Dining In/Out (12/23/21)

Holiday celebrations at Diamond Hotel

DIAMOND Hotel Philippines helps guests be merry this holiday season with dining specials. Dishes from around the world are offered at Corniche with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch and dinner buffets, made more special with a complimentary glass of wine. On both days, tunes from a solo pianist will regale the guests. The Christmas Eve Lunch and Christmas Day Dinner Buffets are at P3,180 net per person, while the Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch Buffets are at P3,380 net per person. Meanwhile, the Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant has an authentic spread of Japanese specialties with the Christmas Set Menu available during lunch and dinner on Dec. 24 and 25 for P1,980 net per person. The set menu includes a glass of wine. A solo violinist will perform. On Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1, the Lobby Lounge will offer a Christmas Set Lunch and Dinner for P1,980 net per person complemented with a glass of wine with a solo violinist serenading the diners. After all the yule feasts on Dec. 24 and 25, enjoy cocktails at Bar 27, for P1,280 net per person consumable. For queries and reservations, call Diamond Hotel at (632) 8528-3000 ext. 1121.

Tim Hortons partners with Nestlé for plant-based menu

TIM Hortons Philippines has partnered with Nestlé Professional Philippines to develop dishes featuring the newly launched Harvest Gourmet plant-based products. The restaurant’s menu now carries meat-free Classic Barbecue Sensational Burger, and meat-free Grilled Quesadilla with Barbecue Sauce. Launched in all 31 Tim Hortons Philippines stores on Dec. 8,  these offerings provide consumers more options and access to plant-based products. The meat-free Classic Barbecue Sensational Burger contains a Harvest Gourmet patty, barbecue dressing, fresh tomato, onion, lettuce, and cheese, sandwiched in a brioche bun, and is priced at P230. The Grilled Quesadilla with Barbecue Sauce uses Harvest Gourmet Schnitzel pieces, enveloped in a grilled tortilla with barbecue dressing, onion, green peppers, and cheese, priced at P190. Harvest Gourmet products are available through Nestlé Professional Philippines and e-commerce partners: Rare Food Shop, Lazada, Shopee, and Wholemart PH. For more information on Harvest Gourmet products, visit the official Nestlé Professional Philippines Facebook page.

Mang Inasal for holiday feasts

SINCE no Filipino celebration is complete without great food, Mang Inasal is offering its  ihaw-sarap favorites (and more) this Christmas in family-sized pans good for four to six people. These bulk orders allow people to spend more time with the people they love and bond over a meal without all the fuss that comes with preparing a feast. Get the classic favorite Chicken Inasal Large Paa (or Pecho). As a Filipino spread requires a noodle dish, there is Mang Inasal’s Family-sized Palabok with its flavor-packed palabok sauce, pork chunks, smoky tinapa, crunchy chicharron, boiled egg, and green onion. Get the Family-sized Liempo or Sisig for more variety. Mang Inasal has also introduced its new Pork BBQ with the addition of peanut sauce and java rice. And then there is the Chicken Empanada which comes in a box of six. Each of these Mang Inasal family-sized favorites are available via take-out and delivery through the Mang Inasal website, Grab Food, and foodpanda. For more information, visit the Mang Inasal Facebook page and order by visiting www.manginasaldelivery.com.ph or the Mang Inasal app.

Red Ribbon for Christmas

TO CELEBRATE the Holiday cheer, Red Ribbon’s Chocolate Dedication Cake can come with a personalized Christmas message. Instead of the usual Christmas card, why not write “Season’s Greetings’’ right on Red Ribbon’s Chocolate Dedication Cake, an affordable option at P535 for the 8×12 variant. Other celebratory favorites include Red Ribbon’s Black Forest (P600), Tiramisu Meltdown (P590), and Mango Sunrise (P720), among many others. Send loved ones a Triple Chocolate Full Roll (P300), a light dessert choice after a hefty holiday dinner or gift a five-piece pack of Assorted Ensaimada (P155). Red Ribbon’s sweet, shareable treats are available in all stores nationwide or available via delivery through the new Red Ribbon delivery website, Red Ribbon app, RIA FB Messenger, Hotline #8-7777, and the GrabFood and foodpanda apps. There are also ReGALO eGift cards.

El Real suggests holiday dishes

NOCHE Buena is easily everyone’s favorite tradition, with family joining and enjoying their favorite festive dishes. Pasta purveyor El Real is helping people plan their Noche Buena menu with the recipes it has uploaded on the Real Pastabilities website. Discover recipes like Pork Belly Pasta, Pasta Valenciana, Pizza Pasta, Sushi Bake, and more on the site. For more information, visit www.realpastabilities.com.

McDonald’s opens biggest store   

QUICK service restaurant giant McDonald’s Philippines has opened its newest and biggest branch in Cavite, McDonald’s Maple Grove in General Trias, in its bid to provide more dining options for Caviteños to enjoy their favorites safely. Owned and operated by real estate businessman Kyle Lao, McDonald’s Maple Grove is now open and ready to serve customers 24/7 via Dine-in, Take-out, Delivery and Dual Lane Drive-Thru. The two Ride-Thru lanes mean faster queuing for customers and more time for them to enjoy their food. The branch also includes a Bike and Dine zone for cyclists where they can easily mount their bikes while they enjoy their food. The area is also equipped with a Bike Repair Station. Under the store’s M Safe program, stringent health and safety protocols are set in place. Customers who will visit the store will also be subjected to contact-tracing and temperature checks, and are required to wear a face mask. Social distancing will be followed, from queueing for orders and while dining in. Cashless payment options are also available in stores to minimize physical contact. The new branch in General Trias, Cavite is easily accessible via the Manila–Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX, also known as Coastal Road).

Noche Buena at RWM 

Resorts World Manila (RWM) is setting its Christmas tables with sumptuous festive feasts for Noche Buena. The integrated resort’s premier signature restaurant, Casa Buenas, has a menu of braised beef shank with tomato salsa and vegetables, roasted whole fish with garlic butter, house smoked ham with balsamic glaze, paella con carnes mixtas, baked goat cheese and mixed green salad with beets and walnut, and pumpkin pie for P8,500 net. Casa Buenas is also roasting a Cochinillo de Buenas to spruce up holiday gatherings for P9,500 net ala carte or make it a set with paella mixtas, sticky rice suman with sweet chorizo, and mixed vegetables and adlai with garlic butter for P10,000 net. These special offers are available for a limited period until Dec. 31 at Casa Buenas, Ground Floor Newport Grand Wing, available for dine-in and delivery. For reservations, allow at least two days lead time. For delivery, contact: +63 (2) 7908-8885 or 0917-878-8856. RWM partner hotels are also setting their dining rooms for Noche Buena celebrations. Marriott Hotel Manila’s Marriott Cafe is serving up a special Noche Buena Buffet complete with roast suckling pig, available from Christmas eve, 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., for P2,462 net per person. There’s also a Christmas day buffet the next day for lunch and dinner highlighted by lechon, pan-seared goose liver and waffles for P3,200 net per person. Over at the Cru Steakhouse, a Christmas Day Shortened Menu of Australian Mulwarra Wagyu, Grilled Australian lamb rack, and seared goose liver is available on Dec. 24-25. Hilton Manila is celebrating with a true “Surf & Turf” feast at Kusina Sea Kitchens. Fill up on a selection of grilled lobsters, prime rib, and Christmas classics like turkey, ham, lechon, and favorite Filipino desserts for P3,200 net per person on Christmas Eve and P2,900 net per person on Christmas day. Gather with the family at Sheraton Manila for Christmas and try S Kitchen’s Christmas Eve dinner buffet that boasts of a roasted ribeye, honey glazed leg of ham, and fresh seafood. The Christmas Day lunch and dinner buffet, on the other hand, is highlighted by lechon. Enjoy the special Christmas buffet menus for P3,888 net per person. For an authentic Japanese fine dining experience, Hotel Okura Manila serves Yamazato Christmas meals. Try the Christmas Kaiseki Dinner for P8,800++ per person until Dec. 25. Festive Teppanyaki Kaiseki dinners Suisen (P6,800++ per person) and Botan (P8,500++ per person) are also available until Jan. 7, 2022. For more information on Noche Buena offerings and Grand Fiesta Manila visit www.rwmanila.com and follow @rwmanila on Facebook and Twitter, and @resortsworldmanila Instagram.  

Festive celebrations by Discovery Primea  

From at-home kits offering multicourse spreads, to al fresco dining under the stars, Discovery Primea has delicious options for guests to celebrate the holidays and the New Year. Make the holiday season even more magical with festive dining experiences at Flame Al Fresco. Celebrate Christmas Eve or wait for the New Year with a carefully curated, five-course menu. For Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, there is a tasting menu highlighting modern Asian cuisine including tuna carpaccio, miso brulée, Josper-grilled prawns, soy-braised US beef short ribs, and frosted chocolate sphere for dessert. Meanwhile, for New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, feast on a sophisticated menu featuring Flame Al Fresco’s bestselling dishes: lobster tartare, seared foie gras, pan-seared Chilean sea bass, Josper-grilled Wagyu beef rib-eye, and a decadent chocolate tart. Available at P2,888++ per person. Interested guests may choose between the first seating at 6 to 8 p.m. or second seating at 9 to 11 p.m. Advance reservations are highly recommended. For table reservations, call 7955-8888 or e-mail [email protected] Make intimate celebrations at home delicious and convenient with Primea At Home: Holiday Edition Kits. Each kit features a multicourse feast good for four to five persons at P5,000 nett. For Noche Buena, savor a Spanish-inspired, multicourse feast, with a medley of appetizers, as well as highlights such as Paella de Mar y Montaña with chicken, chorizo, shrimp, and more, or cochinillo asado with braised peaches. Welcome the New Year with the Media Noche Kit with highlights such as roasted pork loin with garlic, thyme and apple sauce, and grilled black bass with anchovy tapenade, harissa, pine nuts, and oranges. Dessert comes in the form of a tiramisu cheesecake with coffee sponge and mascarpone. Holiday platters are also available, with bestsellers such as Wagyu beef paella, sugar-crusted ham, and Lengua Sevillana, to name a few. To view the complete menu and for more information on the hotel’s holiday offers, visit https://bit.ly/PrimeaHolidayBrochure2021 or follow Discovery Primea on Facebook and Instagram.