Sofitel Manila, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) Upon hearing the words “sunset bar,” you might already have a hint of what to expect. Yet, the newly transformed Sunset Bar at Sofitel Manila exceeds all expectations with its magnificent view of the sky and the sea lording over historic Manila Bay.
Sunset Bar is located by the idyllic lagoon-inspired pool and natural tropical garden designed by National Artist for Architecture Ildefonso P. Santos. The unparalleled Manila Bay view also serves as the perfect backdrop of the outdoor area. One would be hard-pressed to find a better spot in the city to relax, unwind, and take that perfect sunset photo (we’re all guilty of this).
Sunset Bar's specialties are their grilled items from different cuisines, and that naturally includes good ol’ Filipino favorites like their fork-tender Stuffed Grilled Squid (P700) served over native green mango salsa, with shrimp paste and rice on the side, and aromatic Chicken Inasal (P650), which goes well with a tangy soy-calamansi dip, annatto oil, and white rice. After having these, you’d think there’s no better pair than a great seaside view and some classic barbecue.
But if you don’t know where to start, Sunset Bar also has fresh appetizers like the Avocado Tuna Salad (P600/solo, P750/sharing) with crisp greens, red onions, creamy avocado, and generous chunks of tuna with a dash of lemon juice for that citrusy zing. The Greek Salad (P450/solo, P650/sharing), on the other hand, is a perfect match for a hot day spent poolside, with chilled cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, onions, black olives, feta cheese, sliced red and green peppers, and lemon vinaigrette.
If you’re in the mood for some protein-laden fare after a swim, the juicy skewered Kofta (P700/lamb, P650/chicken, P750/beef) come straight from the open grill in a hefty plate filled with tabbouleh, lettuce, tomato, red onion and cucumber with flat bread, a bowl of fries, and a choice of sauce and dip.
The Family Burger (P2,500), seems to be made for big groups, with juicy and hefty 800-gram Angus beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, grilled pineapple, melted cheese and bacon served on a homemade burger bun from Sofitel’s own bakery. It comes with a big bowl of French fries on the side, making this an instant favorite of everyone at the table.
After all the hearty and savory grilled food, you might feel the need for some sweetness to cleanse the palate. The Raspberry Tiramisu (P350) with Mascarpone mousse, raspberry coulis, and ladyfingers sponge cake is one delectable option. The Panna Cotta with Biscotti (P300), with creamy Italian custard, berries compote, and an in-house baked almond biscotti also makes for a rich and satisfying ending to a comforting meal.
Cold beers and alcoholic spirits are readily available at the fully stocked bar, but the pride of Sunset Bar also lies in their extensive signature cocktails. The Tiki Summer Cocktail (P480), in its charming carved goblet with tequila Ocho Blanco and tequila Reposado might make you want to dance the hula all the way to Kokomo. But if you like Piña Colada (P390) (and getting caught in the rain), this coconut rum-based drink with coconut cream and pineapple juice feels like a tropical getaway with each sip.
For those looking for a way out of a glum day, the Golden Gloom (P390) could put a smile on your face with its refreshing mix of vodka, lime juice, and cold beer served with fresh lemon and lime slices. Care for a sweet taste of Cebu in your drink? Try the delectable Magellan’s Cross (P480), a cocktail smoothie with mango rum, mango juice, peach schnapps, peach syrup, and dried mango.
Meanwhile, the Kampai (P600) is for the discerning drinker who appreciates a cocktail inspired by cherry blossoms with a refreshing mix of Japanese whisky, cherry heering, Mancino Sakura vermouth, and Asahi beer. Your inner voice will be saying doumo arigatou gozaimasu after each sip.
At Sunset Bar, it’s easy to come for the breathtaking view, stay for the whole delicious experience, and have an “I Feel Good To Be Alive” moment as you take the edge off from a long day and watch the sun go down.
On Fridays and Saturdays, Sunset Bar features grilled-barbecue buffets with free-flowing non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages at P2,700 per person. On Sundays, get free-flowing mojitos from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at P800+. On weekdays, Happy Hour is at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a Buy 1 Take 1 Promo on selected beers and alcoholic beverages.
Photos by Hans Fausto