At the eve of the closing of Paseo Uno – Mandarin Oriental Manila’s last operational restaurant – the chefs whipped up a luxury dinner spread that would be the last of the hotel.
Except for the occasional questions to the staff of where they would go to next, the kitchen and F&B crew operated the evening like any ordinary dinners. There were the usual loyal diners and the occasional accidental breaking of the glass.
Fans of the hotel have made certain to catch this last night before Mandarin Oriental Manila closes at noon on September 8 when the last batch of guests checks out. The hotel formally closed its doors on September 9, ending a 37-year diary along Makati Avenue.
By the end of the dinner, the waitstaff no longer offered the courteous “Please come back again.” But the restaurant manager still relayed her hopes – “See you in 2020.”
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will manage a 275-room property to be built just opposite the current Mandarin Oriental Manila, inside Ayala Triangle at the northern tip, says Charisse Chuidian, director of communications of the hotel. Expected year of completion of the high-rise building is 2020.