by Vangie Baga-Reyes
Filipino chef Jessie Sincioco feels ecstatic every time she witnesses wedding proposals made at her famed 100 Revolving Restaurant, said to be one of the most ideal and dreamy places to pop the question.
She once hid a ring inside her famous Princess Carmen Sans Rival, a multilayer meringue cloaked with buttercream and crunchy pistachio nuts. It was the girl's favorite dessert in the house.
Sincioco tied the ring to a string that stuck out on one side of the cake. The girl saw the string and pulled it.
"When she saw the ring she started crying," she recalls. "She was speechless. Then she kept on hitting the guy lovingly with her hand."
Another time, a guy made a reservation at the restaurant and told the chef to write the words "Will You Marry Me?" on the dessert plate. When the plate, with words written directly at the centre in chocolate syrup, was brought to the table, the girl cried a bucket. She could hardly speak. Then there was a long pause and silence.
"I told myself, 'poor guy, he didn't know what her answer was,'" Sincioco says. "We were watching them intently."
Sincioco simply couldn't bear the long wait. She approached the couple and asked the girl: "So, is the answer yes?"
The girl nodded in approval. The entire restaurant erupted in applause.
"We were all happy especially for the guy," says Sincioco. "Of course, it's always nice to be part of the history of their life and their relationship."
Apart from wedding proposals, many customers celebrate their anniversaries in the restaurant. And if guests inform the place beforehand of their celebration, the tables will be dressed beautifully with flowers, red cloth and romantic candles.
Sincioco's 100 Revolving Restaurant, which opened in July last year, continues to astound people with its breathtaking 360-degree view of the metropolis, enough to thrill the senses and excite the appetite. The view includes Mt. Banahaw, Manila Bay, Laguna de Bay, Sierra Madre Mountains, Montalban and Antipolo. At night, you can see the Ortigas skyline, Eastwood nightlife and even C5 traffic.
It takes about an hour and 40 minutes for the resto to complete a full turn.
Sincioco (also of Chef Jessie Rockwell Club and Top of the Citi) has been sort of expecting the success of her newest baby.
"I know the restaurant has its own special feature which is the revolving aspect. Because it's the only revolving restaurant in the Philippines, that alone is enough to draw people to it," she says.
It offers international cuisine, although Sincioco is keeping her classic French dishes and other personally created fare, such as Pasta ala Jessie, steaks, alugbati salad, goose liver salad, souffles and pastas.
The restaurant also offers pizzas, sushi, ramen and burgers. And Sincioco offers a number of dishes that guests can find only in 100. — Inquirer (Philippine Daily)