The variety of food is truly impressive. However, among our party of 8, not a single one of us found any dish to be more than passable, and some were outright disappointments.
The roast prime rib was clearly from a good cut of beef, but they managed to produce something tasteless. The Asian section had a very dry duck, a mediocre suckling pig, and sidewalk-vendor-quality noodle soups. The desserts were much less varied than the size of the total spread called for, and none of them were in any way remarkable. The Japanese section was competent, but no different from what you would be able to order in dozens of other restaurants around town.
The food attendants were less attentive to Filipinos than Caucasians. This is a common comment about Shangri-La hotels in the Philippines. The wait-staff initially tried to put us in a back-room, were slow to clear soiled plates, made no effort to be of any service except when summoned, and indeed often failed to notice that we were trying to get their attention. Our second bottle of wine (different than the first) took 15 minutes to be brought to us, and it was warm and needed to be chilled another 15 minutes in the ice-bucket.
We first ate at this restaurant over 5 years ago, and have come maybe once a year. I will also venture to opine that the clientele has gone down-market. The quality of people's dress, appearance, English, and table manners is appreciably lower than it used to be.
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