Monday, July 5, 2021

Days of Wine and Good Food: Don Revy Showcases Top Wines with Excellent Value at Dusit Thani Manila's The Pantry

A sumptuous meal is elevated and transformed when paired with that most elegant of libations, a glass or bottle of fine wine. Don Revy shows you how at The Pantry and other restaurants in Dusit Thani Manila with attractive retail prices that will have you going for another round without worrying about your budget.

Don Revy Philippines, a boutique importer and distributor of fine wines and spirits from around the world, collaborates with Dusit Thani Manila for a unique and memorable dining experience. Pair your meals at The Pantry and other restaurants of Dusit Thani Manila like Umu and Benjarong with a curated selection of wines across 29 wine regions from nine countries all in one spot at The Wine Pantry by Don Revy. And best of all, you get to enjoy all these fine wines, from reds to rosé, crisp whites, light to full-bodied and mid-priced to premium wines at attractive retail prices and not hotel rates. Read on and find out more on this unique collab... 

The Pantry at Dusit Thani Manila offers diners a taste of the world with its extensive culinary offerings, including farm-to-fork with organic produce as well as the convenient Grab & Go selections (more on their sumptuous Grab & Go items on my post, Grab and Go at Dusit Thani Manila's The Pantry). And on Fridays, experience the rich culinary heritage of Louisiana with Geaux Friday at The Pantry. Featuring savory fresh off-the-grill specialties like Angus Beef Brisket, Baby Back Ribs, Charred Chicken and Sausages with that vibrant blend of spices from The Pelican State and the marshy bayous. That's the perfect setting for an unforgettable meat and wine experience made easier with The Wine Pantry by Don Revy.

How about a sumptuous Seafood Boil? Capping your feast with a classic Beignet doesn't get more Louisiana with this popular New Orleans staple. Creole, Cajun and the deep south, it all comes together on Geaux Friday at The Pantry.

The Wine Pantry by Don Revy is the ultimate oenophile's dream, stocked with labels from both the old and new world. Located right at the entrance, one can't miss the impressive displays of Don Revy for their special pop-up. Front and center is a towering island highlighting world-renowned labels... 

...with an even more elaborate and comprehensive display on the right side. The concept is pure genius, reflecting how one can creatively adapt to the challenges of the new normal. 

As dining at home, the rise of the food delivery culture and increased online usage emerge as the new consumer habits defining the quarantine experience, businesses need to evolve with the times to remain relevant. As the food service sector struggles to survive and inconsistent liquor bans hinder volumes, Don Revy needed to go outside of the proverbial box for an innovative way to inject life back to a struggling sector. And this is where The Wine Pantry comes in, a simple yet elegant solution to a long and lingering reality of the times. 

The conventional price structure for wines at hotels is replaced by more affordable retail price points making it more attractive to hotel guests and diners. It's also a win-win situation where guests can experience the culinary offerings of Dusit Thani Manila paired with premium wines at reasonable prices.   

"Wine is sunlight, held together by water."

With The Wine Pantry by Don Revy at Dusit Thani Manila, you don't have to worry about excessive hotel mark-ups on your favorite bottle of wine. You can probably enjoy two bottles or more with the attractive retail pricing at The Wine Pantry paired with a sumptuous meal at The Pantry, Umu or Benjarong in Dusit Thani Manila for that special wine pairing experience. And that's the break we all need in this new normal. We all need that personal bright spot from bottled sunshine. 

The staff at The Wine Pantry is ready to assist you in selecting that perfect bottle for a feast at The Pantry, Umu or Benjarong. Imagine enjoying top-tier wines at unbelievably attractive retail prices paired with a meal at one of the metro's best hotels and you get the picture and appreciate the sheer simplicity and genius of The Wine Pantry concept. 

Pick your wine from The Wine Pantry and step outside the al fresco area of The Pantry for a tasty peek at the outdoor grill with the day's selection of fork-tender Angus Beef Brisket, fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs, juicy Charred Chicken and savory Sausages with tasty sides of roasted marble potatoes, grilled zucchini and sweet corn. You'll also find a variety of sauces to go with your grilled meats like tart and smoky barbecue sauce, nutty chimichurri or hot mustard and many more. 

Following the latest mandatory health and safety protocols with proper social distancing enforced at all times, your peace of mind is at the top of the list at Dusit Thani Manila. You can also opt to dine al fresco if weather permits... 

...and enjoy the early evening breeze amidst verdant and lush greens at Dusit Thani Manila's secret garden. The spacious layout at The Pantry provides adequate social distancing, al fresco or inside the main dining areas.  

"A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine."

Our wine experience with The Wine Pantry begins with the refreshingly crisp Pebble Lane Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, perfectly chilled for pronounced notes. From the plains and dry river beds draped in a cool maritime climate comes grapes with delicately sharp yet balanced flavors with hints of sweet passionfruit and berries.

Light and easy on the palate with a silky smooth finish, the Pebble Lane Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect choice to kick-off your wine flight with The Wine Pantry at Dusit Thani Manila. It also pairs well with the tasty starters at The Pantry... the garden-fresh Caesar's Salad topped with cheese, bacon and croutons. The crispness and clean flavors of the greens slathered with the indulgent dressing opens the palate, cleansed with a sip of the Pebble Lane Sauvignon Blanc. I normally don't skip the salad offerings at fine dining establishments simply because you can't recreate this kind freshness and quality at home with the usual supermarket variety produce. And the salad selection at The Pantry does not disappoint. Other options that evening at the Salad Station included the Creole Potato Salad and classic Coleslaw which pairs well with the Baby Back Ribs from the grill.

Switch gears with the bold flavors of the rich Tomato Soup with its light and thin yet flavorful broth. The addition of finely minced fresh vegetables add layers of both texture and flavor for a hearty and comforting starter.

The Seafood Boil is not to be missed at The Pantry. Have a bowl of plump clams and mussels, succulent shrimps, marble potatoes, sweet corn and sausages on a rich broth infused with the distinct flavors of the various ingredients. Enjoy it with slice of crusty sourdough bread to mop up the broth.

Just like Filipinos, Cajuns enjoy their whole roasted pig slow-roasted for 6 to as much as 12 hours. That day at Dusit Thani Manila, The Pantry featured their own lavish whole roasted pig adding a festive vibe to our Geaux Friday experience.

After all, it just isn't a real feast without Lechon, right? The Pantry's Lechon is masterfully executed, from the juicy pork to the crisp layer of crackling. 

Each bite of the buttery tender pork drapes the palate with a savory richness capped by the sweet notes of the liver sauce. And to complete the experience, take a bite of the crackling announced by an audible crunch. The Lechon at The Pantry's Geaux Friday is just one of many tasty highlights with so many more... the assorted seafood offerings prepared with the rich Cajun spice blends of Louisiana... 

...and the Angus Beef Brisket and Sausages. And just like that, dining at The Pantry's Geaux Friday notches up a gear into overdrive.

The grilled Sausages delivers richly seasoned flavors capped by hints of smoke with that delectable snap in every bite...

...while the fork-tender Angus Beef Brisket with its pink smoke rings and charred crust brings smoky savory notes to the palate. And it's tender, you don't need a knife to enjoy a slice.  

The deep notes of Mariano J. Lacort Rioja Reserva adds its own layer of richness to the evening's feast at The Pantry. The wide range of nuanced notes, from hints of vanilla to spiced oak, cherry and chocolate come together seamlessly for a vibrant finish pairing well with the various meats from the grill. 

The bold yet soothing character of the Spanish Tempranillo blend comes through with each sip, tempering the rich savory notes of the grilled meats. Another bite of the grilled meats and the flavors become even more intense. Dinner is just a whole lot better with wine. And that's exactly what "a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine" is all about. 

The Wine Pantry by Don Revy brings out yet another bottle from their collection...

...the Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz from Australia with its lingering depth of flavor. A full-bodied wine with a distinct mouthfeel, each sip brings rich notes of plum and vanilla with an elegantly smooth finish pairing equally well with the savory dishes at The Pantry.

For wine lovers and simply those aching to dine out in a safe environment reconfigured for the new normal, The Wine Pantry by Don Revy at The Pantry of Dusit Thani Manila is an excellent option. With its vast selection of wines from Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Chile, Argentina, France, South Africa, Spain and US, you'll find that perfect bottle of wine to pair with your feast at Dusit Thani Manila. 

For dessert, indulge in the dazzling array of tempting treats... 

...or cap it with a New Orleans classic, the soft and sweet Beignet. Light and fluffy with a delicately crisp layer covered in powdered sugar, it's the perfect ending with that Southern Louisiana vibe. The lavish cuisine of Louisiana are available every Friday with Geaux Friday at The Pantry from 6pm to 10pm for only P 1,850 net. Parking? No problem. Simply have your parking ticket validated for free parking.

"Sometimes too much wine is barely enough."

The wide selection of wines from Don Revy with their innovative pop-up makes dining at Dusit Thani Manila different and special. Value and variety come together at The Wine Pantry for a winning formula with reasonable price points allowing you to enjoy a wide range of options. The themed buffets at The Pantry, authentic Japanese cuisine at Umu and flavorful Thai dishes at Benjarong offer limitless possibilities for wine pairing. Make it a fun and festive experience of discovery and exploration with wines from around the world, all in one place. 

A good bottle of wine means a lot of different things to many people, and you can take your palate on an adventure pairing it with a variety of dishes and cuisines. The wine experience doesn't have to be exclusive or out of reach. You just need to visit The Wine Pantry by Don Revy at Dusit Thani Manila and discover a world of flavors and pairings with the very best wines without the usual hotel rates... 

For more on Dusit Thani Manila's culinary offerings, visit their website and FB Page at and for more information and updates. You can also call 7238 8888 or 7238 8840 for reservations.

For more on Don Revy PH, visit their website at for inquiries.

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