In a bustling city like ours, it is very seldom we chance upon a place where we can heave a sigh of calm and really feel at ease. Manila has become such a chaotic urban jungle. There are those days that we need a place to run to.
And on that day, I found this pocket paradise at the Solaire Resort and Casino…
My mom dropped me in on the secret that the Oasis Garden Cafe could rival the afternoon tea offerings at the Manila Peninsula. This immediately piqued my interest. We then braved the lunchtime traffic from San Juan to Paranaque to find this out for ourselves.
The surroundings and the garden set up took us in awe. It really felt like being lost in a lush plantation. The natural light seeped throughout the cafe. The hues of orange added to the airy and vibrant atmosphere. There was piped in piano music too. Just the perfect mood to sit back and relax.
As we looked at the afternoon tea menu (which is available all-day), we saw two choices. The Oasis (English-inspired) and the Solaire (Filipino-inspired) Afternoon Tea Set. We chose the Oasis Tea Set, priced at P888. The three tiered set came with choice of a pot of tea or a cup of coffee. Yes Mom was right. This was paraded to our table and boy, we were wowed and satisfied!
The star of the show was their Scones. They were as light as a feather, true that. They were served with clotted cream, lemon curd and fruit jam. The big surprise is the Chocolate Praline Cake.. It was the darkest chocolate, and the right amount of sweetness, with a sprinkling of crunch. I even asked if they offer a big cake for sale. Sadly, they only have it in miniature sizes. But that would be good enough for when we return. Which is almost for sure!
I am so pleased to have a new go-to place for afternoon tea. The drive all the way to Paranaque was sooo worth it. Going there would seem to be a mini-getaway from the hustle and bustle. I’d say that drive to the South of the Metro will be worth it. See you there! 🙂