Lunch at F Cafe, F1 Hotel Manila
Two years ago, I had the chance to spend a staycation at the F1 Hotel Manila (then called Best Western Premier F1 Hotel) at the Fort. They were still on soft opening stage back then, and I must admit that there were a few areas where I saw some room for improvements. This year, with the invitation of my dear friend Twinkle Lacsamana, I got to try the F1 Hotel Manila experience again. Allow me to share my food and staycation experience on separate posts. Let's talk about the buffet lunch first, shall we?
Standard check-in time at F1 Hotel Manila is at 2:00 pm, and so when we arrived at around 11:30 am, we decided to check out the lunch buffet at F Cafe.
F Cafe is an all-day dining restaurant that features sumptuous international cuisine with the chef Eugene San Juan at its helm. Chef Eugene had worked for many hotels and cruise lines around the globe, and upon his return to the Philippines a year ago, he decided to cook for his kababayans this time around. "Before, when I used to work abroad, I would infuse international cuisine with a Filipino twist. Now that I am back home, I want to share the dishes that I've learned to cook from around the world to my home country," he says.
The buffet features a wide array of dishes--from Filipino favourites to tempting appetisers and sinful carvery of bagnet (crispy pork belly).
To kick start the meal, we had some crackers and cheese (Brie remains my favourite amongst other cheeses on offer). There were also some dips like liver pates, tapenades, pesto, sundried tomatoes, and a lot more. An array of tapas were also on offer.
|Crackers and bread sticks|
The appetiser station includes my favorite starter: sushi and sashimi! The tuna and salmon sashimi were such a delight that I couldn't help but get more slices each time I passed by the station. Both taste fresh and clean.
|Tuna, kani, and mango sushi|
|Salmon and tamago sushi|
|My sushi plate|
|Prawns and mussels|
|Potato and pastrami|
|Papaya and prawn|
The main courses were aplenty that if you get a serving of each in one go, you will definitely ran out of space in your plate (and your tummy).
Giving a taste of Italy, the branzino al forno (baked sea bass) was bathing in rich tomato and bell pepper sauce, enough to tickle your palate. Best to eat with plain rice.
|Branzino al forno|
|Lengua with corn and mushrooms|
|Chicken with Mornay sauce|
|Chana masala and herbed potato|
F Cafe also has a Mongolian grill station where you can mix and match an array of ingredients to create your very own bowl. It was tempting to have a slice of grilled salmon but I was already getting full.
|Mongolian grill station|
|Salmon slices with salt and pepper|
|Halo-halo and fresh fruits station|
|Tsokolate de batirol|
But of all the desserts laid out at F Cafe, I find the apple strudel the yummiest. Oh wait, did I tell you I dressed up my apple strudel? Yeah. I drizzled it with hazelnut toffee sauce, which I found at the donut corner, put a scoop of vanilla ice cream and topped it with chopped nuts. Oh-my-goodness. I had two servings in one sitting. =)
We ended the lunch with a cup of warm cappucino, and by the time we finished it, it was already time to check-in. I shall talk about our stay in my next post. 'Til then!
F Cafe at F1 Hotel Manila
32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines
+632.928.9888 / +632.908.7888