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What’s Nyonya? Find out at Makati Shangri-La

Posted in Food/Drinks, Hotel, Hotels/Restaurants/Bars by Erineus on March 23, 2009

Updated March 19, 2009 12:00 AM

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Makati Shangri-la executive chef Karl Heinz Krautler, general manager Reto Klauser, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines Dato Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi, and F&B manager Steve Tai at the opening of the Nyonya food festival at Makati Shangri-La Hotel. The festival runs until March 29.

MANILA, Philippines – Circles Event Café recently launched its Nyonya food festival, which is ongoing until March 29.

The event was graced by Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines Dato Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi, Makati Shangri-La general manager Reto Klauser, executive chef Karl Heinz Krautler, and F&B manager Steve Tai, who is a descendant of the Nyonya line.

The authentic Nyonya delicacies are prepared by master chefs flown in from Golden Sands Resort in Penang, Malaysia, especially for the occasion.

A popular trend in Nyonya cuisine is the intermingling of Chinese ingredients with wok-cooking techniques and spices used by the Malaysian community such as coconut milk, galangal (a mustard-scented rhizome similar to ginger), candlenuts, laksa, pandan, tamarind, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and cincaluk, a powerfully flavored sour and salty shrimp-based condiment mixed with lime juice, chilies and shallots. The cincaluk is often eaten with rice, fried fish, and other side dishes.

For reservations, call 840-0884, 813-8888 loc. 7588 or 7599.

Healthy desserts at Red Mango

Posted in Food/Drinks, Hotels/Restaurants/Bars by Erineus on March 23, 2009

Updated March 19, 2009 12:00 AM

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Summer cooler: Stay cool this summer with shaved ice with kiwi, strawberry, and mango with yogurt ice cream at Red Mango.

MANILA, Philippines – Beat the summer heat with endless scoops of Red Mango’s cool and healthy desserts.

Try their shaved ice, a creamy and icy treat of frozen yogurt on finely crushed ice, topped with your choice of three toppings for only P125.

Visit the Red Mango branch at the second floor, Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City.


More than a house of fried chicken

Posted in Food/Drinks, Hotels/Restaurants/Bars by Erineus on March 23, 2009

By Julie Cabatit-Alegre Updated March 19, 2009 12:00 AM

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Max’s “Parties and Events Mall Tour” was launched recently at SM Baguio City.

MANILA, Philippines – It was not what you’d have expected to see at an event hosted by “the house that fried chicken built,” but there they were giant fondant wedding cakes on display at the exhibit area of SM Baguio City. It was the last weekend of the month-long Panagbenga Festival, and the mall was bursting at the seams with people who came to watch the annual parade along Session Road. The parade featured street dancers in their colorful costumes and floats bedecked with an abundance of fresh flowers.   There could not have been a better time and place to launch Max’s “Parties and Events Mall Tour.”

“Max’s has always been a favorite venue for parties and celebrations, long before special party venues for weddings, debuts, and other special occasions became the trend,” Ghena Austero, Max’s assistant marketing manager for parties and events, remarked. The garden setting at Max’s Restaurant on Scout Tuazon, Quezon City started it all. Outdoor dining under the cool shade of towering trees made for a unique experience when it was introduced decades ago. Today, with 180 stores nationwide, Max’s continues the tradition of providing not only good food but also a memorable setting for celebrations, from christenings to birthdays, graduations, weddings and anniversaries, as well as business meetings and informal gatherings.

“Max’s offers a variety of ideas for your child’s baptismal party with such themes as blessed baby, baby clothes, and Noah’s Ark,” said Bobby Simborio, Max’s assistant marketing manager for promo and PR. “Your child can play out his or her fantasies with Max’s themed birthday party packages. She can be a princess in her own Royal Kingdom or a runway model in Fashion Fun. He can be a racecar driver with our Race Car party theme or a clever detective with Private Iris. Your debutante deserves no less than our special debut package, as she is presented to the adult world. And for that most important time in your life, your wedding, you can choose between a traditional floral or an Asian-Filipino inspired theme.”

The fondant cakes representing Max’s different themed party packages attracted a curious crowd at the mall and some shoppers even had their pictures taken with the cakes on display. Others stopped long enough to listen to the music played by the Music of the Heart wind and string quartet.

“Most SM malls have a Max’s store,” quipped Orly Villanueva, Max’s assistant marketing manager for local store marketing. “It is the top seller in SM City.” In northern Luzon, there is the popular Max’s Restaurant in Luisita, Tarlac, a favorite stopover place for travelers on their way up to Ilocos or the Mountain Province. The farthest Max’s store in the north is in Tuguegarao.

There is something to be said about Max’s outstanding ability to keep up with the changing times, without losing its distinctive core values. The unique recipe that made its special fried chicken an all-time favorite has not changed through the years, to the delight of its loyal fans. Max’s has also developed new dishes like its dory fish dishes for example. We found the lightly breaded cream dory fillet in fermented black beans sauce particularly appealing. Who would have expected to find a sophisticated appetizer such as crunchy pita with bangus pate in Max’s fast-casual dining menu? There are more new additions to the menu, Filipino dishes with a twist such as the mongo with crisp tinapa dumplings. Taking its lineup of desserts a notch higher is the ube crème decadence, a delicate ring of panna cotta with an ube gem at the center.

We were surprised to learn that Max’s also has its own bakery. “It all started with the bun that accompanied every chicken meal and the caramel bar that was the standard sweet ending,” Simborio relates. “The bake shop, which occupied a small corner of the store, has now evolved into Max’s corner bakery.”

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For more information about Max’s parties and events packages , visit any Max’s Restaurant outlets or visit www.maxschicken.com or call 7-9000.
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Special appetizer platter at Kimpura

Posted in Hotels/Restaurants/Bars by Erineus on March 23, 2009

Updated March 19, 2009 12:00 AM

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Salute to the graduates: Kimpura Japanese restaurant offers graduates a special appetizer platter.

MANILA, Philippines – Kimpura Japanese Restaurant treats graduates to a free appetizer platter (California roll special, tori karaage, gyoza, and kani tempura) with a minimum of P3,500 food purchase.

Graduates must present a valid proof of identification (e.g. school ID) to avail of the promo, which is ongoing until April 15.

Kimpura is located at Greenhills Shopping Center (beside Uni-Mart), San Juan City. For reservations, call 721-8816 or 721-8869.


Graduates get 50 percent off at Cabalen

Posted in Food/Drinks, Hotel, Hotels/Restaurants/Bars by Erineus on March 23, 2009

Updated March 19, 2009 12:00 AM

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MANILA, Philippines – Cabalen, the premier buffet restaurant, is giving a 50-percent discount to graduates who dine with a party of six.

Cabalen is an ideal family celebration venue as it offers the best Capampangan cuisine along with other Filipino gastronomic favorites at the most affordable price.

The wide array of festive dishes include bulalo, crispy crablets, kare-kare, lechon paksiw, pork humba, adobong pusit, pork barbecue, grilled hito with burong hipon, the famous dessert buffet of Cabalen which includes sampelot, minatamis na saguin, make–your–own halo halo, pitchi pitchi, leche flan, tibok tibok, tibok mais, fruit gelatin, and maja kalabasa.

Visit Cabalen restaurants at 67 West Avenue, Quezon City; third floor, Bridgeway, SM Megamall; ground floor, Robinsons Place Manila; ground floor, Glorietta 3; ground floor, Robinsons Starmills, San Fernando Pampanga; ground floor, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall; ground floor, SM City Clark; second floor, TriNoma Mall, Quezon City; second floor, Chefs Ave Festival Mall, Alabang; ground floor, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Laguna; and the newly opened SM Mall of Asia branch near IMAX cinema.

For inquiries, call 372 3515, 893 9884, or Cabalen’s catering services at 913-5522.

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Sophia’s gives graduates P300 Powerbooks GC

The flavors of Mediterranean cuisine come together at Sophia’s restaurant and deli at Westgate Center in Filicity, Alabang. Savor Sophia’s mezze appetizers such as the tiropita, dolmades and carpiaccio di manzo or beef carpiaccio served with capers and herbs drizzled with olive oil.

Try Sophia’s pizza selections like pizza keftedes topped with tomato, mozzarella, and ground beef; pizza kotopita with tomato, mozzarella, chicken pieces, and olives; pizza Romana with tomatoes, mozzarella, anchovies, and capers.

Cap the meal with baklava, layers of filo pastry filled with walnuts and honey; and Sophia’s special, a moist bread pudding in thick cold custard sauce. Sophia’s is giving away P300 Powerbooks gift certificates for a minimum of six people dining in with a graduate.

For reservations, call 771-7712.

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Graduates enjoy 10 percent off at Chili’s

Chili’s offers graduates a 10-percent discount ongoing until April 30. Feast on Chili’s steak and shrimp (flame-grilled 10 oz. rib eye steak paired with garlic and lime grilled shrimp), and baby back ribs.

For dessert, try the white chocolate molten cake topped with vanilla ice cream under a crunchy white chocolate shell.

Visit Chili’s at Greenbelt 5 in Makati (729-3022), Northeast Greenhills (727-2959), and Tomas Morato, Quezon City (372-5017).

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Moet & Chandon at Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila offers a champagne salute to the graduates of 2009.

For a minimum graduation party of six persons, graduates will receive a bottle of Moet & Chandon when they celebrate at either of the hotel’s two restaurants — Seven Corners or Xin Tian Di Chinese Restaurant. The promo is ongoing until April 30. A special graduation set menu is available for only P 1,400+ per person. For reservations, call 633-7222, 395-2690 or e-mail f&b.reservations@ihg.com.

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Changi butter-fried tilapia at Fish Out of Water

Try the crispy Changi butter-fried tilapia at Fish Out of Water. The restaurant offers a menu built around the New World of recipes, and the best of the Philippine seafood.

Fish Out of Water is at the third floor, Greenbelt 5, Makati City. For inquiries, call 729-3858.

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Asian buffet at Dads

Dads Asian buffet offers a selection of traditional dishes from different Asian countries such as siomai and spareribs from Macau, Chinese cold cuts, Thai hot and sour soup, Kashmir curry chicken, Hong Kong hot chicken salad, Mumbai mixed greens, Korean chap chae, and more.

Dads ultimate buffet is priced at P580 and P480 during scheduled promo days, VAT inclusive. This includes both Kamayan and Saisaki buffets, available in all Dads branches at SM Megamall (636-3785), Glorietta 3 (892-8898), EDSA (722-8125), Padre Faura (528-1723), and West Avenue (372-8845.

Source: Philippine Star