Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Flavors of Legazpi: Local Flavors at Hotel St. Ellis' Crossroads Cafe

No visit to Bicolandia is complete without a taste of the local cuisine...

Famed for its fiery and spicy dishes draped in creamy coconut cream, it's one more colorful and flavorful layer to the rich tapestry of regional Filipino cuisine. At Legazpi City's Hotel St. Ellis, guests can savor the rich local and iconic flavors of Bicolandia at Crossroads Cafe...

Guests at Hotel St. Ellis can enjoy sumptuous local flavors, and why not. Hotel St. Ellis is just one of many prestigious clients managed by Enderun Hospitality Management, a hospitality management solutions provider offering comprehensive operations and asset management all the way to food and beverage operations to local independent hotel and restaurant owners. Enderun Hospitality Management's list of clients include Feliz Hotel Boracay, Privato Hotel, Donatela Hotel in Bohol, Midas Hotel and Casino, Hijo Resorts Davao, Embarcadero Hotel and Misibay Bay (more on the elegant Misibis Bay on my post, Misibis Bay: Enjoying The Sights, Views and Flavors at the Bicol Region's Premier Tropical Island Getaway).

That day at Hotel St. Ellis, we feasted on a hearty lunch that included Crossroads Cafe's signature Crispy Bicol Express (P 200) with crunchy braised pork belly sauteed with fresh coconut milk, tomatoes, spicy local chili and house made shrimp paste. It's the combination of creamy and spicy notes that make Bicolano dishes unique, but Crossroads Cafe takes it a level higher with crunchy pork belly for added texture and a savory richness like no other. in between bites, Crossroads Cafe's Crispy Bicol Express offered a tasty surprise from sweet pineapple chunks for even more vibrant flavors. Creamy, spicy, and nutty with just a hint of sweetness, Crossroads Cafe's Crispy Bicol Express is an absolute must-try when in Legazpi City.

Pair your Crispy Bicol Express with Crossroads Cafe's traditional Laing (P 180) with slow-cooked gabi leaves simmered in coconut milk and local chili topped with crispy pork floss. The subtle nutty sweetness of the gabi leaves are complemented by the creamy coconut milk capped by the soothing heat from the chili. The crunchy pork floss adds both textural contrast and flavor to the dish. It's a deceptively simple dish but a lot can go wrong when prepared incorrectly. But the culinary team at Crossroads Cafe gets it right all the time, with a creamy and spicy version of a Bicolano classic with just the right level of heat. Extra rice? Absolutely.

Our feast of local flavors at Crossroads Cafe continued with the hearty and comforting Sinigang na Lapu-Lapu with fresh vegetables in a sour tamarind broth spiced up with local chili in true Bicolano style...

...and thick and juicy Pork Chops (P 390) served with gravy and mashed potatoes, a popular favorite among locals at Crossroads Cafe. It was our first day in Legazpi City, and there's just nothing like diving right in with the city's local flavors at Hotel St. Ellis.

Crossroad Cafe is located at Hotel St. Ellis, Rizal Street, Legazpi City, Albay or call 480-8088, 0917-559-1917 and 0939-917-0507 for inquiries. You can also email at reservations@hotelstellis.com

For more details on Enderun Hospitality Management and its services, visit https://www.enderunhospitalitymanagement.com/

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