Sunday, November 11, 2007

Serendra, High Street & some Fiddling on the Roof

There was a time not a few years ago where I'd have a mental checklist of the restaurants in Greenbelt 2 & 3; even of Eastwood's row of specialty food nooks. I'm no party boy but I pretty much loved having intimate dinners with dear friends.

Well... i haven't been to Fort Bonifacio's High Street and Serendra. It's a bit out of the way, but, what the heck, might as well re-visit a place where I once had dinners when there was just a dozen restaurants there, and Market Market was still a figment of someone's imagination.

I was amazed of the sprawling rows of high-end restaurants, cafes, shops and hobby nooks, etc. We picked a restaurant whose waiters shouted
"Mahalo!" as we entered the door. Yeah, a Hawaiian restaurant called Polu Kai Grill which had a cozy ambiance. We were the only one there. It was too early for the dining crowd, although much later, the place started to fill.

What surprised me was the very affordable price of what was on the menu. Fried Calamari @ PhP180, a hearty serving of Fish and Chips @ PhP300, bottomless lemonade @ PhP 90 each. I picked Roasted Kalua Pork Rice, which turned out to be something like an adobo flakes served with rice, vegetable salad and slightly grilled slice of fresh pineapple - @ PhP290. I also had to order wedges. I miss the british Fish & Chips - cod fish dipped in batter, with vinegar. I was able to taste a slice of the fish - it wasn't bad, but it wasn't the London fish-&-chips anyway. Service charge was PhP104.50. They were attentive without being cloyingly annoying (read: unobtrussive).

With just my phone-cam, I doubt if i will do justice to a place like
Serendra (pics below). But it is an amazing place to visit. Haven't seen a local place with so much dog-walking around; not since my Cricklewood days in London's Gladstone Park anyway.

I am so glad to have gone there before I watched a musical later that night which, though it had a great set, was a huge letdown. I couldnt wait for the whole Act One to end. My lids fluttered and drooped at several scenes. Funny thing really, coz I had a restful nap that afternoon. I wasn't supposed to get drowsy. Moreover, i was familiar with many of the songs, including Tevye's
"Sunrise Sunset" - a favorite of my dear father. The same wistful song also became a piano piece back when I was a teeny weeny child, and mom was closely keeping watch as i hammered on with the piano piece, "Where is the little girl I carried..." Lalala!

In the midst of "
Sunrise Sunset", a jubilant Miguel Faustman had an assured earnest vocal performance; but as they started dancing, "Matchmaker!!!"... I got lost in the revelry of the 40-cast musical. It just didn't draw me. I was a detached audience who would probably be thankful to Faustman for singing "Sunrise Sunset" again. I miss my dad. Just for that number, my Php1,500 had found its worth. I am not sure though if this would suffice for others with no emotional baggage to any of its songs.

This is the Eye in the Sky!


Anonymous said...

Polu Kai - nice ambiance, mediocre food. This is a cool blog site.


eye in the sky said...

Thank you, Stefan. Agree. Out of all the nice restaurants there, I had to pick it. It was Hawaiian and I wanted to try something new. To my memory, I can only think of 2 other Hawaiian restaurants here in Manila - one in Megamall and another in Eastwood. Thanks for visiting the site.