Sofitel’s Food Truck Festival returns

THE WEEKEND Food Truck Festival of Sofitel’s Sunset Bar returns, with international favorites complemented by free-flowing beverages amidst a lush bayside garden with a sunset view. Al fresco dining sets a new standard for a safe and leisurely gastronomic experience. Executive Chef Bettina Arguelles showcases popular food truck favorites such as tacos, burgers, smokehouse-grilled specialties including smoked salmon, roast beef, pork ribs, bellychon, seafood and pork skewers, sausages, and the chef’s choice of sizzling specialties prepared àla minute for a guaranteed Accor ALL SAFE seal. Making the evening better are free-flowing local beer, iced tea, soda, and wine. Sunset Bar’s Food Truck Festival will be up and running every Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. Rate is set at P2,850 per person. For reservations and inquiries, call F&B Reservations at 0917-309-2161 or 8832-6988, or e-mail

Safer al fresco dining at Araneta City’s #PopUpNight

ARANETA City’s weekend al fresco offering at the Manhattan Row continues this 2021. The #PopUpNight Dine Out Weekend along Malvar Street will now run for a much longer time — from 3 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. The al fresco offerings of stores like Ally’s All Day Breakfast, Giovanni’s, Marina Grill, Mang Inasal, Gilligan’s, The Eatery, Mister Kabab, Bonchon, and Moonleaf Milk Tea will be on offer, along with sidestreet booths of Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, and Taco Bell. Just order at the booths, and wait for your food to be delivered to your seats. Other food stalls will also open along the road to offer more choices to the dining patrons. Araneta City’s #PopUpNight gives the public a safer option for eating out during the pandemic. Most experts suggest that the risk of viral transmission is lower in open-air outdoor dining compared to typical indoor dining due to better air ventilation. Physical distancing and other safety measures will be strictly implemented as part of the “new normal” experience.

Old Swiss Inn goes back to 1946

TO CELEBRATE its 75th anniversary, Old Swiss Inn is bringing back its Price Rollback promo. While the mechanics have changed, what remains the same is that the restaurant is offering some of its signature dishes at 1946 prices. Every month, Old Swiss Inn will be featuring some of its famous dishes that can be availed of at their estimated original price on the 1940s menu — for example, Hungarian sausage in January for P12, schublig in February for P12, fresh corned beef in March for P17, all the way to prime rib in August for P35. For every spend of P5,000, the diner can purchase the featured dish per month at their rollback price. Only items availed from Old Swiss Inn, Pinkie’s Farm, and Fearless Apron for dine-ins, take-out, and delivery transactions will be considered. (Drinks and Pinkie’s Farm & Friends items, functions, catering service, set menu, and other special menus are not included in the time warp. Regular prices prevail.) Every P5,000 worth of purchased item is equivalent to one stamp. All stamps will be collected and monitored digitally. One can earn one Rollback menu key by collecting 10 stamps. With every key, the diner can order an item from the Rollback Menu (Only one dish per kind is allowed) including Prime Rib. Clients can only unlock their keys from the Rollback Menu on any of their preferred days in August and it shall only be redeemed all at once. Service charge and VAT will be applied.

Two limited edition drinks at Shake Shack

FOR a limited time only, Shake Shack will be serving Lychee Lemonade and Strawberry Cookies & Cream Shake. Lychee Lemonade (P130 for a small glass; P160 for large), is a Shack-made lemonade blended with lychee puree, while Strawberry Cookies & Cream Shake (P190) is made with vanilla custard blended with strawberry puree and vanilla cookies, topped with whipped cream and vanilla cookie crumbles. They are available at Shake Shacks or via Grab and foodpanda.  For advance orders call Shake Shack Central Square (8255-3240), Shake Shack SM Megamall (8362-1450), or Shake Shack Greenbelt (7933-6724).

Banapple now open at Shangri-La Plaza

BANAPPLE has started serving its home-cooked style dishes and desserts at Shangri-La Plaza. Mall guests will get to enjoy Banapple’s Banoffee Pies and Apple Caramel Crumble Pies as well as its notable dishes such as Hickory Smoked Barbecued Country Ribs and Chicken Parmigiano at the Shang. They also have the option to enjoy Banapple’s dishes at home with the restaurant’s recently launched express delivery services for their safety and convenience. To make family meals more special, Banapple now also offers some of its dishes in food trays. Established in 1997, this restaurant started out as a bakery but soon expanded its offerings to include soups and salads, pastas, sandwiches, dishes, and savory pies, as well as pancakes and other breakfast favorites. Banapple is at Level 5 of the Main Wing. For updates and inquiries, follow Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook at and on Instagram @shangrilaplazaofficial.