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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Lobby Lounge @ Diamond Hotel (Part 1)


I was recently invited by Diamond Hotel to try their newest dining attraction, the Lobby Lounge.




The Lobby Lounge exudes luxury with its contemporary interiors that is stylish and inviting, complemented by a delectable and upscale selection of culinary offers.

The Lobby Lounge offers Diamond Hotel's bestselling cakes, pastries and an updated a la carte menu selection.  Enjoy a cup of Kohikan or Nespresso coffee or Hediard Tea over these delicious dishes.


Starters

For starters, we had soups: French Onion Soup (Php 250) and Zucchini Cream Soup (Php 250).

French Onion Soup
Zucchini Cream Soup

The French Onion Soup is beef broth with croutons with melted Emmentale on top, while Zucchini Cream has Parmesan cheese, roasted tomatoes and basil. Just dip the crispy Parmesan cheese to the soup for more flavor. I prefer the mild flavor of the Zucchini Cream Soup.

We also had the bestselling dishes, Truffle Fries (Php 200) and the Foie Gras Macaroon (Php 150 per piece).

Truffle Fries
Foie Gras Macaroons

Our group's favorite, the Truffle Fries, are cooked in truffle oil, sprinkled with sea salt flakes and served with garlic mayo or ketchup. It's the only dish that I think should not be shared (I'm mean, I know). The Foie Gras Macaroon is Chef Nick Stoyanov's signature savoury macaroon. The strong flavor from the foie gras complements the sweetness of the macaroon.

Salads

For salad, we had Smoked Salmon Caesar (Php 620).

Smoked Salmon Caesar

The Smoked Salmon Caesar has lettuce, smoked salmon, Prosciutto, soft boiled egg and Grano Padana cheese. I'm not much into salads but I love their healthy take on caesar salad.

Sandwich

We also had these sandwiches: Spicy Pickled Sardines (Php 390) and BLT (Php 475). We also had a taste of the Lamb Burger (Php 510). The sandwiches come with a side of fries.

Spicy Pickled Sardines
BLT

The Spicy Pickled Sardines has sardines, cucumbers, tomato, pickled red onions and lettuce. I found the BLT a little too salty for my taste, so I liked the sardines sandwich more.

Lamb Burger

The Lamb Burger has a huge lamb patty with Feta cheese, Harissa yogurt and frisee on yellow bun. It was really delicious! Burger fanatics, you must try this!

Pasta

We were also served these delectable pasta dishes: Fresh Tomato Pappardelle (Php 470) and Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli (Php 455).

Fresh Tomato Pappardelle
Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

Fresh Tomato Pappardelle has sausage, forest mushrooms, sage and goat cheese while Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli has sage, brown butter and walnuts. The Fresh Tomato Pappardelle has a spicy kick but I loved both dishes.

Entrees

We also tried the following entrees: Slow-Roasted Beef Belly (Php 480) and Lamb Pot Pie (Php 620).

Slow-Roasted Beef Belly
Lamb Pot Pie

The Slow-Roasted Beef Belly is served with carrots, lettuce and red rice. The meat is really tender, I can easily finish the whole dish. The Lamb Pot Pie has braised lamb shank, chick peas and rockets, served with arugula salad. This dish has a really strong flavor. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this dish.

More about Lobby Lounge on Part 2. :)

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Lobby Lounge
Diamond Hotel Philippines
Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street,
Manila
Contact No. 5283000
www.diamondhotel.com
Facebook Page: Diamond Hotel Philippines
Twitter: @DiamondHotelPh

32 comments:

  1. What's emmentale? And don't you think their macaroon is a bit pricey/ not worth the price? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Justin! Emmentale is a kind of cheese. Foie gras is a bit expensive hence the price of the foie gras macaroon. :)

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  2. Everything looks inviting and delectable! ^_^

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  3. Foie Gras Macaroons and Lamb Pot Pie! Looks really really tasty! :)

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    1. Both have strong flavors that you'll like. :)

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  4. Can't wait for the part 2. :)

    http://gusot-mayaman.blogspot.com

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  5. Ohhhh! Everything looks so delectable and I am so curious to try that foie gras macaroon. It has been a while since I've last had it! =)

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    1. I hope you'll try it soon, Lovelee! See you again soon. :)

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    2. ooooooh! the lamb burger... sounds new to me. and the french onion soup is really a WOW, but tasted it at Mandarin Hotel.

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    3. I'd love to try Mandarin Hotel next time. :)

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  6. everything looks delicious! esp the macaroons and the smoked salmon c... salads are my weakness XD

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    1. Good for you. I was impressed with the salad. You must try it too! :)

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  7. looks so nice! :) super perfect pang date :)
    Rovie
    The Bargain Doll
    :)

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  8. Love the interiors! Looks like those old world hunting lodges. So elegant. =)

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  9. OMG! I've been trying to memories those eye catchy food but hey I forgot everything~ Haha gusto ko lahat :D

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    1. I hope you'll try everything, Patricia! ;)

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  10. Everything looks scrumptious, and the lounge is luxurious. A bit pricier than usual restos but I'm sure it's worth it. Can't wait for part 2 and see what you had for dessert :)


    Thanks a lot for answering my Liebster Award questions btw, I really appreciate it :)

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    1. Yes, it's worth the try naman. :) You're welcome! :)

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  11. It's so unfortunate I wasn't able to go with you guys for this trip. Would love to have an experience of the new Lobby :) Buti nalang, the menu here is similar to the one they serve in The Cake Club.

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    1. Oo nga eh. Anyway, we'll see you next time naman.:)

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  12. Wow all the food look delicious! I didn't know you could eat at The Lobby Lounge, I thought it was a waiting area. XD

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    1. You can eat something while waiting.hehe. :)

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  13. The place sure looks nice and posh, and the food looks yummylicious. I am paticularly curious about the foie gras macarons, never heard anything like it before.

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    1. It's their unique take for macaroons. Quite interesting. I hope you'll try it soon! :)

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  14. From the looks of it, its a 5 star hotel. very elegant and classic. i wonder if they were generous enough to give you an overnight stay, hehehe, just curious..Yahweh bless

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  15. Interesting! But I have to save up my monthly allowance first. :D

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