MARCO Polo Ortigas Manila’s all-day dining restaurant, Cucina, gives its diners a special treat this week, as the holiday season gets more intense—a week-long German food festival called A Fine German Feast.
Ongoing until Sunday, December 13, 2015, the special food promotion features two German guest chefs, Christian Scheler and Mario Paeckle, from the iconic luxe hotel in Germany, Schloss Elmau. They share an exceptional preview of German cuisine and give Filipino diners a taste of classic yet refined German favorites that the Philippine market has yet to experience. More than just sausages and beers, the two talented chefs, who are backed by more than a decade of culinary experience, lay out specialty dishes such as Fried Rabbit with Beetroot, Goat Cheese Strudel with Apple and Rosemary Compote, and Venison Ragout with Hazelnut Dumplings and Pear Filled with Cranberries and Savoy.
Also greeting diners at the buffet table every day until Sunday is a glorious Bavarian Charcuterie Board.
The one-week cycle likewise features other German specialties such as Wiener Schnitzel with Roasted Potatoes and Cranberries, Fried Veal Shank with Beetroot, Potato-Leek Soup with Croutons and Chives, Fried Fish with Remoulade and Potato-Cucumber Salad, Veal Tongue Salad with Lentils and Mustard, Beef Goulash with Spaetzle, Red Cabbage and Cranberries, Traditional Beef Roulade with Blue Cabbage and Fried Potato Patties, Cod Fish Cake and Cucumber Salad, Poached Catfish in Root Vegetables and Pearl Barley, German Potato Salad, and Rack of Suckling Pig with Roasted Mushrooms and Potato Gratin.
The German Crispy Pork Belly with Dark Beer Jus, Caramelized White Cabbage and Potato Dumplings is sure to delight Filipino diners because it has very stark similarities with the Pinoy Lechon Kawali and Bagnet.
German desserts are quite interesting. They include Bavarian Cream of Milk Chocolate with Raspberries, Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce, Sour Cream Mousse with Raspberries, Milk Rice with Red Fruit Ragout, Yoghurt Mousse with Blueberries, and Semolina Pancakes with Cherry Ragout.
The buffet at Cucina, which includes the Bavarian feast, starts at Php1,850 net per person. Children aged 6 and below get to eat for free, while children aged 7 to 12 are charged half the price. For inquiries and reservations, call 720-7720.
(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)