Weird as it may seem, dining out in a restaurant at this time of contagion would be like riding a rusty roller coaster, a rickety Ferris wheel or entering a spooky horror house. Dining out is so scary people don’t know if they would catch the deadly virus or would come out of the restaurant still hale and healthy.
But since I am in a state when I would rather go out and live a life yet would still observe extra precautions to prevent catching the bug, I decided to dine out here in Manila. The lucky joint I chose is the 36-year-old Bistro Remedios, an authentic regional Filipino restaurant in Malate, Manila.
And I was glad to know that on the day of my gastronomic consumption, the week-long citywide project of Manila City government called Restaurant Week was on-going. Bistro Remedios was participating in this initiative by the city mayor whom I predict would be the future president of this country.
As I was to finish chomping on my beautiful dessert, dining out at this time of pandemic was indeed like having a roller coaster ride. I experienced the thrill brought about by the visceral sensation of fear – pounding heart and faster breathing – when I was about to enter the resto.
Similar in a roller coaster ride, cheery attendants would ask you to sign a waiver and settle you down by putting on your seatbelt. It was so similar in Bistro Remedios because the smiling waiter asked me to fill out a health declaration and contact tracing form and sprayed a mist of alcohol on my hand before leading me to my table.
When I sat down and relayed my order, I realized the increased feeling of well-being and wakefulness. And when the food was served and had my first bite of the delicious meal, I closed my eyes, felt the busting of flavors in my mouth, my endorphins were high and was having a euphoria! Good thing I failed to scream when I opened my eyes inside that restaurant. Hahaha!
Conquer your fear this time of pandemic. Dine out, put your seatbelt and be safe!