Showing posts with label Filipino Cuisine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Filipino Cuisine. Show all posts

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Café Ilang-Ilang Highlights the Flavors of Western Visayas

8:26:00 AM

It's another feature of cuisines at Cafe Ilang-Ilang. 

Western Visayas, renowned for its rich cultural heritage and scenic landscapes, is set to captivate the taste buds of food enthusiasts as The Manila Hotel celebrates the region’s diverse culinary delights at Café Ilang-Ilang this August.

For its latest dining offer, Café Ilang-Ilang has teamed up with Chef Rafael “Tibong” Jardeleza, Jr. — a culinary virtuoso and a passionate advocate of Western Visayas heritage cuisine.


A Tapestry of Flavors
Through this exciting collaboration, Café Ilang-Ilang brings the essence of Western Visayas directly to its dining tables. Acknowledged as the Food Haven of the Philippines, Western Visayas boasts a vibrant food culture that reflects its history, geography, and cultural influences. The partnership showcases a diverse array of dishes, highlighting the region’s local recipes, distinct ingredients, and time-honored cooking techniques.

A Champion of Heritage Cuisine
Chef Tibong, hailing from Western Visayas himself, has his culinary journey deeply rooted in his love for preserving and promoting the region’s culinary heritage. Drawing inspiration from his upbringing and family traditions, his creations offer a contemporary twist to classic dishes, presenting an elevated experience that resonates with both locals and global food enthusiasts.

Embark on a Gastronomic Adventure
At Café Ilang-Ilang, guests can embark on a gastronomic adventure that celebrates the flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques unique to Western Visayas. Throughout the whole month of August, Café Ilang-Ilang patrons can enjoy selected dishes for lunch and dinner buffet. The weekly cycle of featured dishes includes: Guimaras Mango with Ginamos sa Tulapo, KBL (Kadios, Baboy, Langka), Laswa, Pancit Molo, Pancit Efuven, Beef Morcon, Chicken Binakol, Lengua Estofado, Bitchuelas, Sopa de Ajo, Fabada, Kinilaw na Tanguigue, Paella Negra with Chiperones, Canonigo, and Lapaz Batchoy Ice Cream.


Experience the “Flavors of Western VIsayas” at Café Ilang-Ilang until August 31. For inquiries and reservations, call +632 8527 0011 or +632 5301 5500, or email

Sunday, July 23, 2023

The Buffet Experience at The Manila Hotel's Cafe Ilang-Ilang

10:00:00 PM


It's one of the many places where everyone is excited to go and experience. If there's what you call revenge travel, then you have this revenge eating. Most of us have missed the clinking sound of plates and glasses, the smokey smell of the prepared dishes, and the enticing color of each food at the counter area waiting to be picked to fill up hungry tummies. All of these sum up our longing to experience the buffet once again.

As for me, well, I got that momentous time because of an invitation to experience it again and what it meant to be full, somehow bloated. Of course, in moderation.

So, where did I enjoy that sumptuous meal? Well, it's in a place where it witnessed historical events and cultural transformation—an established icon and the very first five-star hotel in the country, The Manila Hotel, with its iconic dining destination, Cafe Ilang-Ilang, known for its extensive and exquisite international buffet selection—an array of different flavors for the palate.

Imagine those mouthwatering dishes that you rarely see on your table or plate. So, this opportunity is priceless. At Cafe Ilang-Ilang, you can indulge in different stations—the Salads and Breads Station, the Churrasco Station, the Pan-Asian Station, the Italian Station, the Mediterranean Station, the American Station, and of course, don’t miss out on the Dessert Station.


This month, Cafe Ilang-Ilang offers an additional selection for buffet enthusiasts and hungry bellies. It has partnered with Calle Arco, an ancestral home in Pagsanjan, Laguna, transformed into a restaurant famous for its authentic Filipino dishes prepared with heirloom recipes. So, on the day of my buffet indulgence, I happened to experience not only international cuisines but also the rich Pinoy cultural dish. It's enjoying both worlds from a singular perspective.

The partnership of Cafe Ilang-Ilang and Calle Arco showcases the annual food festivity in Laguna called Anilag or Ani ng Laguna. It is the locals' way of honoring the province's rich culinary heritage.

The Anilag dishes offered at Cafe Ilang-Ilang are on a rotating line-up, so there are cuisines that are not offered on a specific day or night. But during my buffet experience, I was able to get some of its delectable dishes.

There were Binagoongang Crispy Pata, Hurnong Lechon, Kare-Kare (Galapong), Pancit Habhab, Fried Itik, Grilled Pla-Pla with Pako, and Sinigang na Baka na may Langka.

The Experience

Food has always been my comfort, but it's even more interesting and tastier when having it together with your family or friends. As for me, I had good company that night, and I enjoyed every dish. It was gastronomic, but I felt less bloated.

I was late—thank you for the heavy rainfall—but fortunately, I managed to be there since it wasn't a formal event or anything. The main purpose is to experience!

Since the other bloggers already started, I took my time and let myself settle. I let the aroma flicker into my nose, which later enticed me more to stand up and check which food to pick. 

It was my first time at Cafe Ilang-Ilang, so familiarity is recommended. I started to roam around and took some videos and snapshots of the selection.

I finally decided to start with the Pancit HabHab. I wanted to taste this version to compare it with the one from Quezon. The noodles were soft, and the flavor is within it. It would have been a habhab experience if it were served on banana leaves.

The next on my plate is the Lumpiang Ubod. The serving may be small for someone with a big appetite, but you can still go back for another round. With the ubod itself, its crunchiness is just right to enjoy it, not too hard and not too soft. The wrapper, made of battered egg (I think), compliments the crunchiness of the Ubod with its soft and fine texture. My only regret was I didn't ask for the pink one for a better color on my plate. So, if you'll have this dish, putting up 3 or 4 together would really create a colorful and enticing plate of Lumpiang Ubod.


Bad of me that I took the appetizers after finishing the pancit. Anyway, together with the Lumpiang Ubod is the Watermelon Caprese, intriguingly looks good and presented very well that you cannot simply not notice it.

Another dish that I totally dig in was the Baked Salmon. I love fish, and I'm glad that it was cooked well and not that ‘malansa’ or fishy. I would really mistake it for bread or something. Getting into the details of the salmon, the fish meat texture is still firm and exactly how it should be, not overcooked nor undercooked.

Of course, I won't miss the opportunity to try some of the main courses of the Anilag offerings—the Kare-Kare (Galapong) and the Adobong Kangkong. Hmm... it makes a rhyme. I'm sure it will also rhyme in your palate.

Added also are the Kani Salad and the Maki, which I like.   

After a round of tummy-filling flavors, it’s time to tickle our taste buds with some sweet indulgence at the dessert station. A slice of Ohaina Cake, Mango Sorbet, Strawberry Ice cream, Kakanin, and Halu-halo end the buffet experience.


If you’re adventurous with your palate and love to indulge in different cuisines and flavors, Cafe Ilang-Ilang at The Manila Hotel lets you become an adventurer.


Cafe Ilang-Ilang is located at the Ground Floor level of The Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila

For their Buffet Schedule: 
6AM to 10AM 

Daily 11:30AM-2:30PM 


*BREAKFAST RATE: P1,750.00 nett per person
Child rate: P875.00 (for kids ages 5-12 years old only)

Adult Rate: P2,995.00 NETT per person
Child Rate: P1,497.50 NETT

Adult Rate: P3,145.00 NETT per person
Child Rate: PHP1,572.50 NETT

Adult Rate: P3,145.00 NETT per person
Child Rate: P1,572.50 NETT

Adult Rate: P3,790.00 NETT per person
Child Rate: P1,895.00 NETT

You can also call them for inquiries or reservations at +632 8527 0011 or +632 5301 5500 or you can send an email to

Anilag's selection is available at Café Ilang-Ilang at lunch and dinner buffet until July 31. So if you’re in to experience Anilag visit Cafe Ilang-Ilang in The Manila Hotel.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Enjoy KaKa’s Filipino Dishes, Generations of Filipino Cuisine

12:02:00 AM

Photo from Kaka Facebook page
Kwento Ni Toto enjoyed Filipino dish in one of the restaurants in one of the busy malls in the metro. If you're one of those 80's or 90's kids who once lived in the rural areas in the Philippines then you'll definitely be missing the smell and taste of dishes cooked in that places. Worry no more because there's a restaurant that looks upon the Filipino's cultural heritage when it comes to cooking and serving food. Kaka is one of the restaurant's that serves authentic Pinoy dishes cooked in a very traditional way and process with natural ingredients. They pride their dishes without any artificial flavorings.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Café Yagam Offers The Best Dishes of The Cordillera Region

5:41:00 PM

When going to Baguio there’s always the thought of the locals of Cordillera and one of the famous among these tribes are the Igorots. When it comes to food there are also famous dishes that most of the lowlanders sought only here on this part of the country, the Pinikpikan. In fruits, there’s the strawberry and in veggies there are the lettuce, broccoli and more. For whatever it is the Cordillera Region offers the best of things in cold weather and that’s what Café Yagam offers to its visitors, a very homey and relaxing feeling.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Comida Chefs Serves A Different Clash of Flavors

11:10:00 PM

One of the country’s Chefs that we know who uses local ingredients and serves a different clash of flavors, Chef Danny de la Cuesta, opens the door of his newest restaurant at the 2nd Floor of 111-A Kamias Road, Quezon City. Comida Chefs, Plato is the establishment where food lovers and enthusiasts can personally be served with a multi-ethnic dining experience of mixing flavors.

Comida Chefs, Plato is a multi-culti mix of flavors where ingredients and spices collides meeting in crossroads of exploding flavors. Comida Chefs,Plato serves comfort to those who demand new taste, thrills and culinary inventions. There is no limit to what they can go on your burgers. It can be spiked with regional preserves and is served with multi-culti sauces and dips and are shareable food. It is the home of pisco sours and ceviche in other words kinilaw. It is the bet as the next cuisine.

If you’re a health buff you can try their healthier menus featuring “inherently nutritious items” full of fiber, omega-3, vitamins, and antioxidants. There’s no word as to whether they’ll also serve less fat, sodium, or sugar but that’s probably the next attractions. Comida Chefs, Plato brought favorite street dishes and transformed many of these “ethnic” cuisines to become a mainstream flavor where patrons can enjoy them regularly. Comida Chef, Plato is becoming an interesting place to eat and you shouldn’t be left behind checking out this place.

2nd floor 111-A Kamias Rd. Quezon City

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Max's New Dinner Specials Menu, Max's Collaborates with Chef Laudico

11:59:00 PM
Kwento Ni Toto shares what's something new with Max's Restaurant.  As always, they're having innovations with the menus that they're serving to us.  So without any more blubbering and storytelling here's what's new to their list of menu.

A significant part of tradition, Max’s Restaurant has brought authentic Filipino cuisine to the forefront. It has established the presence of heirloom dishes like its “sarap-to-the-bones” Fried Chicken, Kare-Kare, Sinigang, Crispy Pata and Pancit Canton in almost every Filipino celebration. After almost 7 decades, this homegrown brand is not resting on its laurels as it continues to create innovative ways to step up the Filipino’s dining experience to a whole new level. This time, Max’s redefines elegance in dining with its new epicurean spread.

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