Valentine’s Day Dining (02/13/20)

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The Peninsula Manila

LADIES dining at The Peninsula on Valentine’s Day will receive roses.

THE Peninsula Manila helps couples celebrate the perfect Valentine’s Day with an array of romantic dining and gift ideas to choose from. Spoil your date with a under The Lobby’s iconic “Sunburst” sculpture. Choose from a three-course dinner menu (P3,500 per adult inclusive of taxes) or P1,500 minimum consumable for à la carte dining. Vietnamese harpist and singer Heloise LaHarpe will perform live at The Lobby at 8 p.m. All ladies dining at The Lobby on Valentine’s Day will receive a bar of Auro Chocolate and a long-stemmed red rose to take home. All five senses will delight in Old Manila Chef de Cuisine Allan Briones’ sensory four-course Valentine’s Dinner on Feb. 14. The dinner goes for P6,500 with an extravagant wine pairing or simply by itself at P4,500 (inclusive of taxes). The Peninsula Strings will play love songs from the Great Filipino and American Songbook at 7:30 p.m. All ladies dining in Old Manila on Valentine’s Day will receive an Auro Chocolate sampler box and a red Ecuadorean rose to take home. One need look no further than chef Jobellyn Barbasa’s buffet specials in Escolta to find the quickest and most delicious way to your lover’s heart. She suggests celebrating Valentine’s Day with the Seafood Dinner Buffet (priced at P3,800, for adults, and P1,900, for children), and to spoil your date a wee bit more, ply them with Champagne and fine wine. All ladies dining in Escolta on Valentine’s Day will receive a bar of Auro Chocolate and a long-stemmed red rose to take home. Spices will also be sharing the love on Feb. 14 with the exotic flavors of India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam where lovers can choose from an à la carte menu selection for a minimum consumable of P1,500 (exclusive of taxes). All ladies dining in Spices will receive a long-stemmed red rose to take home with them. For inquiries or further information on The Peninsula Manila Valentine’s Day dining promotions, call 8887-2888, extension 6694 (Restaurant Reservations), e-mail diningpmn@peninsula.com or reservationpmn@peninsula.com or visit the website peninsula.com.

Lemuria Restaurant and Wine Bar

AT LEMURIA, the essence of Valentine’s Day lies in the fine details. A perfect romantic moment is concocted at Lamuria by a mastery of French-Mediterranean gastronomy, a flair for impeccable service, and a dining ambience that excites the heart. Located at Arya Plaza in Bonifacio Global City, Lemuria this Valentine’s Day introduces a classic set menu to befit the occasion. Dinner starts with hors d’œuvre of mini gougeres stuffed with herbed cream cheese, followed by pan seared foie gras that comes with homemade brioche toast, apricot chutney, and apples. This is followed by tomato soup with cheese croutons, fried basil and vanilla cream. For the main course, there is a choice between 10-hour braised short ribs dish served with cauliflower puree, roasted mushrooms, chimichurri, and parsley oil, or a soft shell crab dish with arugula, macerated cherry tomatoes, remoulade, and parmesan shards for those who love seafood. Dinner will end on a sweet note with a lemon vanilla cake with hazelnut chantilly cream, strawberries, berry coulis, and white chocolate pistachio bark. Lemuria’s special Valentine’s set menu is available from Feb. 13 to 15 for P3,200+ per head. On Feb. 14, Lemuria accepts dining reservations for 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-10:30 p.m. For more details, visit https://www.lemuria.com.ph/bgc/events/valentines-day-menu.

City of Dreams Manila

City of Dreams Manila sets the tone for a romantic month-long celebration of Valentine’s with tasteful offerings at its award-winning signature restaurants, Nobu Manila and Crystal Dragon, and treats to impress loved ones at Café Society, Chocol8 and Hyatt Regency’s The Café. For a lovely lunch or dinner affair, Crystal Dragon lays out a five-course Valentine’s Set Menu (P3,880++ per person), which captures the best of Cantonese cuisine and other regional Chinese specialties. The menu, currently available until Feb. 16, includes Black pepper duck meat swan dumpling and deep-fried prawn swan dumpling, Braised Sea Treasures and scallop dumpling and black truffle in lobster bisque, and Braised pork ribs with red wine vinegar and wolfberry reduction. Diners can also opt to try the restaurant’s new dim sum menu. A destination of choice for a romantic dinner date is Nobu which offers a five-course Valentine’s Omakase (P10,000 nett for two) that comes with a complimentary welcome sake cocktail. Exclusively available on Feb. 14, the Omakase begins with Nobu Sashimi Trio, followed by a seasonal selection of Nobu Sushi. Then comes a Whole Blue Crab, creamy and spicy with shitake, negi, masago and scallop chawan mushi; and Sous vide Australian tenderloin with dark chocolate, saké and mirin reduction demi-glace, broccolini and Nobu-style fries come after. A plate of Fraisier crème mousseline parfait with champagne jelly and strawberries completes the Omakase. Café Society and Chocol8 have a selection of Valentine’s hampers and other sweet gift ideas. Café Society has heart-shaped Linzer cookies, St. Valentine’s cookies, and cakes starting at P150 nett, along with single-stemmed rose and flower arrangements starting at P500 nett. Hampers that come with an assortment of teddy bears, flowers, a bottle of prosecco, and cookies and cakes starting at P1,000 nett also make a fitting gift for the occasion. All are available until Feb. 15. Available all month at Chocol8 are handcrafted chocolates, consisting of 200-gram Valentine White and Milk Chocolate Macadamia bars (P1,000 nett each), and brown and pink bear chocolate sculptures (P2,400 nett each). Chocol8 also offers hampers starting at P1,500 nett filled with pralines and dragées, which come with other gifts including a teddy bear and a bottle of Martini Rosé among others. At The Café at Hyatt Regency, the featured cake of the month is Raspberry Earl Grey Cake, a decadent medley of raspberry coulis on top of a soft, gluten-free sponge cake and coated with Earl Grey tea-infused mousse. For inquiries, call 8800-8080 or e-mail guestservices@cod-manila.com or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com</i>.

TWG Tea

TWG Tea’s Valentine’s Day special is a tea-infused set menu with two soups of the day, two main courses, dessert and a choice of two TWG Teas. It is priced at P2,875 for two persons. Available at all TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques in the Philippines until Feb. 29. TWG also has a number of Valentine’s Day gifts including the Mon Amour Tea, Caviar Tin Tea Collection in which black tea is carefully blended with sweet notes of caramel and rose (P1,895); the Firefly tea bowl and saucer in candy pink, crafted from hand-blown glass with natural pigments (P2,495); the Bain de Roses tea-scented candle in which the dusky roses of Grasse are combined with a secret bouquet of black tea, heady notes of white sandalwood, warm vanilla and fresh grapefruit (P3,895); and the TWG Tea Design Orchid Collection Teapot in pink (P6,895).

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo

ON VALENTINE’s Day, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo will serve an Italian-themed buffet at The Granary, with boquerones con olivas, tomato arancini balls, aqua pazza snapper, and risotto ai frutti de mare. The Valentine’s banquet also includes a charcuterie station, a pizza and pasta corner, rib eye, tuna and pork at the grilling station, porchetta at the carving table, and a variety of cakes at the dessert spread. The Black Valentine’s Dinner Buffet is priced at P1,350 nett and comes with a free glass of Italian wine. Bring the kids along and they get 50% discount if they’re six to 12 years old. If they’re five years old or younger, they eat for free. Meanwhile, BizBar is holding the “Friday the 14th Valentine’s Day Party” for the single and brokenhearted. Party goers get 30% off on Heineken draft beer with no cover charge or minimum consumption required. The Black Valentine’s Dinner Buffet is available at The Granary on Feb. 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. The Friday the 14th Valentine’s Day Party will be on Feb. 14 as well at BizBar and starts at 8 p.m. For table reservations, call Richmonde Hotel Iloilo +6333 328-7888.

Cravings

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FROM Feb. 13 to 16, Cravings introduces a Valentine’s Day menu by the chefs of CCA Manila, with fairytale themed tables to passion-filled cocktails. The four-course set menu includes a choice between Roasted smoked pork loin with Jambalaya rice and Blackened fish with Jambalaya rice for the main course. There is also a special Love Potion cocktail for Valentine’s Day. Make reservations through 0906-270-5690. For details, visit Cravings’ Instagram @cravingsphils or follow #ValentinesAtCravings and #CelebrateLoveAtCravings.

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