Al fresco dining in a not-so-secret garden
There is something about al fresco dining that warms the soul and delights the senses. On the patio on a balmy day, friends and families can come together to share stories and endless laughter. Here they can relax, enjoy the view, have a drink, maybe listen to the birdsong or the buzz of the wind, and create beautiful memories. I just discovered (or rediscovered) a cool place to eat al fresco where you can do all of this and more. Nestled in the lush and not-so-secret garden of Holiday Inn Express Manila, Jardin recently reopened at Resorts World Manila in Newport City, Pasay. Certainly, al fresco dining during the COVID-19 pandemic has never been so heartwarming!
Reinventing public space
While the pandemic still lurks around every corner, eating out has become a trend in the new normal in most parts of the world. Since most COVID-19 outbreaks occur in enclosed spaces, urban designers, city planners and architects come up with innovative designs focused on outdoor spaces. Al fresco dining may well be a COVID blessing and some people are hoping it will remain so even after the pandemic has passed into thin air.
Located on the ground floor of Holiday Inn Express Manila, Jardin offers an option for casual dining where the air quality is better (than inside a cramped and stuffy restaurant) and ventilation. is more natural.
Garden has been around since 2016, as an alternative outdoor dining venue in what was then the Remington Hotel. Energizing Manila’s nightlife, Jardin was designed to be a casual nightlife and happy hour resto-bar, where drinks were served along with live entertainment like acoustic sessions, DJs, and comedy.
âThe pandemic has delayed the reopening of Jardin as the hotel moved to Holiday Inn Express Manila,â said Kristine Mae Bernardo of Corporate Communications at Resorts World Manila. âBut with the relaxation of health and safety restrictions, and as Resorts World Manila has received Safety Seal certification from the Pasay LGU (local government unit), the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Interior and local government management of Resorts World decided to go ahead with Garden operations.
Please be assured that Holiday Inn Express Manila is continuously committed to adhering to minimum public health standards and safety protocols set by the government. The hotel has also implemented the Intercontinental Hotels Group global directive for the prevention of COVID-19, in partnership with Ecolab (a world leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services) and Diversey ( a pioneer in cleaning and hygiene technologies).
Entering Jardin is like getting lost in a tropical garden and finding an oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle. The entire area was designed and decorated by the internal environmental services team of Resorts World Manila.
Outdoor and safer socialization
Beyond its refreshing postcard-like greenery, what are Jardin’s main characteristics? Its best feature is probably that it’s outside, which makes it a great place for relaxed and safer socializing, especially in the midst of the pandemic. Its open-air setting gives off a comfortable and relaxing vibe for guests who want to let off steam and wash off the dust of a long, hard day.
So what’s on the menu? The current menu offers a variety of bar dishes, pizzas and drinks.
True to its laid-back vibe, Jardin offers easy-to-eat classic Pinoy street foods like ihaw-ihaw (barbecue pork) and isaw (barbecued pork or chicken intestines). There are also a lot of pizzas! There’s the kids’ favorite pepperoni loaded with salami or the four cheese pizza topped with four kinds of cheese. But of course there’s the ultimate Pizza Margherita, named after Queen Margherita who supposedly got so bored of gourmet French cuisine that she summoned the best pizza chef in Naples to create different pizzas for her.
Garden can accommodate up to 30 guests. Advance reservation is encouraged. Intimate events can be booked as long as minimum IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) health protocols are followed.
Welcome to Jardin, where life is sweet and sweet!
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Jardin is open Thursday to Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information on Jardin, visit http://www.rwmanila.com and follow @rwmanila and @newportmall on Facebook and Twitter, and resortsworldmanila Instagram.