It was in 1989 when I first set foot in Manaoag, Pangasinan for a thanksgiving pilgrimage with my parents. I remember waking up disoriented in a bus station. It was early morning and still dark; we were in an unfamiliar place. My young mind could not fully comprehend our purpose for going there but I knew it was a special journey.
Like fine wine, some restaurants are best reserved for special celebrations. Such is Wildflour Cafe. Thus, when we recently received good news at work, we immediately thought of celebrating it at Wildflour Cafe. We wanted for so long to try it but hadn’t had the time (and a good reason) to do it.
Because of our busy schedules and also for practicality’s sake, gone are the days when we would just dine out on a whim. We do, however, still love to treat ourselves to occasional indulgences. Every once in a while, we would pamper ourselves with unhurried dinners; taking our time to savor our food and enjoy leisurely bites.
Gatherings with friends have been a rarity these days because of our busy schedules. As such, we always make it a point to make our occasional meet ups celebratory. And what better way to do it than to have a good lunch buffet, which had brought us to Cafe 1228, New World Hotel’s signature restaurant.
The place isn’t too big, with only just a few tables to accommodate mostly those who have booked a reservation. This was good because it meant the place wouldn’t get too crowded. The interiors were modern and spacious despite its small floor area.