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Stuck in a situationship or the talking stages? You’re probably itching to go out on a date but want to just keep things on the down low for now.

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And while it’s comforting to gravitate toward the familiar aka crowded places where you’ll most likely bump into someone you know, we’re here to share with you the best lowkey places (that also won’t disappoint) to take your ka-talking stage or situationship until you’re ready to hard or soft launch your relationship!

Galileo Enoteca Deli – Malinao St.

Galileo Enoteca Deli serves authentic Italian dishes and boasts of its vast collection of wine to perfectly match their food, giving diners the ability to explore the world of fine alcohol of the European regions.

Why it’s the perfect spot: You’ll need to purposely plan a visit here. It’s very intimate and at the same time the perfect place to impress with their wine-to-food pairing.

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80 Calbayog cor. Malinao St., Highway Hills, Mandaluyong

Bellini’s – Cubao Expo

Famous for being featured as the hang-out restaurant of Popoy and Basha’s squad in the movie, One More Chance, Bellini’s is also well-known for serving up authentic al dente pasta and pizza!

Why it’s the perfect spot: It’s one of the OG Italian restaurants in the Metro that’s situated in a not-so-traveled or visited area.

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Cubao Expo, 3 General Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
(02) 8913-2550

Bamba Bistro

Aside from serving up no-nonsense comfort food, Bamba features cross-continental cuisines with modern twists from Middle Eastern, to Italian, to Filipino. Not your average bistro by the corner” is an understatement for Bamba Bistro. 

Why it’s the perfect spot: A visit to Bamba would require a journey down South for most people. Small yet not crowded, intimate, and with an option to be seated by their garden.

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57 Aguirre ave. cor. Arsenio Luz. BF Homes, Parañaque
85197097 | 0905 5472568

Ramen Shokudo – N. Domingo

Newly reopened Ramen Shokudo in N. Domingo is where you can get a taste of Yokohama-style ramen. Apart from rich and flavorful bowls of noodles, they also have rice meals and appetizers from curry to gyoza.

Why it’s the perfect spot: It’s a great alternative to more popular ramen spots in the Metro if you’re craving a bowl of noodz.

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Unit 4 Sonema Square N. Domingo Quezon City
0945 846 4358

La Nouva Pasteleria – Forbes Park

La Nouva Pasteleria since its inception in 1978, is home to the best Italian dishes in the Metro. From pasta, pizza, and dessert, you’ll never run short of options at this one-of-its-kind staple Italian restaurant.

Why it’s the perfect spot: It’s located in an upscale neighborhood that is often frequented by those only within the community. Small and intimate and most times will require a reservation if you’re not lucky.

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San Antonio Plaza, 15 McKinley Rd, Forbes Park, Makati
(02) 8817 8568 | 0927 220 7898

Francesco’s – A. Mabini St.

In the mood for some Italian cuisine? Head over to Francesco’s and get a taste of classic Italian dishes cooked to perfection. They offer a selection of fresh pasta, grilled plates, paninis of various kinds, and of course, some delicious wine to make your night more romantic!

Why it’s the perfect spot: It’s tucked somewhere in the middle of San Juan (super lowkey!) with both indoor and outdoor seating available.

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863 A. Mabini, St, San Juan
8)777-9777 | 0917-1444395

Tomo Japanese Dining – San Juan

‘Tomo’ means ‘friend’ in Japanese and its kitchen is helmed by Chef Tom, formerly from Sugi, whose San Juan branch closed down a few years ago. Loyal patrons of Sugi should expect the same quality of dishes and specialties here. You’ll love their selection of sushi, maki, donburi, noodles, and more!

Why it’s the perfect spot: It’s a big and spacious restaurant with private seating booths. Indoor and outdoor seats are available. Also a great option for good Japanese food.

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137 Araullo Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City
(0977) 859-7622

Garlic Kitchen – Maginhawa

Maginhawa is every foodie’s dream. It’s laced with restaurants of all kinds but if you’re looking for the ultimate comfort food while on a budget, your best bet would be Garlic Kitchen.

Why it’s the perfect spot: Because of the many options surrounding the area, you’re less likely to bump into someone you know here. Also makes for a perfect date spot with delicious food.

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56B Maginhawa St. UP Village, Quezon City
0966 471 4413

Ampersand Bean and Bar – Scout Bayoran

Indulge in unlimited wine and whisky for just PHP 599 at Ampersand Bean and Bar! From the same team behind Vietnamese restaurant, Saigon Corner, Ampersand is your new go-to hangout spot with friends. 

Why it’s the perfect spot: The ambiance is cozy and relaxed; perfect for when you want something more casual. Seating is made for smaller groups so the chances of bumping into someone you know are slim to none.

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22 Scout Bayoran St., Quezon City

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