Aside from being a favorite leisure spot and tourist destination, the Manila sanctuary of Rizal Park now offers a new dining experience that highlights regional Filipino cuisine “with a twist” to suit the modern taste buds.
Completing the Hub@Kilometer Zero—the five-in-one destination spearheaded by 2GO Travel for local and foreign tourists who want to explore the country by sea—is a restaurant and coffee shop concept with drinks created by leisure expert Daniel Slakmon. The British hotel quality and development manager had previously worked with 2GO Travel in its cruise ships before going on-board with the shipping line’s in-land venture.
“For this project, I concocted a selection of different kinds of coffee beverages and cocktails. Basically, I take charge of the bar, so customers are assured that all drinks are of high quality and at the same time, highlighting local products from all over the country. Even some of our [coffee]beans come from as far as Davao,” Slakmon said.
For travelers looking for delicious and filling meals, 2GO sought the talent of Chef JP Landingin who trained at the American Hospitality Academy and De La Salle College of St. Benilde to head the Hub’s kitchen.
“We want the menu to be travel-oriented as well. Our meal selection includes dishes from all over the country, places like Bacolod and Cebu that are known for their local dishes,” Landingin said.