Restaurants to Try: Marriott Cafe, TGIF + 5 Steals and Deals

Have you tried the Marriott Cafe, T.G.I. Friday’s new lunch menu and Haagen-Dazs’ <em>Sex and the City 2</em>-inspired ice creations?

Marriott Café at Newport City

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Marriott Hotel Manila’s all-day dining resto, Marriott Café, has five food stations-Filipino, Japanese, Italian, Indian, and Chinese-with open-theater kitchens. The bright, bold colors and modern interiors serve as an upbeat backdrop to the food stations serving local and international favorites.

Dessert lovers won’t be left wanting with their spread. SPOT.ph recommends saving space for the blueberry cheesecake, a creamy version without being cloyingly sweet and the chocolate ganache squares, moist, soft mini-squares perfect for those hankering for a chocolate fix. It’s also scoop-all-you-can with their homemade ice cream, and flavors include pear, pandan, s’mores, and Ruby Tuesday. The a la carte menu is also available, while and lunch and dinner buffet is at P1,350 nett from Mondays to Saturdays (includes tea or coffee).

On Sundays, buffets get a little decadent with free-flowing Moet et Chandon champagne and sparkling wines for only P2,200 nett.

Marriott Café is located at the Ground Floor of Marriott Hotel Manila, Newport City, Manila. Tel. No. 988-9999. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast, 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for dinner.


T.G.I. Friday’s new "T.G. I. Lunch!" menu

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The new T.G.I. Lunch! menu may just be the answer to a lunch meal rut. Divided into three categories: the Special Lunch (P295), Extra Special Lunch (P395) and Premium Lunch (P650), all have filling and tasty choices without breaking the bank. Each dish comes with lemonade or iced tea and can be shared by two (unless you skipped breakfast).

What we loved: The dependable Penne Pasta with Breaded Chicken (P295) tossed in bruschetta marinara and served with chips and salsa. ï¿½ Then, there’s the Sizzling Seafood Gambas (P395) with a generous serving of calamari, white fish and shrimp seasoned with Friday’s spice, and paired with Friday’s drool-worthy mashed potatoes. For something a little more special, try the grilled JD Champ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp (P650) with rice-it’s a definite win with tender shrimps and slightly toasted bacon cooked in tangy Jack Daniel Championship sauce.

Available at all branches of T.G.I. Friday’s.



Sex and the City-inspired ice cream from Haagen-Dazs

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Go for an ice cream date after seeing Sex and the City 2 this week and relive the adventure of your favorite SATC girls with Häagen-Dazs’ ice-cream creations inspired by the feisty fashionistas of Sex and the City:

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Choose from and savor Luscious Quirk, mango custard on butter cake topped with a butter cake ball, whipped cream, kiwi, cherry, chocolate sheets on a bed of mango and caramel sauce (also available for take-out); Lust for Words, a lustful combination of Dark Chocolate Orange, Green Tea, Vanilla ice cream, Mango sorbet and Raspberry sorbet; Chocolate Blush, chocolate mousse roll with cherry and vanilla filling dusted with cocoa powder and garnished with a chocolate sheet and best savored with classic Vanilla and Coffee ice cream and chocolate pretzel sticks; and Smart Piece of Cake, an illegally decadent combination of Dulce de Leche and Cherries and Cream ice cream in a chocolate wafer-all as exquisite as the four women that inspired them, all at P420 each.

You also get a FREE Sex and the City 2 Journal when you purchase the ice-cream creations at the SM Mall of Asia, SM Mega Atrium, and Robinson’s Place Ermita branches until July 16.

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Afternoon tea at Bizu

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Enjoy afternoon tea at Bizu and indulge in their selection of savouries and sweets served in a three-tiered tray: scones, petit sandwiches, petite gateaux, lemon tarts, macarons, and chocolate truffles, served with your choice of tea, all for P575.

The afternoon tea menu is available from 3 to 5:30 p.m. daily at Bizu Greenbelt 2, Makati City.

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Breakfast at Le Bistro Vert

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Le Bistro Vert, which serves sustainable food and coffee all sourced locally, now serves breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Breakfast fare includes the Filipino Big Breakfast (P275), Filipino Breakfast (P165) with your choice of Bangus Belly, Tapa, Chicken Tocino or Chicken Longganisa, Eggs Benedict (P195), French Toast (P170) and Spanish Frittata (P175).

Le Bistro Vert is at Streetside, G/F Forbes Tower, Fraser Place, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Tel. No. 403-1841.


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Dimsum-all-you-can for P650 nett at Bellevue Manila’s Phoenix Court

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Order as many dimsum, soups, appetizer, rice, and desserts for only P650 nett per person (minimum of 2 people, no sharing, no takeout and no leftovers) for lunch or dinner at the newly-opened Phoenix Court at the Bellevue Manila.

Also serving authentic Chinese a la carte dishes, feast on their must-try dishes: Roasted Peking Duck, Sauteed Spinach with Crispy Fresh Mushrooms, Fried Lapu-lapu in Mango Sauce, Fried Prawns with Cereal and Salted Fish Fried Rice with Diced Chicken.

Phoenix Court is at the Second Floor, Tower Wing, The Bellevue Manila, Muntinlupa City. Tel. No. 771-8181 local 2211.

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Bottomless margaritas for P300 at Chili’s

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There’s always a reason to drink and celebrate at Chili’s with their bottomless margarita for only P300. Available until May 31, indulge in Topshelf and flavored margaritas for only P300.

Available from 11 a.m. till closing time at all Chili’s branches.

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Wine-all-you-can for only P500 at Muruve by Pino

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Raise a glass and enjoy free-flowing wines from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Muruve By Pino for only P500 per person until May 31. Choose from their wine selection which includes Spanish, Australian, Chilean, and Italian reds and whites and pair them with Muruve by Pino’s cold cuts and appetizers.

Muruve by Pino is at Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. 706-4617

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Order-all-you-can at Chef Laudico for only P788

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Choose from over 50 items on the menu, from appetizers to desserts, for only P788 per person at Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino’s order-all-you-can weekend. Coffee, tea, assorted sodas and signature drinks are included.

Available every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m / 6 p.m to 10 p.m.

Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino is at G/F Net 2 Building, 3rd Avenue, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Tel. Nos. 856-0541, 856-9634.

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P95 cocktails at Italianni’s

The perfect way to cap a workday: 95-peso cocktails and laid-back music at Italianni’s. Catch Chill-out nights at the following branches: ï¿½ Thursdays at Boni High Street and Fridays at Robinsons Midtown.

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Photographs from Marriott Cafe, ï¿½ Bizu, Le Bistro Vert, the Bellevue Manila, Chili’s, Muruve by Pino, Chef Laudico, and Dyan Zarzuela (T.G.I. Friday’s).

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