Lavishness needs company, extravagance that is. Our luxurious weekend staycation at Manila Marriott Hotel included our glutton sessions at Marriott Café.
It was a rainy Saturday afternoon. After we settled on our Executive Deluxe Room (check rates), we headed to the Executive Lounge for some chill out sesh while enjoying the Afternoon Tea. The group dispersed and prepped up for a theater play performance that evening.
We congregated at exactly six in the afternoon for dinner at Marriott Café, one of the great dining options housed inside Manila Marriott Hotel. It serves daily buffet for breakfast (6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), lunch (12:00 nn. to 2:30 p.m.), and dinner (6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.). They also have a special Sunday Brunch buffet (11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and Weekend Seafood dinner buffet or Ocean’s Harvest (Fridays and Saturdays | 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.). A la carte menu is also available from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. With its two hundred seating capacity, a simple romantic date or family gathering would never be a problem.
We’re eleven in the group and were assigned on one of the three private rooms. It was as if we’re on a board meeting with long table filled with delectable dishes.
We came before everyone else did so we got to check out the buffet spread which was very pleasing and tempting (plus screaming, no to diet!). The banquet included Asian and international favorites with focus on seafood. Fresh catch were laid out and can be cooked anyway you like it.
The crustacean section was my favorite. I overindulged with freshly-cooked prawns and lobsters with garlic butter sauce. The dessert section was also the favorite among everyone.
As much as we wanted to enjoy the sumptuous feast, we were pressed for time as the musical play will commence at exactly eight. If not for my punctuality issues, the group might have missed the show and overindulged.
A dreary voice informed me that we only had thirty minutes before the breakfast ends. I thought I was dreaming, until my buddy shook me awake, only then I realized that we’re all in trouble (blame it on the booze).
I phoned everyone and then the scramble went on as we dashed to Marriot Café where the complimentary buffet breakfast is served. We were still scratching our eyes as we said our morning greetings.
The buffet spread was an assortment of local and international breakfast fares. My plate overflowed with tacos (yes, they have tacos), beef tapa (which was soo good), and my happy bacons. We were accommodated again on the private room where the long table was filled with platefuls of pastries, salads, omelets, yoghurts, and more. It was the last call, that’s why.
We enjoyed till everyone was satisfied. And then endless chats went on until we realized that it was check out time.
More than the comfy and luxurious stay at Manila Marriott Hotel, it was the sumptuous dinner and breakfast at Marriot Café where memories were crafted. Converging in the private room, it felt like home and with a brood of eleven crazy individuals, I’m sure that a day or two will not be enough.
Photo by Marx
Marriott Café at Manila Marriott Hotel (book online)
Ground Floor, Manila Marriot Hotel
10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex,
Pasay City, Manila
Contact Number: (+63) 2.988.9990 local 8086 | Reservations Required
Rates (as of August 2015)
Daily Buffet Breakfast (6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) – 1,450 pesos nett
Daily Buffet Lunch (12 nn. to 2:30 p.m.) – 1,750 nett
Daily Buffet Dinner (6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) – 1,900 nett
Sunday Brunch (11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) – 2,350 nett
Friday and Saturday Ocean’s Harvest Buffet Dinner (6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) – 2,350 nett