Try Every Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond Hotels (10 of 10) (see also TERNWPPD)
Eating my way through the restaurants in the 5-star hotels within walking distance of my apartment in Manila: New World (3), Pan-Pacific (5), Diamond (2). In contrast to the crappy food in the neighborhood, hotels ought to do better, at least in terms of quality.
I had seriously considered foregoing Market Café and ending TERNWPPD after the previous installment. Didn’t see the point in trying out a buffet, given my general distaste for buffets, as the objective of the project was to find restaurants that I would subsequently want to frequent. Furthermore, with colleagues understandably reluctant to accompany me, I wasn’t looking forward to going solo – not that mind eating alone, as I so often do, happily, but the thought of eating alone at a buffet seemed kinda sad. However, the obsessive-compulsive in me would never have forgiven myself for failing to see the endeavor through to the bitter end. I decided to make the most of it, bringing along my laptop and earphones for entertainment during a long drawn out evening on my own.
12 lobsters, 4 ways. 3 hours.
Though not cheap at 1,800 pesos (about $40) per person, totally worth every.
An amazing meal to complete TERNWPPD – so glad that I went through with it.
Overall, I’m quite satisfied with the outcome of TERNWPPD. Most notably, I’ve identified what may be the area’s best Cantonese restaurant in Li Li; what may be the area’s best Japanese restaurant in Asunaro, the; and what may be the area’s best source of lobster and prime rib in Market Café. In terms of baseball, batting .300 ain’t bad.