Penong’s, so I told myself tonight it should be Ahfat! But a business contact invited me to dine with her and another of their associates from Manila that attended our activity. Thus, I thought Ahfat was therefore out of my itineraries.
Lo and behold… the business contact asked if we were fine with Chinese food as she intended on bringing us to the best Chinese Restaurant in the city called Ahfat. I managed to keep my excitement clipped a bit to maintain a business-like rapport and said “yes, I am fine with that”. But in my brain I was truly silently screaming “yes, yes, YES. LET’S GO”! Hehehe, business… sometimes you have to ridiculously fake things for the sake of a reputation - whatever!
And so we went!
Along the way, business contact was kind of priming me and her associate from Manila about this restaurant called Ahfat. Like she told us the place would rather be a bit crowded at dinnertime especially that today was a Saturday when most families and friends would opt to go out together. In my mind I was connecting things like ‘if there were a lot of local diners, then that only means the place must be a real value for money; if the business contact suggest's we eat there, then that probably means the food is a real must-try for the visitor”. Hmm, that early, as we traversed the roads towards Victoria Plaza, I was already dead sure that the suggestion of my hotel’s front-staff was a real best option!
As we alighted from the business contact’s vehicle, she pointed to us that there are actually 3 branches of Ahfat in the very same vicinity! Yep, the square of big eating places behind Victoria Plaza Mall. I said OMG, three branches in the very same place! I looked at all three from the parking lot and they all looked big restaurants to me. Each should probably be able to fit hundreds of diners at any one time, I think!
We all laughed though when I said “so hindi Ahfat, tatlo lang”!
And you guessed it, after that dinner, I lost the energy to still paint the town red! I slept early instead!