I am happy my cousin Archie chose to celebrate his 22nd birthday at the Skydeck at
The Bayleaf Intramuros. Actually, I was hoping it would be at the indoor (meaning air-conditioned)
9 Spoons, hehe, but the young man wanted live band and al fresco dining. I have to admit it was
a wonderful decision!
The night was beautiful with a cool breeze and we enjoyed a magnificent view of the
Manila City Hall from where we were seated.
The Fatterside Corner
A live band was performing on stage. You can make song requests, or if confident enough,
go up and sing them yourselves!
The buffet was very simple but well-curated. There was salad, soup, proteins and carbs.
The food was really nothing to write home about, but at 700-something pesos
per person, I think it was a pretty good deal. Not to add the service was very
friendly and efficient. The manager made sure all our needs were attended to
and even offered to take my photo with the buffet spread. LOL! :D
Salad and Fruits Station
Soup and Dinner Rolls
Roast US Beef - fatty but the lean parts were very tender
Shrimp Furai and Chicken Tenders
Herbed Potatoes and Carrots
Pork Barbecue Station
Archie asked us to come in "bold and regal" attire. I had no idea what that meant.
But here are what the others were wearing:
The Birthday Boy
Benjie and Jamie
JR, Kim, Nikko, Archie, Dianne, Anton, JB, Hosea
Achi Donna and I were admittedly a bit confused. Hahaha! :D
Gwama nailed "Bold and Regal"
That's her eating her favorite buffet items - bread and coffee! Very regal!
The birthday boy got a plate of beef as a gift from the restaurant.
Of course, I helped him enjoy his present. ;)
The steak was perfectly cooked and topped with lots of garlic and mushrooms.
It was very delicious!
The staff also surprised him with a birthday cake
The Chiang Siblings and our very own Tessa Prieto-Valdes!
I forgot to take a photo of the dessert station because we brought our own cake buffet.
Clockwise from top left: Mary Grace Chocolate Cake, Nikko's Homemade Checkered Cake,
Chocolate Souffle Cake, "The Mafia Cake" by Nikko, "Archie in His Element Cake" and
Purple Oven Apple Pie
"Archie in His Element Cake" by Sidewalk Cafe, the bakery that also created
Gwama's Savory Fried Chicken birthday cake. (Check it out here.)
"The Mafia Cake" by our very own in-house baker, our cousin Nikko
She also made this Checkered Cake for her brother. Green is Archie's favorite color.
Happy Happy Birthday, Archie!
You are so blessed because you have us for family! Ha ha ha! :)
The Bayleaf Intramuros: Muralla corner Victoria Streets, Intramuros, Manila. Tel: +632 318-5000, +632 525-6642