Dining In/Out (10/08/20)

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The Pen extends anniversary promo throughout October

Due to popular demand, The Peninsula Manila is extending its 44th anniversary celebration until the end of October. This includes the “Our Birthday – Your Birthday” offers at The Peninsula Boutique. There’s the cuisine of The Lobby, Spices, Old Manila — and now those of Escolta and the Pool Snack Bar; cocktails from Salon de Ning and The Bar; and the cakes, breads, cookies, and French pastries from the bakery that are synonymous with The Peninsula name. They will be available for takeout and delivery at The Peninsula Boutique until Nov. 1. Prices of the items reflect either the hotel’s 44th anniversary (e.g. The Peninsula Boutique will offer its Ensaymada and Double-Chocolate Brownie — a new item on the menu — for P44; The Lobby menu favorites like Caesar Salad, Peninsula US Beef Burger, Pan-roasted Norwegian Salmon, and Kare Kare, all for P444) or the year it opened, 1976 (Old Manila’s Angus Beef Ribeye Steak  at P1,976, Salon de Ning and The Bar’s bottled batched Aperol Spritz, Margarita, and Negroni for P1,976).

Complimentary delivery within Makati City will be extended to guests making a minimum single-receipt purchase of P2,000. For inquiries and orders, call 8887-5747, 8887-2888, e-mail penboutiquepmn@peninsula.com or through PenChat (https://bit.ly/PenChatFacebook).

Pre-buy drinks to keep favorite bars and restaurants alive

IT’S no secret that the F&B industry has been badly hit by the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, with even iconic bars closing down one by one. The good news is that favorites such as Rambla, The Brewery, and After Hours can be kept alive simply by purchasing favorite drinks ahead. And to top it all off, they’re at P100 off, and may be enjoyed as soon as the bars open. Zomato Philippines and Diageo (the maker of liquor brands such as Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, and The Singleton) have teamed up to help partner outlets bounce back and normalize their operations as the regulations ease. The process is simple: purchase an e-voucher for a chosen drink at a participating bar, and it will be redeemable after the community quarantines and liquor ban regulations are lifted and the outlet is open again. View the complete list of participating bars and drink e-vouchers available at https://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/Zomato. Browse through the offerings, add to cart as one would normally do on Lazada, and check out. Note that the drinks cost P100 less than their regular selling price. The voucher will only be valid in the outlet indicated in the e-voucher, so take note of this detail when you purchase. Stand by for announcements from Zomato with regard to opening dates and redemption for availability of the purchased drink e-voucher. As of now, all e-vouchers are valid until December 2020. Should there be extensions or announcements of community quarantines or liquor bans, Diageo and Zomato Philippines will release new guidelines and advisories. One may also get in touch with Zomato to arrange for refunds for any circumstances. And if the bar you supported with your purchase closes down, you may coordinate with Zomato to arrange for your refund as well.

Greenhills malls launch My Home Dasher

A NEW addition to Ortigas Malls’ delivery services is Greenhills’ My Home Dasher through which one may shop at any Greenhills store. From food to gadget needs, jewelry to balikbayan goodies, My Home Dasher can deliver to one’s doorstep with just one call. Greenhills has made this possible with MyKuya, Marshall Express, and Padyak because they know that shopping doesn’t stop during quarantine. Shop in three easy steps by first calling 0917-815-6640, sending your shopping list, and then settling the bill while waiting for your delivery. This is available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m every day.

Popeyes opens new branch at Eton Centris

Popeyes has opened its newest branch in Eton Centris, its first store opening since the country implemented strict lockdown, making it one of the few restaurants in the Philippines to do so. Available at the branch are such Popeyes dishes as Honey Biscuits, Popeyes  Spaghetti, crispy Cajun fries, Chicken French Quarter Burger, and Fried Chicken. To ensure the well-being of the customers, health measures and safety protocols are strictly implemented in the store. The new Popeyes branch is located at C2-16 and C2-17, Cluster 2, Centris Walk, EDSA Corner Quezon Ave. Pinyahan, Quezon City. Popeyes also has branches in ArcoVia City, Alabang Town Center, SM San Lazaro, NU Mall of Asia, Eastwood, SM Southmall, Ali Mall, Kroma Tower, Robinsons Place Manila, and Robinsons Galleria Ortigas.

Yellow Cab’s newest pizza flavor

YELLOW Cab has launched its newest flavor — the Patty Melt Pizza. The newest Edge-to-Edge Pizza is topped with bits of burger patties with a bit of heat, smothered with gooey melted cheese on its signature crust, and topped with tomatoes and sweetened onions. This variant is available for a limited time only, starting at P399. The new Patty Melt Pizza is now available in all Yellow Cab stores nationwide for dine-in, Curbside® pick-up, take-out, and delivery. This is also available via GrabFood, FoodPanda, and LalaFood. All Yellow Cab stores comply with proper operating guidelines to ensure safety. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/YellowCabPizzaOfficial.

The Grand Hyatt’s The Peak is reopening

STARTING Oct. 8, The Grand Hyatt’s The Peak restaurant will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 5-10 p.m. Dine on the classics from its a la carte menu such as Australian Wagyu Beef, Maryland Crab Cakes, and La Royal Oysters. Dine al fresco with the unobstructed view of the Metro Manila skyline from the Philippine’s tallest man-made structure. Those who come to the re-opening this weekend from Oct. 8-10 will enjoy a complimentary welcome drink when they dine at the Grill. Place a reservation online at bit.ly/ThePeakBGC or call 8838-1234 for further inquiries. For intimate affairs, book a private dining room and The Peak staff will craft a bespoke menu to suit your event. Call 8838-1234 or e-mail thepeak.manila.grand@hyatt.com for reservations and inquiries. To deal with the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the restaurant follows the health and physical distancing guidelines set by the local government and the World Health Organization. Meanwhile, favorite dishes from The Grand Hyatt’s restaurants The Grand Kitchen, No. 8 China House, and The Cellar are now available as all-you-can eat small plates in one dining destination at an a la minute buffet. Enjoy traditional Chinese cuisine from No. 8 China House such as Wok-fried King prawn, Char Siu barbecued pork, Braised crab meat soup, Sweet and sour pork, Mapo tofu and Yang Chow fried rice. Dim sum such as shrimp dumplings, steamed spare ribs and steamed chicken feet are also available. Dine on local and international cuisines such as Paneer makhani, Chicken inasal and Norwegian salmon from The Grand Kitchen. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are also available. Have a plate of The Cellar’s Seafood or Vegetable paella and accompany it with your choice of wine. For P2,200 per adult, enjoy the a la minute buffet which includes free-flowing local beers, select wines, iced tea, coffee, tea and chilled juices. Available for lunch (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and dinner (6-10:30 p.m.) daily. Each dish is made fresh and meets the strict food safety management standards of the hotel’s ISO 22000:2018 certification. Book a table online at bit.ly/TheGrandKitchen. For group reservations and inquiries, call 8838-1234 or e-mail manila.grand@hyatt.com. Grand Hyatt Manila is at 8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.