MANILA – Check out some of the latest from the local food scene.
TABLE FOR TWO AT DUSIT THANI
Dusit Thani Manila has special tables for two this Valentine’s Day weekend.
The Pantry offers an upgraded buffet that includes a glass of sparkling rosé wine and a special gift for the ladies. On February 13, the price for the buffet dinner is 2000 P++, while the buffet dinner on February 14 is 2,500 P++ per person.
For those who want to spice up their Valentine’s Day, the hotel’s first Thai restaurant, Benjarong, offers a special menu with authentic Thai dishes like Gung Moo Sa Rong (shrimp and pork dumplings), Yam Nuea Yang ( spicy beef salad), Tom Yum Pla Nai Ma Prao Orn (tom yum sea bass), Chu Chee Gung Mea Nam (red river prawn curry) and Bua Loy Kai Waan (sticky rice with coconut milk). This set is priced at 5,000 pesos for 2 people with a bottle of wine from February 11 to 14.
Take-out sets with from the Pantry and Benjarong are also available as well as desserts and the Teddy Bear Valentine Cake from the Pantry.
Please call Dusit Thani at 7238-8888 for orders and more information on their Valentine promotions.
BIZU PASTRY LOVE BOXES AND CAKES
Bizu’s Best in a Box is an apt description for the restaurant’s Love Boxes. Choose from 4 different love boxes and have them delivered in time for Valentine’s Day.
New to the collection is the Lovestruck Box, a heart-shaped chocolate filled with pretzels, truffles, meringue kisses and chocolate pearls. The box even includes a mallet to open the box to reveal the treats inside.
For Valentine’s Day, discover the romantic cake with layers of dark chocolate ganache, crème brûlée and caramel generously topped with imported strawberries; and La Vie en Rose, a special-edition drip cake flavored with strawberry compote and rose essence, drizzled with white chocolate ganache and decorated with sumptuous toppings of fresh strawberries, meringue and small macaron from Paris.
Speaking of macarons, the Valentin is Bizu’s special Valentine’s Day macaroon from Paris, a chocolate ganache filled with berries, dipped in chocolate dusted with praline.
Visit www.bizu.ph for more information and to order.
IZAKAYA SENSU SUSHI, SASHIMI AND STEAK
Izakaya Sensu has a five-course Japanese meal for two that includes Ika Age with Mini Sakura Smile, Flounder, Uni and Ika Sashimi Omakase, Zuki Maguro and Salmon Tartare Sushi, Japanese Caesar Salad, US Harami Steak Katsu with Negi Shio Dressing, Salmon Saikyou Yaki and Matcha Cheesecake served with Japanese rice and miso soup. The set is priced at P2,500 net.
Available for dine-in, al fresco, grab-and-go and take-out dining. Online at Foodpanda, GrabFood and Pickaroo. Call to book at 0917-8826655.
ICE CREAM COLLECTION FOR SEBASTIAN’S VALENTINE’S DAY
Sebastian’s Ice Cream is dropping its 2022 iterations of its Valentine’s Day flavors – Matinong Boyfriend, Girlfriend and Closure.
This year’s Matinong Boyfriend is banana lacatan ice cream with a Nutella fudge ripple, crispy banana chips and real banana slices dipped in Nutella. The Matinong Girlfriend is inspired by the original version of ‘Chubby Hubby’ ice cream featuring vanilla malt ice cream with double swirls of peanut butter and chocolate fudge, and loaded with peanut butter filled pretzels dipped in chocolate. Closure 2022 is an ice cream with honey and ginger to remind us of well-being and self-care. All of these are priced at P420 per pint.
As with every Valentine’s, Sebastian’s has kept its unresolved issues, ampalaya sorbet, intact and available for the brave and curious at P300 a pint.
All of these are available at www.sebastiansicecream.com
MIMI & BROS HAPPY VALENTINE PACKS
Mimi & Bros put the “happy” in Happy Valentine’s Day with special bundles available from February 11 to 14.
Bundle for Two (P700) includes two glasses of iced tea and two entrees to choose from the following Mimi & Bros bestsellers: Truffle Butter Chicken Fingers, Dirty Bird Pepperoni, Dirty Bird 2.0, Lola’s Ragu, Garlic Shrimp Pasta and Pork Ribs Carbonara.
Breakfast for Two (P600) offers a choice of two items from Mimi & Bros’ all-day breakfast menu, which includes Breakfast Burrito, Beef Tapa, Caramelized Spam, Chicken Tocino , corned beef brisket, adobo flakes, bacon rice and classic omelette and a cup of coffee.
The restaurant also offers packages for 3 or more which can be found on its Instagram page. To order, call Mimi & Bros on 0945-7985176 or contact Mimi & Bros via Facebook Messenger.
VALENTINE’S DAY ALL DAY AT JONES ALL DAY
It’s Valentine’s Day all day at Jones All Day with a limited 5-course set.
Start with an amuse-bouche consisting of a double smoked bacon croquette and a spicy harissa cream; appetizer of fresh Aklan oysters garnished with sea urchins, caviar and gold leaf served on ice with truffle ponzu sauce; “Valentine” salad mixed with arugula, balsamic berry vinaigrette, candied walnuts and flower petals; and shrimp bisque à la provençale with butter-poached shrimp and rouille crostini. Choose between grilled American beef medallion or pistachio-crusted Norwegian salmon for starter, and finish with bistro-style profiteroles with Grand Marnier hot chocolate, orange, fresh cream and ice cream vanilla.
The 5-course set is only available from February 11-14 and is priced at P1,288++ per person or P2,500++ for 2 people with an option to add Chandon Delice for P2,800 nett.
Call or message Jones All-Day on 0917-8362173 for reservations.
HONEYBON SWEET HEARTS SERIES
Want a cake for Valentine’s Day? Check out Honeybon’s heart-shaped Sweet Hearts series.
The award-winning Belgian Decadent Cake (P680) has multiple layers of flourless, fudge chocolate cake with creamy egg custard in between covered in a rich chocolate ganache and topped with rosettes of chocolate ganache, while the Strawberry Fields Shortcake (P820) has two layers of moist sponge cake filled with cream and sliced fresh strawberries topped with more strawberry cream and whole fresh strawberries.
Honeybon is now accepting pre-orders for the Sweet Hearts series through www.honeybon.ph and at its stores in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City and Festival Mall in Alabang. The limited edition cake series is available throughout the month of February.
STEAK HOUSE OF WAGYU SETS
Spend a tender and meaty Valentine’s Day at House of Wagyu. On February 13 and 14, each serving of Wagyu steak comes with a set of soup, Caesar salad, potato and vegetable toppings, and New York cheesecake for dessert.
House of Wagyu branches are located in Eastwood, Shangri-La Plaza and Mall of Asia Complex.
INDULGE BY DAISY MAE STRAWBERRY CHAMPORADO PANNA COTTA
Have a very special Strawberry Panna Cotta Champorado for Valentine’s Day breakfast available in February at Indulge by Daisy Mae.
This breakfast consists of triple chocolate Champorado topped with panna cotta and fresh strawberries.
Check out this champorado specialist’s Instagram page for more information and to discover their flavors: Triple Choco, Dark Adlai and Ube Panna Cotta champorados.
(LINK ON ‘Instagram’: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZwQ2SPs9NP/
ROMANTIC DATES AT THE FARMERS TABLE
Host a romantic date at Farmer’s Table Tagaytay.
The Valentine’s Day set starts with a roasted pumpkin red curry soup with coconut cream and a salad of kale and arugula with candied pili nuts, langka shreds, onions red, gorgonzola with a three-berry balsamic vinaigrette. The main course is a surf-and-turf plate of grilled American steak with rosemary-pepper Bordelaise sauce and grilled butterfly tiger prawns with garlic crab fat dill butter with a side of coleslaw gratin curly and spinach and roasted marbled potatoes. Dessert is a Cookie Dough Campfire Brownie Skillet with vanilla ice cream, burnt marshmallow frosting, candied cashews, and rosemary-infused olive oil.
This meal is good for two and costs 3,143 pesos net.
Call/SMS 0905-3877993 or 0960-928 3142 or Viber 0917-8735943 to book your table now or for takeout/delivery.
CINEMA AND DINING BY THE BEACH AT ACEA SUBIC BEACH RESORT
Have a romantic dinner with red wine for two while watching a movie by the beach with the backdrop of the sun setting over Mount Cinco Picos.
ACEA Subic Beach Resort’s romantic Valentine’s Day treat includes dinner and a two-day, one-night stay at the resort with breakfast.
Guests can rest assured of their safety as the Ministry of Tourism has granted ACEA a Safety Seal certification.
Visit their website at www.acea.ph, or visit them on Facebook and Instagram for more information.
BORACAY VALENTINE’S DAY AT CHA-CHA
If you’re one of the lucky few enjoying Boracay’s beaches this Valentine’s Day season, head to Cha Cha’s for a romantic beachside meal.
Start with sesame, tuna and wasabi tostadas, seafood bisque and a fresh herb caesar. Then choose between the Herb-Crusted Salmon Fillet or the US Top Blade Steak and Fries for your main course. Finish with a skillet of hot dark chocolate cookie dough with 3 berry compote, creme fraiche topped with vanilla ice cream. It’s good for two and the price is 888+ per person
Cha Cha’s Boracay is located inside COAST, Station 2 Beachfront, Boracay Island.