Bustling at the heart of Manila's commercial melting pot is Century Park Hotel, it is one of the premiere structures of the contemporary Manila with a grandiose lobby that is torn between the modernist and the medieval.
Archaic wooden structures, a large symphony orchestra lobby, a cascading waterscape are some of its interior highlights. One may think that it is astutely fitting for its location being in one of the oldest places in the metropolitan Manila.
It is graced by themed restaurants to choose from, Century Tsujuki, Deli Snack Bar, Atrium Lounge, Palm Grove, Top of the Century and Cafe in the Park.
Cafe in the Park serves an indulging meal that is both Filipino and continental.
Let's see what they have in its sleeve.
Assorted bread to jumpstart your meal.
Start it off with this.
From the salami and other thinly sliced meat section.
And even more variants.
And a lot more.
At the Japanese section.
Or you can DIY your salad.
Grillables include Salmon Head, Chicken, Sausage Medley, Bangus, Tuna Belly and Liempo.
Another one from the Asian section.
Chicken Feet and SpareRibs with Tausi and a lot more.
Japanese Siomai, Pork Siomai and Chicken Siomai.
Taosa Pao, Bola bola Pao and Asado Pao.
Noodles of you choice.
Asian Station includes noodles with your own preference of chicken or beef meat ingredients.
Fried Chicken Wings.
Sesame Crumb Pork Chop with Plum Sauce.
Fish Fillet with Black Beans.
Buttered Vegetable of the Day and Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa.
And the star of them all, the Carving Station presents… Roast Prime Rib.
Tower of fresh fruits.
I haven't tasted most of the sweets here.
More sweet indulgences.
And another one from the dessert section.
Let's see what's on my plate:
I asked the chef to make a Chinese Noodle Soup with a Beef and Chicken combination.
Salmon, Tuna, Beef and a Sausage Medley.
This is well done and medium well. I should have tried Medium Rare too.
Dimsum and they are really large. One of the largest pieces that I have eaten so far.
Maki and Sashimi. Thank goodness, their wasabi has a roundhouse kick.
Grilled Shrimp, yum yum. Whenever you ask the waiter to grill something for you, they deliver it to your table with a dip already.
Relenong Alimasag, Crab in a Marsala Curry Sauce and Chicken Relleno.
Chicken Vegetable Soup.
Fruits - my favorite Mango and Watermelon.
My Halo-Halo with ice cream on top.
They only have two variants of ice cream, Vanilla and Ube.
I asked a chef to make a crepe for me. Mango is my favorite and because it has lots of them, it pleases my tongue already.
I have noticed though that their servers/waitresses are in between late 40s to almost 60s years old. Not that there's anything bad with it but they reminded me of my school teachers. The younger ones provided excellent customer service while the elderlies did not. The way they dish out customer service is somewhat akin to any government agency, where customers service is close to none, and is not one of the tenets of their existence.