28 (Sat) March 2015
at Market Café (New World Manila Bay Hotel)
In search of higher quality fare than the joints on the streets of the neighborhood typically offer, I’m eating my way through the three 5-star hotels within walking distance of my apartment. One meal per restaurant, 10 in all, not including lounges, bars, coffee shops: 3 in New World, 5 in Pan-Pacific, 2 in Diamond. Bound to be expensive but maybe worth the hassle of going to Makati or Bonifacio. However, I may fold the project if the on-going returns suggest that I’m wasting my time/money/energy/concern.
This is the 3rd from New World–DONE; the 10th in all–DONE.
The following tiers (“Would I go back for more?”) are based on the overall dining experience, including all the dishes sampled, cost, ambiance, cleanliness, and any other factors that may apply, cumulative through multiple visits (if any).
Tier 1 (looking forward to it):
Tier 2 (sure, but not enthusiastically):
Tier 3 (only under dire circumstances):
Tier 4 (to be avoided at all costs):
- (5) D-2 Yurakuen (6.015 Jyou Nigiri Sushi Moriawase) / 1.0
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.
The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series: (i) TERRP (…Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see completed 5.247 TERRP 85 KFC : Original Recipe Fried Chicken…); (ii) TEITY (..Item at Tao Yuan) (see most recently 6.055 The Penultimate); (iii) TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) (see most recently 6.069 Jo Karubi); (iv) TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 6.079 Samhap); (vi) TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.070 Chicken and Pork Adobo).
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.