Meeting friends for a quiet dinner? How about this “new” discovery in busy F. B. Harrison Street in Pasay City? You won’t suspect there’s this urban oasis as you drive past the street gate into this spacious compound teeming with tall acacia trees hiding liberation-style wood and concrete houses comprising The Henry Hotel.
Past the 4 gray-painted, 2-storey wood and concrete houses is a rotonda fronting the “white house” serving as main reception and dining area. We didn’t have the chance to check out the nostalgia-themed rooms as it was already late. Nor the art gallery by Albert Avellana which is open on Saturdays only. But the Main House and its gardens teeming with acacia trees, fragrant champacas and cheery santanas are enough to let us wax nostalgic over life in the 50’s and 60’s.
There are walkways connecting all 5 liberation-style houses. This 34-room boutique hotel showcases the wisdom and beauty of “adaptive reuse” to provide a unique hotel and vacation experience amidst the chaos and noise of the metropolis. Inside the compound, the shady trees lining the walkways and the plants in the gardens seemingly shield the guests from the goings-on in busy, hectic Manila. You will love the garden pool with its comfy lawn chairs that seem to promise an oasis of calm and quiet. There is even a stack of rolled local mats called “banig” which you can spread on the grassy area surrounding the pool.
And for those dining here, there is only 1 dining outlet run by Apartment 1B. Just one, but it’s enough. The dining area in the white house with a rotonda was lovingly restored complete with wide windows, sliding ventanillas, high ceilings, wooden doors, post-war tilework and 1950’s grillwork and furnishings. Pinlights are strategically located to highlight items evocative of nostalgic liberation period.
Very charming, indeed. And the food didn’t disappoint. Limited menu, yes. But comfort food to many. There are also vegetarian dishes and good pasta variety. Very Apartment 1B 😄 One may choose to dine in or claim a spot in the porch overlooking the gardens.
There are soups and salads but be sure to leave room for dessert. Especially the salted caramel and apple pie desserts. And good pica picas like samosas too! Try the dalandan juice for a refreshing drink. Last time I was here I was alone so I’m glad to be back with a group this time to order as many 😜
For sure, you’d find some comfort food here. The breakfast selections look interesting but then again, we came for dinner. Late afternoon or early evening cocktails seem like a fine idea in this place where serenity rules. Good for the nerves after a tiring day in the office. The dining area is not big and looks very exclusive. Great place for conversations.
Do visit this gem of a place. The entrance gate may be easy to miss so watch out for 2680 F. B. Harrison Street just across Gideon Academy. It is along the stretch between the School for the Deaf & Mute, and the EDSA corner.