0.19km from SM City IloiloWent to check out Z Bistro that is housed in the recently opened Zuri Hotel (Oct. 2019) to see if the food was as good as someone recommended. As with almost everything, one has to consider the source of information... The hotel is standard for the Philippines, and for mid-level hotels all around the world: mainstream mediocrity personified by fake smiles and limited product and services knowledge. Rooms start at 6200 pesos, and then go up, but the so-called artificial promo-rates for all rooms is about 40% less. They are new and still likely decent enough, but one must sleep in one first to see if the walls are insulated enough, if the aircon is quiet, if the bed is quality and showers work properly. Same as at the restaurant... Price for the beef shank was 630 pesos but ran out at 450 pesos. Their beef stew is 340 pesos but regular price sits at 255 pesos. How this kind of dumb manipulation is seen as okay is beyond me, but I guess someone ’high-up' thinks patrons won’t see the game being played on them. Requesting the senior’s rate was hopeless because they said the discount is less than the fake-discount rate. How does this encourage return business? It doesn’t! The waitress didn’t know much - but should have even first day on the job! - and so had to go to the kitchen 2x to find simple things out... Now I was already skeptical about the place. After understanding that it didn’t come with rice, I asked what did. When she told me that it comes with mashed potatoes, I ordered the latter. The picture showed a big full stock of leek with mushrooms, but came out with no free mashed potatoes, no leek, but a somewhat shrivelled bit of green onion and a few small pieces of what looked like ****ake mushroom, with the beef swimming in a starchy decent-tasting beef sauce. One large piece of the meat was unchewable: full of fat, gristle and very little meat, I left it. The waitress was afraid to come to my table again and so sent a male waiter. When there are no customers, the children hired to provide professional services play around laughing in the empty lobby. Z Bistro? What a joke, but nothing unusual there. Unless you like plain, boring and poorly-presented food, I do NOT recommend this place. If an entree doesn’t already come with some rice, potato or pasta, and perhaps some veggies as part of the meal, then forget it! We will never return!