Monday, March 16, 2020

Discover Davao with Dayaw: The Flavors of Davao at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina

The rich tapestry of Filipino flavors is showcased once more at Cucina, this time with regional cuisine from the deep south...


A country or region's cuisine, many say, is the best way to know more about its culture. Discover Davao through its dishes as Marco Polo Ortigas Manila celebrates our diverse culinary heritage in a sumptuous buffet dubbed Dayaw: The Flavors of Davao from March 14 to 29 at Cucina.

The all-day dining restaurant of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila regularly serves local regional dishes in its extensive buffet offerings taking guests and diners on a culinary journey around our different islands (for more on their previous offerings, see my posts, Amazing Ilocos: Bagnet, Empapanada, Dinengdeng, Dinardaraan, Papaitan and More at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina featuring the hardy flavors of the north, Kaon 'Ta sa Cucina! Savor Ilonggo Flavors at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina on Visayan favorites, Pina Mania: The Flavors of Manila, Cebu and Davao Converge at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina and A Weekend Fiesta at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina). This time, Davao takes the spotlight at Cucina... 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Set Course Lunch or A La Carte, Enjoy a Sumptuous Lunch at Raffles Makati Hotel's Mireio

When a simple set course or a la carte lunch becomes an elevated dining experience, you know you're in a special place. From the food to the service and the elegant space itself, Mireio at Raffles Makati Hotel transforms any meal with its distinctive Provencal spin...

Seared Hokkaido Scallops, Emerald Sauce, Fresh Mango Condiment
Mireio at Raffles Makati Hotel is one of those rare places in the metro that transports you faraway to the sunny countryside of Provence with its graceful interiors, impeccable service and exquisite cuisine (for more on Mireio, see my posts, A Provencal Lunch with Chef de Cuisine Herve Clair at Mireio showcasing Chef Herve's Provencal-inspired dishes, Brunch Redefined at Mireio's Luxe Sunday Brunch on their lavish brunch buffet and A Very Raffles Weekend on a memorable staycation with breakfast at Mireio). A lunch date at Mireio becomes equally special, with Chef de Cuisine Herve Clair's classic and elegantly-plated dishes. Simply choosing a starter can become challenging with so many tempting options. Seared Hokkaido Scallops (P 1,150) on Emerald sauce with a side of Fresh Mango Condiment for starters? Yes, please...

Friday, March 6, 2020

A 62 Year-Old Restaurant Still Dishes Out Good Eats: Shantung Restaurant in QC's West Avenue Serves Nostalgic Favorites

In an age of non-stop "instagrammable" consumption, our daily feed is often bombarded with the next hottest thing. But food trends come and go. Then, there are places that have endured the test of time with comfortingly familiar dishes that trigger fond and nostalgic memories. One of these iconic establishments is the 62 year-old Shantung Restaurant...


Named after the coastal province in Northern China, Shantung Restaurant continues a family's rich legacy with dishes that have become part of the local culinary mainstream. Since it opened back in 1958 in Binondo, generations of families have celebrated milestones and memorable meals at Shangtung Restaurant. And since it moved to Quezon City's West Avenue, it still dishes out good eats after 62 years without skipping a beat. When everyone excitedly awaits the next big food trend, it's reassuring to know that some things in this world don't change remaining exactly the same way as we all remember it. That's the way it's always been at Shantung Restaurant...  

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter on a Plate: A Lavish 5-Course Feast Inspired by Canada's 4 Seasons with Canadian Beef and Wine at Makati's Shangri-La, Manila's Sage Bespoke Grill

From Alberta to Manila, the flavors of Canada's 4 seasons are masterfully recreated and served with the finest Canadian beef and wine in a memorable dinner at Sage Bespoke Grill...


Makati Shangri-La, Manila recreates the rich flavors of Canada's spring, summer, fall and winter with an elegant 5-Course wine pairing feast, Canada's 4 Seasons, at Sage Bespoke Grill in partnership with Canada Beef International Institute and the Canadian Embassy. Shaped by the land and the four seasons, Canada is the perfect place for raising beef and producing wine of the highest quality. And from February 5 to March 28, diners and guests can experience the Great White North's bountiful produce for a memorable taste of Canada. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Firing Up New Dishes at Fireside in BGC

Chef Chiloy Santos is all fired up. And why not. He's added a few more tempting options to Fireside's stacked menu that's guaranteed to fire up your appetite...


Fireside unveils exciting new dishes from starters, a salad to sumptuous mains, pizza and dessert in addition to its comforting line-up of flavorful offerings. From the same group behind Meat Plus, Tender Bob's and Kettle, Fireside lays on a tempting array of new dishes to satisfy any craving. Time to refill your glass of wine... 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Casual Bibimbap and Premium Barbecue Selections at Oori Korean Restaurant, Now Open at Sheraton Manila Hotel

Go casual with bibimbap or go all out with the premium barbecue selections. It's an innovative and flavorful tale of two dining concepts coming together in a smooth and seamless weave...at Oori Korean Restaurant.


Sheraton Manila Hotel unveils its third and newest dining outlet, Oori Korean Restaurant, a unique two-concept upscale Korean restaurant as part of the hotel's second phase of development. The new outlet features sub-concepts of casual dining with comforting Korean cuisine and an elevated barbecue experience with their selection of premium beef and pork from their live butchery kitchen. Like two restaurants in one place with comforting Korean cuisine on one side and an upscale Korean barbecue experience on the other, Oori Korean Restaurant lets you crossover with ease to suit your taste, craving or mood.

It's a timely addition to their existing culinary offerings with The Lounge Bar and S Kitchen all-day dining buffet (for more on S Kitchen at Sheraton Manila, see my previous post, Elevating Filipino Cuisine: Come Home to S Kitchen's Sunday Fiesta at Sheraton Manila Hotel). A quick casual lunch or a sumptuous barbecue feast, Oori Korean Restaurant does it elegantly. With the continued popularity of Korean barbecue joints showing no signs of slowing down, Oori Korean Restaurant lets you rediscover Korean cuisine made with the finest and freshest ingredients.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Come Home to Casa Buenas, Now Open at Resorts World Manila

The graceful interiors take you back in time gently nudged along by the impeccable service while the sumptuous and varied flavors brings you home...


Resorts World Manila launches its newest signature dining outlet, Casa Buenas, showcasing traditional and nostalgic elements of all things Filipino with a modern and contemporary spin. All the elements come together in a seamlessly woven tapestry celebrating our local heritage from the classic architecture and design to the graceful service and sumptuous Filipino Spanish cuisine. Come inside and take a nostalgic step back in time...at Casa Buenas.  

Sunday, February 9, 2020

New Moon at BOA: A New Dining Concept is Unveiled at a Pop-Up...

The constantly changing lunar phases brings a new culinary concept to light at a pop-up...


The team behind BOA Kitchen & Socials unveils their latest and exciting new concept at a pop-up with an array of of local and Southeast Asian inspired flavors. Joey Marcelo and Chef Julius Necor takes you to the moon and back with their inventive reinterpretation of regional flavors that will leave you moonstruck (for more on BOA, see my previous post, New in the 'Hood: BOA Kitchen & Socials Opens at Quezon City's Scout Rallos).

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Questions Answered at Q&A Kitchen + Bar

Hidden bars with a fine dining component are nothing new to the metro's culinary scene. But here's one gem of a find at the heart of Makati's bustling Salcedo Village that's bound to make you take a second look at the kitchen plus bar concept...


The bar and dining concept has always been a tricky combination with one element meeting expectations while the other falling just a bit short. Q&A Kitchen + Bar excels on both counts, with the bar whipping out handcrafted cocktails and the kitchen serving comforting yet elegantly refined dishes with a rustic Italian spin. In a special dinner hosted by Q&A Kitchen + Bar owner Bubot Quicho and noted author Alfred Krip Yuson, a flavorful Q&A session with endless rounds of cocktails, wine, sumptuous dishes and insightful conversations led to a memorable evening of good vibes. Read on for a taste and feel of Q&A Kitchen + Bar...

Friday, February 7, 2020

Red Indulgence: Make It The Limited Edition Red Velvet Dreamcake by Le Sucre Lab This Valentine's...

In a relationship or still flying solo, just treat yourself on this red letter day to some indulgent self love from Le Sucre Lab, the creators of the Original Chocolate Dreamcake...


From February 10 to 15, Le Sucre Lab will be sharing a whole lot of love with the decadent Limited Edition Red Velvet Cake for the season of hearts. The vibrant colors of the red velvet crumbs on the sinfully layered dessert creation of Le Sucre Lab tempts the eyes before casting its spell on your palate. And your heart...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Southeast Asian Flavors Shine at Pandan Asian Cafe by Chef Tatung

Take your palate on a culinary journey of Southeast Asian flavors all in one place...


Celebrated author, restaurateur and TV personality Chef Myke "Tatung" Sarthou weaves another tasty narrative with his latest culinary venture diving deep into Southeast Asian flavors at Pandan Asian Cafe. The region's rich flavors and heritage are celebrated with that Chef Tatung touch in Quezon City's newest dining destination...

Monday, February 3, 2020

New at Newport Mall: Comforting Flavors Recreated at Rafael's Tapas Bar & Restaurant

A dish becomes even more special when it triggers fond and nostalgic memories. At Rafael's Tapas Bar and Restaurant, dining becomes a culinary journey back to comforting flavors... 


Rafael's Tapas Bar and Restaurant, now open at Newport Mall's Garden Wing, brings hearty and traditional Filipino, Spanish and Mediterranean flavors updated with a contemporary spin. Heintjie Carmona shares his family's favorite dishes, and his personal art collection, at the newest dining destination in Resorts World Manila. Our group, FourScene, gets a sneak peek at the newest restaurant in Newport Mall (for more on FourScene, visit our FB Page at https://www.facebook.com/FourScene/). Recharge and take a break from the shopping and gaming tables at Resorts World Manila with a sumptuous meal of comforting flavors, reinvented with a modern yet nostalgic flair at Rafael's Tapas Bar & Restaurant...

Friday, January 31, 2020

Double Time on The Double, Please...at Sweet Ecstacy.

Finally, Sweet Ecstacy opens in my 'hood...


Juicy all beef patties with garden fresh and crisp lettuce and tomatoes on a buttery soft brioche bun, now you don't have to go far for one of the best burgers in the metro. Simply gas up at the Shell Station and have your own top up at Sweet Ecstacy...

Thursday, January 30, 2020

New Year, New Dishes...at Brotzeit.

It's a new year, time to raise a toast at Brotzeit and celebrate with a tempting array of new dishes...


Brotzeit welcomes the new year with exciting new dishes to pair with your favorite Paulaner Beer for endless rounds of good vibes. From tasty starters to savory mains, Brotzeit unveils a wide selection of hearty dishes guaranteed to be your new favorites at the only authentic German Bier Garden in the metro (for more on Brotzeit, see my earlier posts, Prost! Cheers to Endless Rounds of Good Vibes, It's Oktoberfest at Brotzeit! on their annual Oktoberfest celebrations, Breadtime Sandwiches at Brotzeit with Helmut, Dirk, Angela, Hasselhoff, Beethoven, Von Trapp and Reuben on their new sandwich offerings and Lass Uns Essen! The New Lunch Specials at Brotzeit).

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Celebrate the New Year with the Return of the Roast Goose at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Lung Hin

A good comeback deserves another...


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila marks the new year with the return of the Premium Roasted Goose at the award-winning Lung Hin, available until February 3, 2020 (for more on the Lung Hin's Premium Hong Kong Roast Goose, see my previous post, The Return of the Premium Hong Kong Golden Roasted Goose at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Lung Hin).

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Value and Variety Fresh From The Grill at Meatsumo Premium Panay

The popularity of samgyupsal or Korean BBQ continues to grow with little signs of slowing down. It's no surprise that it's now part of the local culinary mainstream proving once again that value and variety are always a winning combination. The proliferation of samgyupsal joints in the metro makes this category intensely competitive. Here's one that stands out from the clutter...


Meatsumo Premium Panay brings both Korean and Japanese flavors to your table with its Unlimited BBQ and sides for one of the best value-for-money options in Quezon City. 11 premium quality meats ready for grilling right on your table plus 20 tasty side dishes for a lavish all-you-can-eat feast, all for only P 549 with Unli Iced Tea. Now that's one seriously good deal.   

Monday, January 27, 2020

Closure, Unresolved Issues, Matinong Girlfriend and Matinong Boyfriend: Meet the 2020 Valentine's Collection of Sebastian's Ice Cream

Many say there's nothing a scoop of ice cream can't solve or cure. Even affairs of the heart. This Valentine's, Sebastian's Ice Cream elevates the case with its impressive new flavors for the special day of hearts...


Sebastian's Ice Cream, the innovative brand behind exciting flavors like Sapin-Sapin, Green Mango & Bagoong and Champorado at Dilis, is at it again with a special collection of exciting new ice cream flavors for Valentine's. Closure, Unresolved Issues, Matinong Girlfriend and Matinong Boyfriend, the names of the new creations reflect the playfully inventive, even irreverent and non-traditional style of the brand. And just in time too. Valentine's is the perfect opportunity to showcase some unconventional and fun elements to ice cream, and Sebastian's Ice Cream unveils some unexpected surprises to brighten up your Valentine's (for more on Sebastian's Ice Cream, see my earlier post, Fast-Forward to Summer with Sebastian's Ice Cream... from two years ago). Curious? Read on...

Friday, January 24, 2020

Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Festive Happiness Menu at Crowne Plaza's Xin Tian Di

Goodbye Earth Pig, hello Metal Rat. Welcome the Chinese New Year with a sumptuous feast and usher in some good vibes. At Xin Tian Di...


Crowne Plaza Manila offers guests and diners a festive feast for six with the Happiness Menu at Xin Tian Di featuring an auspicious array of traditional dishes all the way until January 31, 2020. Just like the previous years, Executive Chinese Chef Peter Leung showcases bold and hearty flavors for the Chinese New Year (for more on Xin Tian Di at Crowne Plaza, see my earlier posts, Lo Hei! Toss It High and Welcome the Year of the Earth Pig at Xin Tian Di... from last year, Welcome The Year of the Dog at Crowne Plaza Manila from 2018 and Love Dim Sum? You'll Love Dim Sum Unlimited Nights at Xin Tian Di... on my very first visit three years ago). Hungry? Read on for a tasty peek...

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Savory and Sweet: Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Cafe Opens Second Branch at Estancia Mall

Luscious, silky smooth soft-serve ice cream made from premium Hokkaido Jersey Milk, pillow-soft pancakes and Japanese style cheesecake made with indulgent Hokkaido cream and savory meals masterfully prepared. You don't have to choose savory or sweet. You can enjoy both and more at Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Cafe...


From hearty and savory dishes to decadent desserts prepared with that elegant Japanese spin, Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Cafe shares their much-loved cheesecakes, milky pies, Japanese pancakes and savory specialties at their second branch in Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons. It's a unique Japanese dining experience coupled with the finest premium ingredients flown in regularly for an elevated take on Japanese comfort food and sweet confections in a casual setting. Read on and find out what the buzz is all about...

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Take the Cannoli: Francesco's Opens at BGC Corporate Center

Take the cannoli. And the pizza. And the pasta too. Francesco's has all the classic Italian favorites, each one prepared the old-fashioned way. And it's now open at Bonifacio Global City...


Since the days he headed the kitchens at Edsa Shangri-La's Paparazzi, Italian Chef Francesco Rizzo has seen the local culinary scene grow and blossom. The timing just seemed right. The passionate Italian then opened his very own restaurant that bears his name, Francesco's, serving dishes he grew up with for a uniquely authentic Italian dining experience. The success of that first restaurant in San Juan then led to the opening of a second at the heart of Bonifacio Global City. Made from scratch authenticity using the finest and freshest ingredients remain at the heart of Francesco's tasty offerings. Take the cannoli. And everything Italian at Francesco's... 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

#EatDrinkHilton: Level Up Your Afternoon Tea with the Choco Berry Afternoon Tea Buffet at Hilton Manila's Madison Lounge & Bar

Bottomless pots of fine teas from around the world paired with endless rounds of savory and sweet treats, it's afternoon tea taken to the next level...


Free-flowing, bottomless refills and a buffet spread that teases both the eyes and palate. Every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Madison Lounge & Bar at Hilton Manila shares their own lavish spin on afternoon tea with their Choco Berry Afternoon Tea Buffet offering a wide selection of premium teas, savory nibbles and indulgent bites. It's just one of many reasons to #EatDrinkHilton at Hilton Manila to start the year right (for more on Hilton Manila's other culinary offers, see my earlier post, #SeasonalProduce: Come Home to Filipino Flavors with Kusina Kultura Day ay Hilton Manila's Kusina Sea Kitchens).

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

#SeasonalProduce: Come Home to Filipino Flavors with Kusina Kultura Day at Hilton Manila's Kusina Sea Kitchens

A wide array of comfortingly familiar all-time Filipino favorites alongside a variety of international dishes in a sumptuous weekend brunch buffet spread plus entertaining cultural presentations, Sunday family days just got a whole lot more interesting at Hilton Manila... 


Hilton Manila invites you to #EatDrinkHilton and rediscover the richness of our local heritage with Kusina Kultura Day every Sunday for brunch at Kusina Sea Kitchens.  The lavish buffet spread takes you on a nostalgic culinary journey highlighted by its diverse offerings of regional cuisine using the finest and freshest #SeasonalProduce focusing on Local Herbs for January-February (local artisan chocolate will be featured in March-April). It's the perfect venue for family gatherings, including those visiting from abroad, to reconnect with their roots one plate at a time while being entertained with a cultural show at Kusina Sea Kitchens' Kusina Kultura Day. Time to come home to Filipino flavors this Sunday...

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Max Up Your Meal with the Max's Fried Chicken Holiday Classic Deluxe Bundle

Mention fried chicken, and you can bet Max's Fried Chicken will be one of those top-of-mind brands that automatically pops up. It's an enduring legacy that's been part of countless celebrations for generations...


When you're looking for a proper Max's Fried Chicken feast for four, the Holiday Classic Deluxe Bundle is the perfect set menu. Comforting local flavors and excellent value, it's just one of many value-packed options at Max's Restaurant offered during the recent holidays (for more on Max's Restaurant, see my earlier posts, Four for a Feast with the Max's Fried Chicken and Soup Bundle on their value-added bundles, #MaxsGetTogether: This National Fried Chicken Weekend, Get Together and Unlock Exciting Offers from Max's Restaurant on their special and much-awaited National Fried Chicken Weekend promotion, Afternoons at Max's..., Every Day to the Max with Max's New Adobo Ribs and Beef Salpicao on their innovative offerings and After 71 Years and Counting, Still Sarap to the Bones at Max's Restaurant on the brand's enduring culinary legacy).

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Potluck Picks: Gringo's Lechon Cubano and Original Whole Chicken

The holidays may be over, but potluck gatherings continue in the new year. Here's my potluck picks from Gringo...


Gringo always seems to have the answer for sumptuous feasts and spontaneous gatherings. The new Lechon Cubano paired with their Original Chicken are perfect for post-holiday get-togethers. In fact, the Lechon Cubano and Original Chicken are reasons enough to gather the gang for an impromptu celebration (for more on Gringo, see my earlier posts, Start the Season of Feasting and Say Hola! to the New Holaday Boards and the New Lechon Cubano from Gringo... on their seasonal offerings, Quick Bites: Head On Down To Gringo With Your Amigos, Now Open at O Square 2 Greenhills on their branch opening in Greenhills and Lunch in a Box Gringo Chicken, Ribds and Friends from 2016).

Friday, January 3, 2020

A Weekend Burger Lunch at El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse

Thick and juicy steaks and tender lamb chops fresh from the grill, you'll find all that at El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse. Now you can add their burgers to your list of favorites...


El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse offers more than just their signature steaks with their selection of Prime Black Angus Grain-Fed, Australian Black Angus Grass-Fed and Pure Blood Australian Wagyu beef. Their burgers, done with that Argentine flair, is a worthy and legitimate contender if you manage to get past and not be tempted by their steaks and lamb chops (for more on El Gaucho, see my earlier post, Fresh from the Grill: A Taste of Argentina at El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse in Century City).
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