In this cozy corner of Mabini and Padre Faura is a place where world-class cuisine and stylish ambiance meets together to provide guests – local and foreign alike, a heartwarming stay to experience Manila.
Operated by a team of time-tested professionals in the arena of customer service and food, Lotus Garden Manila’s Cilantro RestoBar is focused on showcasing the world-renowned Filipino hospitality. As you walk through the doors of Lotus Garden Manila, you will be greeted with a brightly lit welcoming façade of Cilantro RestoBar on your immediate left. Gracefulness resonates within the every corner of the dining area, making guests feel comfortable and contented. Paired with the pleasing smiles from every staff, you will truly cherish your visit.
What caught my eye in the hotel’s interior is a display of dolls from different countries neatly boxed separately in a glass contraption. Girlie, a dashing lass who heads the restaurant’s operations explained that it was a long-time collection of the owner who loves to travel. The place is spotless clean and the common guests are foreigners enjoying every bite and taking pleasure in the relaxing atmosphere.
It is a common misconception among average Filipinos that hotel dining can be really costly – Cilantro RestoBar is a testament that elegance and affordability can walk the same path. Anyone can simply walk-in and have a breakfast feast for only Php300 pesos. One can already enjoy Lotus Garden’s breakfast buffet available everyday between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM complete with Omelet, Salad, and Sandwich bars, and a choice of Filipino breakfast viands from steamed fresh vegetables to the iniquitous Chicken adobo. The adobo has an authentic traditional savor tantamount to how grandma used to cook it – perfectly executed that the flavors are infused to the bones!
Of course a satisfying breakfast always features bacon and eggs but the soup caught my attention; every sip is exploding with the richness of bona fide beef. The fish fillet is thinly sliced and fried impeccably that the outside is delightfully crunchy yet the flesh of the meat inside stays amazingly flavorful and intact. It is served with a special teriyaki sauce the compliments the dish so well that it does not overpower the natural flavor of the fish. Pritong talong paired with bagoong? Oh yes! Their version of the sweet succulent bagoong is perfect for pritong talong and steamed okra.
One of the secrets of their superb dishes is in the preparation – The kitchen receives a constant supply of the freshest catch and garden-crisp vegetables every single day. The kitchen is headed by a fifteen-year veteran, and with his culinary expertise, he highlights Lotus Garden’s Filipino dishes. Their best seller, the Pata Bawang is marinated in garlic and chili oil then deep-fried to excellence. And the best part is the price – this ambrosia good for 3-4 persons, served with pickled papaya is for only Php 550! A definite must try.
What separates Cilantro RestoBar’s karekare is their sauce. Their kitchen meticulously chooses the best peanuts and grinds them into a pure paste. The dish is then prepared in a traditional way – Filipino cooking at its finest. Girlie even shared that a regular foreigner guests would often visit only to order this spectacular dish. This bountiful serving is good for 2-3 persons and is only at Php 250! That is a steal!
Cilantro RestoBar’s Bagnet is dished up with bagoong rice and a dip that is a concoction of finger chili, onion, and chili oil. Truly mouthwatering, the Bagnet has an authentic crisp and a wonderful tang!
Cilantro RestoBar’s also boasts of its finest desserts in the area – one of which is the Deconstructed Coco-Bacon Turon! A Filipino delicacy with an ingenious twist, this deep-fried is goodie made up of caramelized banana with crispy bacon bits and wrapped in molo wrapper. This original recipe has been featured in a famous cooking event and has garnered overwhelming praises from food critiques – so I need not explain more on how good this treat is!
There’s a lot more to write about how great the place is – but I would like to underscore the fact that the Cilantro RestoBar of Lotus Garden Manila has one of the most competitively priced group and party accommodations in Metro Manila.
Feel free to call them at 522.1515 loc 21/19
Or visit them at the corner of Mabini and Padre Faura Streets, Ermita Manila.