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Lunch @ The Pavilion in MMLDC

I had the chance to visit The Pavillion, MMLDC’s food hall (I stand corrected, read the rest for the correction), through the invitation of Ms. Peng. Besides, it’s lunch time (and it’s her treat.. thanks Mam!)  🙂  “The Pavilion” is a Balinese-inspired Al Fresco restaurant within the lush facilities of The Meralco Development Center or MMLDC.  It is a deli, bar and restaurant that offers an a la carte menu of fusion and Filipino favorites, including grilled specialties. Pizza, pasta, salads and sandwiches round out the offerings, with delight dessert options to complete your savory meals.

Before we go to the details, some of you might be asking what’s MMLDC and what was I doing there? 🙂

MMLDC’s Institutional Profile

MMLDC is an Educational Foundation that specializes in providing training solutions within a total learning ambience. The success of our business activities helps us to give back to society through the provision of training and development interventions in our advocacies of Technical Expertise, Environmental Stewardship and Responsible leadership.

Inaugurated in 1999, MMLDC opened its Academic and Residence Halls nestled in the natural rolling terrain, densely covered with more than 3,000 trees of an Antipolo property. From year 2000 onwards, various facilities were added to expand the capacity of the Center. This includes:

– a Food Hall to accommodate 325 diners

– the Creativity Hall for upgraded dormitory accommodations,

– the Rainforest, MMLDC’s unique and complete team building facility

– the Paintball area which now also offers Laser Tag Combat

A total of fourteen classrooms, ranging in capacity from 15 for small planning sessions to 200 participants for general assemblies. Various break out rooms and outdoor areas are also available for out-of-the box learning activities. It has also a library, a business center and a multi-purpose hall. Comfortable accommodations for 239 guests are available in either the hotel-like Residence Hall or at the Creativity Hall. The Center also features a pavilion with an adjacent swimming pool, a grotto with an image of the Virgin of Antipolo, an aviary of rare and exotic birds, a chapel, a lounge, a clinic and a gym. For more info, please visit the official website.

I’ll take a look at the different facilities once I go back (hopefully.. :))

I’ve heard quite a few positive feedback about the Pavilion’s food offerings and this already made me curious if this will satisfy my palate.  Apparently, it did! 🙂 With a selection of pizzas, salads, cakes and sandwiches in their menu, the Pavilion is also a place to chill-out either with a bottle of beer in your left (hand) or a cup of coffee in the other.  I just didn’t notice the presence of WiFi but their site tells it has.  Ms. Peng asked me what do I like to order and the “shy-type” me said the typical, ANYTHING.  🙂 But I think it’s very inappropriate to say so that’s why I just asked what’s the Pavilion’s best-sellers.  And here comes what landed on our table:


Diablo, Solo: 150Php; To Share: 205Php

Okay, why Diablo? – I don’t know 🙂 Probably because this kind of oil based fettuccine with shrimp and bacon is so spicy that you’ll feel you’re in hell in total hotness. 😛 At least I was able to get Ms. Peng affirm it hehe just kidding. Aside from being HOT and STRONG, I still wonder what’s in it that made it a best-seller.  I’m not a fan of spicy food but I don’t hate it as well.  Normally if it’s pasta you can have it in white or red sauce and it only taste either a bit sour (bcoz of the tomato sauce) or a bit sweet and salty (bcoz of the cream).  But this one has a unique taste which is not bad  at all.  The parmesan cheese helped lessen the piquant taste. 🙂  To share is good to up to 3 people.


All Meat Lovers Pizza, 205Php

It’s not a family-sized pizza but the serving is good to up to 4 people already. Topped with ground beef, pepperoni and chopped ham, this pizza is very flavorsome which could make your stomach full in just minutes. 🙂  Indeed, one of their best-sellers.


Strawberry Milk, 75Php

This strawberry milk shake is a knock-out! The creamy taste of milk blended well with the strawberry.  Indeed another best-seller in the refreshments category, it will never fail to satisfy your healthy cold drink craving.  I’m now thinking of substituting it to our frequent Starbucks Coffee frap sessions – lol.

I’ll definitely go back and try out other selections in the menu.  A 10-minute ride from home when going there won’t hurt :P. After all, the food is reasonably priced plus you can roam around to see the aviary, the rain forest and the chapel after a heavy meal with your friends, family or loved one.

P.S.  The shots were c/o my Nokia 5800 Xpress Music smartphone, will do better next time using my real camera 🙂