Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014




My "I Love Manila!" Blog Series Tour kicked off with a check in at the luxurious but affordable Microtel Suites By Wyndham-Mall of Asia. Since I arrived at my hotel base before the usual 2:00pm check-in time, I first had a memorable lunch at the hotel's affiliate international cuisine-oriented restaurant called Millie's All Day Dining.

Hotel guests normally don't settle for what's offered only at the ground floor of the establishment, especially if the location is that of the bustling Mall of Asia where three buffet restaurants can be found. The comfort of not having to walk out of the global hotel brand's prestigious lobby is reason enough to stay for lunch or dinner at an affiliate restaurant downstairs. One thing I found out during my stay at Microtel is that Millie's All Day Dining is more than that.

Delighting In Discovery

My lunch was a delight in discovery. I was told by the res-
taurant's executive chef Gino Santayana that the best-seller among local and foreign guests is the Seafood Marinara. It was a recom-mendation that he paired with my favorite glass of water-
melon juice. Every sip of the drink was refreshing. As for the healthy plate of pasta, the variety of seafood tossed in was hefty and worth a poke of one's fork for every taste of the firm-tasting fettuccine. The rich tomato sauce made a lot of difference.

World-class Reputation

Chef Gino is also at the helm of getting essential hints from the restaurant's Italian food and beverage consultant to give the roster of dishes the necessary world-class flavors it deserves. As a result, foreign guests find Millie's pasta selection authentic in taste.

Dessert With A Twist

Another reason that's worth a hotel guest's good excuse to not head for the mall outside is the dessert. Served on a big plate was the creamy custard creation that's locally known as leche flan. The twist to Millie's dessert plate was the inclusion of fruit varieties. The resulting flavor was fruity-licious for lack of a better term. The tropical taste was a deviation from from the favorite sweetness that I was accustomed to.

My Morning With Millie's

Since my room rate at the hotel includes access to a buffet breakfast at the restaurant, I had my dinner elsewhere knowing that I'll be waking up to kitchen servings of Millie's buffet breakfast selections. The medley of main dishes was satisfying. Crunchy danggit for seafood and thinly-sliced Glazed Ham for pork meat were available. I found the baked potatoes quite filling and tasty. There was not a shortage of the basic bread, salad, and dessert selections.

To wind down while I read my complimentary copy of The Philippine Star, I took sips of the restaurant's arabica coffee, which is known to be more expensive than the supermarket-ready robusta. The choice of such coffee variety for morning brew is expected of a global hotel brand's affiliate dining partner.

With enough energy to keep me alert for the day, I checked out of the hotel hours later to participate in the Manila Bulletin-sponsored sketchfest or sketch contest that conveniently coincided with my "I Love Manila!" Blog Series Tour.

Photography by John Cachola and Karl Acepcion

Millie's All Day Dining
Microtel Mall of Asia

Location: Ground Level, Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham
Coral Way Ave. corner Seaside Boulevard, SM Mall of Asia Complex Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Phone: (+63 2) 403-3333 loc. 597

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 6:00am to 10:00pm

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