Le Chef at the Manor: Where Breakfast IS the Most Important Meal of the Day
When it comes to breakfast buffets, the first place that comes to my mind is Le Chef at the Manor. For the most part, I have fond memories in this establishment. A vast spread of breakfast eats in a nice and posh location; all for less than P600 at Le Chef. The first time P3 ate breakfast here was in 2007. Then, the breakfast buffet cost P450 per person (reasonable enough for simple folk like us *teehee =b). They had cereals, different flavors of yogurt; breads (mmm, loaves of choco peanut and ham and cheese bread) as well as the fancier breads, croissants, pastries topped with fruit jelly; rice and viand (bacon, potatoes, etc.); fruit, veggies for salad and more.
That time, I didn’t take as many shots of food as I do now, (I might be a winner in the Asians taking pictures of their food website now. Oh yeah!) but I remember, that that breakfast was a real satisfying one. I didn’t even finish some of the food on my (nth? *harhar) plate. If you finished eating the Le Chef breakfast and are feeling a bit bloated from it, you can always walk it off in their garden (or maybe walk it off straight to town through the ecotrail). (“,)
My following breakfast experiences at Le Chef were three years later. The price was raised to P550 per person. In 2010, I went with my sister and on another occasion, with Race. When my sister and I came for breakfast, I focused on their fruit tarts, the fruit salad and the fruit compote (yup, looks like fruit cocktail, the one you get out of a can, only the fruit slices are bigger and you know the fruits are fresh. =D) I was in a fruit mood then and I surely got my fill.
With the visit with Race, the breakfast spread was sort of different. They had cold cuts, pasta and a kimchi looking dish among others. The kimchi looking dish (it had no name plate, that’s why I don’t know what it’s really called) had an interesting taste while the pasta was a bit dry. (More sauce please. *hihi) It was okay, I could always make up for it by getting other dishes from the breakfast bar. *snicker snicker
Whatever they serve for breakfast, I always look forward to the fancy breads, the bacon and potatoes, the four seasons juice, and the creamy and oh so chocolate-y hot choco. Thank God, these are staples of the Le Chef breakfast spread.
Breakfast opens as early as 6 a.m. and if you want to get a seat in a table facing the garden and the Cordillera mountain range, you might want to make it a point to come early. Otherwise (or if there’s an event for a big group of people), you’re going to have to sit in the area in front of the delicatessen. (That used to be a wide walkway in 2007 but in 2010; tables have been set up there too. That just goes to show how popular the Le Chef breakfast buffet has become.)
X marks Le Chef for good food (mainly, great breakfast buffet spreads) in Baguio.
While you’re at the Manor, you might want to get some stuff from the deli, too. They have delicious cakes and sweet treats like blueberry cheesecake (my favorite of all blueberry cheesecakes in Baguio \m/), strawberry gateau, strawberry éclair, mudpie, etc. and also bread (go rye bread), among other things. When I used to work at the Manor, my coworkers at the spa liked the ham and cheese loaf. They then changed their favorite to the (giant) ensaimada based on another coworker’s recommendation. (Shout out to Nanette-ski and her bun in the oven! Oh, it’s her birthday today, too. Happy Birthday, Nanette. Let’s go to Le Chef for some cake!) I like those breads too. My favorite, however, are the blondies.
Missed the Le Chef Breakfast?
Don’t fret. They also serve lunch and dinner. On Sundays, they have a lunch buffet. A friend of mine and I came too late for breakfast one time so we had lunch (a la carte) instead. The spread was sort of common but anyway, it was still good. I just have to relate that at the earlier part of that visit, we had a bad experience with one of the Le Chef staff. She was manning the seating and was sort of mean. *boooo Sure, there were many people dining that day and I didn’t really make a reservation but I thought she was out of line taking her stress (and exhaustion) out on me. =(
Good thing, there must’ve been a shift change because we got a nicer seating hostess later. She was cheerful, accommodating and ensured that we got our table. (She didn’t leave us sitting to one side waiting for nothing, like the other attendant did.) She redeemed Le Chef with her service and I commend her. =) That day was my friend’s birthday, too. With the nice attendant’s help, I succeeded in making my friend’s day special (a celebration with a slice of cake on a beautifully decorated plate and the happy birthday song in sax). All this brought tears to my friend’s eyes. (Shout out to Clarissa! (“,))
Having dinner with my sister and her daughter, we had a good meal with the house salad, tiger prawns and US scallop pasta, and braised baby back ribs. What I love most about a la carte meals at Le Chef though, is the dinner rolls they serve before the meal. Complete with delicious salsa and butter, it was enough to make me happy. (Another basket of dinner rolls please! (“,)) Of course, we ended that meal with dessert, if only for takeout.
Camp John Hay
Baguio City, Philippines
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