When: September 23, 2011 Where: Seasons at the Manila Pavilion What: International Buffet Dinner with Unlimited Chilled Juices Price: Php 699.00 valued at Php 1200.00 / savings: Php 501.00
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To celebrate my sister in law’s birthday, we dined at Seasons at the Manila Pavilion. We didn’t encounter any problem with reservations, confirmation and actual usage of the voucher. In fact, we were warmly welcomed by the receptionists.
The only problem in Manila Pavilion is their lack of parking space. And in their small parking area, you have to leave the keys of your car so that they could move it around when needed.
Anyway, back to Seasons. I was with my husband, my sister in law and my mother in law, and of course, my daughter and her yaya! To my amazement, the manager, I think Abe was his name, offered my yaya something to eat from the buffet. When I told him that she already ate at home, he then told me, “dessert na lang po, ako na ang bahala.” Meaning, free of charge! I joked that I would just leave my yaya to pay for what she’s going to eat. He smiled.
That for me was very important and it will forever remain in my memory. That should be the kind of service everyone in the service industry gives! Because of that, he was the one who got the tip from me! And my hubby directly gave it to him!
As for the dinner, the food was so-so! There were only a few selections of Japanese makis and sushis. The salmon wasn’t fresh. Even my favorite california maki wasn’t available. The Japanese staple Tempura wasn’t available either. The food from the other cuisines was too dry, as my MIL puts it. Maybe it was cooked way too early before diners came.
Good thing, you could ask the chef to cook some dish. I saw someone ordered Butter Garlic Shrimp, so we ordered that too! The first 2 were good and yummy! The last one didn’t taste buttery or garlicky at all! It tasted like shrimp swimming in water. 😦
My favorite Peking Duck was available, but even that didn’t excite me much! It was too thinly sliced, you couldn’t taste it anymore!
I can’t think of a dish that really took us in awe, except for the salmon with mango dressing. And the grilled squids with stuffed shrimps! Nothing else caught our attention so we just enjoyed the very beautiful ambience. I admit their lighting fixtures are really exquisite. But you can’t eat that, right?
One thing I ALMOST thoroughly enjoyed was the Mango Strawberry Crepe with Strawberry Ice Cream I ordered! The crepe was buttery and milky and soft, the mango was sweet and sour at the same time, the strawberry was yummy also, but then, as I was finishing my ice cream off, I noticed a plastic like sheet. At first I thought it was just ice. But as I scrape it off, the plastic like sheet was really plastic after all! And a big piece at that!
I didn’t freak out as I know that it wasn’t intentional, but I immediately called the other manager and told her that there was plastic in my ice cream. She offered to make me a new one, I begged off!
There goes my unfortunate experience with Seasons, you need not ask if I will dine there again or not, because the answer is pretty much obvious!
The only consolation for us was that we were able to take some photos of ourselves and the cake (without corkage!).
Here is a photo of our family! Never mind the bulging tummies of the mommy & the daddy, it wasn’t because of the food, it was because of the juice!
Seasons get 2 out of 5 stars! If only for the good service!