(SPOT.ph) Though we’re suckers for great restaurant interiors, there’s something distinctly appealing about the idea of taking your meal outdoors. Fresh air and natural light can do wonders for your mood, which makes the dining experience all the more enjoyable. And while the Metro’s unpredictable weather (and pollution in many of its spaces) make it a less-viable option than would be ideal, there do, in fact, exist a couple of places you’ll actually want to go the al-fresco route for—ten of which we’ve rounded up.
Here are 10 great places for al-fresco dining in Manila:
This cheeky restaurant’s got more than just playful takes on Spanish favorites. Their interiors offer plenty on the eye candy front, and it’s especially true for their outdoor seating area. It’s simultaneously sleek with wooden fixtures, yet lush with greenery that looks especially vivacious as it’s hit with natural light.
La Picara is at 2/F One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Lampara offers neo-Filipino fare at the heart of Poblacion, and you’ll want to try feasting on their famous Duck Leg (P680) on their balcony. It’s divided into two areas: a veranda that’s completely open air, letting you enjoy the city breeze especially at night, and a glass-encased nook with a cozier ‘60s-inspired vibe.
Lampara is at 5883 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
Dr. Wine Manila
We don’t know about you, but nothing screams living the good life better than lounging around outdoors, glass of wine in one hand and pica-pica in the other. That’s exactly what you can experience at Dr. Wine, what with its bright and breezy al-fresco area with wooden tables and vibrant-looking foliage by the outdoor walls and hanging from the ceiling.
Dr. Wine Manila is at 5921 Algier Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine
This semi-hidden oasis located in Katipunan has an especially romantic vibe that’s best experienced by dining outdoors. It’s got tons of lush greenery, wooden installations, and even private cabanas with intricately-placed lights (and candles!). It’s really no wonder you’ll see a lot of couples here, enjoying their six-course degustation (P3,000/good for two people) under the beautiful night sky.
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine is at 66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Mireio is Raffles Makati’s in-house Provencal-inspired restaurant, and it boasts a rooftop bar on the tenth floor in the form of Mireio Terrace. It carries the same sleek, elegant feel of its restaurant counterpart, with angular tuxedo sofas that are perfect for unwinding in. Enjoy the view of the Makati skyline while sipping on their signature Mireio (P695) or Monsieur Mistral (P645) drinks.
Mireio Terrace is at 10th Level, Raffles Makati, 1 Raffle Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City.
Ah, Lusso. Just the name itself gives enough of an introduction: lusso is Italian for “luxury”, and their menu—which employs swanky ingredients like lobster, foie gras, and truffle—as well as their interiors are a reflection of that. It extends to their al-fresco area, which has rich wooden tables and ritzy velvet chairs, and offers a picturesque view of Greenbelt 5’s greenery-abundant space. (Pro tip: it’s a great spot for people-watching, too.)
Lusso is at L1 Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City.
Pandan Asian Café
This relatively new Quezon City establishment pairs their Southeast Asian eats with a fresh and inviting tropical vibe both indoors and outdoors. Their open-air balcony on the second floor plays host to round marble tables and monochromatic chairs, as well as palm fan art hanging from the ceiling.
Pandan Asian Café is at 76 Scout Limbaga Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Mamou’s known for their steaks and home-style eats. While their indoor interiors take on a more regal red-and-black theme, the outdoor area at their Power Plant Mall outpost lets you enjoy your Angus Ribeye USDA Prime Grade Steak (P1,990/single, P3,590/double) and Lorenzo’s Truffle Cream (P395) in a sunnier, more vibrant setting.
Mamou Too! is at UG/F Power Plant Mall, Lopez Drive, Rockwell, Makati City.
This Chef Colin McKay-helmed restaurant in Makati was formerly the country’s first commercial airport. Today, it’s divided into a number of areas, of which is the garden and terrace. It goes the minimalist route visuals-wise, but features an open wooden deck and covered terrace—and thus is a great place to take your post-meal Blackbird Aviation (P520) or Guava Rosemary Martini (P400), or simply to get a dose of fresh air during the daytime or at night.
Blackbird is at the Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Flatiron 1771 is an ode to New York City in food and in interiors. The same can be said for their outdoor bar, which goes by a sleek, industrial theme of blacks and grays with wooden accents, and offers a striking view of the mall fountain. It especially comes alive at night—because really, what better foil to your Cosmo (P390) or Christopher Street (P320) cocktails than the fresh Manila breeze under the twinkling night sky?
Flatiron 1771 is at G/F Uptown Mall, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio.