There’s no doubt that Bonifacio Global City will be the venue of prime hotel addresses in the future with a Shang-Ri La and a Grand Hyatt opening in a few years. In the meantime, I was happy enough to set foot at F1 Hotel on 32nd street which is under the Best Western Premier chain of hotels around the world. It is also the first hotel to be built in the Fort.
F1 Hotel has an all-day dining restaurant on the fifth floor simply called F.Upon entering, you’re greeted by these avant garde (almost Cobonpuesque?) chairs. The pool bar is just outside, but I wasn’t able to see their swimming pool.
The the buffet and dining areas are surrounded by glass windows that give one a view of the bustling city (unfortunately, the view just consists of average-looking buildings and hardly any greenery)
I haven’t tried F’s regular buffet priced at P1088 which is reasonable by the Fort standards. We dined in F upon the invitation of the hotel team who wanted us to try their buffet menu for Chinese New Year 2012. It is priced at P988++ per person and is available from January 16 to 31.
Here are some of the dishes that will be served in their Chinese-themed menu:
Golden roasted Peking duck. Definitely not your everyday dish and finding this on the table is like hitting the jackpot. The duck is thinly sliced, topped with veggies and savory hoisin sauce then rolled in tortilla (or pancake). This is actually the counterpart of our local pritchon. A must try!
This is lechon Macau which is the counterpart of our lechon kawali. Pork belly roasted to a golden crispiness and would have been better if there was sauce on the side ( I kinda miss my Mang Tomas!)
The Sichuan beef was my favorite dish since it was spiced just right with the peppers and other seasonings. Moreover, the meat was very tender and perfectly “chewy.” I suddenly craved for rice for which we weren’t served any, upon our own suggestion (everybody’s on a diet these days!)
Mango sago is my favorite dessert in a Chinese restaurant and the one in F doesn’t disappoint.
We actually had a long list of food to eat that day. It was a combination of hits and misses, but happily there were more hits. I can do away with the steamed marlin and some of the dishes I found too salty for my taste (which I don’t fault the restaurant with, probably just the cook having a stressful time in the kitchen).
Manila’s finest Chinese restaurants will be abuzz with customers for Kung Hei Fat Choi! Should you find yourself on this auspicious day in the Bonifacio Global City area, there’s F Restaurant at F1 Hotel to check out 🙂
Best Western Premier F1 Hotel
32nd St. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. No. 928 9888, 908 7888