Have cocktails with a view at this stylish rooftop bar
Enjoy your drinks alfresco at Mireio Terrace.
10th Level, Raffles Makati, 1 Raffle Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City
Open daily from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
(SPOT.ph) Sure there are days when crawling to bed after a long day sounds like a good idea, but for those days when you’re actually game for a drink, nothing beats choosing a spot where you can have a refreshing booze while enjoying the fantastic views of the city. Looking for an inner-city oasis? You may have overlooked it, but Raffles Makati actually has a clandestine rooftop lounge: Mireio Terrace.
Launched just recently, Mireio (pronounced as mee-reyo), is a brassie-style restaurant offering Provencal-inspired cuisine. It’s named after the main female character in one of Frederic Mistral’s famous poems which tells the tale of a forbidden love between a humble basket weaver and a rich farmer’s daughter. True to the mood of this literary piece, the restaurant has an unapologetically romantic charm. Along with its launch was the opening of the hotel’s equally charming rooftop terrace—Mireio Terrace.
Situated on the tenth floor, Mireio Terrace is oozing with modern sophistication. The design is simple but all the more reason for you to focus on the spectacular scenery of Makati’s cityscape with a view that stretches to Manila Bay. While you watch as the sky turns pink at dusk, you can indulge yourself by savoring enticing and refreshing concoctions. Guests who are well-versed in poetry will definitely appreciate how the signature cocktails were also inspired by the characters in Mistral’s poem.
One of the best-sellers is Mireio (P695), a mix of Grey Goose, green chartreuse, cranberry juice, and lemon juice which is perfect for the ladies. It has a sweet and sour taste and the green chartreuse, a green liqueur produced by French monks from a 400-year-old recipe with over 130 herbs and spices, definitely adds flavor.
Another must-try is the Vincen (P545), a refreshing concoction of Laphroaig, Hendricks, lemon, soda water, and cucumber. The smoky flavor of whiskey makes this drink one of the gentlemen’s favorites as well as the Monsieur Mistral (P645) with Remy Martin VSOP, Grand Marnier, Absinthe, Laphraoig, and citrus flavors. Infusion (P595) with Cognac-infused chamomile tea, lemon mix, calamansi juice, egg white, and chamomile is also a great drink to have while watching the sunset.
Pair your drinks with some scrumptious light fare and savory hors d'oeuvre and canapés conceptualized by Chef de Cuisine Nicolas Cegretin who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and abroad. “The gastronomic treats in Mireio Terrace are simple but definitely good. It will help enhance the flavors of the drinks but it won’t take away the focus away from it,” the Chef said.
Black Olive with Anchoiade, Confit Garlic, Smoked Eggplant Cream, and Baguette
Smoked Salmon, Blinis, Dill Whipped Cream
Roast Duck Foie Gras, Nutmeg, Toasted Country Bread
A classic Cheese Platter (P800) with goat cheese, blue cheese, and brie is perfect with Mireio Terrace’s selection of fine wines. There’s also the traditional Provençal condiment tapenade made with black olive with anchoiade, confit garlic, smoked eggplant cream and baguette (P350). The Smoked salmon, blinis, dill whipped cream (P390) goes well with a glass of cold champagne while the Roast duck foie gras, nutmeg, toasted country bread (P490) goes beyond expectations.
Mireo Terrace can accommodate about 70 guests and because of its location, you’ll usually rub elbows with mostly expats, a cool after-work crowd or globe-trotting individuals gazing across the shimmering lights and landmarks that define the city.