When you are at Sofitel Manila, it seems as if you don’t want to leave anymore. Why? Because they practically have everything you need.
And world class service and probably the best restaurants and bars any hotel can have!
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila has a wide array of dishes for you to choose from. Food is delectable, well thought out and only using the finest ingredients. The words “compromise” and “mediocre” are never in their vocabulary.
Allow me to expound on that by bringing you around their hotel establishments, if only through this blog post…
For our first night, a sit down dinner was arranged for us featuring their bestsellers. Le Bar Manager, Mattieu Chapuis was in-charge and made sure we were enjoying our food as well as our evening in general.
Our kids were each given a Virgin Lychee Martini mocktail while were were given the real (alcoholic) counterpart.
I love Lychee and this pretty drink did not even make me tipsy! Sweet and smooth. Though my son did not enjoy drinking it too much, thinking it was too… ladylike. He opted to try some of the wines instead.
To start off our dinner, we were served Pecan Crusted Brie Cheese.
A nice combination of slightly pungent and subtle mushroom flavors from the Brie and the Pecan’s nutty and buttery taste. And since this dish was warmed, the Brie was gooey and deliciously creamy.
All About Mushroom Velouté with Truffle Oil
This soup sent me straight to the moon! The pureed mushrooms and truffle oil gave this soup spectacularly rich and earthy flavors with just the right amount of cream.
Then came the steak – Grilled US Beef Tenderloin.
I requested for a perfect medium steak and they gave me what I asked for – a perfectly well rested and well seared steak on top of a delicious polenta. When you slice into the meat, it is evidently pink without the blood. Just perfect!
For our serving of carbs, there’s the Papardelle Carbonara that I wasn’t able to take a photo of (sorry!). The plate was wiped clean in seconds! My kids are cream lovers and they did not waste any moment. Even without any photo, I assure you, Le Bar’s Papardelle Carbonara with their beautiful smooth sauce was spot on.
Assorted Cheese Plate
My family loves cheese and passing on the opportunity to enjoy cheese is never an option for us. A platter of assorted cheese and dried fruits were served which I enjoyed nibbling on with a glass of Pascal Jolivet Sauvignon Blanc. It was quite dry with a hint of fruit and acid.
To cap off our wonderful dinner at Le Bar, we had a wonderful serving of Crème Brûlée.
This rich custard base dessert with a hint of vanilla and lemon zest deserves a return visit! I partnered it with the sweet and fruity Monbazillac that has been a favorite of mine ever since Spiral Manager, Mr. Tanguy Gras introduced it to me during our Spiral lunch. A perfect aperitif or dessert wine. But I can actually enjoy this any time of the day!
Every single dish at Le Bar was top notch, beautiful and absolutely delectable!
It was a happy coincidence that during our 2nd day, the very gracious Le Bar Manager, Mattieu Chapuis approached us and asked if we wanted to see the Cappuccino demonstration at Le Bar by Pete Licata, World Barista Champion 2013, who happened to be visiting the hotel as well.
Mr. Licata demonstrated how to make the perfect cappuccino. This demonstration was actually a quick training session for the staff but they happily opened it to the public. It was an additional treat for Le Bar guests.
My husband and I were given a cup of Cappuccino each while the kids had milk instead.
This is called a “wet” Cappuccino because it has more steamed milk than froth. I actually prefer this more than a “dry” one. Although foam/froth keeps a cappuccino hot longer, considering the very hot weather we now have, it seems less foam is better. For now, at least!
Le Bar is located at the lobby level and is open from 6:00AM to 1:00AM daily. Dress Code: Smart Casual
Our barbecue buffet dinner was held at the Sunset Bar by the lagoon-shaped pool with a fantastic view of the sunset (hence the name). If you decide to dine here, make sure to arrive a bit early to capture the magnificent view.
Al fresco dining has always been a favorite of mine – romantic yet casual.
As we were led to our table, I quickly scanned the buffet tables. I knew it was gonna be one helluva dinner again!
The buffet tables were spread out in such a way that guests wouldn’t feel too cramped up while getting food, allowing them space to move around freely.
Diners and guests were treated to a live local cultural show showcasing Filipino Folk Dances.
Personally, this was one of the highlights of my night. You would see foreign guests enjoying their time as the folk dancers entertained them clad in native costumes.
You would also see the Poolside Restaurant Manager, Caleb Han busily going around, making sure every guest was well tended to.
Sunset Bar is located at the Plaza Level by the Poolside and is open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM daily. Dress Code: Casual
Special thanks to Spiral Manager Mr. Tanguy Fras for all the assistance.
You may also check out my previous Spiral lunch experience here.
Spiral is located at the Plaza level and is open from 6:00AM to 12:00AM daily. Dress Code: Casual
We had several dishes for lunch but what I enjoyed eating the most were Gambas, Burger and Salpicao.
A nice, classic tasty and juicy 100% US beef burger complete with pickled cucumber, onions, tomatoes, melted cheddar cheese! But if I were to eat this alone, I wouldn’t be able to finish it! Help! LOL!
TRIVIA: When Manny Pacquiao pays a visit to Snaps, he always orders Salpicao. Whenever he’s around, they fondly change the name of this dish to “SalPacquiao” instead. Cute!
Snaps is located at the Lobby level and is open 24 hours. Dress Code: Casual
Ah! The joys of discovering and enjoying wonderful, delicious food all in one spectacular place! But eating like there’s no tomorrow for 3 straight days made me gain quite a few pounds! That’s why the husband and I took advantage of Sofitel Manila’s So Fit, Vietura and Le Spa to burn all the calories, to detoxy and to rejuvenate ourselves as well.
Read all about it here!
Want to know about Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Amenities & Facilities? Read my previous post (Part 2) here.