10 Pretty Garden-Inspired Restaurants in Manila
Beautiful, lush escapes from the bustling city.
(SPOT.ph) Is the dreary weather raining down on all your out-of-town trips? Don't fret because here in the Metro, there are restaurants that mimic the atmosphere of the great outdoors, complete with trees and nature-inspired elements—you’ll forget you’re in the heart of the bustling city. Today we round up 10 places with beautiful garden-inspired interiors that'll surely chase away your rainy day blues.
Le Petit Soufflé
Walk into Le Petit Soufflé, and you’re instantly transported from a busy mall to a serene, lush garden. Leaves drape the entire ceiling and potted plants are scattered throughout the restaurant. The pièce de résistance is, of course, the soufflé, but award-winning pastry chef Miko Aspiras makes sure to whip up other dishes of both sweet and savory kind you won’t be able to resist trying.
Must-tries: Valrhona Guanaja (P350), Squid Ink Pasta (P395), Classic Soufflé Pancake (P200)
Le Petit Souffle is at 3/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City. Read more about Le Petit Soufflé.
It’s hard to miss the bright, colorful flower chandeliers at Coffee Project. It gives off a calming vibe especially with poppies placed beside every table. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself actually getting some work done over great coffee and pastries thanks to its relaxing atmosphere.
Must-tries: Ca Phe Sua Da (P155), Sardine Pasta (P210), Salted Caramel Cheesecake (P195)
Coffee Project is at G/F Wil Tower, Eugenio Lopez Drive, South Triangle, Tomas Morato, Quezon City. Read more about Coffee Project.
Happy Garden Café
Happy Garden Café’s interiors are composed of white walls, flowers, and plush sofas that give you an idea of what the restaurant’s philosophy is: To serve clean and mostly gluten-free food. Best of all is that you’ll actually enjoy it. If there's a place that can make you fall in love with clean eating, this café is it.
Must-tries: Flower Salad with Carrot Dressing (P425), Prawn Cake and Soft Shell Crab (P335), Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho (P125)
Happy Garden Café is at Sunshine Place, 56 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City. Read more about Happy Garden Café.
Basil may have branched out, but each restaurant carries the same garden-inspired furnishings draped with greens and paneled with wooden floorings. This place delights their patrons with a wide menu of traditional Thai cuisine that's lovingly made from scratch.
Must-tries: Pad Gra-Prow Nua (P325), Yum Som Oh (P295), Kaeng Phed (P425)
Basil has branches at The Plaza, Arya Residences, McKinley Parkway Hills, Bonifacio Global City; Lot A, Katipunan Avenue corner White Plains, Quezon City; and 2100 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. Read more about Basil.
Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant
Probably one of the most romantic restaurants in the Manila, Lemuria is an old house refurbished into a luxe, picturesque space that’s perfect for intimate and memorable dinner dates (we've heard a lot of proposals have happened here!). The food is mostly French and Mediterranean-inspired, and the wine selection may overwhelm the uninitiated. But there’s no need to worry, though, for the waiters are well-versed on their bottles, can help you choose, and may even impress you with a short course on wine, wine pairings, and the flavors captured in each bottle.
Must-tries: Pan Grilled U.S. Ribeye (P2,100), Mushroom Gnocchi (P665, Ramirana Sauvignon Blanc Gewurztraminer 2013 (P1,200)
Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant is at 5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village, New Manila, Quezon City.
The Wholesome Table
Owner Bianca Araneta-Elizalde opened The Wholesome Table in 2014 to introduce a new kind of “healthy eating” to the Filipino palate. Instead of the low-carb, oil-free, and non-fried impression, she takes a “toxin-free” approach which eliminates hydrogenated fat, margarine, MSG, and anything canned from the menu, serving only “real food” that shines through the restaurant’s organic look.
Must-tries: Roast Pork Sandwich (P490), Turkey Scotch Egg (P160), Organic Mushroom Fritters (P320)
The Wholesome Table has branches at 30th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City; Infinity Tower, H.V. Dela Costa Corner L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City; and Basement Floor, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig. Read more about The Wholesome Table.
Consistency is one of the keys to sustaining any restaurant, and Earth Kitchen nails it in both their White Plains and Bonifacio Global City branches. The former has a greenhouse feel highlighted by an old trellis, while the latter displays a more rustic yet lush interior decked with flora. Both still offer dishes out of organic produce that are sourced locally from indigenous communities.
Must-tries: Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Paccheri (P310), Farm’s Harvest (P320), Mushroom Spring Rolls (P280)
Earth Kitchen has branches at Lot 10 B-10 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City; and Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Earth Kitchen.
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo
If anything can make you brave the drive to Marikina, it's Rustic Mornings. It’s an old residential space converted into a “jungle” restaurant best known for their hearty breakfast offerings. The homey and discreet ambience is complemented by plants grown and strung all over the place, making each nook picture-perfect.
Must-tries: Breaded Boneless Bangus (P260), Waffles, Buffalo Chicken Strips and Salad (P290), BBQ Pulled Pork Crackling (P280)
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is at 11 Isabelo Mendoza Street, San Roque, Marikina City.
Hillside Café & Juice Bar
Nestled within an actual garden (with a gardening store beside it) is Hillside Café. It’s known to be a healthy foodie’s hub, but any diner nevertheless would find the food exceptionally tasty. Smoothies and detox juices are also available, should you choose to consume your greens as beverages.
Must-tries: Lamb Hash Taro Chips (P345), Seafood Kabab (P395), Mango Beets Smoothie (P195)
Hillside Café & Juice Bar is at Cedarhills Garden Center, 57 Mother Ignacia Street, Paligsahan, Quezon City. Read more about Hillside Café & Juice Bar.
Drive through Scout Reyes and look for the white fence with a blue gate. Executive Chef Chin Gallegos-Bagis is at the helm of Pio's Kitchen, and has transformed her grandparents’ ancestral house into a private dining space. The open space and garden outside are free for its diners to roam around, and guests also get to enjoy a sneak peek inside the kitchen to join in on the cooking.
Must-tries: Tapas Board (P3,300/five to seven people), Chorizo and Tomato Pasta (P2,000/10 people), Steak Ala Pobre (P3,200/10 people)
Pio’s Kitchen is at 96 Scout Reyes corner Scout Fuentebella, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City.
Photos from Basil, Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant, Rustic Mornings by Isabelo, The Wholesome Table, Pio's Kitchen, and SPOT.ph archives