A celebration of two Asian culinary traditions, The Cafe at HYATT City of Dreams Manila will house specialties from the Guangdong region of China from June 14 – 19 for the Cantonese Treasures (Cantonese Food Festival) and then dive into the exquisite Indian cuisine for July 17 – 24 for Road to Gurgaon India (Indian Food Festival). Two food festivals with cuisines familiar and close to our palate so it’s quite the exciting lunch when we had a sneak peek of some of the dishes that they will serve.
Here’s some of my favourites from that preview luncheon, giving you 10 must-try dishes at the Cantonese and Indian Food Festival at The Cafe Continue reading 10 Must-Try Dishes at the Cantonese and Indian Food Festival of The Cafe of HYATT City of Dreams Manila
MARCO POLO MANILA – Cucina the hotel’s all day dining ala carte and buffet restaurant dives into a Spanish food festival in time of the arrival of their new executive chef, Lluis Cantons Pesarrodona and he brings to Manila some of his favourite family recipes of simple but very good Catalan food.
The star of our lunch and the preview of this La Catalana food festival was undoubtedly the chef’s Paella Mixta. I love how he shares what he things is the secret to this festive dish. “Paella should have a little bit of everything but nothing in excess”. Not only is this paella a true eye-candy with my eyes glued to those carabinero / big head red prawns that they flew in from Spain, it actually very good as well. Continue reading Cucina at Marco Polo Manila goes Spanish with La Catalana
HEAT RISES! EDSA Shangri-la‘s buffet restaurant, HEAT recently launched 8 new signature dishes prepared by 8 of their talented specialty chefs. Trying the new signature dishes is like a nice gastronomic journey, with inspiration from different parts of the world, it was great savouring specialties from their different chefs, all quite good, from classic staples to familiar dishes reinvented to further titillate our palate.
Curry Seafood Dim Sum by Chef Andy Liew – these gorgeous pockets of joy are really good! Imagine plump seafood pieces that packs a bit of spice from the curry and then there’s the thin, delicate piece of dough that it’s encased with. I would love to eat this all day, so good! Continue reading 8 New Dishes to Make You Visit HEAT at EDSA Shangri-la
NIU BY VIKINGS – They recently celebrated their anniversary and in lieu with this they launched new signature dishes that will be available in the restaurant for a limited time only. Their efforts in pushing for fine quality food in the buffet scene here in Manila is laudable and here’s some of the new signature dishes that we tried.
We started the dinner with amuse bouche of Avocado and Shrimp Panna Cotta & Caprese Mousse. This is quite good, I love the balance of flavors from the refreshing and slightly sweet avocado base with the shrimp and then you hit these tartlets with fresh tomatoes and basil. Continue reading 10 New Dishes that You Should Try at Niu by Vikings
LUZVIMINDA 3 – Now on its third iteration, F1 Hotel Manila launches their famous Filipino Food festival themed buffet at their all-day dining restaurant. Diners will savor specialties from different regions of the country and this year’s theme is Pistang Pinoy. Everything in the buffet spread screams festivities, from the hearty meals prepared by their chefs to Filipino food staples that we’re all familiar with and enjoy.
This year they sourced three different chefs; Bruce Lim for Luzon, Tatung Sarthou for Visayas, and Sider Tatad for Mindanao, three great chefs whose recipes will be showcased in their buffet spread until the 25th of this month. Continue reading Pistang Pinoy at F1 Hotel’s LUZVIMINDA 3
PEPITA’S KITCHEN – You might heard of Dedet Dela Fuente‘s famed lechon degustation. I was lucky enough to experience it twice, two iterations, same indulgence of very good food. The two times that I had that private dining setup I was literally floored of how awesome the food was, both times that meal, that four-hour dinner was the highlight of my year, some of the best dishes that I ever had and with her famous stuffed lechon de leche as the star of the meal. Recently she partnered up with Diamond Hotel to bring the greatest hits of her three degustation / tasting menu to amass one epic spread for the Corniche’s (the hotel’s buffet restaurant) Filipino Food festival.
Her lechon creations have been making buzz both here and abroad where people would line up sometimes even for hours to savor the deliciousness of her stuffed lechon, truly I think she’s already successful in making lechon a true global sensaton. Now you don’t have to order the whole lechon or gather your friends to try her lechon degustation, the popular dishes from her kitchen will be showcased at Corniche. Continue reading Pepita’s Kitchen at Diamond Hotel’s Corniche Buffet Restaurant: Feast from the Filipino Kitchen
FLAVORS RESTAURANT – For a number of weekends The Sexy Chef will partner up with the buffet restaurant of Holiday Inn & Suites, Makati. With Chef Barni at the helm of things they partnered up to whip up some healthy, palatable dishes for the spread. I tried it last week and actually liked the stuff that I’ve tried. Remember my post about The Sexy Chef’s south beach diet program and healthy indulgence desserts? I’m a fan of their food specially the desserts as they make healthy stuff that you actually would love to eat.
A favorite from the stuff we tried from the buffet spread, Baked Salmon with Spinach topped with creamy sauce and cheese – goes well with my liking to the flaky, fatty goodness of salmon in this warm and comforting baked dish. Continue reading The Sexy Chef at Flavors Restaurant of Holiday Inn and Suites Makati
DIAMOND HOTEL’S CORNICHE – While most of the hotel buffets in the metro have a luscious spread of primarily seafood for this month, Corniche decides to whip out a feast for the meat lovers, imagine ribeye and other gorgeous steak cuts for your enjoyment being the focus of the buffet spread along with some American comfort food staples.
Awesome steak from the barbie, and an awesome carving station with prime rib and ham, had an awesome steak night dinner here. Continue reading Steak Night at Platters of the Americas Themed Buffet of Corniche
Marriott Cafe Manila – It’s been a while since I dined here, in fact my previous feature about this buffet restaurant is one of my first post for the blog. This time we went here for a weekday dinner to try their seafood buffet, of course you have the usual stations from their buffet service but this time they added some nice seafood in whole fish and a variety of crustaceans that you can ask them cook whichever way you prefer.
Grilled Slipper Lobster and served with with a bit of garlic and butter, what’s not to like right? Continue reading Ocean’s Harvest Seafood Buffet at Marriott Cafe Manila
And we’re back at HEAT! One of EDSA Shangri-la Manila‘s signature buffet restaurant. I remember trying their buffet a couple of years back, long before I started the blog, and I’m a big fan of their dessert creations back then. And now I’m back to sample their recently launched food festival called Magical Malaysia, that will showcase dishes popular to ASEAN countries. This particular food festival will run for two weeks. Most of the inspiration for the dishes of the buffet spread are sourced from the recently launched ASEAN Culinary Delights Cookbook that’s also available at HEAT
Dishes of bold flavors and spices, from beef rendang to my personal favorite sinigang sa miso, and crab fat rice. Promising dishes for diners to savor, a buffet spread of diverse cuisines from the ASEAN region.
Continue reading Back at HEAT: ASEAN Food Festival at EDSA Shangri-la
CAFÉ D’ASIE – BELLEVUE ALABANG – A gorgeous buffet restaurant with a lavish spread, a chandelier to welcome you upon entering the restaurant, a nice focal point that leads you to the buffet spread. Good food and great ambiance, another stop at our food-filled weekend stay at B Hotel / Bellevue Alabang last weekend.
Prime rib, grilled fresh seafoods, to various cheese selections and great desserts, a gist of the buffet spread that you’ll enjoy when you try Café d’Asie. Continue reading Lunch Buffet at Café d’Asie
Ever fancy to enjoy your fill of good meat and seafood by the poolside, like the great American BBQ experience? Well I had just that during our stay at B Hotel / Bellevue Hotel Alabang. Good meat and seafood on the Barbie, this is available upon special request, usually when they do special events, they reserve part of the poolside, fresh produce grilled perfectly while you wait.
A snapshot of the various meat and seafood available for grilling, personal favorites are the assorted satay, the spiced sausages and the squid. Continue reading MEAT AND SEAFOOD ON THE BARBIE: BBQ Dinner at the Poolside of Bellevue Alabang
PRIME CAFE – B HOTEL ALABANG, its Friday when we checked in and it was the perfect time for us to try their Lunch Buffet. The spread was fairly simple, a few dishes but seemed well prepared. I got to enjoy some good old local dishes here, thoroughly enjoyed their take on some of my favorite dishes.
SISIG! A sure crowd pleaser everytime, their take on it was quite good, nice crackle from some of the toasted bits and you get to enjoy a hint of acidity to balance the strong flavor of the meat, and some heat from the chili, leaving you wanting for more. Continue reading Prime Café: B Hotel Alabang’s All-Day Dining Bistro
A feast like no other, a churrasco experience that’s far from anything we have here in Manila; indulgence of pure meat and seafood glee. That’s what I had in Ibiza Beach Club at Movenpick Hotel, Mactan Island, Cebu. Undoubtedly the highlight of my recent trip to the region. Fourteen courses of unparalleled enjoyment of all things grilled, either meat or seafood, each course as impressive as the next, I was utterly blown away.
A personal favorite among the stuff we had, grilled lamb chops, oh perfection; tender, succulent, ever so flavorful. I could go on and on with praises on how good this was but this was really the star of the feast perfectly seasoned with olive, peppercorn and fresh thyme. It was definitely love at first bite for me, eye-popping, mind blowingly good. If not for the other thirteen courses of their churrasco buffet, I would’ve gorge on these beauties that’s perfectly matched with their red wine butter and chimichurri and enjoy it with those heaps of garlic rice that it’s served with.
Continue reading Churrasco Feast at the Ibiza Beach Club
Corniche Diamond Hotel is having an American Food and Wine Festival for one week (August 22-29). They brought in Chef Christopher Gallaga, executive chef for Fat Angelo’s Italian & Angelo’s Pizza. This all American feast is set to impress foodies with some of the more famous American food staples. Food that is simple and bold in flavor. Oh yes! Roast US Prime Cut Steaks will be served in the buffet, slow cooked, succulent meat pieces for the meat lovers, with an awesome unapologetic meaty flavor.
Continue reading American Food and Wine Festival at Corniche Diamond Hotel