Valentine’s season has come to a close and statistically speaking, maybe even your relationship. You may not have officially punctuated your decaying connection with your other half just yet, but deep down, you know it’s bound to end. Whether he touches you differently or she listens to you with less excitement, we’ll leave those details to you.
To better prepare your palate and stomach for your love’s eventual demise, we’ve taken the liberty to jot down the best places in Metro Manila to eat at ~ literally ~ after a breakup.
Let’s get started!
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
It doesn’t matter what time you head to Splitsville, Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is open 24/7. Moving out of your love nest at midnight? That’s fine. Confronting his lying butt at 5 AM? That works, too! This local food chain is always open. They serve your favorite Filipino breakfasts gourmet-style, and their serving portions are either filling, reasonable, or both; definitely something you can benefit from after all the fighting and yelling.
They have numerous branches around the metro, so this shouldn’t be a problem. Expect to spend around 200PHP to 300PHP if you’re looking for a hearty meal paired with a drink of your choice.
Recovery Food may not be rehab for your broken self-esteem or your damaged perception of monogamy. However, this casual dining restaurant is one of the best places to help fill your void. Serving you comforting hot rice bowls all day and every day—yes, that means they’re open 24/7, too—RF is designed to satisfy your gastronomic cravings and temporarily shelter you and your shattered heart.
Depending on what you order, rates may vary, but 300PHP should be a fair enough price for you to secure. They have soups, silogs, salads, and sandwiches. Presently, they have three branches.
Contrary to the first two restaurants on this list, Cello’s Doughnuts isn’t open the entire day. So for this particular entry, you’re going to have to make sure your breakup happens between 8 AM to 10 PM. Famous for their take on donuts, this Katipunan gem caters to the brokenhearted and the diabetic. Their rates range from 100PHP below to a little more than that.
It also doesn’t hurt that they have solo stools facing glass walls. That means crying your eyes out behind other seated customers while munching on desserts is an experience that isn’t deprived of you. For our friends who find Quezon City a little too distant, they’re also in Shangri-la Mall.
Of all the places mentioned on this list, Yani Cafe is, perhaps, the best place to go to if your primary agenda is to nurse a breakdown. Don’t get us wrong, their meals are spectacular, and their menu is diverse, but it’s their ambiance and space that primarily make them a winner.
The catch here is that they have only one branch and it’s in Pasig. To non-Pasig residents, however, this could be a good thing because your chances of bumping into anyone you know are immensely low. And like the previous entry on this list, they have solo stools facing the walls, as well. Feel free to ugly-cry for as long as you can, if you must. Their desserts and drinks are mostly in the 100PHP range, and the majority of their meals are below 200PHP. Open from 7 AM to 11 PM, Yani Cafe is a terrific go-to location for breakups that occur during daytime.
When did the sparks fade? How could you have not noticed the signs? How gullible have you been to believe they were “just friends”? These are questions you can overthink at Lampara. The poshest entry on this list, this Poblacion restaurant is classy and dimly-lit by design; certainly, the kind of environment you’d need after realizing you were devalued the entire time.
Serving you Ensalada, Veal Steak, Duck Leg, and more, dining like royalty should be attainable here if you have the bucks to burn. So let loose. Sulk in your sorrow at a dark nook by the walls. Order a fancy drink, then order one more.
Depending on what you gulp and chew on, 1,000PHP to 1,500PHP should be enough. Perfect for those who break up after standard office hours, they’re open from 6 PM to 1 AM.
Regardless of your degree of intimacy, a heartbreak is a heartbreak. It doesn’t matter if it was merely a flirtationship. Your feelings are valid, and you deserve to heal. So heal however you deem best, but do so with a full stomach in places that make fostering your beat-up spirit a lot easier. Once you’re all good, let’s go over the best places to eat at in Manila before hooking up.
Until then. Thank you, next.