Chinese New Year

The Pen offers limited-edition lucky chocolate trees

MANDARIN oranges, peanut candy, and glutinous rice cakes have historically been the biggest foods contending for space on the snack platters of the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities — until now that is. They are now competing with The Peninsula Manila’s limited-edition line of Lunar Chinese New Year edible fine chocolate trees. The Peninsula Boutique is celebrating the upcoming Year of the Ox with lucky edible chocolate Mandarin Orange and Golden Fortune Money Trees which are available until Feb. 15. Senior Sous Chef Annalyn Solano and her team have created two Chinese New Year-themed trees — a Mandarin Orange Tree and a Golden Fortune Money Tree — using Auro Single Origin Chocolate, molded and finished by hand, and fully edible — the “soil,” trunk, branches, leaves, and fruit of the Mandarin Orange Tree and the goldfish-embossed gold coins of the Golden Fortune Money Tree are all made of chocolate. Orange sounds like the Chinese word for “wealth.” Through the play of words, the Chinese have traditionally associated the gift of oranges as the abundance of happiness and prosperity. The fruit’s bright orange color also symbolizes “gold,” an auspicious symbol of good luck and wealth, an important factor for the Chinese New Year celebration. Goldfish, on the other hand are believed to bring about prosperity amid adversity. The mandarin orange fruits are filled with an intense mandarin-flavored ganache while the gold-dusted coins embossed with lucky goldfish are made using dark chocolate. The Peninsula Manila Chinese Lunar New Year Mandarin Orange Tree and Golden Fortune Money Tree are available at The Peninsula Boutique for P3,888. With every purchase of either tree, patrons will additionally get eight red lai see envelopes, which are customarily passed to children and elders stuffed with money. Also available at The Peninsula Boutique are Chinese New Year Lychee-Strawberry Macarons for P125 each, Chinese New Year Chocolate Pralines for P75 each, and Chinese New Year-themed Cakeaway Afternoon Tea Set for P2,950. The Lobby will also be serving a Chinese New Year-themed Afternoon Tea Set for P875 and P1,490 (with a glass of Champagne). This will be available throughout the month of February. All prices are inclusive of taxes. For inquiries and orders, call 8887-2888 (trunk line), 8887-5747 (The Peninsula Boutique), e-mail or through PenChat, The Peninsula Manila’s 24-hour e-concierge by clicking

HK’s Kee Wah Bakery pastries for Year of the Ox

HONG KONG’S Kee Wah Bakery has an impressive lineup of Lunar New Year offerings, to welcome the Year of the Ox on a sweet note. The heritage brand in Hong Kong known for premium and quality pastries will be available for purchase this Chinese New Year through Gemini Premium Label, Inc. Made with high-quality glutinous rice flour, Kee Wah Bakery’s Chinese New Year pudding has a sweet mochi-like texture. It comes in five variants: Original, Low Sugar, Coconut Flavor, Almond Flavor, and Red Dates Flavor. Price starts at P895 for 635 gm. Kee Wah Bakery offers two kinds of Assorted Snacks Gift Box containing different Kee Wah treats perfect for gifting (price ranges from P1,200 to P2,100). Then there is the best-selling Kee Wah Bakery Panda Cookies, available in special Chinese New Year packaging. Presented in the shape of a black and white panda, they are a blend of top quality flour, butter, and rich bittersweet cocoa. Available in a pack of 12 11-gm pieces for P495 and in a 400 gm Gift Tin for P895. Other sought-after Lunar New Year treats are classic premium pastries including Almond Biscuits, Pineapple Shortcakes, Lotus Seed Paste Mooncakes and Crispy Phoenix Eggroll with Pork Floss favorites. The Signature Almond Biscuits are made of mung bean flour, almond pieces, eggs and butter, baked into thin slices, and sprinkled with almond, giving it a distinctive flavour and texture. Available in a pack of eight pieces for P350 and a pack of 16 pieces for P550. Phoenix Rolls are among the bakery’s signature creations, with variants such as Phoenix Rolls with Pork Floss, Phoenix Rolls with Sesame and Desiccated Coconut and Phoenix Rolls with Pork Floss and Seaweed, available in packs of six at P195 and 11 pieces at P395. Then there are the Premium Butter Cookies, available in Butter Cookies with Cashew, Coffee Cookies with Cashew, Butter Cookies with Cranberry, and Chocolate Cookies with Sliced Almond variants. Each 12 piece pack is P300. Another favorite are the Fruit Shortcake Gift Boxes which originated in Taiwan and were adopted into the Hong Kong culinary culture. The Fruit Shortcakes are sweet and spongy with a flavourful surprise inside. These are available in four flavors: pineapple, pineapple with walnuts, mango, and honeydew melon. They come in tins of four pieces for P395, nine pieces for P850, and 12 pieces for P1,050. Finally, there are Flavored Eggrolls available in six flavors: Butter, Coconut, Seaweed, Coffee, Black Sesame and Ginger. These are available in a 400g Gift Tin for P900. Kee Wah Bakery’s flavorful pastries are best paired with their Premium Chinese Tea which is available in four flavours: Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong and Jasmine, which can be purchased in Premium Loose Leaf Tea Bags in packs of 18 pieces for P700 and a 45 gm tin for P550.  All Kee Wah Products are produced in their Hong Kong factory and imported to the Philippines. They are available in the Philippines at the Podium Mall until Feb. 28 (G/F Mall near BDO Corporate Office entrance); and online through Pick-a-roo (Kee Wah Bakery), Lazada Official Store (Hong Kong Kee Wah Products Philippines), Shopee Official Store (Hong Kong Kee Wah Products PH), MetroMart (Kee Wah Bakery), GrabMart (Kee Wah Bakery Philippines), Facebook, Instagram hongkongkeewahproductsph-, and the website

Diamond Hotel offers Year of the Ox meals

WELCOME the Year of the Metal Ox at Diamond Hotel Philippines to invite prosperity and luck in a festive Chinese New Year celebration. Corniche restaurant will offer Chinese culinary dishes at the lunch and dinner buffet from Feb. 10 to 12, for P3,180 nett per person. Indulge in traditional Chinese New Year favorites and other celebratory dishes prepared such as Roasted suckling pig, Steamed crab with garlic butter sauce, Roast duck, Double boiled black chicken soup, Chinese New Year Pan Cai (an all-in-one dish), Sliced pig knuckle aspic and assorted dimsum. Leave room for dessert so you can enjoy almond jelly, tikoy (glutinous rice cake) and other sweet treats. Every minimum spend of P5,000 at Corniche during this period entitles the diner to “pick-a-prize” from the Prosperity Tree. Also on Feb. 12, every minimum spend of P5,000 at the Corniche Lunch Buffet or Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant entitles guests to a 10-minute Online Feng Shui Consultation with Angel Macalino. Consultations will only be from noon to 3 p.m. at the Corniche. For celebrations at home, visit Diamond Hotel’s online shopping site and choose from various Chinese Set Menus and the Chinese Grazing Box. Select from the four Premium Set Menus and three Luxury Set Menus. The Chinese Grazing Box good for four persons has a selection of cold cuts, appetizers, Chinese New Year tikoy, and wine. For reservations call 8528-3000 ext.1121, mobile number 0975-792-1473 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit

Nian gao and feasts for Chinese New Year at Conrad

THE CONRAD Manila celebrates the incoming Year of the Metal Ox with well-curated feasts, the traditional Yee Sang Prosperity Toss, and colorful Nian Gao (tikoy) Treasures at China Blue by Jereme Leung. Executive Chinese Chef Eng Yew Khor has come up with a diverse selection of dishes, highlights of which include: Golden roast US duck with BBQ sauce; Braised abalone, sea cucumber, and dried oyster in a superior shredded mushroom and dried scallop sauce; Simmered pork belly, money bag, and fried fish maw with whole garlic; among others, available a la carte or in a set menu for 10 persons or more with set menu prices from P33,988++. China Blue by Jereme Leung also offers Yee Sang, Suckling Pig, and Peking Duck, all available for pre-order and takeaway. Patrons are invited to bring home a box of Nian Gao (tikoy) Treasures which are available until Feb. 13 in the following flavors: Traditional brown sugar, Coconut, Orange, and Red date with ginger. The nian gao come in koi fish or mini gold bar shapes to represent good fortune and success. The Nian Gao Treasures are available in either the collector’s edition Christy Ng designer bag at P2,888 nett or the Conrad Manila box at P1,888 nett. For reservations and inquiries, call 8833-9999 or e-mail

Festive Chinese New Year feast from Lemon Grass

LEMON Grass Food Services, Inc., a catering, canteen, and fine dining business specializing in gourmet Filipino and intercontinental food, upholds the spirit of sharing food and telling stories at the dinner table through its festive Chinese New Year menu which one can order for a celebration at home. Looking for something in a dozen like the 12 Chinese horoscope animals? Why not try Lemon Grass’ crème puff in a box of 12? The creamy dessert is glazed with caramel giving it a golden shine that resembles the shimmer of gold coins which represent riches and wealth in the Chinese culture. Add creamy mango crèpè to the dessert lineup — another Lemon Grass specialty — the perfect balance of creaminess and sweetness that inspires second servings. Lemon Grass’ Fish salad is the perfect food for the health-conscious and for those who wish for prosperity this year. The fish salad, which comes with a side of vegetables and colorful garnish, is good for 10 to 15 people. Its fish fillet dishes in tartar sauce or lemon butter sauce can be shared with the neighbors when ordered in party trays that are good for 10 servings. Then there are siomai, steamed delicacies that come in packs good enough for 10 people. And for the meat lovers, there is chicken cordon bleu and chicken galantine. Lemon Grass is just one call or message away. To learn more about the services and menu offered by Lemon Grass Food Services Inc., check its Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Chowking brings in double happiness for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day

FOR February, Filipinos will be looking forward to two red-letter days with Chinese New Year  on Feb. 12 and Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14. This is why Chowking is ringing in February with a special promo for the whole month. Customers can get a free three-piece Choco Pao Box — a chocolatey twist to the classic siopao —  for every purchase of Chowking’s Chao Fan Combo and Chick ‘n Sauce Combo. Starting at P365, the Double Happiness Bundle is made up of Chowking’s bestselling favorites. The bundle has two main dishes: Chao Fan, Chowking’s signature meaty fried rice, and its newest product Chick ‘n Sauce, crunchy real chicken chunks with two special sauces. Both combos come with two large glasses of Coca-Cola and two orders of Super Sangkap Halo-Halo. The Choco Pao freebie is also available for two Chao Fan Combos or two Chick ‘n Sauce combos. Chowking’s Double Happiness Bundle is available in all Chowking stores for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-through from until Feb. 28. For delivery, the bundle is available in GrabFood, foodpanda, or through Chowking’s hotline #9-88-888.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Okada

GUESTS can be a part of traditional Chinese New Year events at the Okada Manila starting with a lion and dragon dance performance on Feb. 17 at the Pearl Wing Lobby. Okada Manila is also bringing one of the age-old traditions of the Lunar New Year to the Crystal Corridor. From Feb. 5 to 28, guests can make their wishes come true by joining the Okada Manila Well-Wishing Festival. Each participant will have the opportunity to write their wishes and resolutions for the new year on a special wishing card. A raffle entry will also be given to each participant for a chance to win prizes like a staycation package, dinner at Medley Buffet, or a special treatment at The Retreat Spa. For reservations and inquiries, call 8888-0777 or e-mail Visit for more information.

New World Makati welcomes the Year of the Metal Ox

New World Makati Hotel begins the Lunar New Year with premium dining experiences at the property’s Chinese restaurant, Jasmine – with options for set menus, all-you-can-eat dim sum, as well as an a la carte selection to savor at home. Signature handcrafted nian gao (tikoy) in koi fish and round shapes are also available, as well as a Chinese New Year all-you-can-eat menu featuring Western and regional fare at Café 1228. The God of Fortune mascot will likewise be seen roaming the lobby and restaurants distributing red packets or ang pao with exclusive discounts and offers for dine-in and walk-in guests. All menus from Jasmine and Café 1228 will be available from Feb. 12 to 14. Jasmine’s nian gao, encased in an elegant round box with woodgrain detail and gold accents, is offered in koi fish and round shapes for P1,388 and P1,188, respectively. Bulk orders of 30 boxes or more get a 30% discount while Club Epicure members enjoy 15% off. Meanwhile, Jasmine has three auspicious set menus with authentic Chinese New Year dishes like Imperial Peking duck; Fried garoupa fillet with chili, garlic and coconut sauce; Deep-fried spareribs with mayonnaise and vinegar sauce; Fried rice and assorted meat in lotus lea; and Braised abalone mushroom with assorted fungus and vegetables. The set menus range in price from P10,888 nett to P12,888 nett. All menus are ideal for groups of six. For guests who prefer to dine at home, the Chef’s Recommendations menu offers a la carte selections such as the Salmon Yu Sheng salad for P1,988, Braised baby abalone with Chinese mushroom at P2,888, Wok-fried prawn with chili garlic and coconut sauce at P1,458, Scallop with broccoli and XO sauce for P1,340, Pan-fried garoupa filet with chili garlic and coconut sauce at P1,118, Braised seafood with sea cucumber and sea moss for P1,128, Wok-fried prawn with celery also at P1,128, and much more. Dishes start at P668. All prices are net. The restaurant’s best-selling dim sum will also be on offer with a special Lunar New Year menu that includes appetizers and barbecued items. Yeung chow-style fried rice, Braised e-fu noodles with vegetables, and pork century congee complete the hearty meal. Jasmine’s Chinese New Year yum cha offer goes for P1,888 nett per person. Meanwhile, an all-you-can-eat feast awaits diners at Café 1228, with dishes such as Twice-cooked pork belly with sweet potatoes, Braised leg of lamb in red wine, hot-off-the-grill shrimps, blue crabs, clams and mussels cooked with a variety of sauces, and Chinese items like Steamed local sea bass with onion and ginger sauce, Kung pao pork, Buddha’s delight, and Pork buns. Completing the wide array of selections are appetizers, salads, pasta, pizza, as well as local and regional dishes. The promo rate is offered at 50% off P1,494 nett for Club Epicure members (sign up is free) and BDO credit cardholders. Regular rate is P2,988 nett. The offer includes free flowing chilled juices, soda or iced tea. For more information or to place an order, call Jasmine at New World Makati Hotel at 8811-6888 ext. 3679 or 0917-888-4194.

Valentine’s Day

Falling in love at Casa Buenas

IMAGINE walking into Resorts World Manila’s (RWM) most romantic venue, Casa Buenas, as soft harp music is playing in the background, as if a soundtrack to falling in love. RWM’s culinary team led by Executive Chef Godfrey Laforteza is bringing La Serenata back featuring a special dinner on Feb. 13 and 14. La Serenata’s six-course menu is an exploration of bold flavors. The meal opens with hors d’oeuvre of Foie Gras Toast and sourdough bread with Casa Buenas butter. Next comes an appetizer of Citrus Cured Salmon and Octopus Kilawin, followed by the bold flavor of the soup course’s Sopa de Ajo,  then the  main course of Caviar and Beef Wellington. Finally, Sweet Garden for dessert and a box of elegant confectionery. The meal is paired with free flowing wine from a house selection of reds. Guests may opt for an intimate couple date for P8,000 as an exclusive date at La Cupola for P12,000. The restaurant also offers group dates at La Cupola, the special private dining area and Pamilya, the communal table. RWM Exclusives, RWM’s newest online retail channel, is running a special deal for La Serenata’s Dinner Package for two for P7,099 at very limited quantities. Visit to avail. Casa Buenas is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is located at the GF of Grand Wing, Resorts World Manila. For reservations, call 0917-878-8321 or 7908-8988, or e-mail To know more about La Serenata, visit or follow RWM’s official social media accounts, @rwmanila on Facebook and Twitter, and @resortsworldmanila on Instagram.

Love at The Pen

THE PENINSULA Manila gets you in the mood for love this Valentine’s Day at The Lobby with a romantic four-course steak and seafood set dinner with live music to serenade you on Feb. 14. Book a table by calling 887-2888 or online at For more information visit .

Romance at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

AT THE MARCO Polo Ortigas Manila, guests may look forward to celebrating love in all its forms with special offers in its restaurants. Advance reservations may be made online through its official social media pages as well as via (632) 7720-7777. Guests seeking to commemorate the special occasion with a breath-taking view can choose to make it a Valentine’s date to remember with a limited time His and Hers Surf and Turf set menu at either the Connect Lounge or VU’s. For Connect Lounge, this set menu is available for lunch and dinner service from Feb. 12 to 15 for the all-inclusive rate of P6,288 for two guests. On the other hand, VU’s will feature this set menu on Feb. 12 and 13 for P3,188 per person (inclusive of taxes and available charges). Savings of 10% will be extended to guests who reserve their tables early until Feb. 8.  Guests wishing to celebrate at home can place their orders for the His and Hers Surf and Turf set menu (for two) for takeaway for P5,788. Meanwhile, Lung Hin offers authentic Cantonese fare with its special set menus available on Valentine’s Day Weekend (Feb. 13 to 15). There are two curated menus featuring classics such as the Crispy roast baby duck with black pepper sauce, and the Stir-fried crystal prawns. The Beloved set menu is available at P4,380++ for two guests, while The One and Only selections are available at P6,800++ for two guests. Both set menus are available during lunch and dinner. Finally, Café Pronto brings back its Sweet Valentine Sweets series for the whole month of February. Dark and White Chocolate Cake with Caramelized Almonds is available at P1,600. Other treats that guests may look forward to and order ahead of the Valentine’s Day Weekend include the Berry Lamington Mini Cake, Strawberry Tart, and Salted Caramel Truffles. For more information and reservations call 7720-7777 or e-mail Visit for more details on the Hotel’s ongoing promotions.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Okada

COUPLES and families can enjoy a complete resort package at Okada Manila that includes an overnight accommodation at the Premium or Executive Suite, complimentary breakfast, gift certificates for the hotel’s signature restaurants, and a bouquet of flowers from Les Fleurs or a gift package from The Gift Boutique. Reward Circle members can also avail of discounts up to 50% on signature flower arrangements from Les Fleurs from Feb. 1 to 14. Okada Manila’s signature restaurants are also offering special packages for couples and families throughout the month, from a romantic Valentine’s dinner for two at Medley Buffet to an abundant spread of signature dishes from Catch by the Bay and Enbu. Sweet Valentine’s gifts like handcrafted chocolates and specialty cakes are also available at the Lobby Lounge. For reservations and inquiries, call 8888-0777 or e-mail Visit for more information.

Love at the Crimson Hotel

WHETHER one’s preference is to dine outdoors with a laid back ambiance or fine dining with a view of the city skyline, Crimson Hotel offers options to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14. There is “Thai Me Up at The Deck,” a night in a breezy al fresco setting with a romantic serenade, dining on intricate Thai cuisine between 6 to 9 p.m. The four-course dinner with two glasses of wine costs P1,500 net per person. One can also get “High on Love on the 28th” from 7 to 10 p.m. Wine and dine at Crimson Club Lounge, at the topmost floor of Crimson Hotel. A four-course dinner, unlimited wine, sweet surprises, and a stunning panoramic view of the city skyline will make it an unforgettable night. The rate per person is P2,500. One can also give your loved one a Valentine gift box filled with an assortment of sweet and savory bite-size treats from Baker J.  Meanwhile, Feb. 9 happens to be World Pizza Day, and in celebration of the occasion, Crimson Hotel’s Firehouse Pizza offers a Buy 1 Take 1 deal.

Feel good this Valentine’s Day with Nips Dark Chocolate

ROSES and chocolates are almost a cliche on Valentine’s — but there is good reason for that. Flowers are beautiful, roses in particular, and chocolates are rich, delicious, and contain theobromine, also called the “feel good chemical.” Dark chocolate is particularly packed with good feelings. So, just in time for Valentine’s Day, childhood favorite chocolate Nips has come out with a variant which is both sweet and adult: Nips Dark Chocolate. The chocolate has just the right balance of bitter from its dark chocolate center and sweetness from its candy coating. It is now available at supermarkets and groceries.

Sweet Valentine’s at City of Dreams

For Valentine’s weekend, City of Dreams Manila showcases sweets at Café Society and curated menus at its signature restaurants. The perfect romantic date night on Valentine’s Day is offered at Nobu Manila, where couples can opt to dine al fresco in the restaurant’s floating water cabanas charmingly surrounded by a lush garden. Nobu Manila’s five-course Valentine’s Omakase showcasing Nobu’s Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine highlights the dinner affair. The set menu comes with a complimentary glass of champagne. The Valentine Omakase is at P10, 000 nett for two persons. At Café Society, a lineup of thoughtfully packaged sweet confections are available for take-out from Feb. 7 to 14. Handcrafted confections include: a Valentine Love Dome Box, consisting of three or six assorted chocolates (P400 nett and P600 nett); an edible Valentine Rose, which comes with different kinds of dragees (P2,500 nett); white chocolate Valentine Cranberry Bar (P700 nett); Spiced Coffee Caramel Passion Fruit Mousse Cake (P1,000 nett); Trio Chocolate Mousse Feuilletine Cake (P1,000 nett); Valentine’s themed cupcakes (P1,000 nett), Linzer cookies (P300 nett); and heart-shaped chocolate Danish pastries (P500 nett); among many others. For inquiries and reservations, call 8800-8080 or e-mail or visit

Max’s Restaurant brings back the harana 

Max’s Restaurant, is bringing back the time-honored tradition of harana, or serenading loved ones, this February. Aside from the usual delivery experience, Max’s takes it up a notch with a Valentine package that includes not only its hearty signature dishes and a limited-edition Floral Bouquet Mini Cake created just for the season, but a personalized harana as well. This time, Max’s will be letting patrons experience the tradition while keeping it unique, modern, and convenient. This is made possible through a partnership with Good Banda, a group of displaced musicians turned delivery-couriers designed to deliver not just food or parcels, but serenade customers at the same time across Metro Manila. The Valentine package includes a single order of Max’s Fried Chicken, Sizzling Tofu, Chicken Pancit Canton, a Floral Bouquet Mini Cake, and a harana by Good Banda priced at P2,100. Customers just need to order online at and pick a preferred schedule. The live harana is available in Metro Manila, while provincial orders will have an option for a pre-recorded song to be sent to their chosen loved one. To avoid the rush, orders may be placed five days in advance. Delivery of Valentine package orders is from Feb. 11-28. Meanwhile, a food-and-cake-only package without a harana costs P1,599. On top of this offer, Max’s is giving away 50 free Valentine packages to its lucky fans. Customers have to post a photo online and share their Valentine’s Day experience at Max’s. To qualify, photos must be visible to the public with the #MaxsSweetValentineSerenade hashtag. Participants must also like and tag the Max’s official Facebook page. Last day of submission of entries is on Feb. 7. For further information, visit

 Valentine’s Day at Sheraton Manila Bay

On Feb. 13 and 14, Sheraton Manila Bay’s scenic Pacific Lounge offers a dinner-for-two with the view of the glistening Manila skyline with the “Reunited In Love Valentine’s Day Dinner” for P1,880 net per person. The five-course set menu features sea scallops and foie gras, sauce sauterne, mesclun en habit vert, vol-au-vent d’escargot bourguignonne for the starter and seafood terrine, lobster bisque, rouille, super country bread for the soup. Cleanse the palette with calamansi sorbet with Tanqueray gin and then indulge in a duo of slow-braised beef shoulder and lamb rack noisette à la forestiere, garlic potato galette, baby tomato confit, beef jus, green pea emulsion for the main course. Cap off the meal with a trio of Irish Baileys chocolate mellow, raspberry mille-feuille, orange mouse on sable tart, french macaron, and fresh mango for dessert. Complimentary coffee tea and Mignardise is served après-dinner. Diners will also take home a sweet and savory Valentine Grazing Box filled with homemade chicken liver, pate, salted crackers, deli meat, cheeses, nuts, lavosh, crudités, and red grapes. Meanwhile, Gazebo located on the 21st floor offers a spacious and open-air garden with the view of the night sky, ideal for private celebrations, proposals, or an intimate Valentine. For  P9,888++ for two persons, guests can have the exclusive use of the Garden and Gazebo with a five-course set dinner with a glass of Rothbury Estate Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay. Meanwhile, guests who wish to celebrate at home can avail of the “Love Picnic-To-Go” inclusive of a classic picnic-hamper filled with a three-course takeaway dinner for two, a Valentines grazing box, and homemade baguette for P2,188 net. Upgrade the picnic basket with a bottle of red or white wine for P2,488 net. For the full menu, visit Reservation is required. Social distancing and health and safety precautions are strictly implemented. For table reservations,  call  5318-0788, 0917-583-7294, 0917-583-7326 or e-mail

 A French Valentine’s at Sofitel 

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila demonstrates how to love like the French is Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 12-14, 2021, with a bespoke bayside dinner, signature specialties, and a relaxing al fresco food truck fair. Sofitel pulls out all the stops with Love by Design, a bespoke dinner set amidst lush greenery, under the blanket of stars,and with an unparalleled view of Manila Bay. Love By Design has an exclusive canopy for two, a four-course dinner featuring scallop crudo, dry-aged beef tenderloin on the grill with foie gras sauce, goat cheese cake with gianduja crémeux,and a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne.A violinist serenades the couple while the evening is capped off with a bouquet of red roses and artisanal pralines. Love byDesign is available on Feb. 13-4, for P25,000 nett for two persons. Three days advance reservation is required. Over at Spiral, the Valentine’s Day special is available for lunch and dinner on Feb. 13 and brunch and dinner on Feb. 14 with rates starting at P3,000 nett. For a laid-back, al fresco dinner date, Sunset Bar’s The Food Truck presents an elevated menu exclusive for Valentine’s Day weekend including foie gras sliders, soft shell crab taco, chicken gyro, designer cronuts, and so much more — all paired with free-flowing wine, local beers,and sparkling wine. Valentine’s Day at The Food Truck is available on Feb. 13-14, for P4,000 nett per person. Reservation and pre-payment is required. Meanwhile, Spiral at Home has a special takeaway set perfect for a cozy night-in for two. For the whole month of February, Spiral at Home showcases a menu featuring truffle-roasted poulet jaune, burrata salad, cheese and charcuterie, a sushi selection, and framboise chocolate crunch gateaux with macarons. The Spiral at Home meal is available for P10,000 net and is good for two people. Pre-oder and advanced payment is required. For reservations and inquiries, call R&B Reservations at 8832-6988 or e-mail