IF there is one chef who knows Filipino cuisine from Luzon to Visayas and all the way to Mindanao, it’s got to be Chef Myke ‘Tatung’ Sarthou. An award-winning chef and restaurateur, best-selling cookbook author and YouTube star, Chef Tatung hails from Cebu (which is in the Visayas), is now based in Manila (Luzon), and has done extensive research on Maranao and Tausug food (Mindanao).
Small wonder he was handpicked as the featured chef in Diamond Hotel Philippines’ Rediscover the Flavors of the Archipelago Filipino food festival, which is ongoing at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Corniche, until June 12, 2022.
A weeklong celebration of Philippine independence, the food promotion has an amazing menu cycle that covers the appetizers, main dishes and desserts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Laid out every day in the lunch and dinner buffet spreads of Corniche, these renowned dishes by Chef Tatung include appetizers such as Pako Salad and Kulawong Talong (Luzon), Kinilaw na Tuna and Lumpiang Ubod (Visayas), and Sinuglaw and Utak-Utak (Mindanao).
To keep warm and comfortable just in case it rains, have a bowl of soup, the choices of which are Sinampalukang Manok (Luzon), Papaitan (Visayas), and Beef Hinalang (Mindanao).
For the main event, nothing beats Pansit Pusit and Callos (Luzon), Balbacua and Pork Humba (Visayas), and Piyanggang and Beef Kulma (Mindanao).
Dessert is also a joy with Leche Flan and Tibuk-Tibok (Luzon), Torta Bisaya and Binagol (Visayas), and Browa and Daral (Mindanao), among others.
Buffet price is Php3,300 net per person. Aside from being able to partake of the extensive buffet spread, guests spending Php5,000 net at the Corniche buffet also get a chance to win round-trip airline tickets for 2 persons to any local destination of choice via Cebu Pacific.
For restaurant reservations, call (02) 8528-3000 or reserve online via onlineshopping.diamondhotel.com.
(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila.)