Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Tropical Grilled Marlin
Baby Back Ribs




Quezon City is no playground. One can get lost looking for a hotel, restaurant or house in its vast landscape. It's the largest city in the Philippines anyway, so figuring your way through its pockets is always a challenge. For a bespoke, luxury experience of any kind, it's best to zero in on a district.

When it comes to dining venues, something delicious is simmering in the stretch of Commonwealth Avenue and at a property development called UP-Ayala Land Technohub that's next to it. With Microtel By Wyndham recently opening at that exact spot, its F&B facility has managed to make its tasty presence felt for those with discriminating taste. The venue is called Millie's All-Day Dining and it's just the latest of its two more branches in the country.

Baby Back Ribs

Comfort Food and More

For a memorable meal of comfort Filipino food with a dash of foreign cuisine, Millie's All-Day Dining is the spot to rendezvous at with a business partner or a loved one in the city. Located at the ground floor of the hotel, it's accessible to hotel guests who need not hie off to distant restaurants for a necessary degustation. Non-hotel guests are also welcome to walk in at the hotel lobby and dine at the restaurant.

Flavorful and Good For Sharing

Served in copious portions, dishes at Millie's are reasonably priced as they are not held back in terms of style, taste, and value. Under the tutelage of F&B director Enzo Ciliani, executive chef Gino Santayana masterfully creates his delicious works of art for the restaurant.

Solo Dining

During my recent staycation at Microtel By Wyndham, I had the pleasure of dining solo sans the discomforts of having to mince my words. No company to do small talk to. Heck, I did not have to talk at all. It was a perfect time for serious food-tasting and I was on it twice -- late lunch and dinner.

Potato Dumpling Starter

For late lunch, I got dumb-founded with the presence of a sad looking plate. Or, at least, that's what it looked initially to my tired eyes. I had a late check-in at the hotel thanks to the Metro Manila Friday madness (a.k.a. heavy traffic). The last thing I wanted to see were pale colors for a pasta. And, worse, one that looked like a soup. I hesitated digging in on what I learned to be the Gnocchi In Gorgonzola and Pistachios. A single scoop, however, lured me in for endless minutes of potato and cheese romance. The creamy taste was not at all annoyingly potent. It worked gently with each scoop off of that bowl. Truly, looks can be deceiving. It is, after all, an Italian comfort food and one that fought off my rancid assumption with great success. I felt at home at the hotel finally. I was ready for my staycation.

Hainanese Chicken
Mango Shake

Tropical Grilled Marlin

Tropical Grilled Marlin

Next, I had what a friend of mine at the hotel suggested -- the Tropical Grilled Marlin. It came with a so-called exotic salsa for having a generous serving of mango slices. At first, I did not know what to do with it. The frenzy of solo dining kicked in. With no one to talk to, I went into a silly reflection. Was I supposed to channel island gods to appreciate the plate? How come I was having seafood again after my Roxas City immersion (seafood capital of the Philippines). For a moment, the frenzy seemed to extend, but as soon as those mango slices slid against my tongue along with the texture of the smoky undertone of the billfish, I was gone in tropical bliss. The complement was well played.

Panna Cotta
Baby Back Ribs With Mashed Potato

For dinner, I had the restaurant best-seller called Baby Back Ribs. A wise foodie once told me that for a great rib to be truly one, not all the meat needs to fall off the bone. With Millie's version, the case was sublime. The meat was succulent and having just enough of that action, especially with the signature sauce. Generously coated with a secret marinade, my plate was served with mashed potatoes. Then, I started panicking. Anything gooey was the last thing I'd pair ribs with if I had to prepare one. I expected coleslaw to no avail, so there I was, poking the crop goo in the hope of turning it into coleslaw instead.

When it dawned on me that it was pointless to not continue with my late lunch, I dug in. Consuming both was surely a soothing palate massage. Fortunately, the tandem worked. The more I had of the mashed potato with the ribs, the more I liked the two together. I asked the chef at the helm that night and discovered that the mashed potato was infused with milk twice, making the preparation tedious but rewarding eventually.

Hainanese Chicken

I also had a plate of Hainanese Chicken which served as a good change of pace for the meal. This time, I had the liberty to choose from soy sauce, ginger, and chili for sauce. The steamed chicken was tender and not unnecessarily soaked in spare broth like how one Chinese restaurant usually serves its version.

Panna Cotta

As for dessert, I ordered what I missed during my visit of the restaurant's branch in Mall of Asia -- the Italian favorite, Panna Cotta. Once it was served, I immediately jiggled the plate to check the consistency of the dessert and I was impressed. I also poked it with a spoon to test its quiver factor and I also found the resulting serving impressive. It tasted sweet enough to complement another sweet treat that I had that night for a drink, a glass of mango shake.

Whether you’re a serious foodie or a casual diner, Millie’s All-Day Dining has something for you from its menu that can appeal to a broad range of tastes. The restaurant also accepts bookings for banquets of up to 200 people at the hotel’s function room. Smaller groups of 20 to 30 people can be accommodated in additional meeting rooms at the venue.

Millie's All Day Dining

Address: Ground Floor, Microtel By Wyndham-UP Technohub, UP-AyalaLand Technohub, Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 6:00am to 10:00pm
Phone: (02) 804-6888 loc. 818

Check out my other Millie's All-Day Dining blog post (Mall of Asia branch) here.


  1. Replies
    1. Terrific taste n'ya. Nicely grilled I guess. Didn't realize it would taste delicious with mango!


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