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Al fresco is the way to go.
Unlike the locales of Paris or New York, al fresco dining has never been a popular concept in the Philippines. The country's relentlessly hot weather has made indoor (read: air-conditioned) dining the preferred choice, and our roadside views don't exactly come off as, er, charming.
But it comes as no surprise that the pandemic has made us opt for al fresco restaurant tables, for the air ventilation and social distancing it gives us. Thankfully, Ayala Malls is known to surround its premises with a wealth of landscaping and foliage, making outdoor dining not only bearable, but enjoyable.
Each Ayala Mall has now extended their open spaces to allot for outdoor dining, but we picked out our five favorite restaurants at the top of our list. Remember, safety still comes first: continue to practice proper health and social distancing protocols.
Propaganda Vietnamese Bistro
Hailing straight from Vietnam, this bistro is known for its arresting murals and equally vibrant food offerings, both in its Ho Chi Minh and Manila branches.
In the restaurant's Manila implant, enjoy their signature bahn mi and other Vietnamese culinary discoveries as you enjoy the fresh breeze in their outdoor seating, with tables decked in colorful machuca tiles.
Visit Propaganda Vietnamese Bistro in Greenbelt 5.
Nikkei Nama Bar
The unlikely fusion of Japanese and Peruvian fare proved effective for Nikkei, whose Nama Bar in One Bonifacio High is just one of its various branches across the metro.
What we love about this branch though is the amazing top view of trees from the walkway centered between One Bonifacio High and the adjacent hotel, with bright lights from the city making it a stunner at night—if you sit outside, of course.
Visit Nikkei Nama Bar in One Bonifacio High.
Gracias a Dios, everyone's favorite tapas bar is back. Bar Pintxos has reopened in Greenbelt 5, where aside from its rich assortment of Spanish bites and an impressive booze selection, diners can enjoy the sight of sprawling greenery from the bar's outside seating.
Visit Bar Pintxos in Greenbelt 5.
The pandemic doesn't seem to dampen the spirits of La Picara regulars, whose constant presence have made the bar one of the most sought-after watering holes in the metro—so much so that a reservation is almost always needed to score a spot, despite the current situation.
Enjoy the joint's famous happy hour deals as you enjoy the venue's perpetual tropical fiesta vibe.
Visit La Picara in One Bonifacio High.
The Suite Room
This Casa Verde spinoff is one of Ayala Center Cebu's best treasures, as the former's famous menu staples are elevated into a hotel-style restaurant (hence the name), complete with 5-star service and plush interiors.
After a short, mid-quarantine hiatus, The Suite Room has reopened—this time with al fresco seating, where you can enjoy the restaurant's signature salmon and baby back ribs, while getting a view of the Ayala Cebu's landscaped top-floor space.
Visit The Suite Room in Ayala Center Cebu.
Which al fresco table are you likely to book soon?