Indulgence at The Peninsula Manila


I have been married for 8 years last April but there is another anniversary that we still celebrate until now -- the day me and hubby became official as bf/gf. June 29, 2012 was our 20th anniversary. I booked a room at The Peninsula Manila from June 30 - July 2. So yeah, we celebrated for 3 days.

And when I talk about celebrating I mean EATING!


The Peninsula Lobby

"... the place to see and be seen in Manila. Equally popular with visitors and local alike, the renovated lobby is truly majestic, its four-storey high ceiling dominated by the dramatic central sunburst sculpture by National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Sunlight streaming through long windows reflects a warm glow."

Mini Twin Burgers
Chicken and beef burgers on spicy coleslaw with potato wedges

The Pen Club Sandwich
Grilled chicken, fried egg, smoked bacon, ham,
lettuce and tomato served with French fries

"...features a vibrant open-plan kitchen, live-action stations, home-baked breads, fresh pastas, hand-rolled sushi, charcuterie..." 

Sunday Breakfast Buffet

I'm not a heavy breakfast eater. My choices from the buffet were --

vegetable rice, corned beef, beef and chicken sausages,
meatloaf and baked beans

Ham, bread, cold cuts and cheese

fruits for dessert
and gelato! -- snickers, chocolate and salted caramel

We tried the Sunday buffet at Escolta. The International Buffet costs P1,450++/person (US$35++). I have been on a low glycemic diet for a year already. But since the purpose of staying at The Peninsula was to indulge, I declared a "cheat weekend". Something funny happened though! My doctor (who was responsible for my 10 kg weight loss) and her doctor husband were also having the buffet that night. AND they were seated next to us!

Anyways, here's what I had --

Broccoli Soup

Tiger prawns, smoked salmon, quiche,
california maki, asparagus and roastbeef on tomato and potato

herbed veggies, mashed potato, veggie-stuffed zucchini,
red snapper and beef stew

tenderloin steak, stir-fried veggies, rabbit stew and veggie rice

Guilty Pleasure!!!

I woke up still feeling full. The memory of last night's dinner buffet was still very vivid.  So I tried to have a healthy breakfast :D

homemade muesli

taho with syrup and sago

stir-fried veggies, tortang talong, pork binagoongan and garlic rice

"...sometimes the best night out is in and The Peninsula Manila's 24-hour Room Service is perfect for international guests working on different timezones."

It was raining cats and dogs Saturday night and we were too lazy to go out. We opted for in-room dining.

I browsed the menu. Friends suggested I try the kare-kare.

Looks yummy? Well, the sauce and the veggies were okay. Wish I could say the same for the beef.

I was very disappointed. I guess the meat did not make it to the pressure cooker. Sobrang tigas (tough)! The puso ng saging is also matigas :(  I can't help but compare to Manila Hotel's Kare-kare.

The crispy half fried chicken is delicious though and I really liked it.

See how much I paid for the Room Service Dinner? :(

Overall, we were very satisfied with the food at The Peninsula Manila. I hope the Kare-kare experience was an isolated case. But I don't think I'll dare order that again.

Corner Ayala & Makati Avenues
1226 Makati City, Philippines