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...
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