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Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Royal Indulgence: Experiencing Manila Prince Hotel's Marcelino Cafe

8:35:00 PM

Live like royalty! That's exactly what my wife and I did when we recently visited Marcelino Cafe at Manila Prince Hotel for a delightful after-office dinner date. Luckily, it was a smooth Monday with no traffic hassles, allowing us to arrive just in time for the buffet opening. Yes, you heard it right – a buffet!

If you've been following this blog, you know I'm a food enthusiast, and buffets never fail to excite my taste buds. Marcelino Cafe, one of the restaurants within the Manila Prince Hotel, offers a diverse and sumptuous array of dishes—a true smorgasbord for those with an adventurous palate.


Before diving into the gastronomic details, let's shed light on Marcelino Cafe itself. Located at Marcelino Street, it embraces a local vibe, providing a memorable dining experience for its guests. Occupying half of the Manila Prince Hotel lobby area, it offers an expansive venue for culinary exploration.

For both lunch and dinner, Marcelino Café extends its culinary prowess, presenting a variety of options ranging from pasta and salads to dim sum, sushi, sashimi, and flavorful dishes across different stations inspired by international cuisines.


Now, onto what Marcelino Cafe in store for us.

Marcelino Cafe Dining Experience:

To set the context, the dining experience varies for different guests and times of the day. For my wife and me, it was a Monday evening dinner date, and the food selection was particularly intriguing.


Italian Station:

As a pasta lover, I couldn't resist the tempting array of pasta sauces. Even if I chose not to indulge, the visual and olfactory allure was undeniable. A must-try for pasta enthusiasts.

Grill Station:

During that night samgyupsal is available on its grilling station. 

Roast and Pika pika section fills the room with the aroma of roast food, the roast beef, roast chicken, and roast pork belly, made this section a sought-after delight. Familiar tastes and enticing scents guaranteed a satisfying experience.


Filipino Station:

Though I only enjoyed Filipino dishes visually and through their aromas due to uneasiness, the Mixed Seafood, Pork Mechado, and Beef Steak were tempting. Future visits are a must to savor these Filipino delights.

Asian Station:

This station allowed us to pick ingredients and create our concoctions. The soup and broth were perfect comfort foods for the stomach. They had Vietnamese Poh that time and also the Nasi Goreng. 

Salad Station:

Fresh, tasty and yummy! I'm not in to fully fill my tummy but with just right amount to taste the flavors. 

Bread and Dessert Station:

Delightful cookies and refreshing treats like the Cathedral and Mango Tapioca offered a perfect conclusion to our culinary journey. Don't forget the fruit section as well. 

Korean Station:

For those on a diet, the selection of salads was fantastic.

Japanese Station:

Being a fan of Japanese cuisines, this station was a highlight for me. The diverse Maki options, especially the standout Crazy Maki, and the delightful Kani Salad made this station a personal favorite.


Marcelino Cafe provides an extensive eat-all-you-can spread with both local and international cuisines, creating an ideal setting for culinary indulgence.


Marcelino Cafe Rates:

For those planning to visit, here are the eat-all-you-can rates and time to visit:

Lunch (11:30 am to 2:30 pm)

Php 899 nett per person (Promo Rate)
Php 1,500 nett per person (Regular Rate)
Dinner (6:00 pm to 10:00 pm)

Php 899 nett per person (Promo Rate)
Php 1,500 nett per person (Regular Rate)

Catch the great deal while it is still up!

The Feel and the Ambiance:

The restaurant, like any other hotel dining spot, exudes an interesting elite vibe while remaining welcoming. The ambient waterfalls installation provides a relaxing sound effect, almost giving the impression of rain outside, setting the perfect mood for guests.

Marcelino Cafe at Manila Prince Hotel offers a great setting for your first or last date. While not overly spacious, their diverse and interesting food selection caters to adventurous palates. The commitment to fresh, locally-sourced ingredients enhances the overall dining experience, making it a memorable and satisfying choice.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Cowrie Grill Celebrates A Decade of Culinary Elegance

11:11:00 PM


Cowrie Grill, the distinguished steakhouse that once graced the historic walls of The Manila Hotel and now finds its home at Promenade Greenhills, is celebrating a decade of culinary excellence. With a rich history that traces the journey of steak to the Philippines, Cowrie Grill has become a symbol of fine dining, attracting discerning connoisseurs for the past ten years.

In honor of its 10th anniversary, Cowrie Grill is excited to share this milestone with its patrons by highlighting its 10 most beloved dishes. These culinary masterpieces, cherished by guests over the years, include the classic Caesar Salad prepared tableside, the comforting French Onion Soup, the delectable Fettuccine Al Funghi E Tartufo, the succulent Grilled Chilean Sea Bass, the flavorful Saga Wagyu Beef Rib Eye, the renowned Chateaubriand U.S. Angus, the impressive Bone-In Tomahawk Ribeye, the exquisite Iberico Pork Loin, the luxurious U.S. Angus Beef Tournedos Rossini with Foie Gras, and the indulgent Baked Alaska flambéed with brandy.


Expressing gratitude for the continuous support and loyalty since the early days at The Manila Hotel, EJ Yap, F&B Director of Cowrie Grill by The Manila Hotel, remarks, “Our 10th anniversary is a tribute to our commitment to culinary excellence and the cherished relationships we’ve built over the years.”

Beyond its exceptional dishes, Cowrie Grill also serves as an ideal venue for private events and intimate gatherings. Boasting an elegant interior and customizable space, the restaurant's versatility, combined with its unwavering commitment to exceptional service, makes it the perfect choice for those seeking a refined setting for their celebrations.


Operating from Mondays to Sundays, Cowrie Grill welcomes guests from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM. For inquiries and reservations, contact +632 8477 6385, send a Viber message to 0977 641 8815, or email Join Cowrie Grill in commemorating a decade of culinary brilliance and creating lasting memories in an atmosphere of sophistication and taste.

Marian Rivera-Dantes: Leading Aji-Ginisa's Veggie Wave

10:52:00 PM

Ever wondered when the tantalizing umami flavor conquered Filipino taste buds? The roots of this savory sensation trace back to the early 1950s, marking the advent of Ajinomoto in the Philippines. In 1958, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. forged a partnership, giving birth to Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation—a name now synonymous with culinary excellence.

Ajinomoto, the esteemed Japanese seasoning company famed for its umami-rich monosodium glutamate (MSG), made its way to the Philippines through strategic business collaboration. This marked the beginning of a flavorful legacy, elevating traditional Filipino dishes to new heights. The partnership addressed the surging demand for MSG, a vital ingredient in Asian cuisine, fostering a culinary relationship that has endured the test of time.

From its inception, Ajinomoto became a household staple, playing a pivotal role in Filipino kitchens. The MSG, celebrated for enhancing and balancing flavors, quickly became integral to a myriad of dishes, reflecting the brand's dedication to enriching the overall dining experience.

As the years unfolded, Ajinomoto continued to innovate, expanding its product line beyond MSG. The company's journey in the Philippines not only reshaped the local culinary landscape but also contributed to the nation's diverse tapestry of flavors.


Fast forward to today, Ajinomoto introduces a groundbreaking initiative with the Aji-Ginisa New Veggie-licious Era. Recently launched at The Blue Leaf McKinley Hill in Taguig, the event marked the official kickoff of the I Love Veggie-licious Movement. This movement seeks to make vegetable dishes more delectable, especially for kids. Renowned celebrity mom Marian Rivera-Dantes took center stage, showcasing her family's favorite vegetable recipes in a captivating cooking demo.

"Parents prioritize their children’s health, but getting them to love veggies isn’t always a breeze," shared Kazuki Kyoya. "Aji-Ginisa® can transform their dishes, making them meatier and more flavorful, encouraging kids to embrace vegetables as a part of every meal."

Marian Rivera-Dantes, a mom herself, emphasized the challenges of mealtimes and the importance of experimenting with nutritious and delicious vegetable dishes. The goal is to introduce children to diverse recipes, fostering a love for healthy food.


The event featured a heartwarming I Love Veggie-licious Pledge, led by Marian's daughter Zia, encouraging kids to promise their love for vegetables. Attendees also got hands-on with making their own veggie-licious dishes, adding Aji-Ginisa to their veggies and grooving to the Shake Shake Dance.


Ajinomoto is set to take the I Love Veggie-licious Movement nationwide, with the Aji-Ginisa® Veggie-licious Caravan visiting schools for taste tests, veg-ucation programs, and more. The Caravan will also grace key malls across the metro, introducing delightful veggie dishes tailored for kids.

This movement reflects Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation's commitment to nutrition without compromising taste, accessibility, and local lifestyles. The company collaborates with like-minded organizations, developing comprehensive programs and offering new products and services to address health and nutrition concerns.

Discover more about the Aji-Ginisa® I Love Veggie-licious Movement by visiting Cookmunity by Ajinomoto PH.

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