Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS

The tagline says “Come in hungry walk out happy”.  Many restaurants claim the same but only a few lives up to it.  And Mian Restaurant surprisingly did.

Along with my childhood friends, we were at Mian Restaurant of the Marriott Grand Ballroom for an instant reunion and to feast on a variety of cuisine served on bowls.

Chopsticks and rice bowls may appear to have restrained our appetite for lunch.  But it actually didn’t.  It was more than sufficient with its huge serving and delectable taste.


MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS

The bowls were not what I imagine it to be.  These bowls are good for sharing, maybe up to three persons (depending on appetite).  Our gastronomic treat was divided into five sets.  These are: small plates, soup bowls, rice bowl, noodles and dessert.  We were supposed to order one for each.

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS

Sausage empanada was first on the list as part of the small plates.  I’m not a fan of empanada so there’s nothing special for me to comment about it.  It’s just that it’s more or less similar to the empanada of Vigan City composed of local sausage, egg and the vinegar dip.  So if you love Vigan empanada, then you’ll definitely love the Mian-version.

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS
SAUSAGE EMPANADA (PHP195.00)
The Chef’s Beef Noodles came as our choice for the soup bowl.  I like the tenderness of the braised beef and how the rice noodles complements with it.

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS
CHEF'S BEEF NOODLES (PHP395.00)
MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS
BRAISED PORK BELLY (PHP375.00)
We had Braised Pork Belly for the noodle section and ordered two rice bowls.  The braised pork belly has tender meat mixed with pickled vegetables and udon noodles.  If you know me well, you'll know which ingredient I segregated for this serving.  

On rice bowls, we had the all-time favorite Filipino cuisines Pork Adobo and Beef Caldereta.  It turned out to be two of the groups’ favorite.

Beef calderata with its tender slow braised beef is easy to love.  What’s there not to?  With all the perfect seasoning complementing the root vegetables, the tomato-based stew covered half of my estimated cup of rice.  It was delicious and appetite-inducing. 

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS
BEEF CALDERATA (PHP395.00)
And of course, no questions asked, even without any recommendation, my default order will be adobo when presented at the dining table.  Anything cooked in soy sauce, vinegar and garlic is a no-brainer choice for me.  Mian's version comes with quail eggs.

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS
PORK ADOBO (PHP325.00)
Fruit salad and mango pudding is part of the restaurants’ dessert selections.  But both were not available during that day.  And so we heeded the staff’s offer of the famous Filipino dessert halo-halo.

The serving size came in as a surpriseWe were already full from the main courses of rice bowls, noodles and dumplings, when another bowl was served.

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS

The halo halo was served on a huge bowl.  It was by far the largest serving size I have experienced for a halo halo.  It tasted not too sweet that I and my friend Diana were able to manage finishing the same slowly.  Main ingredients composed of shaved ice, milk and varied fruits topped with vanilla-flavored ice cream and leche flan satisfied my palate without the worries of too much sugar intake.

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS

The medley of flavors that suit the Asian taste is the selling point of the Mian Restaurant.  But it will definitely not only attract Asians as even Westerners can enjoy the great food and the over-all dining experience emitted by its well-lit and well-ventilated spacious dining area. 

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS

The dining experience taught us not to underestimate what a bowl of cuisine can provide for a meal.  The live kitchen is a guarantee of freshness and authenticity of the cuisine.

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS
  
Mian Restaurant
Marriott Grand Ballroom
Number 10, Newport Boulevard, Newport City
Pasay City
(02) 988-9999

Opening Hours: 11AM to 6PM  

MIAN RESTAURANT AT MARRIOTT: A FEAST ON BOWLS
  

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