Clark Freeport, Philippines, December 20, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Mimosa Leisure Estate captured the imagination of Asian Tourists in the 80s and 90s before government took over its management. New life emerges recently with investments from HK-based Yats Leisure opening fine dining restaurant, wine bar and a charming London Pub.
Mimosa Leisure Estate was the darling of not only Filipino tourist and casinos players but also tourists from all over Asia and major cities around the world. Its 36-hold golf course benefited from the appearance of Tiger Woods and its casinos lit up by dancers brought in from Russia.
For over a decade, this jewel has become tarnished and rusty, losing almost all the attention that its previous owners managed to garner from well-heeled gamblers and pleasure seekers from all over Asia.
New life began to surface with new investors coming into play. Among them is HongKong-based Yats International, a developer and operator of properties in the hospitality and residential sectors.
One of the first thing that Yats International put up was the fine-dining Yats Restuarant, a world-class restaurant now managed by English chef Philip Golding assisted by Dutch Restaurant Manager Bastiaan Van de Walle. This restaurant serves up world-class Mediterranean cuisine with ingredients flown in frequently via Clark Freeport's International Airport DMIA. Prices are extremely reasonable for this level of culinary excellence.
The wine craze is not absent in Mimosa. Yats Wine Cellars quickly stocked up 20,000 bottles of vintage wines in its 24hr temperature controlled walk-in cellars at Yats Restuarant. This helps the restaurant bolster its 3000-line wine list, one that is unheard of even by today's standards internationally.
Regular public wine tasting events are held at the Clark Wine Center located along the main highway MA Roxas. Called the Yats Wine Experience, these ticketed events cost around p1,000 to attend which is good value because of the high quality of wine served. It is also a rich learning experience for wine enthusiasts.
The Magnum Room Wine bar was soon to appear to serve as a meeting place for local and foreign executives needing a place to relax after dinner, smoke a Cuban Cigar over a glass of Vintage Port, Armagnac, Cognac or Single Malt. Luxury is once again back in this once illustrious estate.
The latest project to appear was the London Pub, a partnership between Yats and some individuals who are equally bullish in Mimosa's imminent comeback. Opened in January 2009, the London Pub became an immediate success as tourists and local business executives spontaneously gather for a congenial evening of wine, beer, good food and of course, excellent company.
Yats International did not stop with Mimosa Leisure Estate. While all that was going on, it acquired some 18ha of land in prime locations in Clark Freeport and used some of it to build the idyllic Clearwater Resort & Country Club. www.YatsLeisure.com.
With Mimosa Leisure Estate poised to be sold to a private company, all signs point to a quick revival of its splendor. A visit is certainly worth it for Asian and local tourists.
How to get to this fine-dining restaurant in Clark Philippines? Once in Clark Freeport, go straight until hitting Mimosa. Enter Mimosa, stay on the left on Mimosa Drive, go past the Holiday Inn and Yats Restaurant (green top, independent 1-storey structure) is on the left. Just past the Yats Restaurant is the London Pub.
Yats Restaurant & Wine Bar
Mimosa Drive past Holiday Inn, Mimosa, Clark Freeport, Pampanga, Philippines
(045) 599-5600 0922-870-5178 0917-520-4401 (632) 584-4085 Bastiaan
(045) 499-1177 0922-870-5176
Clark Wine Center
MA Roxas Ave corner A Bonifacio Ave, Clark Freeport, Pampanga, Philippines 2023
(632) 6375019 0922-870-5173 0916-542-6602 Ana Fe
Manila Sales Office
3003C East Tower, Philippines Stock Exchange Center,
Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Metro Manila, Philippines 1605
(632) 637-5019 0917-520-4393 Rea or Chay