PLANTATION Bay Resort and Spa is best known for its colonial-plantation architecture and the paradisaical solitude it offers. Finding yourself in this 11.4-hectare retreat feels like being swept away into a faraway vacation destination when it’s actually just an hour away from the city.
Most hotels and resorts put a premium on dining experience. Plantation Bay is no different. But more than food presentations worthy of their own social media following, of equal importance is the quality and taste. Guests are assured of the freshest ingredients as Plantation Bay employs hydroponics to grow some of its own produce. It also has a fish farm from which they source the Pompanos they serve at one of its restaurants. The farm-to-table concept is not lost on this resort and that gets you more than your money’s worth.
At Plantation Bay, dining is an experience in itself and here are the dining outlets worth checking out:
Kilimanjaro Kafe. This coffee shop-cum-restaurant features international and Filipino favorites 24/7. Surrounded by the resort’s enormous swimming pool, the menu is rivaled only by the view. This is also where guests enjoy a breakfast buffet and the different culinary themes for each night. A specially made children’s menu ensures not only the adults get to have all the fun. (Must-try: Kare-Kare, The World’s Best Kare-Kare at Kilimanjaro – oxtail stew with banana flowers in peanut sauce, served with shrimp paste on the side; USDA Prime Rib Eye – Plantation Bay lets the meat soak in the marinade for two days for tastier and juicier results.)
Palermo Restaurant. This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant serves light bites, Spanish tapas, pasta and steaks. The dishes are just as divine as the decor. Make sure to leave room for the Triple B Tart—Fresh banana, butterscotch, chocolate and whipped cream.
Fiji Restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, this beachfront restaurant is where you can have your seafood, Japanese and Korean food fix. The relaxing view of the sea is as satisfying as the prawn tempura (Tiger prawns in rice flour batter) or the crepe samurai (mangoes and vanilla sabayon) which will have you licking your plate clean.
Route 66. A retro American diner that specializes in all-day breakfast and comfort food, its bestsellers include the Powerhouse Burger and hotdogs. The patties are made fresh every day out of a precise blend of different cuts of beef and then seared over real fire. The longganisa in the Filipino breakfast meal is also made in-house. Leaning more towards the lean side, it is smoky, sweet and spicy in all the right proportions.