Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and there are many ways you can make the day special for your mom. A surefire way to do so is by taking her to a nice restaurant for a lovely meal.
There are a lot of great restaurants all over the metro, so picking one can be a bit daunting. We want to make things easy for you, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 restaurants that not only have good food, but are a great experience as well.
This Filipino-owned Japanese restaurant features murals painted by students of the University of the Philippines,, as well as ornaments from Japan. The menu ranges from sashimi to bento boxes and ramen.
What to order: Try out their sake sashimi, which uses imported Norwegian salmon. You can also try out their dragon roll. It’s a friend shrimp roll with mango, lettuce, and a special sauce topping. For dessert, check out their bestselling Japanese panna cotta.
Where: Shinsen Sushi Bar and Restaurant has two branches. Hampton Gardens Arcade, C Raymundo Avenue, Pasig City is one of the locations. The other is at The Sapphire Bloc, corner Sapphire Road, Pasig City.
Spanish culture and cuisine is present in almost everything we have, so it may not always be top of mind for most people. But Cafe Enye serves Spanish cuisine that will put it at the top of your list the next time you want to give your mother a treat.
What to order: If you’re taking your mom out to brunch, try out the Lechon Cubano. Made up of a Mexican lechon and scrambled egg sandwiched between two crisp, flattened slices of bread, it’s a meal that packs a punch. Then you can wash it down with the fruity cocktails they have on their bar selection.
Where: Cafe Enye is found at G/F Excelsior Building, Eastwood Avenue, Libis, Quezon City.
If you want to give your mom a unique dining experience, take her to Pio’s Kitchen. An ancestral house converted into a private dining space, Pio’s Kitchen is as much a visual treat as a gustatory one. The restaurant is open only by reservation, and making that extra effort is sure to make your mother feel extra special.
What to order: Padre Pio serves big groups, so you can choose between three menus. Try out the Chef’s Choice Galician Menu, which includes Galician seafood stew, vegetarian paella, and a kakanin section.
Where: Pio’s Kitchen is located at 96 Scout Reyes corner Scout Fuentebella, Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City.
Another “reservation only” restaurant, My Mother’s Garden used to be the home of National Artist for Architecture Pablo Antonio. The restaurant is run part-time by fashion designers Malu and Letlet Antonio Veloso.
What to order: The restaurant has set menus that range from P700 to P900 per head. One of the standout dishes on these menus is the Melanzone, an Italian dish made of tomatoes, eggplant, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Where: My Mother’s Garden is found at 2650 Zamora Street, Pasay City.
Lemuria is a restaurant that serves French Mediterranean cuisine from scratch, as well as homemade bread and ice cream. Its interior looks like a European summer house, heightening the feeling that you’re having a unique gourmet experience.
What to order: If you’re feeling generous, you can treat your mom to Lemuria’s Mayura Pure Breed Wagyu Ribeye. Wagyu is known as one of the world’s best branded beefs, and Lemuria serves it with truffle mashed potatoes, glazed vegetables, and two sauces of your choice.
Where: You can find Lemuria at #5 Julieta Circle Horseshoe Village, Quezon City.
If your mom is of the artistic bent and doesn’t mind a sip or two of wine, check out Sip & Gogh. It bills itself as the first-of-its-kind paint and sip studio in the country, and is a relaxing way to spend time with your mom.
What to order: You get a complementary snack and a glass of your chosen beverage when you reserve a spot at any Sip & Gogh branch. The main focus is the painting session and the bonding factored between you and your mom.
Where: Sip & Gogh has locations in Ayala Heights, Eastwood, Kapitolyo, Alabang, Atelier, and Century Mall.
Organic and gluten-free food isn’t as unknown as they were several years ago, and the Happy Garden Cafe is the perfect place to have a sampling. The interior matches the name as you enter to white walls, flowers, and greenery.
What to order: Pasta is pretty straightforward at the Happy Garden Cafe, but you should try out their pancit palabok. It’s a family recipe passed down through the generations of the restaurant’s founder, Annabel Tangco.
Where: Happy Garden Cafe is at Sunshine Place, 56 Jupiter Street, Makati City.
Here’s a restaurant that really delivers an experience. Van Gogh Is Bipolar is run by Jetro Rafael, who is himself bipolar. You leave your shoes and slippers at the door, along with your cares and stressful thoughts.
What to order: Part of the Van Gogh Is Bipolar experience is the menu changes depending on Jetro’s mood. Go in with an open mind and an adventurous heart and immerse yourself in the experience.
Where: You can find Van Gogh Is Bipolar at Unit H, #154 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City.
The anme translates to “The Store”, but La Tienda is more than that. Not only is it a gourmet food shop but it also doubles as a Spanish eatery.
What to order: La Tienda has an extensive menu of authentic Spanish food. The tapas are always a good choice, but if you want to treat yor mom to a full meal, try out the paella de mariscos. It’s got shrimp, squid, clams, and sea crab, and serves two people.
Where: La Tienda is located at 43 Polaris Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City.
Tomas Morato is full of great bars and restaurants, and Lola Cafe + Bar is one such place you can take your mom. It’s another house turned into a restaurant, and serves home-cooked food and fruit-based cocktails.
What to order: If your mom is a pasta fiend, try out the Bottarga pasta. Made from naturally-dried mullet fish roe from Italy, it’s not somethign you usually find on the menu of most locaal restaurants. For dessert, have some of the banoffee pie.
Where: Lola Cafe + Bar is found at 99 Scout Lozano Street, Quezon City.
It’s time to achieve your #LooongWeekendGoals!
See if you can survive the horror-filled Asylum!
Choose Philippines first!
Science agrees with you!
Let’s all work together in keeping the island clean.
Find anything from bars, museums, and tattoo parlors!