MANILA Spiral, the flagship restaurant of Sofitel Philippine Plaza, has reopened after an US$11 million renovation.
First launched in March of 2006, the outlet has been a favourite with the capital’s foodies for its multi-cuisine buffet. Located on the ground floor of the five-star, 609-room bayfront hotel, it was shut down in September last year due to flooding during a particularly severe typhoon.
The refurbishment, which was unveiled on November 8, features 21 new stations where artesan delicacies are prepared, offering starters, desserts and a range of selections for the main course, including Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Thai, Korean, French and Italian.
“The dining ateliers of the new Spiral reflect the best of the world’s cuisines in one destination,” said general manager Goran Aleks. “It is Sofitel’s vision to showcase not only the best of French culinary heritage, but also combine it with the best of Eastern, Western and Filipino cuisine, produce and artistry.”
The restaurant is spread across 2,921 sqm and seats 396 people. It connects to La Veranda, a new indoor lounge that seats up to 56 and opens to a terrace, from where the hotel’s iconic lagoon-shaped pool and Manila Bay in the distance can be viewed. Its signature design element, aptly a grand spiral staircase that leads to the lobby one floor above, has been retained.
There are also six dining rooms available for lunch meetings and private gatherings, each designed like residential living rooms, complete with leather sofas and a dining table.
The largest, Voyeur, covers 63 sqm and seats 12. Hidden with a floor area of 37 sqm welcomes groups of 10.
Meanwhile, Indulgence, Epicure and Decadence each has room for 12, and can be combined to collectively accommodate up to 36 people. There is also Tasting, good for smaller groups of eight.
For more information, please visit www.sofitelmanila.com