NOT decided on what to do and where to go this Christmas Day and the rest of the holiday season? Here are some of the offerings from some of the metro’s top hotels and restaurants.
Celebrate the holidays with festive options at Diamond Hotel Philippines, whether it be dining or holiday goodies to enjoy with the family or to give away to good friends and loved ones.
For dining, lavish feasts inspired by great cuisines of the world will be served fresh at the different restaurants of the hotel. Corniche’s Christmas Day lunch and dinner buffets are at Php2,580 nett per person, with the dinner buffet even including a complimentary glass of Cava (Spanish sparkling wine). Special set menus with a glass of Cava or wine is at Php1,980 nett per person at Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant. Over at the Lobby Lounge, a set of signature Spanish Tapas will be complemented with a free flow of house wine or Cava at Php1,300 nett per person.
For New Year’s Eve on December 31, 2015, you can welcome the year 2016 with a bang at Corniche, with an early dinner that starts at 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. for Php3,300 nett per person. This includes a sumptuous culinary spread, one drink, party favors, access to the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party (which starts at 8:30 p.m.) featuring performances of Retrsopect, Xarchy Band and DJ Marx Monterola, plus a chance to win two round-trip tickets to Bohol. There will also be a Late Night Buffet for Php680 nett from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., which includes one drink an access to the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party.
Yurakuen will have a New Year’s Eve Set Dinner with a glass of Cava and live entertainment for Php2,450 nett per person, or you can party all night at the Sky Lounge Music Bar on the 27th floor for Php499 nett per person, inclusive of one drink, party favors and the music of Urban Nation. The Lobby Lounge offers a set of signature tapas with free flow of house wine or Cava at Php1,300 nett per person.
For a mouth-watering selection of festive holiday delights, Diamond Hotel offers Party Platters, such as U.S. Beef Rib Eye, Lechon de Leche, U.S. Virginia Christmas Ham and Roasted Turkey, which can be delivered for a minimum required purchase or can be provided via full catering services.
And what’s Christmas without sweets? Diamond Hotel’s sweet parade this year includes Le Royale, Supermoist Chocolate Cake, Baked Cheesecake, Delice Chocolat, French Macarons, Ube Ensaymadas, Chocolate Pralines and Truffles, German Stollen, Dried Fruit Kouglof and Mince Pies.
For inquiries or orders, call 528-3000 ext. 1121.
For savory treats this Christmas, Bizu Patisserie brings you its newest offering, Porchetta, which is slow-roasted pork belly marinated in garlic and fresh rosemary, with crisp crackling skin in a duo of Arugula Pesto and Apple-Mango Chutney sauces. It also offers Whole Turkey Roast with signature stuffing of apples and chestnuts, melt-in-your-mouth U.S. Beef Belly Roast, Smoked Salmon Caviar and Baked Salmon Rockefeller.
Complete the holiday celebration with Bizu’s sweet offerings, such as Caramella Salé (salted caramel cake with layers of croquantine, choco caramel glaze, topped with petit truffle honey macaron and malt pearls), Sticky Date Cake (has dates and raisins topped with caramel sauce and malt pearls), Chocolate Mint Popcorn (mint-infused dark chocolate gourmet popcorn in a tin can reminiscent of a French carousel), Salted Caramel Brownies (chewy Belgian dark chocolate brownies with a caramel and sea salt glaze), a special edition macaron Noél with the exquisite aroma of Black Truffle infused with French honey; plus a long list of decadent and luxurious French gateaux, including Samba, Roca, Nirvana, Opera, Amour, Tiramisu, Sugarless and Flourless Jolie, Sugarless Naomi, Blueberry Chiboust, Fresh Strawberry Chiboust, Fresh Mango Chiboust, Mango Soleil, Strawberry Shortcake and Yoga.
As for Bizu’s signature Macaron de Paris, new flavors to try are Caramel Fleur de Sel (salted caramel), Crème de Citron (lemon butter custard with lemon peel and candied ginger), Ispahan (raspberry, rose and lychee), Alpaco 66% (floral notes of Jasmine with bitterness and woody aromas), Tanariva 33% (milky and caramel notes), French Earl Grey (fusion of tea leaves, bergamot and corn petals), Espresso con Panna (Lavazza espresso infused with cream), Dulce de Leche, Blueberry, Raspberry, Italian Pistachio, Madagascar Vanilla and Mint Chocolate.
Cinnamon Rolls Classic is also a new offering worth trying.
Bizu Patisserie has branches at Greenbelt 2, Greenhills Promenade, One Rockwell,
St. Luke’s Global City, Alabang Town Center, The Podium, Eastwood Mall, and Robinsons Magnolia.
Make holiday celebrations fun, fab and festive at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, which offers delectable indulgences from the lavish spread of global cuisine at the Christmas Day Lunch Buffet and New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet. These feature a mouth-watering assortment of international dishes and a la minute cooking stations, to luscious desserts and traditional holiday carvings, at Php1,580 nett per person. Adding to the merriment on New Year’s Eve is live musical entertainment, special treats for kids and photo booth.
On December 31, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel features a New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, happening from 10:00 p.m. onwards at The Lounge, which comes complete with a cocktail buffet of exquisite bar chow and flowing drinks, and lively Latin jazz music from the Marmalade Band, with tickets priced at Php1,080 nett per person.
On January 1, 2016, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel features a New Year’s Day Sparkling Wine Brunch Buffet at the Grand Ballroom from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Php1,080 nett per person.
Kids aged 5 and below get to eat for free and those aged 6 to 12 get 50% discount on all buffets.
For inquiries and reservations, call 570-7777.
Bring the festive holiday spirit to your home and share it with friends with F1 Hotel Manila’s yuletide treats, which range from savory dishes to decadent desserts.
For the savory treats, the hotel presents a different take on the holiday staple with Stuffed Lechon Belly Kare-Kare (a succulent melt-in-your-mouth pork belly stuffed with native vegetables, accompanied with creamy Kare-Kare sauce and homemade shrimp paste) and Chicken Relleno (tender and flavorful whole chicken stuffed with ingredients and cooked inasal style).
For the sweet treats, F1 Hotel Manila proudly offers its sweet and tangy Yema Tart (homemade tart with a hint of lemon, topped with torched meringue and seasonal fruits), soft and chewy Sorbetes Crinkles (flavored with ube and queso de bola with chocolate filling), Cashew and Thyme Crusted Salmon Fillet, Whole Peking Duck, Tablea and Salted Caramel Polvoron, and Red Velvet Cake.
Yuletide offerings also include Party Platters of gourmet dishes, delivered right to your doorstep, including Pesto Crusted Lamb Leg, Baked Salmon and Pad Thai.
For inquiries and reservations, call 928-9888.
FAMILY TRADITION OF GOOD FOOD
Mario’s combines family tradition and good food, especially this Christmas season, as the restaurant offers holiday favorites Paella Valenciana (a rich mix of seafood, chicken, pork and sausage in a Spanish style rice dish), Cochinillo, Roast Beef, Callos Madrileña, Pastel de Lengua, Prime Rib, Chicken Relleno, Chicken Galantina, and Roast Turkey with Cranberry and Gravy with American Style Bread Stuffing or Spanish Style Relleno or Plain Roast.
For a sweet respite, Mario’s presents its very own Toffee Sans Rival (with layers of cashew nut meringue, butter cream filling and toffee), Sugar Free Apple Pie (with a cheese crust filled with cinnamon glazed apple slices), Dark Secret Chocolate Cake, New York Cheesecake, Carrot Cake and Banoffee Pie.
For reservations and orders, visit Mario’s at 191 Tomas Morato St., Quezon City, or 16 Upper Session Road, Baguio City, or call 415-3887 or 372-0360 (Q.C.) or (074) 442-4241 (Baguio).
DAZZLING BUFFETS AND BAKED GOODIES
Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Richmonde Café celebrates this season of joyous get-togethers and luxurious feasts with its dazzling Christmas Day Lunch Buffet, a special luncheon spread of international favorites and inclusive of bottomless iced tea, at Php1,350 nett per person.
On New Year’s Eve, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas welcomes 2016 with generous gourmet indulgences at the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Buffet at Richmonde Café (Php1,530 nett per person) and glitzy cocktails at the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party at The Lobby.
The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Buffet includes a choice of bottomless iced tea or
a glass of red/white wine, fun party favors, and musical entertainment; while tickets to the countdown bash are priced at Php750 nett per person, inclusive of three drinks, bar chow buffet, party favors, a glass of sparkling wine at the countdown, and live band performance. Or you can avail of both the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Buffet and the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party at a special discounted package bundle price of Php1,850 nett.
Special breakfast is also served at Richmonde Café on December 25, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and on January 1, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Php800 nett per person. Children aged 6 to 12 get 50% discount and children aged 5 and below get to eat for free.
Since no Christmas is ever complete without sweet treats, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas has got a host of holiday treats, including Richmonde’s signature pastries—the velvety smooth Richmonde Chocolate Cake, the soft and oversized Richmonde Ensaymada (that comes in plain, ube, salted egg, queso de bola, bacon and ham variants), and dreamy Espresso Caramel Tiramisu, Mango Peach Sans Rival, Black Forest Cheesecake and Red Velvet Cake in 4- and 6-inch sizes.
Also available are charming pastries, such as the Peanut Butter Donut, Double Chocolate Donut, Craquelin Cream Puff, Chocolate Cream Puff, Nutty Fudge Square, Chocolate Crinkles, Double Chocolate Cookies and Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies; and tasty breads like Cinnamon Cluster Bread, Pistachio Double Cream Cheese Bread, Salted Swirl Bread, Banana Walnut Bread and Cheesy Corned Beef Bread.
Then there is the special Christmas Chocolate Lollipops, priced at Php30 per piece. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the lollipops will be donated to the causes of CRIBS Foundation Inc., Caritas Manila and the Camillian sisters’ Bahay Kanlungan ni Maria Domenica to help sustain their operations.
For inquiries and reservations, call 638-7777 extension 3409.
Vivere Hotel & Resorts encourages everyone to spend Christmastime with the family with its Come Home for Christmas room promo. Enjoy an overnight accommodation in one of Vivere’s well-appointed rooms, and get an automatic upgrade to an Executive Suite for Php4,888++, Business & Premiere Suite for Php5,888++, or Two-Bedroom Suite for Php8,888++. These rates include breakfast buffet at The Nest Dining in the Sky, complimentary 5 pieces laundry per person, free use of the gym and Lama Pool, unlimited Internet access and local calls, complimentary shuttle service within the vicinity of Alabang, plus 15% discount at Vivere Spa, 10% discount at Vivere Azure and The Nest Dining in the Sky.
These room promos are available until January 6, 2016, except December 31, 2015, and January 1, 2016.
What’s more: The Nest, an al fresco restaurant located at the 31st floor of the hotel, shall be serving Simbang Gabi Favorites—traditional Christmas rice cakes and hot chocolate—from 5:30 to 10:00 a.m. on December 25 and on January 1, 2016, for Php340 per person. For a combination of your favorite breakfast plus Simbang Gabi Favorites, the rate is only Php850 per person.