Cowrie Grill: Manila Hotel’s Flagship Restaurant Re-opens at the Greenhills Promenade
Excellence is not achieved overnight. It is something that takes time and dedication to attain. And once it’s pulled off, maintaining it is a challenge. After more than three decades in the industry, excellence is something that Cowrie Grill has got down pat. Opened in 1977 as the Manila Hotel’s flagship restaurant, it has managed to sustain a level of merit that like fine wine, only gets better with age.
A rebirth: Cowrie Grill opens at the Greenhills Promenade
Our five-course meal started with a serving of chilled butter with a selection of different breads. The butter came in two tasty flavors, Sundried Tomato and Mixed Herb.
Flavored butterAfter a bit of a wait, it was followed by a bowl of Fresh Mushroom Cappuccino Soup with Brie Croutons (P250). It was warm, a little gritty and overall pleasant with just a whisper of bitterness at the back of the tongue.
Fresh Mushroom Cappuccino Soup with Brie Croutons
Maitre’d Caesar Salad
Scene stealer: Whole roasted prime rib of U.S. Angus Beef
Served with Gratin PotatoThe meal ended with another spectacle. Flambéed Baked Alaska (P420) was prepared tableside. We oohed and ahhed as we watched flaming brandy tossed from ladle to ladle. Strawberry and vanilla ice cream is wrapped in chiffon cake which is then wrapped in meringue and then promptly set on fire. Not only was it fun to watch, it was fun to eat as well.
Flambéed Baked Alaska
Cowrie Grill is the kind of place you visit when you want to experience dining at its finest. Manila Hotel’s Executive Vice President Dr. Enrique Yap said that, “We are offering intimate dining experiences – something that makes our patrons sit up and notice. Something that commands attention, is thoughtfully made, and is created with great attention to detail – similar to what people experience at Manila Hotel. At Cowrie Grill, we look forward to making every minute of our guests’ visit nothing short of exceptional and memorable.” And that, in a nutshell, perfectly describes the Cowrie Grill experience.