Sunday, October 25, 2015

SALSA | Aracama


Aracama

Location: Fort Bonifacio Unit C, The Fort Entertainment Center 5th Ave. corner 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Salsa Schedule: Every Thursdays, 10pm to 2am

Dress Code: No sleeveless for men; Casual to semi formal

Contacts:
Social Media
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AracamaManila
Twitter: @Aracama_Manila
Instagram: @aracama_manila

Contact numbers
Landline: (02) 519-6815
Dining Reservations: +63917 874 7738
Lounge Reservations: +63917 874 7738
Events & Marketing: +63917 861 2702/ dawn@aracamamanila.com

Website: http://www.aracamamanila.com/

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History

Chef Fernando Aracama's culinary journey has taken him around the world and finally, he has come back home. Influenced and inspired by the flavors of his cherished home island of Negros and the memorable family style service of the Filipino people, Chef Fernando proudly showcases a well thought of menu highlighting delicious regional Filipino cuisine with sincerity, respect for tradition, fresh new ideas and his inimitable sense of humor.

Aracama's beautiful modern Filipino interiors are warm, bright & cheery. Natural-toned wood panels & louvers contrast the tall glass walls filtering in a steady sunny glow into the main hall. Private dining rooms for small & intimate gatherings complete the restaurant's interiors. As the sun sets, Aracama slowly transforms into a sophisticated venue with an open-air terrace overlooking the dynamic skyline of Bonifacio Global City. Velvet curtains and walls of green living gardens, large teak wood planks and soft lighting create a cool tropical atmosphere. Two full service cocktail bars feature Aracama's amazing signature drinks lovingly mixed, shaken or stirred with the best local liquors, spirits and fresh seasonal fruits and herbs.

Dazzling cocktails, honest homegrown food all personally served with that unique, genuinely friendly Filipino touch is what await you at this new Filipino convivial dining experience.
Come home to Aracama, Manila's finest Filipino restaurant and cocktail bar.

What  I Like About The Place

The Bar

Although a little pricey (cocktails start from 200 and above + 10% service charge), it surely looks it has everything in it[1]. Not only that, they also serve free water (amazing!). For a salsero to dance in hours, free water is a necessity.

Wooden Floor

By far, Aracama has the best dancing floor I have visited in the Philippines. It is so spacious that ten couples could probably fit at a time. When left alone, a couple can execute far advanced salsa routines which makes it an ideal venue for those who would like to brush up on their salsa techniques.

Tables and Chairs

All made of wood, the tables and chairs add extra chic element to the whole Filipino inspired interior. It's very comfortable to sit, and tables are lighted by candles.

The Toilet

Okay, I must admit that the toilet is one of the very first areas I check, and Aracama has a fine toilet, with incandescent lighting and complete with soap and tissue. You can't ask for more. The interior in the toilet is very well thought of and you would feel like staying inside as long as you can.

Aircondition

Did I just say that the hall is airconditioned? Yes, it is. And the temperature is just enough to keep you from sweating a lot. Perfect for dancers who become faucet after hours of dancing.

Playlist

On Thursday nights, when the DJ is in the house the playlist includes 2 kizomba, 2 salsa and 2 bachata. Just enough to keep all the genre of dancers satisfied.

Crowd

The crowd is a mix of people from their 30s and above, seemingly from well to do backgrounds and professionals. There were also a number of DIs[2] who accompany guests.


Overall, I definitely recommend this place to all salsa enthusiasts.




[1] San Mig light is 90 PhP, Mojito De Aracama is 280 PhP
[2] DI, is a short term for Dance Instructor. In the Philippines, DIs are professional dancers who are accompanying their clients in dancing venues. Normally they exclusively dance with their clients only, but on their own they can dance with anyone. This is in contrast with the Middle East where gentlemen are expected to dance with as many ladies in the floor.



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