Wednesday, March 2, 2011

An Unforgettable Gastronomic Pre-Valentine’s & Valentine’s Day Dinner Date at The Heritage Hotel Manila

It‘s a timeless adage that the best way to a loved one’s heart is through his stomach, thus planning a  date for a Pre-Valentine’s or Valentine’s Day celebration is like setting a sweet rendezvous with gastronomic details close to perfection. For an unforgettable culinary experience, impress the apple of one’s eyes with the bountiful Pre-Valentine’s lunch or dinner buffet spread at the Riviera Café. On Valentine’s Day at the same venue, enjoy a dreamy dinner buffet inclusive of one round of Valentine’s drink with live romantic serenade or opt for the picturesque Roof Garden Terrace with expansive views of the Manila Bay nightscape, replete with accompaniment of sultry music and a 6-Course Romantic Dinner Set  Menu.
A Gastronomic Love Affair
Executive Chef Alex Chong brings his innovations to the amorous fare made of the freshest natural ingredients, prime meats and finest selection of vegetables and secret recipes in the season’s latest menu at the cozy vibe of the Riviera Café and Roof Garden Terrace.

At the Riviera Café, begin the love affair with food at the Asian and Western Appetizers Corner. Delight in  Jelly fish with century egg and pickled ginger, Baked Fish  Fillet with Mango Tandori Sauce, Prawn Salad with Shallot and Roasted Coconut, Asian Chicken Noodle Salad with Sweet Soy Sesame Vinaigrette topped with Sesame Seeds, Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Salad, Scallop Mouse with Saffron Sauce and Fisherman’s Stuffed Potato.
Get Lucky in Love
Increase the good luck and chances of a loving and harmonious relationship while partaking of the On-going Chinese New Year Special popularized by the Heritage Hotel. Partake of the Fatt Choy Yee Sang for Valentine’s to attract positive energies of abundance and long life for couples and families alike. For the calorie-conscious, stopover at the Salad Station - Variety of Salad on Ice-  Selection of Oriental fresh seasonal spring vegetables .Choice of dressing –  Italian,  Sesame Vinaigrette,  Mango Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Participate in the Yu Sheng Prosperity salad ceremony and have a first hand experience of the traditional “Lo Hei!” which is Cantonese for "tossing luck" with special someone, family and friends. This ingenious dish traces its roots in Singapore and Malaysia. Diners make a wish and shout “Lo Hei!” for good fortune while mixing and flinging the ingredients together with chopsticks.  The Yu Sheng Prosperity Ceremony follows a sequence of steps. First of all, each dinner must great each other with warm greetings. Then, the fish, symbolizing abundance or excess through the year, is added to the main ingredients and followed by lime for luck. Pour the next ingredients such as pomelo over the fish to add both luck and auspicious value, pepper to attract more money and valuables, oil to increase all profits 10,000 times and to encourage money to flow in from all directions, carrots for more blessings of good luck and shredded white radish for prosperity in business and promotion at work. Lastly, add the condiments such as peanut crumbs to symbolize a household filled with gold and silver, sesame seeds for flourishing business, golden pillows crispers to signify the floor filled with gold. Simply mix everything together and push all the ingredients to the center. All toss the salad an auspicious seven times with loud shouts of “Lo Hei!” for personal wishes in business and matters of the heart.
All The Way to Culinary Thrills
Couples must also try, the Riviera Café’s signature Malaysian and Singaporean dishes particularly the Satay, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Laksa. Don’t miss the Satay, the trail of this mouth-watering aromatic scent precedes is a favorite Singaporean street hawker’s delight, leading you to the fresh-off-the-grill savoury chicken, mutton or beef steeped in a sweet-spicy marinate. This must-try gastronomic treat tastes best with a punchy peanut sauce for dipping, and fresh cucumbers, raw onion and steamed rice cakes on the side. On the other hand, Laksa Sizzlethe dinners’ senses with the irresistible concoction of noodles made from rice flour swathed in velvety gravy made from spices, herbs, dried shrimp, coconut milk and chili. Most importantly, pour the heart’s gusto to Hainanese Chicken Rice, the provocative fragrant rice cooked in chicken stock and other secret ingredients, impeccably accompanied by steamed or roasted chicken and the contrasting flavours of dark soy sauce, ground ginger paste, and chili sauce on the side.

For some grilling action, sample the fresh Red Mullet, Squids, Salmon Belly, Red Snapper, Rib Eye; Herb Marinated, Barbeque Marinated Chicken, Chicken / Beef Satay, Served with 6 type of Barbeque sauce. Satiate the carnivore cravings at the carving nook for Roast Rib Eye with Prime Ribs, Baked Salmon, Beef Wellington or Roasted Stuffed Lamb Leg Served with sauces.

Go for Chinese favorites such as the Steamed Hand-Made Hong Kong Dim Sum in Bamboo Basket, Teow Chew Porridge & Condiments - Braised pork belly with salt yellow bean, Egg omelette, Pickle lettuce, Olive vegetable, Salted egg / century egg, Braised soya duck, Sichuan vegetable, Preserved beancurd and Wok fried roasted pork with soya sauce.

Turn Japanese with heaps of fresh sushi  – Lapu Lapu / Salmon / Tuna / Squid & Seaweed / Unangi and Assorted Maki.

Talk Italian while satiating the appetite for pasta. Relish the Tortelloni al Pomodoro - Hand-made, ricotta filled pasta with a plum tomato sauce, .Pappardelle al Sugo -  Homemade flat noodles with classic Bolognese sauce or Penne all'Arrabbiata -  Quill-shaped pasta with tomatoes, herbs, pancetta & spicy sausage.

Go Crazy over Claypot Creations at the Live kitchen theatre. Chefs on hand will select fresh ingredients and conjure a wide array of claypot creations corwning the international buffet spread on a varying cycle menu per day of Chicken and Mushroom, Marinated beef and egg, Fish fillet, ginger and spring onion, prawn with black fungus and braised cod fillet with dry chili and leek.

Have the best of Easter and Western fare in the main hot dishes of Wok Fried Salt & Pepper Prawns,  Seafood Bean Curd in Oyster Sauce, Braised Chicken  & Bitter Round, Sweet & Sour Fish Fillet, Lemon Chicken, Beef Rendang, Chicken Curry,  Fish Head curry and Thai Style Sea Bass in Coconut Milk, Andreoli Style Citrus Sea bass, Sauteed Clams Italian Style, Cream Dory with Potatoes and Ratatouille, Spinach and Ricotta Filled Mussels, Chicken Cacciatore (Pollo Alla Cacciatora), Duck Breast in Maraschino Cherries Sauce and Roast Duck Orange Sauce.

For a sweet cherry topping at the Riviera Café, share apple pie, New York Cheesecake, Crème Brulee, Chocolate Parfait, Vanilla Panna Cotta, Tiramisu, Chocolate Mosse Cake, Assorted Malaysian Desserts
 Such as Double Snow Fungus with Papaya, Green Bean Soup & Sago, Red Bean Soup & Lotus Seed, Bu Bur Cha Cha, Bubur Hitam, Almond Beancurd with Longan, Classic ice cream flavors, fresh fruits and Nonya Kueh Kueh, the intriguing parade of vibrant colors is made of Southeast Asia’s secret ingredients for heart-melting desserts: coconut milk, sweet potatoes, tapioca, palm sugar and pandan.
In the mood for love
For the most romantic mood at the Roof Garden Terrace, share a passionate evening of bliss and tenderness in the midst of candlit dinner, string ensemble and luscious 6-Course Valentine’s Set Menu of Modern Style Oyster Thermidor, Wild Smoked Salmon with Crème Fraiche, Mesclun Salad and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette, Chicken Consommé & Stuffed Mushroom, Mango Tart with Kaffir Lime Sorbet, Combination of Grilled US Beef Tenderloin & Pan Fried Sea Bass on a bed of Pumpkin Puree, Roasted Baby Vegetables and Red Wine Demi Glaze and Dessert for Two of Dark Chocolate Brownie & White Chocolate Mousse  Served with Strawberry Compote   

For inquiries and reservations, please call 854.8888 or e-mail The Heritage Hotel Manila is managed by the Millennium Hotels and Resorts.   

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