My Tummy is Full was invited to Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ ceremonial Christmas Tree Lighting event last week. The 4-Star Hotel is a celebrated establishment frequented by business people and expats throughout the week. It transforms to a place for yuppies, sometimes families, during weekends.
Aside from one Christmas staff meeting we had there some years back, it wasn’t until last week did we get to have a look/see at the different facilities the hotel had to offer. We were toured around by the hotel’s very accommodating Director of Sales & Marketing, Ms. Lynette Ermac.
The warm hospitality were consistent from the security personnel to the manager, with a ready smile and sincere greetings thrown our way at every turn. Such friendly place!
The salinated indoor pool is one good reason I will consider this over every other metro hotels. They already got me at indoor, the salinated part is a plus.
The Richmonde Lobby Cafe Gingerbread Pastry Stand
The Richmonde Lobby Cafe is frequented a whole lot by business people who conduct their meetings. The pastries in this corner have been heavily featured in a lot of publications because of its demand.
If you happen to swing by Richmonde, don’t make the mistake of not ordering their celebrated bestsellers Ensaymada and the Chocolate Cake. There’s something about their pastries that are highly addictive. The good news is they don’t come in what we would common expect as “hotel prices.” The enormous Ensaymada is only at P110/pc, Pork Floss at P75 each.
I honestly swore I wasn’t going to have a lot dessert since I was already full to the brim from the sumptuous helpings or two I’ve had from the Christmas Tree Lighting dinner buffet. But Richmonde Hotel’s Holiday offerings are too hard to resist. My runaway favorites are the Queso de Bola Ensaymada and the Oreo Mint mousse. Make sure to order a box of cookies for only P220 each while you’re there. Cookies come in Choco Chip Hazelnut, Chunky White Chocolate and Oatmeal Raisin varieties.
And I haven’t even started with the Dinner Buffet. Callos in Wanton Cups, Braised Pork Riblets in Chili Sauce, the cheeses! My favorite is the sesame-seed covered Tuna with Tonkatsu dressing. The sesame seeds added such distinct texture that was further complemented by the dressing. As I instagrammed away these gastronomical treats, I mentioned not remembering being as impressed with food served in other hotels. Richmonde Hotel Cafe and Restaurant can easily be every food junky’s haven.
Precisely why we had to have a photo opp with Chef Jess and Mr. Rye Labao, Assistant Director of Sales. We were not merely fed great food, we were also entertained and educated as she chatted away with us, indulging our curiosities about the food. I was particularly glued when she told us how she painstakingly got all those cream puff together to the most delectable Christmas tree (fifth photo from the top).
Behind us are the newly lit Richmonde Hotel Ortigas Christmas Tree and the awesomely built Gingerbread House, that got me tempted to have a bite! 🙂
Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is strategically situated near three malls: Shangri-la, Podium and SM Megamall. A church is also right smack it. Not just a perfect place for business people but also a great metro weekend getaway for a family, if you ask me.
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