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Neal P. Corpus

Posted on February 12, 2021

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Dishes to split between you and your S.O. this Valentine’s Day — or any other day of the year, really.

Okay love birds: Valentine’s Day is upon us once again. Have you planned out your day yet? If so, have you planned out your menu? Whether you’re dining in or dining at home, food is one of the make-or-break things in a Valentine’s date (obviously).

Things may be a bit different this year, but sharing a meal with your partner will never go out of style. To make things a bit more romantic for you and your person, we’ve come up with a list of dishes from Ayala Malls best split between two.

The best thing about these dishes, however, is that unlike Valentine’s Day, you can get them all year round — because as they say, every day is hearts’ day when you’re in love.

8Cuts bucket of onion rings

Perfectly crispy with a touch of barbecue seasoning, 8Cuts' onion rings make for a perfect movie date snack.

If you’re planning for a movie night in, switch up the usual bowl of popcorn with a big ol’ bucket of onion rings. And there’s no better onion rings than the ones from 8Cuts. The cuts are thick and the batter is crispy, but best of all, there’s a tinge of barbecue flavor in its seasoning.

Apart from being a topnotch movie snack, it’s also an equally great appetizer before you dig into 8Cuts’ juicy, overloaded burgers. Mmm.

Visit 8Cuts at Greenbelt and Alabang Town Center.

Mamou steak

Feel like you own everything including your partner's heart with Mamou's opulent selection of steaks.

If you’re in the mood for something a little bit more fancy, a steak from Mamou comes in a perfect serving for two. Extremely tender and perfectly seasoned, nothing says “I love you” quite like a decadent, steaming plate of medium rare beef.

The steak is great on its own, but even better with Mamou’s signature truffle cream pasta. Dress up for a nice dinner and stroll at their Serendra location, or order in if you’d rather leave the steak-making to the experts.

Visit Mamou at Serendra.

CPK pizza

Order a box (or two) of CPK's signature thin-crust pizza for that dose of nostalgia.

Here’s a classic from your tweetums days: California Pizza Kitchen. Order their signature crispy thin crust pizza in your favorite flavor (it’s easy enough to finish, trust me) and take it for a nice picnic at your park of choice.

For an extra touch of richness, order their spinach artichoke dip (served with chips, of course) as an appetizer.

Visit CPK at Alabang Town Center.

Din Tai Fung xiao long bao

The couple that blows on xiao long bao together, stays together.

There’s just something about eating steaming hot soup dumplings that brings a couple closer together.

Maybe it’s the “Ha! Hee! Ho!” sounds you exclaim when you put it in your mouth without blowing on it first, with your partner subsequently laughing at you. Or perhaps it allows you to mix the sauce for your partner and lovingly make them a bite? Let’s go with that.

Either way, it’s as close you can get to a loving, warm hug in the form of a dumpling as cute as your significant other. What’s not to like?

Visit Din Tai Fung at Bonifacio High Street and Greenbelt.

Cap off your romantic dinner with a half each of Mo' Cookies' ginormous cookies.

And finally, we have dessert. There are far sexier and more romantic desserts, but what’s cuter and more wholesome than sharing a cookie the size of your face? Mo’ Cookies offers many a flavor and varying degrees of sweetness and textures, from the classic Chocolate Chip to the Triple Choco Mallow to a Dark Chocolate Oatmeal.

You can’t go wrong with any of Mo’ Cookies flavors, really, but if you can’t help but want to try them all, they also have smaller versions called crumbs. How cute is that?

Visit Mo’ Cookies at Glorietta.

Want to scout for more dishes at your nearest Ayala Mall? Check out the Ayala Malls Zing app for a comprehensive list of restaurants on your side of town.

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