CHECK IT OUT: Flavors from the Land Down Under at Corniche, Diamond Hotel
Enjoy an array of hearty dishes from Aussie chef Steve Shrimski from August 1 to 10.
Diamond Hotel, Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J Quintos Street, Manila
Tel No. 528-3000
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) Australia is home to many things: kangaroos, wallabies, the Sydney Opera House, the Hemsworth brothers, Hugh Jackman. Apart from a familiarity with Vegemite, its cuisine is largely a mystery to most. Down Under, food is rich, hearty, and diverse, and full of juicy barbecued meat. In case you want to feed your curiosity-quite literally in this case-Diamond Hotel’s Corniche Restaurant is offering diners a smorgasbord of Australian dishes prepared by Aussie chef Steve Shrimski, whose approach is a modern take on traditional, native ingredients.
The crispy crocodile swag bags are a big hit.
Start your journey to Australia with appetizers like Aussie sausage rolls and balsamic mushroom and arugula on soft ciabatta bread. For the more adventurous, there is kangaroo prosciutto which is surprisingly tender, with a meaty flavor that plays well with a blanket of asparagus and balsamic apple reduction. Another highlight is the warm duck breast salad dusted with bunya nuts for that crunch and tossed in Aussie Merlot vinaigrette.
The Australian feast will mingle with Corniche staples.
Get the feel of an Australian backyard barbecue (without the actual effort of cooking it) with mains like grilled prawns with apple and cider sauce, and grilled lamb cutlets seasoned beautifully with cumin, garlic and rosemary. Vegemite also makes an appearance on braised boneless lamb shanks. For your exotic food fix, grilled ostrich with a balsamic honey jus is available.
Praline pavlova topped with passionfruit and cream.
Make sure to save plenty of room for dessert. Take your pick among decadent breads, butter and banana pudding with vanilla custard; lamington, a square sponge cake coated in chocolate icing and desiccated coconut (Fun fact: it’s also the National Cake of Australia), and the meringue-based pavlova topped with tangy passionfruit and cream.
The "Flavors of the Land Down Under" lunch and dinner buffet is from August 1 to 10 and priced at P2,050 per person.