have you ready to start the day on a cheerful note.
Must-tries: Panko-crusted Maya (P460), Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Salad (P215)
Crisp on 28th is at 28th Street, Alveo Building, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Crisp on 28th.
Photos from Café 1771, Wildflour Café + Bakery, L.E.S. Bagels, Pi Breakfast & Pies, Recovery Food, and SPOT.ph archives