Dining at a roofdeck restaurant affords you a spectacular view to enjoy together with your meal. Aside from the stunning vista of city lights, you also get to enjoy cool, clean and calming breezes far removed from the busy streets below.
Despite my acrophobia, I have a special affinity for roofdecks: I guess the peace and relaxation I experience when situated far above my normal concerns outweigh my chronic fear of heights.
This is why I was excited when Zomato invited me to a foodie meetup at Firefly Roofdeck.
Located at the 32nd Floor of City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati, Firefly Roofdeck provides a chill ambiance in which you can relax and while away the workday’s stresses. The resto’s ceilings, spacious dining area and al fresco setup give you an expansive background for your get-together with friends or solo chill-out drinks while waiting for Makati rush hour traffic jams to abate.
Firefly Roofdeck’s view of the Makati skyline is quite simply breath-taking. Especially during evenings, you will see a wide expanse of blue-black sky awashed with pin-points of colorful lights and skyscrapers jutting upward.
Firefly Roofdeck recently launched its Japanese-Korean buffet, coincidentally, two of my favorite cuisines. It boasts of an extensive menu of new and favorite Japanese and Korean dishes, giving diners a wide selection of viands to choose from.
- Salad Bar (with choice of Wafu, Ponzu, Yangnyeom Jang dressing): Kimchi, Sigeumchi Namul, Oi Muchim, Hobak Bokkeum, Gaji Namul, Gamja Jorim, Mu Saengchae, Pajeori, Eomuk Bokkeum; Chawanmushi (Japanese egg custard dish)
- Japanese Bar: assorted maki rolls and takoyaki
- Cook-to-Order marinated Chicken and Pork
- Assorted bread rolls
- Soup: Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)
- Carving Meat/Centerpiece: Buta no Kakuni (Japanese Braised Pork Belly)
- Main Courses: Seafood Cheese Tteokbeokki (Spicy Rice Cake), Chicken Nanban (Deep-Fried Chicken with Tartar Sauce), Gaji Namul (Steamed Eggplants) and Japchae
- Rice: Tori Chahan and Steamed Rice
- Dessert: Sata Andagi (Okinawan Doughnuts), Fresh Fruits and Chef’s Discretion Desserts
At only Php800+ per person, it is available only for dinner until November 30, 2018.
The sheer variety of food on offer can be quite overwhelming at first, but as I’ve often advised when eating at an eat all-you-can buffet, concentrate on food that are your absolute faves or try out ones you don’t get to eat often. This way, you get to maximize your savings and the experience.
Some menu items could use a few tweaks such as offering mild and spicy ssamjang dipping sauces to go with the grilled pork and chicken, replenishing the ebi tempura more often, offering more dessert choices (hopefully bingsu!) and lessening the sweetness of the teokbokki.
Other than those points for improvement, the upscale ambiance and the superb servicing of Firefly Roofdeck’s wait staff make dining at Firefly Roofdeck truly memorable.
Aside from the Japanese-Korean Buffet, diners can opt for other menu items ala carte such as:
Rooftop Barbecue (includes vegetables and choice among rice, French friends or mashed potatoes):
- Grilled Squid (Php650)
- Grilled Liempo (Php325)
- Beef Tenderloin (Php780/200g | Php1,395/400g)
- Lamb Rack (Php728/200g | Php1,195/400g)
- Rib Eye (Php840/200g | Php1,395/400g)
- Salmon Fillet (Php875)
- Tiger Prawn (Php595)
- Chicken Breast (Php295)
- Hungarian Sausage (Php575)
- Veal Bratwurst (Php575)
- Mezclado Nueses & Patatas Fritas (Php195)
- Lechon Kawali (Php495)
- Tinapa Salted Egg Roll (Php225)
- Buffalo Itik (Php625)
- Grilled Tuna Panga (Php850)
- Grand Chicharon (Php150)
- Adobo Potato Wedges (Php225)
- Lechon Sisig Overload (Php350)
- Crispy Crablets (Php245)
- Papas Fritas (Php195)
- Chicken Fingers (Php295)
- Cerveza Pescaito Frito (Php325)
- Nachos A La Queen (Php395)
- Camaron Picante (Php425)
- Pollo Palomitas en Parilla (Php295)
Firefly Roofdeck is located at the 32nd Floor of the City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City, open daily from 10am to 2am. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 5543429.
Disclosure: Together with other Zomato foodies, I was invited to attend a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant. All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.
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