I’ve been looking for a rooftop restaurant for quite some time now, and the closest I found in Manila before were the top-floor restaurants in Vivere, Alabang and Diamond Hotel along Roxas Blvd.
It was only recently that I got wind of this rooftop restaurant in Intramuros, with a great view of Manila’s City Hall and the Intramuros Golf Course. But just imagining the traffic from Bonifacio Global City to Intramuros almost deterred me from considering it.
Nevertheless, I thought it would be the perfect setting to surprise Rache for our dinner to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary, and so we went…
We lowered our expectations because, sometimes, eating in a culinary school-run restaurant can be a bit risky due to the inconsistency of the food and service.
The rooftop has an alfresco bar, but it essentially serves the same food as 9 Spoons.
We love these comfortable couch chairs that overlook the golf course and Manila City Hall. These are the best tables and the best side of the Sky Deck.
The cool breeze on the rooftop was quite pleasant and conducive to having soup. We do hope they offer noodle soup and ramen options in the menu in the future.
Eating while sitting on the couch proved to be a bit of a challenge. The table is really low — ideal for pica pica but not for a sit-down dinner. But we didn’t mind; we just held the plates close to us as we ate.
The salad was delicious! The roasted sesame Japanese-like dressing brought out the flavors of the 4 slices of beef and complemented the greens. It was like having steak on a bed of salad.
The food and drinks are priced like in any hotel, a bit expensive but with good quality.
9 Spoons serves International cuisine as well as Filipino dishes. We ordered the Fried Hainanese Chicken Rice best seller, and it met our expectations.
The boneless meat was juicy and served on a hot plate. It did taste a bit more roasted than fried, though, and the ginger and soy sauce were already mixed in with the chicken (instead of having the sauces on the side), but we still enjoyed it.
We also tried the best seller in the Filipino ala carte menu. Their version of callos has big chunks of sausages, and meat with roasted peppers, olives and morcilla.
The tomato-based soup was rich and thick, perfect with the plain white rice. The serving size is good for 2-3 people.
The 9 Spoons Desserts seemed a bit boring and overpriced (P200-P300 range), so we decided to end our date in Cioccolata, the Churros Cafe on the ground floor of The Bayleaf.
We loved dipping the churros in the sweet, hot Spanish Chocolate with its hints of cinnamon. It was just the perfect way to end our Bayleaf food trip.
Just note that 9 Spoons is open until 12 midnight, while Cioccolata is only open until 10pm. I suggest you have dinner around 7pm so that you don’t miss a satisfying churros ending.
To the Laurel family and Lyceum, thank you for giving us another reason to rekindle our love for Intramuros. The roofdeck view of Manila is simply awesome!
The Bayleaf Intramuros
Muralla corner Victoria Streets, Intramuros, 1002 Manila, Philippines
Main Trunkline: +632 318-5000 (ETPI), +632 525-6642, 525-5679 and 526-1477 (PLDT)
Room Reservations Direct Line: +63 2 5226484 (office hours)
Facebook: The Bayleaf Intramuros
Driving Directions: The hotel is located at the main entrance of Intramuros, opposite the City Hall/Lawton area. If you are coming from Makati, I suggest you go via Intramuros and enter at the back via Manila Cathedral.
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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals. We are not connected with the owners or any organization promoting The Bayleaf.
P.S. One of these days, we plan to stay overnight in Bayleaf with the boys and spend the entire weekend exploring Intramuros. Any suggestion on an Intramuros weekend itinerary? Are there night markets or interesting places for kids in Intramuros?