tonight was one of those nights when everyone decided to schedule their events on the same day at the same time. what do you expect, it's a thursday! but after that last event marathon turned blog-a-thon about a month ago, we decided no schlepping tonight! it's too tiring. two events in a night is our limit, but tonight we decided to attend only one event and we have to apologize to our other friends whose launches we missed :-( sowi!! tonight it was all about escolta. now before you think we drove all the way downtown to chinatown, well, guess what, there's a new escolta in town and it's in makati city! at the peninsula manila specifically. the former nielsen's closed down months ago for renovation and for revamping and renaming. it is now called escolta (we don't know why—cause for confusion, we know.. as in, where are you going? i'm going to escolta. which one??).
the name nielsen was named after the original airport which is across the street and apparently, it was misspelled because the correct name was nielson. we've always wondered about that. but there is a private dining room, which is still called nielson for sentimental reasons...
this was a two-day opening. last night was for the oldies and tonight was for the younger crowd (young daw o! hey, they said it, not us!). and of course where there's free champagne, the fash pack is there :-P
escolta's layout is similar to all the other five-star hotels, which have renovated their coffee shops into theater-style, open-kitchen layout. so now the choices are seemingly endless, with cuisines segregated into their own little counters: japanese, chinese, indian, dessert, etc.
plus there's a lounge area deep in the back that had a band playing. we don't know, though, if this is going to be a regular thing. GM jonathan crook told us that they'll be experimenting with a band, maybe a jazz trio, if they'll be stationed here or there, if they'll enclose a section with glass to keep the sound in.
and check out the staff uniforms designed by rajo laurel! it's tailored, beige, has subtle embroidery, patterned after the classic barong tagalog. it's soft, classic, unobtrusive yet distinct, just the way it should be. you want to be able to spot the waitstaff yet at the same time, guests need not be afraid of being mistaken for one!
escolta, the peninsula manila, tel (2) 887-2888