Felix and The Distillery.

continued from part 2...

Aside from The Frazzled Cook, The Goose Station, Je Suis Gourmand and Lusso, here's another place you can go to on Valentine's Day... Felix.

Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I decided to do one last entry for my Valentine Series. What better place to suggest for a Valentine's date than the place where we went to last year.

Last year was my first real formal Valentines Day date.  Why?  Well, I usually don't like celebrating Valentines. Don't get me wrong.  I do enjoy all the glitter and schmaltz of Valentines Day --- flowers, hearts, everything in red, men scurrying in the malls cramming for gifts -- those i find amusing.  What I don't fancy is celebrating it formally.  But last year was different and I finally caught the Valentine bug.  I'm glad T and I went out.  If this is what 'celebrating Valentines Day formally' means, then I don't mind doing it again :)


T was the one who made reservations in Felix so I don't know how much everything was.  I'm guessing it was around P1,800 per head for the set menu.  Anyway, as soon as we got there, our table was already ready (check!) and upon sitting down, complimentary bread and butter was immediately served (check!).  

The salad came not too long after.  the salad they served was the Crispy Grilled Prawns with Romain Lettuce in Caesar Dressing and it was good! Just the right amount of dressing on it.. not too much, not too little.  The prawns were more like fat shrimps but it was cooked perfectly.

For the soup, they were supposed to serve clam chowder with garlic croutons but they ran out of it (which i found weird because everybody was having set menus anyway).  They made us choose between Pumpkin Soup and Mushroom Soup.  I got the pumpkin while T got the mushroom.

The set menu has two choices for the main course.  T chose the Roast US Angus Rib-Eye with Mushroom Sauce served with twice baked potato and sauteed french beans.  It was so yummy! The steak, the sauce, the ribs.. Everything!


I, on the other hand, got the Baked Salmon with Dill served with grilled vegetable orzo pasta and pine nuts. Don't be fooled by the size of the fish.  It seems small in the picture but I barely had enough room for dessert!

For dessert, we also had two choices.  T got the Molten Valrhona Chocolate Cake served ala mode.  I wasn't able to taste the cake because the moment it landed on the table, T swooped down and finished it! I'm guessing it was yummy then :)

I got the New York Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries.  Yummy yummy yummy!  I just love cheesecake!

All in all, dinner was perfect.  Good food + Great company = priceless!  This clearly converted me into a pro-Valentines girl!  After dinner, we headed over to The Distillery to meet up with some friends.

The Distillery is a cozy, two-floor winery in the fort area.  Seems like everyone went there after their dinner dates.  The place was packed!  Good thing our friends already reserved tables for our group. 

It was a really fun night full of laughs!

Remembering Valentines '09 is probably the reason I'm excited for this Valentine's Day weekend.  Which reminds me, I still have to pack my things.  Tell me how you spent Valentines Day!

continue to the finale...

Dining Date: 14 February 2009

G/F Greenbelt 5
Makati City

The Valentines Series
A product of me going through my archives
to look for possible places you can go to
for Valentine's Day

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

 *approximately P50 = $1


  1. Happy Valentine's Joie. I love Felix. Great that you will have your Valentine's date there.

    PS... Red for V day.... hmmmmmm... I didn't bring any red with me for this trip so I am excused. Hahaha! When are you coming to SoCal? I extended my stay for a few more days. :-)

  2. leah. actually this was valentines 2009. we have different plans for valentines this year ;)

    flying next week! how's the weather?

  3. and the history will repaet itself this coming Sunday!!! :)
    Thanks for joining Food Trip Friday and enjoy your date!

  4. foodtrip friday. yes. more photos to come! ;)

  5. I'll be honest...cheesecake and bread and butter are two of my weaknesses. Fabulous restaurant review darling! Happy, Happy Valentine's Day!! :)

  6. looks like so much fun! foods look yummazing!


  7. I thoroughly enjoyed your valentine series Joei! If I get to go to one of your featured restos, I'll sure know my way around. :)

    Nice pictures of you and T :0

  8. erika. you & me both! ;)

    betz. it is. happy valentines! :)

  9. mommy judy. thanks :) enjoy the weekend!

  10. I would love to have some salad.. Naku parang magastos ang gala nyo lagi hehehe... Very cozy ang ambiance and the foods look superb.

  11. wwaaahhh nagutom ako dun sa rib eye with mushroom sauce!

  12. Fun pictures! You looked fabulous, and I love the pearls!! :)

  13. ' u'r the opposite of mah ex.. a date is not a date if it's not the conventional "formal".. anywayz, Felix is great, very flexible and open to ideas on how to make a date more pleasant to the guests..
    - napadaan lang po.. enjoyed ur site, hope you wont mind if i come back for more.. happy hearts' day.. =)

  14. I love it, Jo! May clothing credits pa! Mwah! :)

  15. happy Valentine's day too, Joei. seems like you're having a great one. we're in the same league here; i rarely celebrate Valentine too, although i like things about it :)

    nice meals of choice as always. i love how you always pick the healthy ones. i love caesar salads and salmon steaks as well. you've just made me hungry just by seeing those pretty pics!

  16. chubskulit. haha! happy valentines day! :)

    erlyn. click on the picture so you'll get more cravings ;)

  17. julia. thanks! :)

    northwest london girl happy valentines day to you, too!

  18. the last jedi. no problem, new readers are always welcome!

    ariane. just doing what my fashion blog friends are doing ;)

  19. vinda sonata. i'm a valentines convert because of T! :)

  20. love the outfit, dear! i think you are the only manila gurl who can get away with gloves hihi!

    do come here in Dubai for a holiday. you will loveeeeeet! :)

  21. hey mother! hope you had a happy hearts' day! enjoy! ;)

  22. kero. haha! thanks ;) and yes, love to go to dubai, too!

    koryn. happy hearts day mother! T and i are just hanging out actually. we celebrated vday yesterday :)

  23. I hate Valentines day for so many reasons

    Having said that, I hope you had a good day =]

    Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment darling =]

    Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
    English Rose x

  24. Happy Valentines Joei !
    HOpe you've had a great one after you research :D

  25. english rose. don't hate valentines! it's really fun ;)

    michelle. i did! i still have to post my valentines day entry though. have a great week ahead of you :)

  26. that looks like a fab Vday. the foods are so yummazing! =)


  27. Hi Joei! I have a tag for you. :) Enjoy!


  28. betz. hope you had a great valentines weekend as well!

    mommy judy. sorry for the late reply. will visit your blog now :)


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