5.331 TERDHPP-3 H1-The Fireplace : Certified Angus Beef Rib-Eye Steak

-Cycle 5, Item 331-
2 (Tue) December 2014

Certified Angus Beef Rib-Eye Steak


at The Fireplace (Hyatt Hotel)

-Malate, Manila-

with EK

TERDHPP.  Try Every Restaurant in Diamond Hotel Philippines, Hyatt Regency Hotel & Casino Manila*, and Pan-Pacific Manila.

A new project to eat my way through the three 5-star hotels within walking distance of my apartment.   Not all the menu items, just one meal per restaurant.  Currently a total of 11: 3 in Diamond, 3 in Hyatt, 5 in Pan-Pacific. After 11 months of complaining about the food in the neighborhood, usually relating to quality, the thought suddenly occurred to me that the major hotels ought to do better, at least in terms of quality.  Though bound to be expensive, the cost and time and trouble of going to Makati or Bonifacio, where good eats tend to be found, would more-or-less even out.  As the objective is the food, the hotels per se holding no significance, I may fold the project if the on-going returns seem to suggest that I'm wasting my energy.

This 1st installment of TERDHPP features the 3rd restaurant to be covered on the blog, including 2 restaurants prior to the start of the project.  8 to go.

Tier 1 (looking forward to return visit):
(0) none yet

Tier 2 (maybe, but not enthusiastically):
(1) 14 Jan 2014 / PP1-China Place (5.009 Peking Duck) / 2.5
(3) 2 Dec 2014 / H1-The Fireplace

Tier 3 (only under dire circumstances):
(2) 10 Apr 2014 / D1-Corniche (5.095 Peking Duck) / 1.0

Tier 4 (to be avoided at all costs):
(0) none yet

*According to the website, control of the Hyatt will be assumed by New World Hotels as of 1 January 2015.  But it's the Hyatt now at the launch of the project, it'll likely remain known as "the Hyatt" into the foreseeable future, and I can't think of a reasonably pronounceable acronym with "NW" in lieu of "H," so the project shall continue to be called "TERDHPP ("ter-dip").  

The Fireplace is an American-style restaurant.  Specializes in grilled beef steaks, as well as some seafood, sides sold separately in the aggravating new tradition of overpriced American steakhouses, with sauces leaning French.  

The food was okay--by which I mean that it was pretty crappy, given the prices.  The best that I could say about the meat was that it was neither gamy nor tough, but also wasn't particularly beefy nor tender.  And being grilled, it lacked texture.  At over 3,000 pesos per person, the most expensive and least cost-effective meal that I've had in Manila thus far.  

TERDHPP is not off to a good start.

Complimentary rye bread (2.0)--bread itself was okay; however, the butter was some French stuff in a pop-top tub, refrigerated to keep fresh, but not brought up to room temperature prior to service, leaving it too hard for spreading, illustrating the difference between sound principle and poor practice.

Grilled Garlic & Herb Prawns (1.5)--sprinkled with dried tarragon--WTF?!?!

Asparagus (2.5)--had the server helpfully informed us that the prawn dish come with asparagus, we would've ordered something else.

Truffle Mashed Potatoes (2.5)--couldn't taste a lick of truffle.

Mushroom sauce (2.0)

This is the 3rd in the "Try Every..." series, starting with TERRP (Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (see finally 5.247 Original Recipe Fried Chicken) and then TEITY (Try Every Item in Tao Yuan) (see most recently 5.330 Mango Lapu Lapu) (still in process).


  1. Hey there,
    It's Adam. As you are probably aware you are nominated for the 2014 K Blog awards, I'm planning the K Blog awards with Taehoon from the Korea Observer. I was wondering if you had planned to attend the event.
    If so, please contact me or Taehoon. It is a charity event, so we're charging 10 bucks at the door or ahead of time (all profits will go to Korean Unwed Mothers Family Association and Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary).
    We are gearing up for it to be a fun event there will be stand up comedy and music) and hope to have all of the people who have been making a great contribution to our community with us (that definitely includes you).
    That being said, it would be really appreciated if you would please RSVP the Facebook event, and invite some friends.
    Thanks in advance!
    -Adam, Taehoon, and the K-Blogger awards event team

    1. Can't tell whether this is legit.

      If it is, then thank you, sincerely. About time the blog got its due props!

      In any case, I leave the comment up in support of the Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary.

  2. hmm I just published a comment but it disappeared...
    congratulations on the honor of being nominated (if this is legit)
    Any acronymic project that evokes the word "turd" seems doomed to fail, especially if food-related.
    But still love reading your blog!

  3. it's "ter-dip," not "turd-ip." but thanks.

    what kinda makes me wonder about the nomination is that it's for 2014, most of which was spent in Manila.

  4. Eh. You say potato, etc. now I can't help but think of "turd dip" now that I know how you meant for it to be pronounced.

  5. And your food adventures in Manila have been most interesting!

  6. okay, now i can;t stop thinking about turd dip. crap (no pun intended). i need to change the name.

    i appreciate your support always, but i do feel a bit sheepish because these adventures aren't as adventurous as they could be. for example, i haven't once tried the street food (not very safe), and there are many "delicacies" that i've been avoiding, like balut, which is a prehatched chicken/duck, still in the egg. and quality is always a problem, which is why i've been eating in the mall or in 1 specific restaurant or now the hotels--not like thailand, for example, where everything is cheap and tasty.

  7. aw I feel sort of bad you have to change the name.
    How about EERDHP (ear-dip): Eat at Every Restaurant in Diamond Hotel Philippines, or just DHEIP (dip): Diamond Hotel Excursions In the Philippines?

  8. well, it's not just Diamond, but also Hyatt and Pan-Pacific. also, it should start with "Try Every" as part of the larger series.

    maybe TERPPHD = "terf'd"

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