Saturday, April 12, 2008

Hai Resto (The Fort) with Mae Bonga

with Mae Bonga (My Long lost pinsan) Hai Rest in the Fort

Last April 11, 2007 i met up with my friend Mae and have dinner lang, sympre its pay day kaya naman i have to chill noh... ok yun nga we went to the fort for dinner and drink few beers, she's with this two guys, i think ofcmates nya ata yun....

Place: Hai Resto and Bar

Location: The Fort Near Mc Donalds, i dont know the location talaga basta the place is near Home Depot.

Note: this place is perfect as in the music they play is a house music, food is mura and yummy plus unlimited beer ata hahahaha kasi dami namin beer.

Im so happy to see one of my old friends in this fabulous Place in The FORT HAI RESTO!!!

Oriental fine dining that’s within the budget

Filipinos undoubtedly have a penchant for Oriental culture and cuisine; no wonder Chinese and Japanese restaurants have mushroomed in the metro through the years. And while run-of-the-mill restaurants and fast-food outlets are easily accessible and make Oriental dining affordable even for the cash-strapped among us, it would be nice to enjoy the fine dining experience once in a while.

If you’re tired of the drab interiors the usual Chinese resto gives you, but don’t have a fine-dining budget, then give Hai Resto and Bar a try.

According to Bong Velasco, managing partner of Hai, Hai sets the bar higher for mid-range Chinese restaurants as it offers an entire experience rather than just good food.

“Unlike many Chinese restaurants, this place gives a feeling of warmth, which is very important, since many Chinese restaurants are seen as places to just eat and go,” Velasco says. “We want the people to not just enjoy the food, but to have a warm feeling.”

Hai, the brainchild of a group of Filipino and Filipino-Chinese friends, was intended for entertaining, adds Velasco.

“The owners of the resto bar needed a place to entertain guests, like family friends and relatives, business associates, people they deal with at work. Because of this need to entertain they thought of producing their own restaurant,” he says.

Also, the restaurant is aptly named “Hai,” which means “the sea” in Mandarin, since the restaurant offers the best view of the sea. Diners can enjoy this one-of-a-kind treat as Hai also offers al fresco dining.

Velasco adds that the inviting interiors and the retro Chinese fusion ambience offered by the resto encourage lounging and socializing.

“This place is designed in a way that after eating, you are given the luxury to lounge around because of the comfortable futons. Hai resto bar gives a very warm feeling with really good cuisine. The colors in the restaurant are darkwood colors and reds which exude warmth,” he says.

A fusion of cultures

Hai, Velasco says, is a fusion of two cultures. It is Chinese cuisine with a Filipino flavor.

“The cuisine is a fusion of two cultures,” he says. “It’s Chinese food, but the taste has been adjusted to suit the taste of Filipinos, since Filipinos have a sensitive palate.’’

Among their specialties are the refreshing Passion Calamansi Mint Slush, the stir fry tofu broccoli flower with mushroom and pan fried fish fillet with garlic in superior sauce.

They also have a wide array of fried rice, congee and rice toppings which are complete meals on their own, from lotus fried rice, to lechon Macau rice topping, to the Filipino favorite yang chow fried rice.

In addition, Hai also offers merienda regulars like siomai, asado and bola-bola siopao, sharksfin style dumplings, and pinsec frito. Another must-try, especially for vegetarians and veggie lovers, is their mixed greens with pomelo salad.

A Chinese menu cannot be complete without noodles, and among Hai’s steamy noodle treats are BBQ pork asado, fried pork chop with wanton, Szechuan prawn and roast Peking duck.

Intriguing dishes include lechon Macau sisig curry prawn with spinach, fried mantho bread with custard cream and the Bailey’s Shake.

Celebrity hangout

If you want to dine like the celebs, then head on to Hai. Local celebrities and personalities Angel Locsin, Oyo Sotto, Cesar Montano and Sunshine Cruz, Anabelle Rama, Ara Mina, Gilbert "Fab Geri" General, Melanie Marquez and events organizer Michael Sy Lim are just a few of the beautiful people who have graced Hai’s tables and cozy nooks.

Even Asian tycoon and SM Investments Corp. magnate Henry Sy had been spotted with his children enjoying Hai’s cuisine.

“To think even Mr. Henry Sy has visited Hai, that must be something,” Velasco says.

Hai also has VIP rooms with karaoke and also offers catering services and events hosting. Events recently held at Hai include fashion shows, product launches and parties by celebrities.

Hai caters diners from the lower B class to the upper C or the middle class because of its affordable price range and extensive menu, without compromising the atmosphere.

“We want to give the middle class good quality Chinese food adjusted to the Filipino taste with an ambience they don’t have to pay a big premium for. Most people who belong to the middle class market feel that they don’t have good food and nice ambience, and this is what sets Hai apart,” Velasco stresses. “This is one of our unique selling propositions. The prices of the food are generally affordable by the middle class, and yet they are given the ambience of a fine dining place.”

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