QUEZON CITY AND MAKATI CITY
Marco Polo Ortigas’ Lung Hin is bringing seasonal dishes to the fore for the Lunar New Year starting with the Prosperity Toss Salad with Salmon Yu Sheng. The traditional salad is available for takeaway, for small and large orders. Dishes like poached Hong Kong sesame chicken, sautéed Imperial tiger prawn with Supremes Stock, and poached yellow croaker fish with tofu are also available for and can accompany special set menus, with a choice between Double Prosperity or Endless Fortune menus. The exclusive dishes and set menus are available until Feb. 21. Visit www.marcopolohotels.com or call 720-7777 for inquiries.
Usher in the Year of the Dog with an auspicious Cantonese feast at New World Makati Hotel. Set menus crafted for good luck and prosperity are on offer at Jasmine, named one of the “Top 20 Restaurants of 2017” by Philippine Tatler. A highlight is the Poon choi “big bowl feast” to draw in good luck for the whole year round and a Yu Sheng salad toss for abundant success this year. Set dinner menus start at P15,888 and are available until Feb. 18. An unlimited Yum Cha lunch is also available at P1,388 per person. A traditional eye-dotting ceremony followed by a dragon and lion dance will be held at Jasmine on Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. For details and reservations, call 811-6888 ext. 3338.
Meanwhile, the Makati Diamond Residences will have a traditional dragon dance at 10 a.m. on Feb. 16 to usher in abundance and good fortune. Guests can expect a prosperity treat at Alfred and Baked, with a 20% discount on all food and beverage to welcome in the Lunar New Year. For inquiries and reservations, call 317-0999 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To prepare and welcome the Year of the Dog, catch the lucky dragon and lion dance at The Lobby of The Peninsula Manila on Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m. The Lobby’s chefs have also prepared a sumptuous Chinese-themed feast of “lucky” dishes that are symbolic of happiness, prosperity and good fortune in a three-course set dinner available from Feb. 16 to 18, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. (P1,850, pre-payment is required). The Lobby will serve a limited à la carte menu at the time. Over at buffet restaurant Escolta, a Chinese New Year Brunch will be offered on Feb. 18, noon to 3 p.m., for P4,300 (with free-flowing Champagne for adults), P3,100 (adults), and 1,288 (children under 12). Prices are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes. For inquiries or reservations, call 887-2888, e-mail email@example.com, or visit peninsula.com.
Diamond Hotel’s Corniche’s Chinese New Year Lunch and Dinner Buffet features authentic and popular Cantonese dishes from Feb. 15 to 18, priced at P2,500 net per person. It includes salmon Yu Sheng for prosperity, wok-fried crab for wealth, and, of course, Teochew-style roast suckling pig for luck, among other auspicious and symbolic food. Spend a minimum P5,000 at the buffet and get a chance to pick-a-prize from the Prosperity Tree. Moreover, a P5,000 spend at the Corniche Lunch Buffet on Feb. 16 entitles guests to a free 10-minute consultation with feng shui expert Angel Macalino. There will also be a lion and dragon dance by the Philippine Ling Nam Athletic Federation at 11 a.m., while the Kim Hwa Ensemble serenades guests with their traditional musical instruments. Amulets and charms are for sale at the hotel lobby until Feb. 18. For inquiries, call 528-3000 ext. 1121.
On Feb. 16, attract blessings and good luck with a traditional dragon and lion dance, coin and candy shower, and other Chinese goodies at the Manila Pavilion Hotel. Try the dinner buffet at Seasons for P1,200.00 per person (See story on this page — Ed.). The festival will not be complete without the traditional tikoy, available at the hotel’s Patisserie until Feb. 18. For details, visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.
PASAY CITY AND PARAÑAQUE CITY
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila ushers in the Lunar New Year with a feast prepared by Spiral’s resident Chinese Chef Michael Tai. The featured menu showcases recipes popular in China, Malaysia, and Singapore and have been served to royalty in Imperial China. Prices range from P2,580 to P4,650 net per person, from Feb. 15 to 18, available for lunch or dinner buffet. For inquiries and reservations, call 832-6988 or e-mail H6308-FB12@sofitel.com.
The Marriott Manila’s Man Ho has a 10-course set menu for 10 persons at P33,880++ which is meant to attract luck and joy. Man Ho will also offer a Lunar New Year trademark, Poon Choi, a one-pot communal dish good for at least 10 persons, signifying prosperity and affluence with its assortment of abalone, prawns, sea cucumber, dried fish maw, and more, available at P15,888++. Auspicious Cantonese favorites are available a la carte like roast goose, abalone, and Peking duck. Koi fish-shaped tikoy is also available for P1,688 per box. These are available at Man Ho until Feb. 16. For inquiries, call 988-9999 or visit manilamarriott.com.
City of Dreams Manila ushers in abundance, happiness, and good fortune with auspicious Chinese New Year specialties at Crystal Dragon, daily until Feb. 20. The Lunar Chinese New Year à la carte menu highlights two styles of the Yu Sheng salad: the traditional Prosperity Abalone and Salmon “Yu Sheng” salad and the Shredded Roasted Duck variation with fresh fruit salad in sesame dressing. The restaurant also offers two set menus and new dishes in the à la carte menu for the occasion. Groups of four to six can choose from the Happiness and Abundance five-course set menus which are available for at P3,680++ and P6,680++, respectively. For inquiries and reservations, call 800-8080, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.
The Conrad Manila ushers in the Lunar New Year with a lion and dragon dance auspiciously paired with a selection of authentic Chinese delicacies at the multi-award-winning China Blue by Jereme Leung on Feb. 16 for lunch and dinner. Specially crafted premium set and à la carte menus will be available, highlighted by an array of propitious entrées such as steamed stuffed crab claw and dried oyster money bag in crab roe sauce to welcome “money in the bag”; wok-fried king prawn and mini abalone sea treasure in an imperial hot pot for financial prosperity and business success; and stir-fried king prawn with crispy oat flakes and salted egg to attract wealth and happiness among others. There will be live musical entertainment and a modern take on the traditional Yee Sang toss. Diners may choose from the à la carte signature dishes, or the showcase Chinese New Year set menu for a group of 10 diners for P29,888+++. This year’s collection of tikoy come in almond, passion fruit, yuzu jelly, and red bean flavors, presented in koi fish and mini gold bars shapes to represent abundance and good fortune. They are available at any of the hotel’s dining outlets for P1,500 net per box until Feb. 16 only. For reservations and inquiries, e-mail email@example.com or call 833-9999.
Crimson Hotel Filinvest City celebrates Chinese New Year with a “Taste of Luck” at the Grand Ballroom on Feb. 18, 12:30 p.m. Discover what the Year of the Dog means for you as Feng Shui expert Joseph Chau reveals the predictions for 2018 during the Chinese New Year Sunday Brunch which also features arts and music performances (P1,688 net per person). Meanwhile, Café Eight offers a selection of Chinese-inspired dishes in its buffet until Feb. 28 (P1,383++, P1,599++ with free flowing drinks). For inquiries and reservations, call 863-2222 local 1612 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.