As you can see above, the place is awash in warm, yellow light, punctuated by the bluish glow emanating from the wine cellar on full display on one side. It sports an elongated layout that slants a little on one end. It looks fancy enough. What diluted the fanciness a bit was when they covered the table with a huge sheet of paper. I guess they weren't too keen on washing linen a lot.
I wasn't able to take photos of the place but you get a glimpse of the place on both ends from where we were seated in these two photos below:
Part of the view on the left upon entering.
A peak into the right side of the restaurant.
Without regard for the price (oh yes, it is expensive!), the food, overall, was fine. Suffice it to say that there were a few hits and misses here and there.
We were each given a complimentary appetizer - some puff pastry with some concoction on top of it. I forgot what it was. All I remember was that the pastry was really hard. The topping was delicious, though. So much for complimentary.
For the real appetizer, we ordered their Pan-fried scallops salad with citrus dressing and crispy smoked ham (Php 650) and had it split into two. The scallops were perfectly cooked and the citrus dressing was really great. I loved it!
Half of the pan-fried scallops salad
We had soup - Crab bisque with assorted vegetable and crab dumpling (Php 390). I don't normally like bisque but I enjoyed this one.
For the main course, I had a Tenderloin steak (Php 1,900) while My Bibe ordered King prawns thermidor with mushrooms and parmesan (Php 1,300). We both weren't happy with our orders. My steak wasn't so bad but personally, I think it lacked flavor and paled in comparison to what I'm used to at Nuvo, where it's also much cheaper. As for the thermidor, My Bibe said it had a certain sour taste that she didn't like, plus the prawns were a tad dry.
Following that disappointing main course, our saving grace came with dessert - Dark chocolate soufflé with coconut créme anglaise (forgot how much). It was heavenly! And another good thing, because it took quite a while for our dessert to arrive and we were running late for a spa appointment, I followed them up. Lo and behold, they gave us a complimentary dessert sampler of truffles and bonbons. Great! At least our meal ended on a high note there.
Dark chocolate soufflé
I was quite satisfied with their service here. The waitresses were pleasant and attentive, but never intrusive. Service was fast. And when our dessert took a little longer than expected, they instantly made up for the delay with complimentary dessert, a gesture much appreciated.
Despite the underwhelming main course, overall, it was still a good impression with Impressions. It's a great place for a dinner date with your special someone. It's got the ambience, the added "prestige" because of the price tag, and still -- overall -- good food and excellent service.
Just hope your order would be a hit and not a miss because after our experience, I thought I wouldn't bother going there again -- until I heard that they have a regular Sunday brunch buffet at Php 1,888 nett (Php 950 for kids), which, I think is a much better deal than a sit-down, multi-course dinner. I just might be back to try that one.
Impressions is located at the 3rd floor of Maxims Tower, Resorts World Manila. They're open daily for dinner only from 6pm to 12midnight. On Sundays, though, they're also open for brunch/lunch from 11am to 3pm. Tel. no. +632 908 8883