But how we can we really say that a breakfast from say any hotel in the metro can live up to the guest expectations?
Here are Ten Tips For a Great Hotel Breakfast which I collated from my readings.
- Cordial Reception. Heck this is a hotel and hospitality is their game. A welcoming personnel to great you by the door and tells you to enjoy the bounty they have prepared and lead you to the table setting of your choice.
- Service. It’s okay to select your own fruit and cereals from a well-stocked buffet. But who needs to run around the room queuing and collecting? Tea, coffee and everything else should come to your table. With a smile.
- No Pre-Packed Portions. This is a hotel, not an airplane. There is no reason to offer a basket of long-life milk-substitute. I want milk, in a jug. Preserves in tiny glass jars are okay; anything in a little plastic packet is not.
- Fresh Fruits. Notice the plural. I want a choice of fruits, some whole, some prepared. Genuine freshly squeezed juices score highly.
- Choice. As with the fruits, so with the cooked dishes. There should be many ways with eggs, porridge, kippers and vegetarian options alongside the bacon and sausage. None of these should be sitting around in a tray.
- Bread. Top quality bread, made on the premises or sourced from a good local baker, speaks volumes. This is very different from part-baked bread, finished off in the kitchen, hot and crispy outside, steamy and soggy within.
- Provenance. Any chef worth his salt and your money should be sourcing local produce. It's a good sign if you know which breed of pig, or which farm, your bacon came from. Vague phrases, like 'farm-fresh eggs' mean nothing.
- Fresh flowers. It may only be one, in a bud vase, but it brightens the day. However, at Linden Suites, small potted herbs simply adorn each table. What landed on ours is tincy shrub of peppermint, which some of us took a few leaves of it to chew as mouth fresheners, haha, clever are we.
- Tranquility. I will walk out of pretty much anywhere which serves up canned music for breakfast.
- View from the window. When dining out, we always love sitting beside a window. Where you could observe life from outside the hotel building. Have you ever wondered how a Sunday Morning looked like at San Miguel Avenue. Still and no traffic.
As you can see my pictures attest to all those mentioned above.
Different breads, jams and cold cuts
|Vietnamese Spring roll for breakfast...|
|Salad the way you want it|
|A smorgasbord of cheeses|
|Fruits in season|
|Choose your cereal...|
|How about filling up with hot Arroz Caldo|
|Steamed or fried|
|Danggit or dried fish, our Balikbayans would kill for this...|
|Chopsuey for vegetarians|
|Tocino with pineapples|
|Yes, many bacons have laid here|
Outside the window where we dined, a willowy white seed, which would seem to be a wishing seed (having a hard time getting the name of that seed) was blown at and stuck to the glass of our window I don't know if you're supposed to make a wish on it or how you are supposed to do it, though I have lived a blessed life and wishing on something isn't part of it, but it seemed the childish fun thing to do at the moment, so I wished for a return visit to The Linden Suites.
The Linden Suites
37 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Centre
Pasig City, M.M.
Telephone (63-2) 638-7878
Facsimile (63-2) 638-7877