(SPOT.ph) With most of us staying or working from our homes most days of the week in the ongoing pandemic, looking for opportunities to go beyond the four walls of our houses has become a big part of the “new normal”. And what better way to level up the experience than by dining in places with fantastic views to boot? We’ve gathered a list of restaurants and cafés where you can take pleasure in good food with accompanying views without leaving the Metro.
Treat your eyes and your taste buds at these restaurants with a view in Manila:
La Cathedral Café
Most Manila roofdeck restaurants boast breathtaking views of the cityscape, but not all have a splendid view of a historical monument like the Manila Cathedral. La Cathedral Café is an alfresco spot that is beautiful during the day, and even more so at night when the hanging capiz lanterns are all lit up against the dark sky and with the lighted church in the background as well. Have a cup of Red Velvet Latte (starts at P150/grande), or go for the classic Chicken Alfredo (P245/solo, P575 sharing) while you enjoy the somewhat European vibe. Walk-ins are welcome, but it’s best to make a reservation if you plan to dine in from 3 p.m. onwards.
La Cathedral Café is at 398 Cabildo Street corner Beaterio Street, Intramuros, Manila.
Brasserie on 3
From a breakfast buffet to a hearty lunch or date-worthy options for dinner, Brasserie on 3 has it all. Conrad Hotel’s all-day dining restaurant has open kitchen theaters and live-action stations to entertain the guests, but its outdoor seating area with stunning views of Manila Bay is the one that would take your breath away. Have a flavor-filled journey with its stellar lineup of dishes made from sustainably sourced, seasonal ingredients through The Gourmet Festival (P2,200/lunch, P2,400/dinner)—a set menu which features a mix of dishes from the East and West, as well as Filipino dishes. Add free-flowing wines and soda (P790) to wash it all down.
Brasserie on 3 is at 3/F, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
Straight Up, Makati
Miss date nights or lounging with friends? Chill out at Straight Up, the signature cocktail bar and lounge of Seda Hotels. You're likely familiar with their BGC outpost, but their newest location at Seda Residences Makati is well worth the visit too. Prepare to have your breath taken away with their fashionable interiors and a notable skyline of the city’s central business district—making it the perfect place to nurse a glass of wine, cocktail, or craft beer. Try the local brew Engkanto Draft (P245/300ml, P310/500ml) and pair it with pica-pica like Ceviche Taquitos (P420), which features the fresh catch of the day in a traditional taco shell. Best to make table reservations since operations are subject to community quarantine guidelines.
Straight Up is at 35/F Seda Residences Makati, Ayala North Exchange-Tower 1, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
Seoul Sky Restaurant
What sets Seoul Sky apart from other restaurants is that it offers a 360-degree view of Metro Manila, plus a peek at the glorious range of Sierra Madre. This one-of-a-kind revolving restaurant elevates the dining experience to a whole new level indeed. With each bite of authentic Korean food, you’ll get a different view outside. Take your pick from its special Korean BBQ set menus (starts at P3,200/good for 4) or order à la carte dishes like the Bulgogi Stew in Pot (P450). Yes, you’ll get the best seat in the house wherever you’re seated, but it’s still better to make a booking.
Seoul Sky Restaurant is at 33/F, MDC 100 Eastwood Avenue corner E. Rodriguez, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.
Flame Al Fresco
In mood for something in between fine and casual dining? Head up to the 16th floor of Discovery Primea to find Flame Restaurant, which now has an outdoor extension called Flame Al Fresco. Dining under wide-open skies with sweeping views of the city makes for quite a romantic setting, especially if you time it during sunset. Expect timeless favorites from the restaurant’s modern Asian grill menu crafted by Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco and a selection of expertly prepared drinks. Treat yourself to a plate of US Rib-Eye Izakaya and complement it with any of the soju cocktails. Do take note that advanced reservations are highly encouraged here.
Flame Al Fresco is at Discovery Primea, 6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City.
There’s no better place to experience the high life than at The Peak in the roof deck of Grand Hyatt Manila, a.k.a. the country’s tallest building. Come just before dusk to get a bird’s-eye view of the metro, as you take in the dramatic sunset. Book a table for dinner and spoil yourself with anything from the charcoal grill or sample the off-the-menu specialty, Slow-Cooked Beef Ribs. Then linger for some after-dinner drinks and take your pick from its list of sommelier selection, liquor, or spirits. You can’t go wrong with Prosecco (P600/glass, P2,900/bottle)!
The Peak is at Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Touted as Manila’s newest seafood destination, the Seascape Village is a two-story locale that houses an array of restaurants, food kiosks, and even a wet and dry market area. If you’re serious about your seafood, you can select your preferred ones from the market area and have it cooked at one of the restaurants—dampa-style. Eat your heart out with their selection of fresh seafood (hello, live lobsters!) sourced from all over the country while you bask in the unobstructed view of the famed Manila Bay sunset. Sometimes there’s even live music to serenade you at night.
Seascape Village is at Atang Dela Rama Street corner Zoilo Hilario Street, CCP Complex, Pasay City.
The Nest Dining in the Sky
Probably the most popular place in the Metro South is The Nest Dining in the Sky, Vivere Hotel’s iconic rooftop bar and restaurant situated on the 31st floor. It’s the kind of place where you wine and dine someone since it offers a great view of the Laguna de Bay and the surrounding metropolis. Impress your date with an order of Prime Angus Beef Tenderloin Steak (P1,995/250g) and a bottle of vino or handcrafted cocktails like Lavender Cucumber with Gin (P400). Note that dining here is strictly by reservation so make sure to book ahead.
The Nest Dining in the Sky is at 31/F Vivere Hotel, 5102 Bridgeway Avenue, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The Penthouse 8747
Be transported to the Great Gatsby era with the black and gold theme and art deco concept of The Penthouse 8747. Here, you can soak up the their one-of-a-kind ambiance while you partake of its wide assortment of spirits and other beverages, along with tapas and mains. Nibble on some Penthouse Crab Cakes (P645) or Gatz Gambas (P595) and pick your poison—beers, sparkling cocktails, wines, and single malt whiskies, among others. And when there are clear skies outside, you can delight in alfresco dining and be treated to a nice view of the Makati skyline.
The Penthouse 8747 is at BA Lepanto Building, 8747 Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City.
Encima Roofdeck Restaurant
How many Tex-Mex restaurants could give you a nice view of the city? Only Encima Roofdeck Restaurant at the topmost floor of City Garden Hotel Makati can. This Poblacion-based dining spot has an outdoor seating area that’s got patches of greenery and tall buildings in the background, which all light up at night. It provides a nice atmosphere to enjoy mouthwatering Mexican classics like Beef Birria (P490), Smothered Burrito (P670), and Fruit Margarita (P280). Doors are open for walk-in guests but it’s still best to reserve ahead of time.
Encima Roofdeck Restaurant is at City Garden Hotel, 7870 Makati Avenue corner Durban Street, Makati City.
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