Eastwood Richmonde Hotel Offers
‘Great at 8’ Anniversary Promo

Australian Lamb Shank Cooked Adobar-style with Garlic and Hollandaise

EASTWOOD Richmonde Hotel is 8, and it is celebrating its anniversary in style by offering super deals to its beloved patrons for this entire anniversary month of November (201Smilie: 8).

First up are special meals at Eastwood Café+Bar. Mundial Cuisine, the latest collection of Chef’s Specials created by Eastwood Richmonde Hotel executive chef Victor Barangan and launched last September, combines local and international cooking styles and ingredients to produce original gourmet masterpieces. As an eighth anniversary treat, these Chef’s Specials are paired up into sets—one entrée and two sides—for Php800nett this anniversary month.

U.S. Short Ribs Braised in Mt. Apo Coffee

Abra Organic Chicken ala Kiev with Salted Egg Butter

Choices of entrées are U.S. Short Ribs Braised in Mt. Apo Coffee; Abra Organic Chicken a la Kiev with Salted Egg Butter; Parrotfish Fillet with Tamarind, Cilantro, Jicama and Zambales Mangoes; and Australian Lamb Shank Cooked Adobar-Style with Garlic and Hollandaise.

Complement your choice of entrée with two sidings from these delightful selections—Compressed Watermelon Salad with Basil, Olives, Goat’s Cheese, Rocket Leaves and Radish; Tortellini Royale Soup (consommé with adlai, tortellini of chicken and mushroom duxelles); and Dessert Mélange (an assortment of treats that include pistachio bark, spiced walnuts, cured egg yolk, basil oil, coral sponge cake, cream cheese and vanilla ice cream).

Compressed Watermelon Salad with Basil, Olives, Goat’s Cheese, Rocket Leaves and Radish

These Great at 8 Chef’s Specials are available for lunch or dinner at Eastwood Café+Bar until the end of November.

For its eighth anniversary, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel also offers weekend staycations at a discounted price of as low as Php4,000nett per night in a Superior Room, inclusive of breakfast buffet for two, WiFi access, and use of the Fitness Center’s gym and pool. Rates for more spacious Deluxe Rooms and all types of suites have also been slashed until November 30, 2018, valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the month only.

For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 570-7777. Room bookings may also be made online via www.eastwoodrichmondehotel.com.ph, with instant confirmation upon booking.


(Eastwood Café+Bar is located at the ground floor of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.)


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TWG Tea Marks 6th Anniversary
with Special Treats

Pan-seared Duck Breast with Caramelized Foie Gras, Celeriac, Apple Butter and Apricot Chutney

GOOD news to tea lovers: TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, which opened its first tea salon in the Philippines in 2012, is celebrating its sixth year in the country by offering a special anniversary à la carte menu.

Promising an extraordinary tea-infused culinary experience, the anniversary menu artfully incorporates a myriad of fine harvest teas and exclusive tea blends into each specialty dish. The teas successfully impart unique flavors to the dishes and introduce a whole new world of sensations to diners at TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques.

The special sixth anniversary menu begins with an appetizing starter, Soft-shell Crab on a Bed of Mesclun Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing (Php545), which has the soft-shell crab infused in TWG Tea’s Tokyo-Singapore Tea.

Seafood Squid Ink Pasta with Scallops, Mussels and Shrimps

For diners who opt for light seafood main courses, choices are Poached Cod with Caramelized Brussel Sprouts, Potatoes and Shimeji Mushrooms (Php655), served in a Black Nectar Tea infused broth; or Seafood Squid Ink Pasta with Scallops, Mussels and Shrimps (Php895), which is drizzled with Matcha oil.

Lamb Shank Braised in Tea-infused Red Wine with Spiced Pumpkin Risotto

For big appetites, it should be a toss-up between Pan-seared Duck Breast with Caramelized Foie Gras, Celeriac, Apple Butter and Apricot Chutney (Php1,355), infused with Alfonso Tea; and Lamb Shank Braised in Tea-infused Red Wine with Spiced Pumpkin Risotto (Php1,645), with the red wine infused in Riviera Tea.

Green Apple Mousse Layered with Vanilla Bourbon Tea infused Custard on a Vanilla Sable Crust with a Mango Coulis Heart

To end the anniversary meal on a sweet note, rich and smooth Dark Chocolate with Coffee Panna Cotta Pudding Glazed with a Dark Chocolate Kahlua Concoction (Php275), which is topped with chocolate truffle infused chocolate cake (Php275); and a refreshing Green Apple Mousse Layered with Vanilla Bourbon Tea infused Custard on a Vanilla Sable Crust with a Mango Coulis Heart.

TWG Tea’s sixth anniversary menu is available in TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques from November 14 to 25, 2018. Its branches can be found at Greenbet 5, Shangri-La Plaza and Central Square.

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The Goose Is Back
at Lung Hin Restaurant

Authentic Hong Kong style Premium Roast Goose

MARK the date: November 12, 2018. It is when the premium roast goose makes a comeback at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Lung Hin. It is the day when Chef Billy Cheong returns to Lung Hin as a guest chef to prepare Hong Kong style premium roast goose for diners to enjoy.

Chef Billy and the talented chefs of Lung Hin will regale diners with their culinary creations, particularly the golden goose, which is a fine dining must-try that has made the cuisine of Hong Kong famous. Preparing the perfectly roasted goose requires a special culinary technique to achieve its famous crispy skin as well as tender, flavorful and juicy meat—and who better to prepare it than a seasoned chef like Chef Billy, to whose family the traditional dish has been a specialty for centuries. Chef Billy hails from Guangdong, and he has relatives who are also master chefs. He “inherited” the over a century old traditional roast goose formula from his grandfather, so he continues to regale diners with it wherever he goes.

Chef Billy’s premium roast goose will be available at Lung Hin Restaurant for a la carte orders as well as in a set menu. The set menu also includes Steamed Garoupa with Minced Garlic, Pan-fried Crab with Pork Belly in Supreme Soy Sauce, and Braised Seafood with Peach Gel Soup.

Taste the flavorful difference in the premium roast goose.


(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number (632) 720-7777.)


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‘Fright Night’ Comes Alive
at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

FRIGHT night jumps from the movie and television screens to the bar lounge of a hotel on October 31, 2018, when Richmonde Hotel Ortigas hosts Fright Night, a 1980s inspired Halloween happy hour party, at the hotel’s The Exchange bar lounge. Be spooked by the iconic creepy characters from the decade’s pop culture and even the era’s hairstyle and fashion, while enjoying well-loved retro music, bingeing on delectable bar chow, and relishing a drink-all-you-can spree of San Miguel Beer products, Smirnoff Mule, featured cocktail drinks, white wine, iced tea and sodas. Priced at Php798 nett, the Halloween Happy Hour is from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., although the bar chow buffet is open up to 9:00 p.m. only. Live musical entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m., and guests get a chance to win hotel gift certificates in the raffle that shall be held later in the evening.

The Exchange bar lounge is where ‘Fright Night’ will take place

; ‘Fright Night’ happy hour promo

Superior Room at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Halloween surprises also include a thrilling staycation in a Superior room with breakfast buffet for two persons. Book the staycation from October 31 to November 4, 2018, and you get it for as low as Php3,600 nett. Up the ante and go for more treats with the Boos & Booze Package, starting at Php4,200 nett, inclusive of a carafe of Zombie cocktail and nachos to go with your ghost story-telling session or horror movie marathon with friends, and breakfast buffet for two. All rates come with Wifi access, free parking for one vehicle, and complimentary use of the gym and heated indoor pool.


(Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For inquiries or reservations, call (632) 638-7777.)

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‘GourmetFest’ Is Ongoing
at Shangri-La Plaza

Kettle’s famous Buttermilk Fried Chicken served with honey glazed cornbread

HOW would you like to sit down to a lunch of Chinese Pork Bun, German pretzels, Japanese Chicken Teriyaki Donburi with Italian pasta and American style pizza, then wind up with French crepe and Western cookies enjoyed with a cup of freshly brewed coffee?

At Shangri-La Plaza’s GourmetFest, a four-day culinary event that’s ongoing until Sunday (October 21, 201Smilie: 8), you can actually have as wide a feast as you want. The Grand Atrium of the posh mall has been transformed into a hawker center, food park or night market, with picnic-style wooden tables and benches in the center, surrounded by food stalls put up by participating restaurants from the Main Wing and the East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza.

Mall-goers get to experience a feast of delicious eats offered at special prizes, representing different cuisines from all around the world.

SumoSam’s Chicken Teriyaki Donburi

Asian flavors come alive with Akira and SumoSam (Japanese), Zao (Vietnamese), Arya (Persian), Thai BBQ (Thai), Ganso Shabuway, and Shi Lin (Chinese). Blow Torched Maki and California Roll, Chicken Teriyaki Donburi and Beef Misono Donburi, Pomelo Salad, Sambusse, Pad Thai, Shabu-Shabu or Xiao Long Bao soup dumplings, anyone?

California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken Pizza

All-American offerings are a-plenty with Kettle (and its famous Buttermilk Fried Chicken with honey glazed cornbread), Tender Bob’s (steaks, ribs and burgers), Pepi Cubano (unique Cubano sandwiches), and California Pizza Kitchen (pizza with an American twist).

From Europe comes Brotzeit (German), Pasto (Italian), Wobbly Pan (Spanish bistro food, including tapas and paella), Balboa (American dining with Italian cuisine).

The Red Crab’s Baked Mussels

Also worth checking out are Red Crab (crab and other seafood dishes), Epicurious (combination of savory fares and sweet treats), Pepper Lunch (affordable steak and seafood meals).

Paper Moon’s Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies, Blueberry Wanut Blondies, and Dark Chocolate-Pistachio Brownies

For dessert, do not miss Paper Moon’s Mille Crepe Cake and Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies, and La Creperie’s famous crepes, which are perfect when paired with a cup of freshly brewed coffee from Figaro or Bo’s Coffee Primo.

“We’re delighted to host the GourmetFest once again,” says Shangri-La Plaza’s executive vice president and general manager Lala Fojas, who led the formal opening ceremonies in the evening of October 17.

The opening rites doubled as press launch, dry run and food tasting.

Shangri-La Plaza’s EVP and GM Lala Fojas (extreme right) leading a toast during the formal opening ceremonies

As part of this year’s GourmetFest, live demos and workshops shall be conducted by some of the top chefs in the country, including Chefs Sandy Daza and Robby Goco, as well as Wobbly Pan’s very own Chef Rolando de Gracia.

With only two more days to enjoy GourmetFest, there are nevertheless other chances to enjoy Shangri-La Plaza’s brand of gastronomic treats. Mall-goers who dine in any restaurant at Shangri-La Plaza from October 18 to November 18 (201Smilie: 8), with a minimum spend of Php500, get one raffle ticket and a chance to win a trip for two to Singapore via Singapore Airlines with hotel accommodations and Singapore Explorer Pass Tickets.


(Shangri-La Plaza is located at the corner of Shaw Blvd. and EDSA in Mandaluyong City.)


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