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Date-Night Deliveries to Keep Love Alive in the Time of COVID

But remember the curfew.
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For the next two weeks (possibly longer), you and your wife will still be stuck in the same place practically 24/7. Two things can happen: either sparks fly or they fizzle. It's just a fact that when you have two people in the same room together for an extended period of time, emotions are bound to run high. You and your family need each other during this time, so we're here to support the love with date-night dining ideas that will keep the romance alive. 

CIBO

After shutting down temporarily on March 17, Margarita Fores' CIBO joined the delivery party on May 23, offering a scaled-down but nonetheless delicious menu of its brand of Italian classics. Most of the starters are, unfortunately, unavailable, so you can forget about ideas of feeding each other cheesy salty spinach dip-covered toasts. Ready for delivery are several delectable pastas, like the penne al telefono and farfalle alla genovese. 

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Available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; CIBO Gateway +63-919-073-8720 and +632-8930-2426 (Quezon City, Pasig); CIBO SM Aura +63-919-075-2426 and +632-8839-2426 (Makati, Taguig). COD, credit card, and BDO bank transfer are accepted.

Brasserie Sagana

How about some delicious French-Filipino action? Marc Aubry's Sagana wants to feed your hope amid the crisis with family-sized trays (good for four to five people) offered at a 35-percent discount. Selected items on the menu, on the other hand, are going for 25-percent off. Think beef bourguignon, chicken fricassee, and other French delicacies. Sagana gives you a sense of civility amid the chaos.

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0917-632-7946 (Makati, Taguig) or order online 

Extra Virgin

Extra Virgin is a little-known Italian secret on Shaw Boulevard. These days, it's been busy peddling platters of the loudest, juiciest, and tastiest pork crackling, as well as other shareable goodies, like slow-cooked short ribs and gamberetti pasta. Don't forget to end everything with something sweet: Extra Virgin has the best Sicilian cannoli this side of town.

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0919-0000-367 (available for pick-up and delivery)

Saboten 

Ready for a complete meal? Japan's famous Saboten is ready to deliver katsu sets to your doorstep. The only problem is that the rice, slaw, and sauces won't be unlimited, but that's a hardship we're willing to endure. 

7625-2000, 0917-891-6879; available on Food Panda

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Wildflour

Any meal at Wildflour is always an event, and, fortunately, the good owners have made sure that you can still have that experience in your home during the lockdown. All Wildflour specialties are available, including the mushroom and kimchi rice dishes and even the pinipig polvoron.

Available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wildflour BGC +63-917-852-0950 and +632-8856-7600; Wildflour Rockwell +63-917-705-3329 and +632-8850-5503. Delivery available via Grab Food and Food Panda.

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Bistro Manuel

Big family or big appetite? It doesn't matter. You'll get your fix at Ariel Manuel's Poblacion haunt that's still delivering the goods during the quarantine. Bistro Manuel is serving large platters of squid-ink pasta, foie gras rice, and stunning presentations of sea bass, mahi-mahi, and more. It's just that iconic Manuel flair at your home. 

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Available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; +63-926-734-1067 (Makati)

Terry's

Make it a tapas and wine night with Terry's. Selected items from Terry's amazing menu are available for take-out and pick-up. Delivery can also be arranged privately. Terry's is also offering a 20-percent discount off its dishes and gourmet product.

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Available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; view a list of Terry's contact numbers

Ooma

Practically the entire The Moment Group portfolio is offering delivery. This includes Manam, Din Tai Fung, 8 Cuts, and even Mo' Cookies. We're giving Ooma a special mention just because those aburis are so crave-worthy. That hanger steak gets us through a tough day and, let's face it, all days have been pretty tough lately. 

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Available for pick-up and delivery. Visit The Moment Group's Facebook page for details on each restaurant

Persia Grill

There's nothing like spicing up a dull night at home with the exotic and aromatic flavors of Persian cuisine. If your Friday night habit consisted of kebabs and keema, then you might as well make it a daily thing. Kian Kazemi's Kite Kebab Bar is also available for pick-up and deliveries. 

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Available from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; BGC +63-966-581-3016 and +632-8519-9300; Makati +632-84030-9999. 

Sensei

Bruce Ricketts and his team are back to cooking. Last March 28, Sensei announced that it's once again up and running, offering its signature brand of sushi for pick-up or delivery. Payments are paid via BDO deposit and shopping is courtesy of Grab or LalaMove. To ensure freshness (an important factor in this kind of cuisine), meals are prepped only 15 minutes before the courier arrives.

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Available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; +632-7358-1387 and +63-916-219-1412

Spoon Eat + Drink

Homey delicious food is Philane Davies' specialty. If you're from the South, you might want to consider Spoon Eat + Drink. Its stunning sky-lit restaurant is closed, obviously, but Davies is putting out 40 cloves chicken, eggplant parm, and more for delivery. 

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Delivery starts at 5:30 p.m.; visit Spoon's Facebook page for details

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Sasha Lim Uy
Managing Editor, EsquireMag.ph
Sasha eats to live and lives to eat. For five years, she handled SPOT.ph's food section and edited the last two installments of its Top 10 Food books. She also recently participated at the Madrid Fusion Manila as curator.
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