I’m sure that if you’re one of those who are into hydrotherapy, then you’ve probably heard about Ace Water Spa before. Located just a few blocks away from where I reside, their Banawe branch is frequented by those who are looking for treatments, massages, etc. with the help of water.
It was only recently when I learned that they’ve opened another branch in Kapitolyo, Pasig City. The one in Pasig, called Ace Hotel and Suites, is comprised of two towers: a twin-tower hotel and a premium residential suite. They offer several rooms which you could book for an overnight stay, or if you have plans of staying for 90 days or more, why not try their Service Residences?
Of course, a posh place like the Ace Hotel and Suites wouldn’t be complete without dining facilities. There are several small restaurants and coffee shops located at the ground floor of the building, but if you’re feeling fancy, I suggest you give Ace Hotel and Suites‘ very own Sky Garden a shot. Located at the 8th floor, the Sky Garden transforms into a beautiful, romantic fine-dining area at night. It offers a nice view of the city through its windows.
We had the great opportunity to check out the Sky Garden a few nights ago before they officially opened their doors to the public. It was a nice evening spent with Dems from GeekyKitch and other bloggers.
Upon being seated, I was offered a glass of 2013 Montgras Cabernet Sauvignon. I know nothing about wines so I’m not even going to try and explain this to you. :p
We were served Garlic Bread with Mushroom Antipasto for starters. This was a really awesome way to start the meal! I loved both the garlic toast and the cheesy mushroom antipasto on their own or when eaten together.The mushroom antipasto did get a bit messy to eat, but it hardly even mattered because it was just so damn good.
Please do yourself a big favor and eat it while it’s hot. You’ll thank yourself afterwards. I was tempted to ask for more garlic bread to wipe my little pan clean, but my will was strong that night and I resisted. 🙂
A dish called the Shrimp and Curry was served next. Three pieces of shrimp served on some asparagus stalks, sliced cherry tomato and green curry sauce. I liked the subtle flavors and all the ingredients used in this dish.
The third course was a serving of soup. We could choose between getting the Cream of Pumpkin and Carrots (left) or the Seafood Consomme (right). I decided to go with the former and was very satisfied with my choice. I loved that it wasn’t so “heavy” and overly creamy. I could taste the sweetness brought about by the pumpkins and carrots.
Next in line was a serving of their Mixed Greens with Red Wine Vinaigrette. This salad consisted of leafy green vegetables, thinly sliced apples, candied walnuts and chunks of blue cheese.
I happened to enjoy the salad because the vegetables were nice and crisp, not wilted or drenched in the red wine vinaigrette. I also loved the walnuts with their crunchy, sweet shell. The blue cheese doesn’t exactly appeal to me that much, but I have to admit that it lent a nice punch to a majorly sweet tasting salad.
After four delicious courses, we were served a bit of something to cleanse our palates. Sweet, cool and refreshing, the Lime Sherbet with Aloe Vera Juice received praises from a number of my companions. It succeeded in preparing us for our main dishes.
For the main courses, we were asked to choose one dish out of the five dishes available. My companions and I agreed that we’ll order different ones so that we could snap a photo of each to share with our readers.
In the photo above, you can see the ones my friends decided on having: Rib-eye Steak with Sauteed Arugula and Mashed Potatoes (top left), Corniche Chicken with Organic Rice Pilaf (lower left), and the Prawns with Salted Herring Pasta (right). The only dish I wasn’t able to take a photo of was their Pan-grilled U.S. Porkloin with Sauteed Diced Potatoes.
The last on the list of main dishes and the one which I chose for myself was this plate of Chilean Seafood Risotto. Like all the other main dishes, a serving of this was a lot bigger than I expected and is most probably good for two individuals.
The Chilean Seafood Risotto was served with several pieces of scallops, mussels, clams and squid on top. I thought it was an acceptable dish, although I would’ve liked it better if it a bit more flavor to it. I thought the one I was served with had a nice creaminess to it, without losing the texture of each grain of rice.
After a heavy and filling main meal, I was excited to get my hands on some dessert. Again, we were asked to choose among the three available ones: Creme Brulee (left), Molten Lava Cake (right) and a slice of Tiramisu (not in photo).
Being the big chocolate AND cake lover that I am, I decided on getting the Molten Lava Cake. I was looking for the gooey chocolate to ooze out upon slicing through the dessert, but wasn’t able to get it. I really think there’s a way to improve this cake. I did, however, like the vanilla ice cream and the shard of chocolate on top.
We were offered Brewed Coffee or Hot Tea post-dessert and I just couldn’t say no to a cup of hot coffee. ♥
While I was enjoying my coffee, my companions were able to try the Iced Strawberry with Green Tea. It looked so refreshingly cold and so adorable in the mason jar mugs!
After an 8-course meal, I was more than stuffed! I enjoyed most of the food which were served and appreciated how relaxing and romantic the place was. It really is fit for intimate gatherings. I also enjoyed how all the items were plated nicely, making it also a feast for the eyes.
If you’re interested to try the 8-course meal from Sky Garden Fine Dining, they’re currently running a special offer of just Php899 per person instead of the usual Php1,299 net per person. This discounted rate will be implemented from October 18 until November 30, 2014. You may avail of their services from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 6pm until 11pm.
*Thank you so much to Ms. Jennet Sanchez, Ms. Twinkle Segundo and everyone behind Ace Hotel and Suites for inviting Have at You! to the private tasting at Sky Garden.