More Seafood to Love
at Marco Polo Ortigas’ Cucina

Cucina - SeafoodSEAFOOD lovers, rejoice! Your seafood culinary experience rises to an incredible high with the newly upgraded seafood station of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s all-day dining restaurant, Cucina, beginning this December.

Cucina elevates one of its most well-loved live action stations, Seafood, by bringing in the true taste of the sea. Start your journey with oysters, which diners can have fresh from the shell or baked by the restaurant’s expert chefs. Rich clams and prime mussels also form part of the wide array of seafood selections at the Seafood Station. So with different types of crabs, including Blue Swimmer Crabs and Curacha, as well as prawns, which are truly a gourmet’s delight.

Aside from the Seafood Station, what Cucina really offers is a versatile dining experience complemented by a well-curated spread of international dishes that are truly special because they’re prepared with superior ingredients and are heavy on flavors. The talented kitchen team never stops in its pursuit of excellence in food, so the chefs constantly bring something excitingly new to the table with different station highlights. Celebrations have thus become more bountiful and gay.

For more information on Cucina and the other signature dining outlets at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, visit


(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)

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Christmas Celebration 2017:
A Sumptuous Repast at Diamond Hotel

Diamond Hotel Philippines' Christmas treats: Porchetta with Truffle Rice, paired with Baked Cheesecake

Diamond Hotel Philippines’ Christmas treats: Porchetta with Truffle Rice, paired with Baked Cheesecake

THINKING of where to spend Christmas this year? It pays to make plans and book your Christmas Eve Dinner as well as Christmas Day Lunch and Dinner early so you don’t have to rush about doing so come crunch time.

One of the places to consider is Diamond Hotel Philippines, which promises to bring glad and delicious tidings this holiday season with its lineup of unforgettable feasts in its various restaurants.

A sumptuous repast of international cuisine awaits the entire brood at Corniche Buffet Restaurant. Christmas Eve Lunch is priced at Php2,680 nett per person, while Christmas Eve Dinner can be enjoyed with a glass of Cava at Php2,980 nett per person. Book for the Christmas Day Lunch Buffet and partake of a buffet of traditional holiday favorites and culinary delights, plus a glass of Cava, for Php2,980 nett per person, while dinner is at Php2,680 nett per person, with a pianist and quartet to set you on a holiday mood.

Over at Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant, you can make it a gastronomic celebration of authentic Japanese cuisine. The restaurant offers Christmas lunch and dinner set menus with a glass of Cava on December 24 and 25, 2017, at Php2,580 nett per person. On Christmas Eve, diners get to enjoy their food as they listen to soothing saxophone music; while on Christmas Day, diners get serenaded by an acoustic duo and violinist who shall play classic Christmas medleys.

As for The Lobby Lounge, it offers a welcoming respite amidst all the holiday commotion with its relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy holiday menus and unwind with coffee or cocktails, as it serves a set menu paired with a glass of wine on December 24 and 25 at Php1,580 nett per person.

Then there is Bar 27, which offers the best vantage point of the city for diners to enjoy an awesome view while bonding over pica-pica with unlimited signature cocktail or beer for two hours at Php1,880 nett per person. Special live entertainment keeps guests happily occupied during the holidays.

For inquiries or reservations, call 528-3000 extension 1121.


(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila.)

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Start the Holiday Celebration
at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

RHO Holiday Goodies '17‘TIS the season of giving, so start the holiday celebration by giving family, friends, colleagues and clients boxes of freshly baked cookies, pastries and other goodies. They can be sweet; they can be savory, too, and one of the best places to get them is Richmonde Hotel Ortigas.

The hotel’s Lobby Café offers a wide collection of holiday goodies that are available until January 6, 2018.

Luscious goodies available include Pistachio Double Cream Cheese Bread (Php225), Bacon Tomato Cheese Bread (Php220), Banana Walnut Bread (Php265) and Cinnamon Cluster Bread (Php190). There are also creamy desserts like Craquelin Cream Puff (Php100), Chocolate Cream Puff (Php120), Coffee Buns with Cream Cheese Filling (Php150 per box of 4 pieces), Chocolate Crinkles (Php270 per jar of 15 pieces), Reese’s Chocolate Cookies (Php260 per pack of 7 pieces), and Red Velvet Cake (Php250 for a 4-inch cake and Php350 for a 6-inch cake).

RHO Cookies & Chocolate CakeNot to be missed is the oversized signature Richmonde Ensaymada, which comes in plain (Php150), ube (Php160), salted egg (Php170) and quezo de bola (Php175) flavor variants, with layers of buttercream and overflowing cheese. Another must-have is the moist Richmonde Chocolate Cake, which is decked in holiday designs and priced at Php185 for a 4-inch cake, Php520 for a 6-inch cake and Php640 for an 8-inch cake.

For the complete collection of holiday goodies, visit Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Lobby Café. Bulk orders need to be placed at least two days in advance at telephone number 638-7777 or email address


(Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)

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Luxury Soft-serve Ice Cream
Now Available at Kiss the Tiramisu

Kiss the Tiramisu's Original or Classic Tiramisu Soft-serve Ice Cream in a goblet

Kiss the Tiramisu’s Original or Classic Tiramisu Soft-serve Ice Cream in a goblet

GOOD news for ice cream lovers: Kiss the Tiramisu, a famous dessert café that originated from South Korea, is now in the Philippines.

What started out as a small ice cream store in Hongdae, Seoul, Korea, is best known for its signature luxury soft-serve ice cream served in elegant acrylic goblets. The ice cream is made with real mascarpone cheese and pure fresh milk shipped straight from Korea. Rich, decadent and made with only the highest quality ingredients, Kiss the Tiramisu’s luxury soft-serve ice cream has also captured the fancy of ice cream lovers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Canada so much so that it now has stores in all these countries.

Just recently, Kiss the Tiramisu opened its first branch in the Philippines. It can be found at Three Central along Valero St., Makati City, and it serves three ice cream variants—Classic Tiramisu, Matcha Tiramisu, and Injeolmi Tiramisu. That people like the Classic Tiramisu (sweet and creamy Tiramisu soft-serve ice cream) is a given. But Kiss the Tiramisu has gone a step further by offering Matcha Tiramisu (generous amounts of pure matcha or green tea powder and sauce is sprinkled and drizzled on top of Tiramisu ice cream) and Injeolmi Tiramisu (the delicious Korean rice cake is covered in powdered dried soy beans).

Matcha Tiramisu Ice Cream

Matcha Tiramisu Ice Cream

All three variants have a Tiramisu base, which is the ice cream version of the famous Italian cake or dessert.

“The founder of Kiss the Tiramisu wondered why the Italian dessert has only been served in cake form. From there, the café’s classic Tiramisu ice cream was born,” explains Shirley Vy, owner of Foodeology Inc., the official Philippine franchisee of Kiss the Tiramisu.

Injeolmi Tiramisu Ice Cream

Injeolmi Tiramisu Ice Cream

The idea behind Kiss the Tiramisu is that, although it offers limited flavors, each flavor is deliciously premium and carefully perfected to provide an elevated, well-rounded dessert experience from the first mouthful. Each serving is assembled right in front of customers upon order, so they get to see how each treat is skillfully made, with layers of premium ingredients. Then this is served in an elegant acrylic goblet.

Two new flavors, which will be exclusively available in the Philippines, shall be launched soon.

“We understand how Filipinos are passionate about food. We’re excited to introduce local flavors in new and exciting ways,” Vy says.

Kiss the Tiramisu also serves cakes and coffee, thus completing its range of heavenly desserts plus coffee to go with them.

“There is always something to be happy about, no matter how your day goes. Maybe you were able to check all your tasks off your to-do list, or you got promoted at work. Whatever that is, Kiss the Tiramisu wants to be with you at your happiest moments. We believe that every day deserves its own reward,” Vy ends.

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New Cantonese Menu Debuts
at Marco Polo Ortigas’ Lung Hin

Mini Buddha Jump Over the Wall Soup

Mini Buddha Jump Over the Wall Soup

A NEW flavorful dining experience awaits diners at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Lung Hin, as the Chinese restaurant specializing in Cantonese cuisine debuts a new menu of exciting dishes.

Located on the 44th floor of the hotel, Lung Hin caters to a more discerning clientele who knows what good Cantonese food is and wants nothing less than that. So Lung Hin ”transports” diners to Hong Kong through the fine art of Cantonese cuisine whipped up by expertly trained Chinese chefs. It features traditional and authentic Cantonese food and fresh seafood prepared by its very own Hong Kong chefs and presented in a contemporary style.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Lung Hin Chinese Restaurant

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Lung Hin Chinese Restaurant

Chef Terry

Chinese Executive Chef Lai Cheuk Kou, better known as simply Chef Terry

Peking Duck with Osmanthus Flower Jelly on Potato Chip

Peking Duck with Osmanthus Flower Jelly on Potato Chip

Under the helm of Chinese Executive Chef Lai Cheuk Kou, also known as Chef Terry, Lung Hin constantly maintains a level of culinary excellence so that it regularly introduces new dishes to please the discriminating palate of its diners. Part of its new a la carte menu that goes across dim sum, carvery and seafood are Baked Prawns with Cheese and Avocado, Peking Duck with Osmanthus Flower Jelly on Potato Chip, and Chilled Dragon Fruits with Mango Mix. Also on the new menu are different takes on dim sum, such as Steamed Vegetarian Dumplings and Steamed Mushroom Buns. Then there are the classic Cantonese dishes—Mini Buddha Jump Over the Wall Soup and Braised Japanese Cucumber with Canadian Wild Rice.

Steamed Live Lobster with Garlic

Steamed Live Lobster with Garlic

Lung Hin's assorted dim sum

Lung Hin’s assorted dim sum

These new dishes go very well with Lung Hin staples, which include seafood favorites such as Steamed Garoupa with Cordyceps Fower in Supreme Soy Sauce, Three-flavored Prawns and Steamed Live Lobster with Garlic, plus classic dim sum fares like Steamed Shrimp Dumplings and Steamed Scallop Dumplings.

Also not to be missed is Crispy Roast Suckling Pig, which diners can order in whole, half and single orders; as well as Lung Hin Signature Roasted Barbecue Pork, Wok-fried Wagyu Beef and Crispy Avocado Roll with Goose Liver, Deep-fried Hong Kong Pigeon, and Signature Salt-baked Chicken.

Aside from the food, Lung Hin provides a complete dining experience by offering not just sleek and cozy interiors but also an amazing view of the metro and personalized service by the staff led by restaurant manager Eric Lim Hoi San, who hails from Malaysia and is backed by 25 years of experience in Chinese restaurant operations.


(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number 720-7777.)

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