Tonight, in Manila living a Travelife, two friends and I had a very long dinner at Cru Steakhouse, the flagship restaurant of the Marriott Manila and one of the city's best steakhouses.
We'd decided to make it an advanced birthday dinner and I chose the restaurant.
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WHY I CHOSE CRU
For some people, good food is all that matters in a restaurant. But I'm the kind who wants good food and a spacious and relaxing atmosphere.
Yes, even in restaurants, I want to have it all, in a never-ending Travelife.
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AND EXCELLENT CHAMPAGNE
We had such fun. You won't believe how deep the conversations got at one point, as we talked about Travel and Life.
One of the guys brought a very nice bottle of champagne to start the evening off properly, and I guess the glasses of first-rate bubbly helped get the conversation flowing.
SOME BEAUTIFUL ROSES AS WELL
Then, the other guy, brought some beautiful roses.
He also included me the following message which I really liked: "Happy, happy birthday. I have nothing more to wish you since the world is your playground already."
THE GREAT FOOD AT CRU
Of course the evening was made perfect by the very good food at Cru.
We began with an amuse bouche of shrimp, followed by a very nice salad of greens and blue cheese.
Then Chef Rej came over to bring a truly delicious mushroom soup and a starter of foie gras.
One of the guys I was with tonight is pretty hard to please about everything in the world, but even he liked these dishes.
A VERY GOOD US STEAK
Then, for a main, we each had a US Angus rib eye.
We were deciding between the wagyu and the US beef, but we decided on the US beef since two of us are heading for Japan next weekend anyway, and I'm sure we'll have our fill of wagyu there.
I also happen to like US beef a lot as it's very flavourful compared to wagyu.
I find I can eat 250 grams of US Angus rib-eye, but usually only 100 grams of wagyu because it's so fatty.
WHAT A NICE, TOUCHING SURPRISE
FROM THE STAFF OF CRU
At the end of it all, I got a very big surprise in the form of a birthday cake and a very touching card, signed by the entire staff of Cru.
How touching that was, to get a handwritten card with messages from everyone working in Cru.
I actually hadn't planned to tell anyone at the restaurant that it was a birthday dinner, intending it to be a private thing. I like to see my friends for lunches and dinners as part of my birthday plans in my mind, but I actually don't usually like celebrating my birthday outright.
Every day is like a birthday for me anyway.
But one of the guys whispered it to the staff, and they got everything in motion.
As for the truly interesting and pretty deep conversations we had, maybe I'll blog about it sometime, when I eventually get through two straight weeks of lunches and dinners with friends in Manila and Japan, celebrating a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.