Having never tried Filipino food before, we were so excited to attend the amazing opening night launch of the Flavours of the Philippines buffet at The Grace Hotel’s Grace Brasserie – a celebration of exotic and tropical eats and vibrant culture!
On offer was an array of fresh salads, main dishes and desserts, made by four celebrity chefs flown in straight from the Philippines – Segismundo Myrna Dizon, Ramos Raul Hitusis, Sandique Gilda Fran, San Diego Marie Angeli Benedicto and Catamin Jr. Mariano Casiple. Their hospitality was exceptional, and as we lined up to choose our selection from the buffet, they explained the dishes they had chosen and even personally served us so we would know how to eat each of our picks!
Some of the highlights included the beautiful Roast Lamb Tagalog from the carving station, served with an accompaniment of Soy-Calamansi and Onion Marmalade – so tender and juicy and melt in your mouth delicious! Of course, you can’t go past the classic Adobo chicken, which was lovely and creamy, and had a great coconut flavour. I also loved the Bagoong rice, as it was simple, but delicious and comforting.
My personal favourite was the dessert section, and I especially loved making my own Halo-Halo drink with shaved ice, condensed milk, syrup and jellies and fruits to top it off! There was a beautiful Pandan cake, Leche Flan and seasonal fruits, and all of the items were so nicely presented that they were almost too pretty to eat, but you couldn’t resist taking a bite. I was definitely transported to the tropical beaches of the Philippines when tasting the cuisine, and it was such an enjoyable experience that left me coming back for seconds and even thirds!
The Grace Hotel’s Grace Brasserie has a beautiful dining space with plenty of seating, and even though you have the novelty of trying the cuisine through a buffet, they have created an atmosphere of elegance that is reminiscent of fine dining. The staff were wonderful and are happy to share stories about the cuisine and make recommendations, so let them guide your choices if you don’t know what to have!
Be sure to also enter the competition to win a trip to Palawan thanks to Philippine Airlines – entry forms can be found inside! When they’re not hosting incredible foodie festivals, The Grace Brasserie do a buffet breakfast and lunch spread, which showcases international cuisine, and of course, a great range of desserts! They also have capacity for luncheons and conferences, and are able to seat up to 250 people, which is great for events.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first encounter with cuisine from the Philippines, and loved the Flavours of the Philippines buffet experience. It showcased such high quality food from renowned chefs, and prepare to be wowed by the diverse range of food on offer, which is almost familiar to anyone who loves Asian cuisine.
I’ll definitely be back for another buffet at the Grace Brasserie before long, but be sure to catch this one before it goes – the Flavours of the Philippines buffet runs from the 28th of July to the 13th of August. Masiyahan kayo sa inyong pagkain! (Enjoy your meal!)
Note: Khana dined as a guest of The Grace Hotel and the Flavours of the Philippines Festival. Thanks so much to Isabel for organising the visit!