Feasts fit for a Christmas staycation

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    Some Metro Manila-based hotels that were granted a Certificate of Authority to Operate for Staycations by the Department of Tourism launched festive offers to make holidays with your loved ones merry and bright amid the ongoing pandemic.

    Solaire Resort and Casino

    Rekindle the spirit of the Yuletide season and celebrate the warmth and joy of being with loved ones at Solaire where the heart of the holidays is cheerful and bright.

    A hearty holiday feast at Fresh transforms this celebration into beacons of light to brighten the season. Delectable surprises and abundant international spreads from its Christmas and New Year’s buffet selection are cooked to perfection and await to be served to tables.

    Eyes and appetite will be filled with a wide selection of seafood choices, freshly shuck as well as baked oysters, and all-time-favorite lobsters. There is also an incredible foie gras and rillette station, as well as a section dedicated to an assortment of cold cuts and cheeses.

    Not to be missed are holiday staples such as homemade baked bone-in Christmas ham, hearty lechon, and holiday turkey. In addition, savory dishes from all around the world – from Western cuisine to Asian specialties – are on display for everyone’s enjoyment.

    Finestra Italian Steakhouse’s rich festive offer highlights the best selections of creative cuisine. From honey-glazed roasted turkey with Italian sausage stuffing to Josper-grilled Australian M9 wagyu striploin with morel mushrooms, ratatouille, celeriac mousse and asparagus, dining in Finestra is a gift in itself for every member of the family. Enjoy these wonders with a glass of champagne or your cocktail of choice and live entertainment.
    Cherish Yuletide flavors at Red Lantern with the delightful combination of balanced Cantonese tastes that envelope its hallmark dishes.

    Find satisfaction from servings of Red Lantern’s signature roasted duck, sautéed king prawns with Yunnan ham and beans, steamed tiger garoupa with mushrooms, shredded pork and dates, and a choice between two sweet finishers: a chilled glutinous rice ball filled with red bean paste plus deep-fried Chinese pancake with lotus paste, or a special Solaire dessert. An elevated Festive Dim Sum lunch buffet will also be offered to add to the festivities.

    Celebrate in Yakumi with the season’s freshest Japanese ingredients that come together with more vigor for the holidays.

    Enjoy a plate of USDA beef ribeye with Japanese vegetables and ginger soy or an MB9 graded Australian wagyu striploin with truffle teriyaki sauce, both lending its charming richness to create a perfectly balanced culinary symphony.

    Waterside’s heartwarming Latin-inspired specialties create smiles with its Christmas Set Menus filled with exotic flavors.

    Choose between three generous menus which put its signature paellas, Cuban-style suckling pig, and Australian ribeye and Cajun grilled prawns, front and center of the night’s merriments.

    Makati Shangri-La

    Delight in the flavors of Christmas in Makati Shangri-La’s specialty restaurants. Enjoy all-you-can-eat food selections on December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1 at Circles Event Café for lunch and dinner, with a special Noche Buena Buffet on December 24 from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Price starts at P1,500 per person.

    Shang Palace is also open and is warmly inviting its patrons to indulge on a festive take to its crowd-favorite offer – Premium Dim Sum Plus. Featuring bite-sized dim sum goodness, this offer is available on December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1 for lunch at P1,888 per person.

    The refined art of Japanese dining by Inagiku welcomes its patrons back with a special Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet, Christmas Day Lunch Buffet and New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet which start at P2,900 per person.

    Enjoy luscious views of the garden and serene festive serenades at the Lobby Lounge with the Christmas Afternoon Tea until December 27 at P1,200 per person. Lobby Lounge is also open for Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet, Noche Buena Buffet and Christmas Day Lunch Buffet. Price starts at P1,500 per person.

    Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

    Dine in style on December 24, 25, 30 and 31 with the Connect Lounge’s special set menus for Christmas and the coming New Year.

    For the Christmas set menu, guests can choose either the Scallops Ceviche and Avocado Purée with Black Olive Powder and Citrus Salad or the Gin Kaffir Lime-Cured Salmon, Cucumber and Avocado for starters; and either the Stuffed Pistachio Turkey Roulade with Herb Bread Dumpling Roll in Cranberry and Giblet Sauce or the Scallop and Shrimp-crusted Chilean Sea Bass with Soft Polenta with Black Garlic Sauce for the main dish.

    Guests who will be able to guarantee their reservations for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (lunch and dinner) by 5 p.m. on December 23 can enjoy their holiday meals for a special per-person rate of P2188++.

    Guests who reserve their tables after this time will be extended the regular per-person rate of P3388.

    The New Year’s set menu for lunch and dinner at Connect Lounge, featuring either Herb-Crusted Lamb Rack with Cranberry Risotto and Mint Sauce or Hot Smoked Chilean Sea Bass with Fennel Confit and Mashed Potato as the main dish, may be booked ahead of its availability on December 30 and 31.

    From December 19 to January 3, guests can also look forward to special holiday set menus prepared with artistry and mastery by Lung Hin’s expert culinary team led by executive chef Ken Leung.

    These set menus feature some of the award-winning Cantonese restaurant’s specialties such as the Wok-Fried Tiger Prawns with Vegetable in XO Sauce, Sautéed Sliced Abalone with Fresh Scallops and Vegetables, and Crispy Roasted Baby Duck in Black Pepper Sauce. Available for dine-in, takeaway and advance orders, these set menus are for groups of five or 10, beginning at P13,880.

    Manila Marriott Hotel

    The holidays are about spending time with loved ones and catching up over a hefty feast.

    Come together at Marriott Café for a Thanksgiving Dinner on Christmas Day and savor a flavorful feast with a Christmas Eve Dinner at the Manila Ballroom under the new normal or a buffet at Marriott Café for a Christmas Eve Dinner for P2,888, Noche Buena for P1,588, Christmas Day Lunch for P2,888 and Christmas Day Dinner for P2,888.

    Welcome 2021 with a New Year’s Eve Mass at the Manila Ballroom under the new normal and a glorious feast at Marriott Café with a New Year’s Eve Dinner for P2,888, New Year’s Day Lunch and Dinner for P2,888.

    Adding to the excitement is The Grand Countdown Virtual Party on December 31 at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre, Resorts World Manila.

    Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites

    Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites has prepared a four-course set menu for an intimate celebration of the holidays.

    On December 24 and 25 at 5 to 11 p.m. and December 31 and January 1 at 5 to 11 p.m., the hotel’s holiday four-course set menu features salad, soup, main course and dessert priced at P2,000 per person, while the full holiday four-course menu with free-flowing red or white wine is at P2,500 per person.