What’s Cook­ing: Ho­tel High­lights

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Dining - Pa­tri­cia May P. Catan with Chris­tian Jay B. Quilo

Two ho­tels in the city are in quite a mood to show­case their long-stand­ing spe­cial­ties and freshly in­tro­duced culi­nary in­no­va­tions. These se­lec­tions are worth check­ing out, and you’d surely find a rea­son to head up to any of these gas­tro­nomic feasts and sat­isfy your dis­cern­ing palate.

UNO’s Mod­ern Filipino Taste: Fla­vors of Cebu

UNO’s Mod­ern Filipino Taste re­lent­lessly waves its home­grown flag by high­light­ing dishes that are lo­cally sourced. One may truly won­der what fla­vors will bring back to his roots or gen­er­ally, what Ce­buano fla­vor tastes like. Wa­ter­front Cebu City Ho­tel & Casino is cater­ing to cu­ri­ous minds (or palates) and will hope­fully sat­isfy every diner who walks in.

Tak­ing cen­ter stage are Ce­buano fla­vors that are well thought-out and pre­pared with ut­most ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what one can say its home­grown. UNO’s ex­ec­u­tive sous chef, Tris­tan En­car­na­cion, proudly demon­strated three dishes served at Fla­vors of Cebu. These lo­cal fa­vorites — dang­git flat bread with tuyo and tinapa, smoked tomato granita and dried man­goes, and rum glazed cashew nuts with caramel and vanilla ice cream are a spin in the mod­ern Filipino cui­sine, added with a hint of Ce­buano fla­vor.

Sat­isfy one’s palate to a gas­tro­nomic trip at UNO’s Mod­ern Filipino Taste: Fla­vors of Cebu. Fla­vors of Cebu will run un­til Nov. 30, so don’t miss out.

Sig­na­ture Six

A de­light­ful mix of sweet to sa­vory and light to in­dul­gent, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Sig­na­ture Six is a foodie must-try and a culi­nary des­ti­na­tion in it­self.

Ten­der cuts of pork and chicken coated in a sa­vory fla­vor­ful sauce, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Adobo hits all the right spots of the clas­sic Filipino en­tree. Whether it’s or­dered ala carte or at the buf­fet, this dish will re­quire more than one serv­ing of rice.

The Ma­li­cious Cook­ies need no long in­tro­duc­tion. These sin­ful discs loaded with choco­late chips have re­ceived sev­eral awards in­clud­ing SunS­tar Best of Cebu’s Best Choco­late Chip Cook­ies for 2016.

An­other sig­na­ture dessert, the Mango Cheese­cake is topped with lus­cious ripe Cebu man­goes. The best part: this al­ready deca­dent dessert is made more in­dul­gent with a crust made of the fa­mous Ma­li­cious Cook­ies.

The En­saimadas come in plain, ube and mango vari­ants and are the per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment for an af­ter­noon cof­fee sesh.

The Silk Road Iced Cof­fee is overnight-in­fused cof­fee on ice with cin­na­mon syrup and milk capped to the brim with torched meringue and marsh­mal­low, served with a per­fectly warmed Cin­na­mon S’mores to com­ple­ment this rich caf­feinated con­coc­tion.

The Earl Grape Iced Tea is not your ordinary iced tea. This blend of el­der­flower syrup, seed­less grapes and earl grey tea — served in a so­phis­ti­cated carafe, no less — makes a re­fresh­ing drink.

While the first four of the Sig­na­ture Six are ex­clu­sive to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, the two sig­na­ture drinks are avail­able in all Marco Polo prop­er­ties — whether it’s in the Philip­pines, Hong Kong or China.

Smoked Tomato Granita and Dried Man­goes

Rum Glazed Cashew Nuts with Caramel and Vanilla Ice Cream

Adobo

Ma­li­cious Cook­ies

Silk Road Iced Cof­fee

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