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The Lobby Restaurant
The Lobby Restaurant

Acacia Hotel Manila recently unveiled a better and more defined lobby restaurant eponymously named, The Lobby at Acacia. Almost 5 years in operation, the Deluxe Filipino hotel, re-introduced one of their gem restaurants with a revamped menu and a shop that offers proudly Pinoy artisanal products.

Acacia Hotel Manila boasts of being the only hotel with a lobby restaurant in the south of the Metro. As one enters the luxurious and high ceiling lobby, guests are greeted with dozens and dozens of paisley printed high back chairs that have become signature to Acacia already.  Here, guests are lured to sit down and dine. The Lobby at Acacia offers an elegant but very cozy ambiance along with a team of dining Associates who are on  hand to assist. WiFi, which is nowadays a necessity, is complimentary to all diners.


“When we first opened The Lobby at Acacia, we presented a wide menu that offered soup, salad, appetizers, pizza, sandwiches,  local favorites,  international bestsellers and of course desserts. In our revamped menu, we maintained the same kind of format but with more creative options that are inspired from Asian and Western cuisine. Our guests will enjoy trying something new with every visit at very reasonable prices.” says Head Chef Aldo Palaypay.  The Lobby at Acacia offers 66 dishes with prices that range from Php 280 to Php 1,595. Its most creative dishes to name a few are the Chicken and Pork Adobo Pizza, Aromatic Braised Beef Ragout, Pan Fried Salmon with Marinara Risotto, Crispy Nori Shrimp Salad, Braised Asian Duck Quesadilla, Capellini ala Gamba, and Crab Meat Lasagna with Grilled Shrimps.

Aside from the stellar menu that the restaurant has to offer,  it also features homebaked treats that can be enjoyed for dine in or take out. The perfect combination of coffee and a slice of cake is only Php 200 nett per person. Blueberry Cheesecake and Acacia Chocolate Moist Cake are top favorites. Every hotel has its own version of ensaymada but Acacia’s ensaymada is a MUST for its melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Another favorite is the Cassava for its moist, creamy and buttery texture.

THE LOBBY and PASTRY AREA
THE LOBBY and PASTRY AREA

Other than food, The Lobby at Acacia, has a Souk wherein proudly Pinoy products are being sold. The Souk was not created for additional revenue, its main goal is to promote Filipino ingenuity and at the same time support marginalized communities.  It offers bags, home accessories, fashion accessories and food that are perfect for pasalubongs. Brands that are available at The Lobby at Acacia are the following:

WOODEN CALESA'S FROM SAFFY
WOODEN CALESA’S FROM SAFFY

SAFFY

SAFFY’s mission is to help marginalized communities and small producers to become self reliant, gain knowledge, learn new skills and create a sustainable livelihood. It empowers small producer families and groups by providing market access, product development designs and guidance, as well as education and skills trainings. As a marketing enterprise, it showcases the ingenuity and artistry of Filipino craftsmen both in international and local trade fairs.

ONE OF A KIND FASHION ACCESSORIES FROM KATH'S
ONE OF A KIND FASHION ACCESSORIES FROM KATH’S

KATH’S by Michelle Baldemor

Kath’s are locally fine hand-crafted bags and jewelries by Filipino designer Michelle Baldemor.  Her passion for the arts is deeply rooted in her blood as she comes from a family of artists from the town of Paete , Laguna. Kath’s products are one-of-a-kind and made from local materials such as Acacia wood, Philippine fabrics, pearls, shells and semi-precious stones. She trains a talented team of Filipino crafters, some of who have visual and hearing disabilities, to turn indigenous products into wearable work of art.

BAGS FROM ABRE LINEA
BAGS FROM ABRE LINEA

Abre Linea

A social enterprise founded by 3 high school friends (Anna, Claude and Joy) when Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country in 2013. Abre which means ‘open’ in Waray is an open response to provide a sustainable form of livelihood for Haiyan-ravaged communities in Leyte and Samar. The group provided funds and capitals for local artisans to make products making use of ticog grass, buri, and palm leaves from Eastern Visayas.  Each Abre Linea bag is carefully crafted with all proceeds going back to communities in Leyte and Samar who are involved in the production process

 

ASSORTED HYACINTH PRODUCTS FROM LAGUNA
ASSORTED HYACINTH PRODUCTS FROM LAGUNA

Laguna Water Hyacinth

Laguna Water Lily Weavers Association (LWWA) was launched in February 2009 to benefit water lily gatherers and provide job for out of school youths. One of its primary goals is to clean the lakes in San Pablo City and Laguna de Bay as these were threatened by the abundant growth of water hyacinth. Water lily gatherers are given compensation for the every stalk of lily they have gathered. Trainings were then conducted on how to turn water hyacinth in to different products. Around 21 municipalities are active beneficiaries of this program.

ASSORTED FLAVORS FROM HOUSE OF POLVORON
ASSORTED FLAVORS FROM HOUSE OF POLVORON

House of Polvoron

HOP all began with a simple recipe from a close knit family.  A delicacy that remains to be extremely consistent after 25 years.  From being a family bonding activity it has turned in to a sustainable business that promotes the ingenuity of Filipinos. Today, it is a world-class factory producing confectionaries that are proudly Pinoy.

CHOCOLATE COVERED DRIED MANGOES FROM SWEET SEASONS
CHOCOLATE COVERED DRIED MANGOES FROM SWEET SEASONS

Sweet Seasons

Sweet and sun kissed Philippine mangoes covered in bitter-sweet chocolate. A Filipino delicacy and innovation that can only be found in our country.

The Lobby at Acacia
The Lobby at Acacia

Guests looking for a new place for both business and leisure gatherings will not be disappointed when they visit The Lobby at Acacia. Food options are plenty and flavorful;  service is warm and welcoming; and it provides a conducive venue with great. The Lobby at Acacia is open from  6 AM to 12 MN . For reservations, please call 720 2000 loc. 1550 or email raffy.santos@acaciamanila.com.

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