New Promo Alert: Straight Up at Seda offers "Aperi-dinner"
It’s like brunch, but for dinner.
Seda BGC, 30th Street corner 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Tel. No. 945-8888
Open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
(SPOT.ph) Seda Hotel’s Straight Up bar introduces the "aperi-dinner," a small-plate buffet that finds itself between an appetizer and a dinner. Served from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., it combines the "aperitif" (aperitivi in Italian), pre-dinner drinks, and dinner-sort of like a tapas buffet or a classier cousin of brunch-making it the perfect way to wine, dine, and relax. "The idea is that people come in here and socialize [while] eating and drinking," says Seda's Italian Group Manager Andrea Mastellone.
Seda’s Straight Up bar is located at the top floor of the BGC hotel.
"More than 16 million people [in Italy] are doing aperi-dinner rather than dinner," Mastellone says. "You don't go into a restaurant. You find the food in the bar. Small things you can eat, so you don't have to have dinner anymore. It's more relaxed, it's more social. All the bars in Milan offer this."
Heading the promotion, available from March 14 to 30, is Genova-based Chef Giovan Giuseppe Ferrandino, who has worked in Germany, France, Monaco, and Switzerland. Seda BGC’s Filipino-Italian chef Anna Galzignato assists and acts as interpreter for him as he works closely with Executive Chef Pepe Castillo. The buffet will feature over 40 appetizers from different international cuisines. Ferrandino is, of course, including traditional Italian dishes that Mastellone describes as "completely Italian. No adaptation."
The dishes will be free of labels for guesst to try and discover on their own-see it as a new way to start conversations. "I like the concept of not having a large buffet," says Mastellone, who observed that people wouldn’t eat days before and days after in preparation for grand and expensive buffets. "Here, it's different. Small portions, small things, so you can eat lots of varieties and not explode." The buffet is priced at P425.
Appetizers include rolled bresaola ham with ricotta cheese, porcini mushrooms wrapped in 'Italian Alps' ham, and dark chocolate flan, among others. Order a round or two of drinks and you're good to go.
Mastellone recommends the Neapolitan-style pizza, which features a dough that is made to rise a full 24 hours-lighter than the usual fast-food variety. She says that it's the closest you can get to the real thing without using a traditional Neapolitan oven. "For the pizza, you [should try] this one and [make it your] benchmark. That's the only way."
The aperi-dinner will be available at Straight Up from March 14 to 30, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The featured dishes will also be available a la carte for lunch at Misto.