Mar 12, 2018

Sustainable Seafood Week Philippines 2018 : Now on its on 3rd year!

March 12, 2018

Sustainable Seafood Philippines launched 2018 with a seafood feast at Marriott Manila's Grand Ballroom last February 28. This years festivities stretched over a 2-week period to accommodate the growing number of partners in the F&B industry.

The opening event showcased the culinary works from the numerous hotels, restaurants, and schools involved in the program.

1. New World Hotels

AG New World Manila Bay and New World Makati had undoubtedly garnered the most attention this year with an impressive display of fresh plump oysters. Being by the entrance had its advantages, but they surely made people stay with bites such as the torched Aburi scallops, Japanese-style oysters, and the tuna belly risotto.

March 1, 2018, 2pm to 7pm
Tom Epperson Photo Exhibit and Rare WS

March 5, 2018, 11am to 2pm
Oyster Shucking Competition
New World Hotel, Makati

AG New World Manila Bay booth

Fresh Oysters - New World Hotel Makati

Tuna Belly - AG New World Manila Bay

2. The Discovery Leisure Co.

The Discovery group brings in their head chefs from Discovery Suites in Ortigas, Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay, and Discovery Primea in Makati, to prepare a tasty seafood boodle.

Seafood Boodle by the Discovery Group of Hotels

Chefs of (from left) Discovery Hotels and New World Hotels pose for a group photo.
Seafood Boodle from the chefs of The Discovery Leisure Company at the 2018 launch of Sustainable Seafood Week Philippines.

February 27, 2018, 3pm to 6pm
Discovery Suite Oritgas
CSR Asia Workshop

3. Conrad Manila

Hilton hotels' luxury brand, Conrad Manila, presents a spectacular seafood dim sum topped gold leaf and seafood appetiser. 

4. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Chefs from all 3 Shangri-La Hotels in Manila brought in their best, Chef Carlo Huerta of Samba, Shangri-La Fort made Ceviche de Atun and Tamale de Camaron.

Ceviche de Atun

Makati Shangri-La prepared a Crispy Balls with Selva Black Tiger Prawns on a champagne flute with sauce. Edsa Shangri-La had a seafood risotto.

Crispy Balls with Selva Black Tiger Prawn by Makati Shangri-La Hotel

5. Accor Hotels

Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites (Formerly known as Oakwood Premier Joy Nostalg Center) having only recently joined the Accor group on the last quarter 2017 did not deter them from putting up a display of dishes that support sustainable seafood. We're looking forward to their creations on the 2019 edition of the Sustainable Seafood Week, as they cultivate their new menu with sustainable seafood in mind. They presented Selva Shrimp® a premium-quality black tiger prawns naturally raised in mangrove forests with their Shrimp and Potato dish.

Shrimp with Potato by Joy Nostalg Nostalg

Mercure Ortigas

Aguachile de Camaron in Ube Cone - Joy Nostalg

Raffles Makati had the team of Mirèio prepare a simple salmon and soy sample that played with the freshness of the fish, flavoured with Chinese-style steamed soy fish sauce.

Raffles Makati

The Accor group also includes Fairmont Makati, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, and Novotel Manila Araneta Center, each property showcasing the uses of sustainable seafood from accredited suppliers and organizations who work hand in hand with local fishermen to maintain the sustainability of the Philippine seas.

Sofitel Manila

Also in attendance this year are some of Metro Manila's top schools known for their culinary education.

Culinary students of Enderun Colleges presented a simple risotto crowned with a fresh shrimp, properly expressing the theme of the event, fresh seafood.

Check out all the exciting activities and special dishes that will be featured during Sustainable Seafood Week 2018 from February 26 to March 15.  Support the seas by being more conscious about where the seafood we eat are sourced.

Feb 20, 2018

Izakaya Sensu : Modern Touches on Japanese Cuisine

February 20, 2018
Izakaya Sensu - Dining area

Raintree Restaurants, the group behind the Kabila Filipino Bistro and Museum Cafe duo, brings together another pair of dining concepts, Chotto Matte (translation: Please wait a second.) and Izakaya Sensu, for an  evening of drinks you can't wait to have and food that will make you stay.

Izakaya Sensu takes on a modern approach to traditional Japanese cuisine. Combining new flavours, freshness, and time-honoured techniques. 

Started with a refreshing glass of their Mango Orange Yakult Smoothie (195 PHP) with frozen condensada for an extra creamy texture. 

Mango Orange Yakult Smoothie (195 PHP)

First to arrive was the Avocado Wasabi (75 PHP per 2 pieces) yasai  "vegetable" sushi -  a simple sushi with a mix of wasabi and a topping of fresh avocado cubes. 

Avocado Wasabi (75 PHP) 2 pcs

On to the Rolls, I had quiet a few plates to pair with my entree, though my curiosity may have gone overboard.

Spicy Tuna Roll (175 PHP)

Spicy Tuna Roll - Tuna, Green Chili, and spicy mayonaise. 

Dynamite Roll (295 PHP)

Also, I had an Ama-Ebi nigiri - fresh imported sweet shrimp with blue caviar (scampi roe) for a salty flavour that pops in your mouth, which quickly subsides.

Ama-Ebi Nigiri (250 PHP) 2 pieces per order

Ikameshi - squid cooked with rice.

Chicken Namban (220 PHP)

Deep fried chicken thigh marinated in sweet and sour sauce topped with homemade tartar sauce.

Izakaya Sensu and Chotto Matte

G/F Net Park Building
5th Avenue
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City, Philippines

Izakaya Sensu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Feb 15, 2018

Samba's Bartender Series : Daniele Dalla Pola "The Tiki Maestro"

February 15, 2018

Shangri-La Fort continues their Bartender Series with the magical world of Tiki Cocktails as award-winning "Tiki Maestro" Daniele Dalla Pola takes over Samba's poolside bar from February 14 - 16, 2018.

Witness a fiery display of passion for cocktail making as the "Tiki Maestro" Daniele Dalla Pola unleashes his techniques behind the bar at Samba, Shangri-La Fort. 

Below is a short video demonstrating the process for the "Painkiller Cocktail" which will also be available at Samba during the promotion.

On this visit he'll be featuring his personal line of liqueurs, Alamea Exotic Infusions and spirits from Bacardi.

Wonderful cinnamon sparks adds a bit of spice to the aroma even before your first sip. Before anything, let Chef Carlo Huerta cook you up flavours of Peru while waiting for the Tiki Bar to shake things up 8pm onwards.


8/F Shangri-La Fort Hotel
5th and 3rd avenue corner 30th street
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City, Philippines

Call (632) 820 088 for reservations.

Feb 11, 2018

Marriott Tang Plaza, Singapore : The Pool Grill

February 11, 2018
The Pool Grill al fresco dining area

Walking through Orchard can be tiring and at times crowded. Escaping to the nearest hotel restaurant is always something I plan for every itinerary.

The Pool Grill located on the 5th level of Marriott Tang Plaza is just the right spot for a quiet lunch or brunch. The al fresco setup overlooks the hotel pool, giving the place a laid-back ambiance.

I booked in advanced with the Eatigo app, which offers discount up to 50% on selected times. It's convenient, free, and for most times a wallet saver. 

Please register through this link and use our referral code "EaterPH" to get a special rewards after your first booking. Let's Eatigo!

Fresh Oysters (SG $27++) for 6 pieces.

Starting with half a dozen ocean fresh oysters on ice. A simple detail like having the sliced lemon wrapped in a cheesecloth to strain the seeds is a something only hotels think about. The customer experience is always front and center.

Homemade Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli (SG $30++)

A light surge of ricotta cheese will come with every bite of this simple yet homey dish.

Seared Lamb Loin (SG $48++)

Inspired by a traditional Wellington steak, the lamb loin strips oozes with juicy goodness with every slice and bite. The artful plating  makes the dish ever more appetising, topped with a foie gras and mushroom purée quenelle.

Promos at The Pool Grill, Marriott Tang Plaza, Singapore

Happy Hour Specials!
SG $9.90++ per drink.

Mondays to Thursdays, 11am to 6pm 

Forget all your worries and take your celebrations to the next level with Pool Grill’s Happy Hour. Set against the backdrop of Orchard Road, an oasis of happiness and laughter await you and your friends, complete with an irresistible selection of beer, wines, cocktails and liquors at SG $9.90++ per drink.

Exciting Liquid Buffet
SG $48++ per person 

Mondays to Sundays, 11am to 8pm

Who says drinking is just for the weekends? Ladies, it is time to let down your hair and Gentlemen, loosen your ties because you can wind down in style and drink to your heart’s content with unlimited alcohol for two hours! With free flow of selected red and white wines, as well as Peroni beer at only SG $48++ per person, every day can be an awesome day!


5th Floor, Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865

For inquiries please call (65) 6831 4605 

Pool Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

South African Wines Shine at Planet Grapes

February 11, 2018
South African Wines

Planet Grapes leads the wine and dine segment with an innovative concept that aims to integrate the culture of wine in the Filipino dining habit. The idea of wine with Filipino food isn't all to common, but paring it with Philippine street-food now that's something worth experiencing. 

Discover Diverse Flavours of South African Wines.

Anthony Budd of Diverse Flavours visited Planet Grapes, Shangri-La Plaza for a night of South African wines and the stories behind each bottle.

A short video of the event last January 26, 2018.

Planet Grapes, Shangri-La Plaza interior.

The ground floor is main dining area with racks of wine and vending machine ready to fill your glass. The second level is reserved for private events.

Wine Tasting Table setup at Planet Grapes.

The table is set for a 4 glass wine tasting.

Jo Ann Ramos of Planet Grapes.

The evening starts with a brief background of Planet Grapes and Diverse Flavours partnership. Followed by a fun and interactive quiz on South African wines.

Food pairing prepared by Chef Gus Sibayan of Planet Grapes.

The featured South African wines were paired with a tasty selection prepared by Chef Gus Sibayan of Planet Grapes, including Potato Chips with Truffle Oil for the Ghost Corner Pinot Noir 2016, tender and juicy Beef Salpicao for the Cederburg Merlot Shiraz 2015, Pulled Beef Shank Caldereta Crostini for the Lion Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2015, and the sweet, tangy and smoky Chorizo de Cebu for the 88 Vineyards Merlot Medium Sweet.

Anthony Budd interacting with guests.

Anthony Budd holding a bottle of 88 Vineyards Merlot.

Planet Grapes 
G/F North Wing, Shangri-La Plaza,
Ortigas, Mandaluyong City


Planet Grapes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



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