(SPOT.ph) Al fresco isn’t too popular in Manila thanks, in part, to our country’s unpredictable weather. But for days or nights when the temperature is just right, dining outside can be quite the experience. So we’ve rounded up a list of 10 places in the Metro where you can not only have a great meal, but enjoy beautiful views as well—weather permitting, of course.
Here are beautiful outdoor-dining spots in Manila:
Ikomai & Tochi
Finding green spaces in a concrete jungle like Manila can be difficult. But this Japanese restaurant in Makati found an ingenious way to integrate nature with the city—by creating a vertical garden. At Ikomai & Tochi’s outdoor-seating area, various plants adorn the walls, providing some much-needed color to the usual grays we see in the area. At night, the place is lit up with the help of string lights, making you feel as if you’re just chilling out at a friend’s backyard.
Must-tries: Moriawase (P450), Tuna Poke (P320), Ikomai Taco (P180 to P220)
Ikomai & Tochi is at G/F ACI Group Building, 147 H.V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Stepping into Lampara feels like stepping into someone’s home. Fitting, as this self-proclaimed Neo-Filipino restaurant sits on the second floor of a renovated apartment. They’ve turned the balcony into two separate dining areas. One is completely open air, allowing you to enjoy the city breeze, while the other one is completely enclosed in glass, which is a lot cooler, but still gives you a chance to look at the Poblacion nightlife happening below.
Must-tries: Rice Cups (P220), Veal Steak (P1,200), Yema & Tsokolate (P220)
Lampara is at 5883 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo
Rustic Mornings is probably one of the most famous garden restaurants in the Metro, and for good reason. The garden area is spacious and divided into different areas for more privacy. Each spot in the garden comes with its own unique theme, giving diners a different experience every time they visit. Another huge plus is the restaurant is surrounded by lush greenery, making it a great escape from the Manila heat.
Must-tries: Spinach Artichoke Dip (P350), Original Buttermilk Pancakes (P220), Dee Heirloom Spaghetti (P330)
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is at 11 Isabelo Mendoza Street, San Roque, Marikina City.
Essential Goodness, For the Pilgrims
Its mouthful of a name aside, this bar and restaurant located inside a hostel offers a beautiful panoramic view of the different sides of Makati. The indoor-dining area features the quieter side of the city, offering a sneak peek into Makati’s residential areas. The al-fresco cocktail bar, meanwhile, shows the Makati most are familiar with—dotted with skyscrapers and bright neon lights. An open kitchen cuts between the two, letting customers have a glimpse at just how their meal is made.
Must-tries: Essential Breakfast (P325), Wagyu Patty Melt (P520), Local Hong (P350)
Essential Goodness, For the Pilgrims is at 13/F Lub d Makati, 7820 Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City.
Imagine chowing down on some great steak and drinks while also enjoying a bird’s eye view of Manila’s cityscape. You can actually turn that scene into reality at The Peak in Grand Hyatt Manila, which is home to the city’s highest roof-deck bar. Aside from the views that the city has to offer, you can also get a front-row seat to the show in the kitchen, as the center of the bar features an open-fire charcoal grill.
Must-tries: John Stone Tomahawk (P6,700 for 35 oz/1,000 gm), Pickled Beetroot, 15 Year Aged Balsamic (P500), The Peak Sour (P490)
The Peak is at 60/F Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Wildflour Café + Bakery (Rockwell)
Wildflour’s Rockwell branch has quickly become a brunch-spot favorite—and it’s not just because of the restaurant’s wide array of pastries and bread. This branch highlights industrial design, with reclaimed wood, bricks, and subway tiles. It also features a cozy outdoor-dining area with high tables and chairs. It directly faces the busy Plaza Drive, making it an ideal spot to people-watch.
Must-tries: Wildflour Breakfast (P450), Croque Madame (P430), Crispy Duck Confit (P795)
Wildflour Café + Bakery is at G/F 8 Rockwell Center, Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City.
Café Mary Grace (Serendra)
Serendra is home to one of Café Mary Grace’s most beautiful branches, with an outdoor seating where you could just relax and have coffee. This branch’s spacious al-fresco dining area comes with comfortable rattan chairs, lush greenery, and those classic handwritten notes, which you can find displayed on glass tables. It’s also pet-friendly, giving you a chance to enjoy their ensaymada and cheese rolls with your furry friends.
Must-tries: Ensaymada (P95), Cheese Roll (P60), Traditional Chocolate (P145)
Café Mary Grace is at G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City.
This aviation-inspired restaurant has an outdoor-dining area that highlights the greenery of Ayala Triangle Gardens. The al-fresco seating is actually more understated than its interiors, which are decked out in Art Deco design, but its simplicity works to its advantage. With just the use of wooden flooring and marble tables, Blackbird’s outdoor area makes you feel like you’re in Tagaytay, rather than in the heart of Makati.
Must-tries: The Blackbird Burger (P680), Dry Rubbed Wagyu Hanger Steak (P980), Lobster Spaghetti (P780)
Blackbird is at Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
This Poblacion-based pub has quickly become a favorite among office workers and expats alike, thanks to its cool yet cozy vibe smack right in the middle of the city. Polilya is best described as eclectic, with mismatched furniture, tropical-themed murals, and soft neon lights. There’s also a comfortable lanai area, where you can catch up with friends or make new ones. The fact that they also serve great food and beer, care of Engkanto Brewery, just seems to be a bonus.
Must-tries: Four O’Clock Flights (P280), Blonde Ale (P155), Fish & Chips (P325)
Polilya is at 5658 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
Ba Noi's Ca Phe et Boulangerie
Ba Noi’s is known for their no-frills Vietnamese food, but their Kapitolyo branch is extra-special thanks to its French-inspired al-fresco area. During the day, it’s a great spot to catch up with friends, with comfortable couches and lots of natural lighting. But at night, it transforms into a romantic garden, with lanterns that light up the way.
Must-tries: Pho Bo (P290), Bun Bo Kho (P290), Cha Gio (P225)
Ba Noi’s Ca Phe et Boulangerie is at 12 East Capitol Drive, Barangay Kapitolyo, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.