During a recent dinner with the Spiral Lifestyle staff at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, I saw La Veranda, an indoor room adjacent to Spiral, with a nice view of the pool and Manila Bay.
Although I can not hang that night, I'm going to visit La Veranda soon, if not this week of Valentine's Day, on any day of this month.
La Veranda opens onto an open-air terrace right next to the Sunset Bar, Sofitel's open-air dining area.
Sunset Bar offers a special date package, dubbed "The Love Pour Toujours (Love Always)", with outdoor canopies overlooking the bay.
Each table has a butler assigned for a four-course dinner with grilled specialties, a bottle of Champagne, a bouquet of three roses, a box of pralines and a live performance by a violinist.
Advance booking of three days is recommended.
On February 14, the Sunset Bar will offer a buffet dinner including unlimited local beer, iced tea, specialty cocktails and wine of the month.
These offers are expensive, but may be worth it, especially if the occasion requires it.
La Veranda and Sunset Bar, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex, Pasay; tel. 5735555
Dungeon-dark but cozy
Last Christmas, I found time to check out Cantina 22, an extension of the Vue Bar on the 22nd floor of Bellevue Manila in Alabang.
As the name suggests, Cellar 22 has an old storage look, dark as a dungeon, but with cozy corners to enjoy a drink with a loved one or a group of friends.
I sat at the bar and I tried a double of Glenlivet 12 years, my first time to try the single-malt Scotch whiskey. On the rocks it has a medium flavor. Only last week I discovered, at the insistence of a friend, that the single malt should be drunk in order. But poured only with a little water, not ice, a suggestion of international whiskey master blenders, I appreciate the vanishing of the sting of alcohol on the chest.
On February 14th, the Vue Bar, on the same floor as Cantina 22, offers a buffet for Valentine's dinner, drinks, roses, box of chocolates and live music.
And just last month, Bellevue Manila offered its Lunch of Espresso Cafe D & # 39; Asie at the P990 with its three recommended steps on how to enjoy the meal:
1) Start with unlimited appetizers, salad and soups from the antipasto buffet.
2) Select your starter from the nine chef's daily specials and deliver it hot to the stove on your table.
3) Finish with a sweet finish from the dessert buffet.
Cellar 22, 22 / F, Bellevue Manila, Northgate Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa; tel. 7718181
Cover band par excellence
A few years ago I checked Hard Rock Cafe in Macau at The Shops at The Boulevard, City of Dreams. The multi-racial band in the foreground had a Filipino member. The waiters also had the Pinoys.
Hard Rock Cafe Manila is also in a hotel now, on level 2, S Maison in Conrad, in the Mall of Asia complex. His recent opening included Ice Bucket, a Filipino band that played an all-Queen repertoire.
He published a series of artists this February:
Mulatto, 11 February, 18 and 25, 8 pm
Pop culture years' 80, 12, 19, 26, 8 February
Big Nite Out, 13 February, 16, 23 and 27
Maria & # 39; s Project, 15 February, 22 (7:30) and 10 February 17, 24 (20:00)
Highway 54, February 23rd, 9:45 pm
Ice Bucket, 14 February, 16 (9:45 pm) and 21 February (28:00)
Ice Bucket is an explosion. It is the cover band of Pinoy par excellence, excellent for its performance known for the biggest of the Queen's classics. Funny that one of its leading singers, Emman Bunao, struts and struts on stage in the summer dress of Mercury Live Aid 1985, reproduced in the film "Bohemian Rhapsody".
Manila Hard Rock Cafe, Level 2, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard, Pasay; tel. 9909809
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