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The Royal Garden Hall: From Dining to Conventions

What used to be a sleepy little town is slowly morphing into a competitive city for tourism & modern infrastructure. The last few years for Iloilo was a steady stream of restaurants, hotels & convention centres popping up. One of these is the new Royal Garden Hall Convention Center.

The Royal Garden Hall is located right beside the police station at General Luna Street facing University of San Agustin. You wouldn’t miss the beautifully lighted brick entrance. Once you step inside, a line of old trees & an all-white colonial structure greets you. The Garden Hall is home to five separate halls named after local flowers: Sampaguita, Rose, Gumamela, Margarita and Bougainvillea. All these spaces may be occupied for any event in mind.

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The last of the halls, Bougainvillea, is open daily as a restaurant for people who don’t have big events to hold or attend, but instead, would like a nice ambiance for dining. Bougainvillea Restaurant serves international fusion cuisine — Italian, Filipino, American & Asian. I had the opportunity to have another small Christmas party with a couple of college friends & was quite surprised at the view when the car rolled in. The grand exteriors, the wide space & the luxe, but at the same time, minimalist interiors.

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We were quite full since we had a heavy lunch & tea prior, so we ordered a few dishes for our party of six. To start with, we were given complimentary bowls of soup & a bread basket.

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My friends & I ordered a serving of Ox Tongue (Php200+) to share but was a little disappointed with the serving size. The meat quality was alright, nothing special as well. The potato salad on the side was flavourful & filling.

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The main course for our dinner was the Spanish Paella (Php550) wherein the serving size & portions made up for it. Our comments were all the same though — too squashy & saucy. It tasted more like a risotto than a paella. On the flavour meter however, it was a nice mix of tang & sweetness.

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We have yet to try the other dishes on our next trip here. I am informed that on weekends, the outdoor veranda restaurant facing the river named Trellis holds a lunch & dinner buffet so it might be a nice place to try out all that the restaurant has to offer. The wind is fresh (doesn’t smell like river), the view is nice & I see it initially as a great date place! Ambiance wise, I like the feel of Garden Hall. They might like to work on improving the food to ensure an overall world-class experience. Further development will pave the way in making it one of the city’s premiere venues for events in the future.

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For inquiries and reservations, please contact Royal Garden Hall Convention Center Sales and Marketing Department at 335-09-31. I look forward to seeing the place’s development!

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One comment on “The Royal Garden Hall: From Dining to Conventions

  1. Katrina
    January 2, 2014

    Yay thank you for answering my question in the form of a blog entry! #feelingspecial haha love!

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