If stunning sunset views and early cocktails are your thing, or even if they’re not, you have to check out the Sky Deck View Bar of The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros.
I have heard about this place a long time ago but never got the chance to visit until a couple of months ago. It was a time when Manila is usually quiet (Holy Week) and my closest friends and I enjoy the traffic-free streets as most people are on vacation. We went on a Thursday and one of us had the foresight to make a reservation which was a wise decision. Who would have thought the place is fully-booked on a Holy Thursday?
My daughter and I arrived early, 5:15pm, and the place immediately took my breath away, We were seated on the right side as you enter the place, with a magnificent view of the Intramuros Golf course and a direct view of the famous Manila Bay sunset. It was summer but it was cool, but women should be prepared to secure their hair in place otherwise, they’ll have their hair going in all directions, blown by the wind.
The dinner buffet was served early and at less than Php 800.00 per person, it was a great deal. There were a good number and variety of main dishes (Korean Beef Stew, Chicken Pastel, Grilled Blue Marlin and Chicken, among others), a soup, salad and dessert bar (sorry, wasn’t able to take photos of everything). My favorites were their Signature Bagnet (crispy fried pork belly), the Roasted Beef Short Plate and the Ensaymada Pudding (pudding, creme anglaise, mango balls).
The daughter opted for the All Day Beef Tapa which was tender and flavorful, and came in a large bowl, more than enough to satisfy the appetite of one person.
For more pictures and their complete menu, go here. The Sky Deck View Bar is open from 5pm to 1am, Mon-Sun, and you can call +632 318 5000 for reservations.