Ala carte dishes to savor, clockwise from top left: Chairman’s Burger, Classico Rogu Pasta, and 3-way Lechon
FOR the past two months, F1 Hotel Manila has been regaling diners with its new ala carte menu at F All-Day Dining.
These new offerings are composed mainly of classic Filipino dishes that have been prepared using different cooking techniques and flavors from other countries. Carefully curated by the hotel’s executive chef, Angelo “Chubby” Timban, the new dishes utilize top-quality ingredients delivered fresh daily by local suppliers.
Classico Ragu di Manzo
The new ala carte menu offers a wide range of Filipino dishes with a twist, such as the Mexinigang (the Filipino favorite sinigang given a Mexican twist), the eccentric Classico Ragu Pasta (Italian pasta with Filipino caldereta sauce, garnished with black croutons and potatoes), the 3-way Lechon (carefully steamed and roasted and then deep-fried pork, served with bagoong rice), and the Chairman’s Burger (the hotel owner’s personal favorite, made with U.S. grade homemade patty, spread with salsa sauce, topped with Swiss cheese, and served with Sloppy Joe fries on the side).
(F1 Hotel Manila is located at 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. For inquiries and restaurant reservations, call 908-7888.)
ON strict Keto Diet and missing your sweets? You can have your cake and eat it, too, at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Café Pronto with delightful desserts that fit in well with the ketogenic way of eating.
Keto Chocolate Cake
Available at Café Pronto are keto-friendly bites such as the Keto Cheesecake and Keto Chocolate Cake, both priced at Php285. Also up for grabs is the Keto Bread, which is perfect with Black Bulletproof Coffee, so diners can satisfy their cravings without the guilt.
Café Pronto is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For inquiries or advanced orders, call (632) 720-7720.
(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number (632) 720-7777.)
Popeyes Southern-style, Cajun-inspired Fried Chicken is back
POPEYES, the favorite fried chicken brand from the United States, is now in the Philippines. The Kuya J Group has brought it to the country and opened its first Philippine store at Arcovia City, Pasig City, today (May 16, 2019).
Backed by 45 years of history and culinary tradition, Popeyes opened its very first store in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1972 and distinguishes itself with its unique New Orleans style menu. It prides itself with its signature Cajun-inspired Fried Chicken, which is the product that expanded its operations all over the U.S. and brought it to different countries around the world.
Much revelry marked the opening of Popeyes’ first Philippine store at Arcovia City, Pasig
Key officials of Popeyes USA and Popeyes Philippines do the thumbs-up during the media launch and tasting that took place a day before the formal opening of Popeyes first Philippine store at Arcovia City, Pasig
With the opening of the first Philippine store under the Kuya J Group, Popeyes also scores a first by choosing the Arcovia store to be the first store in the world to unveil the brand’s new global restaurant image. It is hip and more vibrant with its bright orange, red and white color theme and booth seating to go with regular quick-serve restaurant seating.
But the star of the show is the food—and the star has got to be the signature Fried Chicken of Popeyes. Packed with distinct Cajun-inspired flavors, it is made fresh daily and can be enjoyed in Original and Spicy variants.
The chicken can be enjoyed in various ways—1-piece Chicken with Spaghetti and Drink (Php125); 1-piece Chicken with Rice, Fries and Drink (Php105); 1-piece Chicken with Rice, Mashed Potato and Drink (Php115); 1-piece Chicken with Rice, Soup and Drink (Php129); 1-piece Chicken with Spaghetti, Biscuit and Drink (Php145); and 2-piece Chicken with Rice and Drink (Php167).
For groups, the chicken comes in two Bundles of 6 pieces that are good for three persons—6-piece Chicken with 3 each of Rice, Spaghetti and Drinks (Php499); and 6-piece Chicken with Rice, Biscuits and Drinks (Php489). There are two Bundles of 8 pieces that are good for four persons—8-piece Chicken with 4 each of Rice, Spaghetti and Drinks (Php699); and 8-piece Chicken with 4 each of Rice, Biscuits and Drinks (Php689).
Popeyes Original Honey Biscuits
Popeyes Biscuits in, clockwise from top: Hazelnut, Original Honey, and White Chocolate variants
Yes, Popeyes brings with it its Original Honey Biscuits (Php45 per piece or Php120 for a Box of 3). But now, Popeyes Biscuit also comes in two new variants: Hazelnut and White Chocolate (Php55 per piece or Php150 for a Box of 3 Assorted Biscuits).
Spaghetti is only available in the Philippines
And speaking of Spaghetti (Php66 with Drink), it is one item on the Popeyes menu that is exclusive to the Philippine market. Sweet and meaty, it was formulated specifically to please the Filipino palate. Which is why it has hotdog and cheese
For burger lovers, Popeyes offers its hefty chicken version called Chicken French Quarter (Php165), a generous fried chicken fillet layered with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and mayo in a bun). Other options are Chicken Burger (Php92), Shrimp Burger (Php149) and Fish Burger (Php149).
Chicken French Quarter Burger with Cajun Fries
Also available are Chicken Tenders with various dips and sauces available, Cajun Fries, Cajun Rice, Mashed Potato, Creamy Crab Soup, Swirls, Floats and Sundaes.
After the Arcovia launch, other Popeyes branches expected to open in the next few months are located in Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Galleria, Eastwood City, SM City San Lazaro, SM City Manila, and Dela Rosa Carpark in Makati.
F1 Hotel Manila offers the MOMentous Room Package for Mother’s Day this year.
MOTHER’S Day. Second Sunday of May. It’s the day when the world celebrates motherhood and honors mothers and the important roles they play in the family, in their workplace and in society. This year, it falls on May 12, 2019, and there are so many mini celebrations, promos and treats that are meant to give moms a treat. Shall it be a special lunch or dinner this year? Perhaps a staycation?
Here are some attractive options…
EASTWOOD RICHMONDE HOTEL
Mom is the epitome of unconditional love, and she deserves her own special festival, which is happening at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Eastwood Café+Bar, on May 12, 2019. Lunch and dinner buffets are filled with delectable Spanish-inspired fares for a fun fiesta dedicated to all loving mothers. Mom gets her meal on the house with the 4+1 deal when she dines in with four guests paying the regular buffet rate.
Mother’s Day buffet at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel
Richmonde’s team of skilled chefs will take Mom—and the whole family—on a culinary journey around Spain via savory bites from the selection of aperitivo (including Fried Herring and assorted tapas), exciting main dishes such as Organic Iberian Chicken and Lengua Sevillana), a la minute cooking of Camaron, two paella variants (Paella Negra and Paella Filipino), and delightful desserts (like Canonigo and Brazo de Gitano).
A glass of guyabano citrus juice and coffee or green tea is included in this Mom Is Love (Mamά es Amor) Mother’s Day Buffet priced at Php1,250nett per person, available for lunch and dinner on May 12, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., respectively. Children aged 6 to 12 get a 50% discount while children aged 5 and below get to eat for free.
For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 570-7777.
(Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is located at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.)
F1 HOTEL MANILA
Every mother deserves to be honored and spoiled for the love and care that she gives generously and unconditionally. So F1 Hotel Manila celebrates with her and the entire family via the MOMentous Room Package, a grand staycation for Php6,500 net per night in a City Suite, available from May 8 to 15, 2019.
F1 Hotel Manila’s City Suite Double Room
More pampering comes her way, as this promo comes with a free one-hour F1 signature massage, breakfast for two persons, access to the pool area and Wi-Fi.
And if she is checking in on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019, La Filipina shall also be gift her with a lootbag.
For room reservations, call 908-7888 or email email@example.com.
(F1 Hotel Manila is located at 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.)
MARCO POLO ORTIGAS MANILA
Honor Mom with special gifts that come from the heart, and Marco Polo Ortigas Manila suggests a special lunch or dinner buffet at Cucina, where a bountiful feast awaits moms and their families on May 11 and 12, 2019. For every two full-paying adult diners, Mom gets to dine in the restaurant for free.
Mother’s Day is special with Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Over at Lung Hin, a special set menu of delectable, authentic Cantonese dishes is available for the whole family to enjoy on May 12, 2019. There’s also afternoon tea, which lets guests enjoy tasty bites with a cup of tea and a stunning view of the metro, with a complimentary Baby Rosé from May 6 to 19, 2019, for the queen of the house to enjoy with her perfect company.
Or treat Mom to a 90-minute massage featuring a full-body Aromatherapy Massage; Head, Neck and Shoulder Massage; and a Peppermint Foot Scrub available at Flow Spa.
(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number (632) 720-7777.)
RICHMONDE HOTEL ORTIGAS
Mother’s Day! Let us therefore give dear Mom a break from all the hard work and spoiling that she does for us and pamper her for a change with an exquisite overnight stay and a gustatory treat at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas.
Book a room or two from May 10 to 12, 2019, for Mom’s much-needed staycation. Rates for the Bed and Breakfast Package start at Php3,799 nett for a Deluxe Room, while rates for the Mother’s Day Deal start at Php4,199 nett for a Junior Suite. The latter includes a 6” chocolate cake for Mom and breakfast buffet for two. And the more guests joining mom’s staycation, the merrier, especially because additional room-only bookings are discounted at Php2,000 for a Superior Room and Php2,200 nett for a Deluxe Room.
A Junior Suite at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas
All room accommodations include Wi-Fi access and complimentary use of the Health Club’s gym and heated indoor pool. The Mother’s Day Deal and discounted rates for additional rooms are available only through direct hotel bookings via Room Reservations.
An awesome spread for Mother’s Day
If a gustatory treat is your idea of pampering Mom on her special day, a good option should be the Mother’s Day Filipino Lunch Buffet at Richmonde Café on May 12, 2019, to relish a filling spread of delectable dishes from around the country. These include starters like Sinigang na Salmon Belly sa Miso, Kinilaw na Tanigue sa Mangga and Tinapang Bangus Ensalada; mouth-watering entrées and carvings such as Pinoy Sampler (grilled chicken and pork ribs), Inihaw na Pusit and Lechon Kawali; and divine desserts that include Pastillas de Leche Cheesecake.
Mom is also in for a special treat with the 4+1 Deal, which means that for every four guests paying the regular rate of Php1,080 nett, Mom gets to eat absolutely free! Kids aged 6 to 12 get 50% off while those aged 5 and below get to eat for free.
For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 638-7777. For room reservations, call (632) 689-8411. For table reservations at Richmonde Café, call (632) 689-8419.
(Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)
DIAMOND HOTEL PHILIPPINES
Create special MOMents with Mom this Mother’s Day by treating her to a staycation or take her out to a lavish lunch or dinner at Diamond Hotel Philippines.
Book a city getaway from May 10 to 13, 2019, with room rates that start at Php5,800 nett for a Deluxe Room accommodation, which comes with a free foot reflex for rejuvenation. Make it more exciting with buffet breakfast for 2 at Corniche, free Wi-Fi connection, 30% discount in all dining outlets (in-room service, minibar and alcoholic beverages excluded), 20% off on massage and laundry, access to the Health Club & Spa and swimming pool, and weekend shuttle service to Robinsons Place Manila, Intramuros and SM Mall of Asia.
For a sumptuous feast to spoil Mom with, Corniche is the perfect place to take her. For Php2,880 nett per person, she gets to enjoy favorites from around the world at the lunch or dinner buffet. At Yurakuen, an authentic Japanese lunch or dinner is a family affair with set menus for groups of 4 for Php9,600 nett or for groups of 6 for Php13,600 nett, with one round of a standard beverage of choice included in each set. For a laidback afternoon spread or a simple yet elegant evening repast, the Lobby Lounge offers a Mother’s Day 3-course Set Menu at Php1,680 nett, punctuated with a glass of white wine. And if Mom wants to have fun with her friends on Mother’s Day, Bar 27 is geared up for a night of dancing, drinks and delicious pica-pica. Moms in groups of 4 get a complimentary glass of cocktail and a special present.
To make the occasion extra special, all mothers dining in the hotel on May 12, 2019, will receive a complimentary slice of cake and a framed photo as mementos.
For room and restaurant reservations, call (632) 528-3000.
(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila.)
A complete meal: ShackBurger with Calamansi Limeade and Crinkle-Cut Fries
FILIPINOS who have eaten in a Shake Shack outlet in the United States—or even in London (England), Hong Kong and Shanghai (China), Istanbul (Turkey), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Tokyo (Japan), Moscow (Russia) and Seoul (South Korea)—have long wished that the burger brand would eventually find its way to the Philippines.
And it has! In fact, Shake Shack is opening its first Philippine store at the Ground Floor of Central Square, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, today (May 10, 2019), at 11:00 a.m. The modern-day “roadside” burger, whose first ever store opened in New York City’s Madison Square Park as a burger stand in 2004, is known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and hormone- and antibiotic-free flat-top Vienna beef hotdogs.
With Stand for Something Good as its mission, Shake Shack brings its specialties to the Philippines.
Avalanche of ShackBurgers
Crinkle-Cut Fries to go with the ShackBurger
A definite must-try is its signature ShackBurger (Php250), which is a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato slices and ShackSauce. The burger is huge and filling and good for a meal, especially when paired with Crinkle-Cut Fries (Php130) or Cheese Fries (Php180).
For burger lovers who are looking for something more than just a really good cheeseburger, Shake Shack offers SmokeShack (Php365), a cheeseburger with all-natural Applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce.
Shake Shack’s meat-free ‘Shroom Burger
Gooey cheese oozes out of the Portobello mushroom when you bite into the ‘Shroom Burger
My favorite is the meat-free but oh-so-good ‘Shroom Burger (Php445), a crisp-fried Portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce. The Portobello mushroom is sliced in half, filled with gooey cheese and then breaded and fried to a golden crisp. So when you bite into it, melted cheese oozes out. The cheese has an incredible stretch similar to mozzarella cheese on pizza.
Diners with a hearty appetite can opt for the Shack Stack (Php545), which pairs a cheeseburger and a ‘Shroom Burger. Should you not like cheese on your burger, you can order the Hamburger (Php245) with lettuce, tomato, pickle or onion, and to which you can add Applewoood Smoked Bacon for an additional Php115.
Hotdog heaven, from top: All-beef Hotdog, Hotdog with ShackSauce, and the loaded Shack-cago Dog
Aside from burgers, the brand is also famous for its flat-top Vienna beef hotdog sandwiches. Choices include Shack-cago Dog (Php250). It packs in Rick’s Picks Shack relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt and mustard with the hotdog. Another choice is a simple all-beef Hotdog (Php200), to which you can add Shack cheese sauce for an extra Php50.
Shake Shack’s classic shakes
Ube Shake is available only in the Philippines
Shake Shack has also brought in its Classic Hand-Spun Shakes (Php190), including the Manila Exclusives’ Ube Shake (Vanilla frozen custard blended with ube). It has been formulated for the sole enjoyment of the Philippine market. So is Calamansi Limeade (Php130 for Small and Php160 for Large), a local twist on a Shack classic.
Also part of Shake Shack’s Manila Exclusives menu are the three variants of Concretes (frozen custard ice cream, made in-Shack every day, blended with mix-ins)—Uuube-by Baby, Calamansi Pie Oh My, and Shack Attack (Php250). The mix-ins are either favorite Filipino ingredients, local artisanal products, or brownies and pies baked by local bakers.
Uuube-by Baby is vanilla custard mixed with ube, coconut marshmallow, ube cookie, toasted coconut and crispy pinipig, topped with leche flan.
Calamansi Pie Oh My
Calamansi Pie Oh My is also vanilla custard ice cream, this time mixed with calamansi pie baked by local favorite Wildflour Bakery.
Shack Attack means chocolate overload, as chocolate custard ice cream is mixed with original chocolate brownies from Bucky’s, chunks of 55% cacao chocolate from local bean-to-bar Auro chocolate.
Shake Shack also offers craft beer from Engkanto Brewery and Monkey Eagle, and Shack Red and White wines, and—would you believe?—doggie treats for diners’ beloved pets.
Specialty Food Retailers Inc. (SFRI), a member of the SSI Group headed by its president Anton Huang, is the exclusive franchise holder of Shake Shack in the Philippines.