IF you haven’t made plans for Valentine’s Day yet and are looking for a most ideal place to celebrate the Day of Hearts with your loved one, Sofitel Philippine Plaza entices you to come on over . The Master Chefs of Spiral sprinkles Valentine’s Day with the magic of flowers as a labor of love and interprets the floral theme in countless ways with lavender, rose and courgette flowers.
French Chef Bettina Arguelles literally sprinkles flowers on dishes – from main courses to desserts to cocktail drinks – at Spiral from February 13 to 16, 2014. The floral feast starts with Barley Salad with Basil Flowers and Broccoli, and Lavender and Couscous Salad and Glazed Spring Vegetables with Squash Flowers. The romantic rendezvous blossoms with Peppered Lavender Beef Tenderloin and Honey Pork Loin with Plum and Lavender Relish, plus Deep-fried Courgette Flowers with Basil Dip, Steamed Fish with Cucumber, Bourrache and Tahini Sauce, and Seared Prawns with Chamomile Beurre Blanc.
Then there’s Foie Gras and Duck Prosciutto with Compote of Strawberry and Roses and Glazed Iberian Pork Belly with Swiss Chard, Lavender Poached Apples and Grape Mustard Vinaigrette. It hits sweet notes with Chocolate Lava Cake with Sampaguita Ice Cream, Floral Berry Coulis.
You can further impress your date with a saxophone serenade or a toast of French champagne on top of the rose that all ladies will receive.
For such a romantic rendezvous, the rates are set at Php2,480++ for adults and Php1,300++ for children aged 4 to 11 for lunch and Php3,450++ for adults and Php1,700++ for children for dinner on February 14, 2014. For February 13 and 15, the rates are Php2,280++ (adults) and Php1,300++ (children) for lunch, and Php3,250++ (adults) and Php1,600++ (children) for dinner. Sunday brunch on February 16 is available for Php3,500++ (adults) and Php1,600++ (children).
But if your idea of a Valentine date is a private dinner for two under the stars, Sofitel has also got that all thought out for romantic couples with its five specially decorated canopies located at the Sunset Bar of Sofitel. For Php30,000++, couples can enjoy a six-course set menu prepared by Chef Bettina which shall be served by a personal butler. It also comes with live entertainment by a romantic duo, a bottle of champagne, a box of heart-shaped chocolates, a bouquet of roses and a special gift from Jewelmer.
Another option is a special four-course dinner served on a beautiful day bed by a private butler, with a bottle of sparkling wine, at Php10,000++.
Other romantic dining options are also available, including a Poolside Barbeque Buffet Dinner and Black Valentines for singles at Le Bar.
No Valentine’s, however, is complete without chocolates. And so Sofitel offers Chocolate Letters for the special occasion. Master chocolatier Tweet Obsequio has made letters coated in chocolate pralines for everyone to be able to spell out short love messages such as “I Love You” and “Mahal Kita” in chocolates. These Chocolate Letters may be contained in a giant heart-shaped box or a jewelry-shaped box. A box of six pralines starts at Php600 and a giant heart-shaped box with pralines starts at Php10,000.
(Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is located at the CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. For orders and inquiries, call 832-6988 and 551-5555 ext. 6988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.)