Off The Radar: Get A Taste Of This Gastronomic Hidden Gem 

Expect the unexpected in this newly opened restaurant that remains undiscovered by foodies. 

This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s April 2023 Issue. 

Tucked away in the Acqua Residence community in Mandaluyong, a chic development by the river, Tempus silently opened its doors to guests last December. In the few months since, the dining destination has quickly gained a steady following. 

Located on the sixth floor of the Novotel Suites Manila at Acqua, its modern interiors warmly welcomes guests with a unique approach to dining. The floor to ceiling windows bring beautiful natural light during the day, while the glimmering cityscape adds a touch of romance in the evenings. The menu is an unexpected mix of casual dining favorites and fine dining classics–all served comfort food style in a relaxed setting. 

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Sky Deck at Novotel Suites
Sky Deck at Novotel Suites


At the helm of Tempus is Chef Robert Davis, an Australian who has worked in multi-awarded restaurants in Australia and luxury resorts in Asia. In the Philippines, he headed the culinary team of Shangri-La Boracay during its opening, and was later on the Executive Chef at New World Makati and the Hilton Sun Valley Resort in Clark. Early on in his career back home in Brisbane, his very own Bespoke received a host of accolades for its outstanding cuisine. Now he puts on his toque as chef-owner once more for Tempus.

Chef Robert Davis
Chef Robert Davis

With close to 30 years’ experience in the industry, his in-depth knowledge on food and classic cooking techniques are reflected in every signature dish, bringing his style of modern French dining to the restaurant’s marble tables. 

Sky Deck at Novotel Suites Daube Of Beef
Daube Of Beef: slow-cooked beef cheek, sweet potato mash, water spinach

A highly recommended perfect sampling of the Tempus signature flavor will begin with chicken liver paté topped with port wine jelly along with the house-cured salmon gravlax. Savor their forest mushroom soup with cream and truffle oil or the French onion soup with melted gruyere. A chateaubriand of grain fed beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon and served with pomme puree is a definite showstopper, with the option to slather a generous spread of roasted garlic, bone marrow, and red wine jus.

Sky Deck at Novotel Suites Filet Mignon grain-fed beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon, bone marrow, pomme puree
Filet Mignon grain-fed beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon, bone marrow, pomme puree

Read more by purchasing a copy of the Lifestyle Asia April 2023 magazine via or select newsstands in National Bookstore and Fully Booked. Subscribe to the E-Magazine via Readly, Magzter, and Press Reader. 

Photos courtesy of Tempus.

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