May 25, 2019

Cafe Romancon at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle Manila

I don’t know about you but when I do staycations, I try my best to just lounge around and enjoy the place where I am staying. You see, when you go on a legit vacation, most of the time you don’t get to enjoy the hotel or place where you are staying. You are always out and about, going on tours and doing activities. And then when you get back to the hotel, you just take a shower and get on to bed. Thus, you really don’t get the full experience of the place and its amenities.

That is why when I went on another staycation at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle last weekend, my friend and I made sure to stay put at the hotel and enjoy what it has to offer even though there are so many things to do in and around the area, more specially that it is located in the heart of Manila. Friends were telling us go there go here eat there eat here. But we were like, nah we're staying in and eating in.

First of all, Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle is 49-room 4-star property situated in the bustling area of Malate, Manila. It offers luxurious, warm and friendly accommodation for every business and leisure traveler. The hotel is known for its unique Lasallian brand of service as it also serves as a training ground for aspiring hospitality professionals from De La Salle - College of St. Benilde. The newly renovated hotel was meticulously designed by celebrated architects Manny Samson and Rogelio Villarosa to exude a fresh and modern feel. Each room was made to showcase advance guest room features to create a total luxury hotel experience at very affordable rates.

There are two dining options inside Hotel Benilde: Cafe Romancon and Vatel. During our stay at Hotel Benilde, we only got to try Cafe Romancon as the Vatel Restaurant was closed. Vatel Restaurant on the other hand is operated in partnership with Institut Vatel in France, Vatel Restaurant Manila serves authentic Mediterranean-French cuisine at the hotel roof deck which shows a scenic view of the Manila skyline. The restaurant also serves as a venue for corporate events with in-house catering services. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10am-5pm if I'm not mistaken.

Cafe Romancon is named after St. Benilde Romançon and is a contemporary hotel restaurant that serves daily breakfast for in-house and walk-in guests. The café also serves international a la carte dishes and hosts promotional lunch buffets. This is where we had our first day dinner and second day buffet breakfast.

During the dinner, we ordered ala carte items from their menu which included the following:

Potato Wedges - thick cut potato fries with dip. These were really fun to eat and was served fresh off the pan so it was still hot and crispy. A nice appetizer to a hearty dinner.

Wild Wild Wings - deep fried marinated chicken wings braised in mild spicy, sweet and sour sauce served with French fries. The sauce of these wings tasted more like sweet and sour and the spiciness was really minimal.

Cream of Mushroom - assorted forest mushrooms in vegetable broth with herbed croutons. Their cream of mushroom is different with the ones I already tried in the past because most of them are colored white and more on the cream side than the mushroom side; with Café Romancon it’s the other way around.

Seafood Linguine - shrimp, calamari, mussels and fish sautéed in olive oil, garlic, onion and plum tomatoes on pasta. The amount of seafood was reasonable and the sauce was on the tangy side.

Barbecued Pork Ribs - tender pork ribs with tangy barbecue sauce served with buttered vegetables and mashed potato. The serving was huge and the meat was really quite tender almost falls off the bones. The sauce though isn’t as thick and rich unlike the others that I’m used to.

As for the breakfast buffet, the café has only a few but ample selections. It’s a mix of International and Filipino dishes to cater to any palate. My friend and I ate light that morning since we also plan to swim after breakfast and we were going to meet up with our other friends for a Kbbq lunch.

All in all they offer good tasting food with adequate menu selections. I noticed though that their dishes are cooked or seasoned differently than the usual. I don’t know if it’s their take or spin on those dishes. Some dishes, though can still be improved. I wish that they will also offer pancakes for their breakfast buffet LOL! Cafe Romancon is open for both in-house and walk-in guests, the daily buffet breakfast is from 6:00AM to 10:00AM and an international a la carte menu for lunch and dinner.

Read more of my staycation at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle:
5-Star Feels Staycation at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle Manila
Romancon Cafe at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle Manila

GF Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle
Arellano Ave cor. Estrada Street
Manila, Philippines
Contact Nos: (02) 230 5230

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Cafe Romancon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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