Mian is one of the three dining hot spots at Marriott Grand Ballroom. Located at the ground level, this Modern Asian bar offers great handcrafted rice bowls, noodles and dumplings with a twist.
The open style kitchen welcomed us as we were ushered to our seats. The homey feel made us loosen up a bit. We were handed the menu and were so torn which resulted to a food tasting cum glutton feast that afternoon.
As the food arrived I was stunned with the huge servings.
For starters, we had Pork Jiaozi (P150), Shrimp Lumpia Sariwa (195) and Sausage Empanada (195). There was an instant clamor for the Sausage Empanada which earned the most rave from the group. The saltiness of the sausage complemented the creamy boiled egg inside the crusty shell.
|Shrimp Lumpia Sariwa - P195|
with peanut dressing
|Pork Jiaozi - P150|
chinese chorizo, soy calamansi lime dip
|Sausage Empanada - P195|
lacal sausage, egg, vinegar dip
|Green Bubble Tea - P180|
Mango Strawberry Iced Tea - P180
For soup bowls, we had Chef’s Beef Noodles (P395), Pork Miso Ramen (295), Shrimp, Pork and Vegetable Lomi Soup (P275). For this round, the group was torn between Chef’s Beef Noodles and the Lomi Soup. The thick flavorful sauce of the lomi was in perfect contrast with the textures of the veggies and meat. The Chef’s Beef Noodles on the other hand was very reminiscent of Vietnamese Pho but what stood out of this dish was the tenderness of the beef that I believed was cooked for almost 24 hours.
|Pork Miso Ramen - P295|
pork belly, miso broth, soft boiled egg, ramen noodles
|Shrimp, Pork and Vegetable Lomi Soup - P275|
|Chef's Beef Noodles - P395|
slow braised beef, coriander, bean sprouts, rice noodles
|Pansit Canton - P295|
chicken, pork, shrimp, vegetables, egg noodles
|Braised Pork Belly - P375|
pickled vegetables, udon noodles
For the rice bowls, we had everything on the menu. Beef Caldereta (P395), Pork Adobo (P325) and Chicken Guinataan (P325). Chicken Guinataan with its creamy coconut sauce was delicious. The Pork Adobo with its fried quail eggs was superb. But you would forget just about everything when you get to taste the Beef Caldereta.
|Pork Adobo - P325|
fried quail egg, pickled vegetables
|Chicken Guinataan - P325|
chicken, coconut lime sauce, crisp egg, sprout salad
The slow braised beef was oozing with greatness. We all loved it that it was almost gone as soon as it was served. You need not much effort on munching it for it was amazingly tender. The sauce was outstanding with its creamy texture and the flavors of tomatoes, cheese and other ingredients break down slowly inside your mouth as you chew it. And yes, it was my favorite amongst everything.
Desserts are always fun, well, not for me. As a self-confessed dessert foe, I wasn’t as excited as the others when we had to fulfil their sweet desires. But as soon as the tray of yummy bowls arrived, I felt giddy seeing them ecstatic.
The huge Halo-Halo bowl (P220) had all the happy things you’d like to see on your shaved ice treat. I dug in and was pleased with just one scoop. It’s just me, don’t blame the sweets. Haha. Afterwards, the unpretentious Mango Pudding (P120) arrived. Everyone was busy with halo-halo so I tried the pudding and oh how I loved it. The sweet mangoes and tapiocas were popped to life by the pomelo bits. The creamy sauce was neither too sweet nor too sour. The flavors were all in perfect balance that made me happy.
|Halo-halo bowl - P220|
Overall it was a wonderful gastronomic birthday weekend; all of the staff attended to our each and every need and query and the general vibe was very welcoming. But what I love most about Mian is the variety of food choices and the food quality. There was an assortment of dipping sauces that were untouched at the end of sumptuous feast, a clear testimony that the core of all of the dishes is the perfectly crafted recipe that will leave you very delighted and satisfied as you walk out of the restaurant.
Oh, did I tell you that we’re only four in the group? Haha. We’re hardcore foodies like that.
Ground Floor, Marriott Grand Ballroom,
Marriot Hotel Manila, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Contact Number: (+63) 2.988.9999 local 5055
Open Hours: Mondays to Saturdays | 11:00 am to 6:00 pm