CHECK IT OUT: Sabroso! at Midas Café, Pasay City
A flavor tour around the country that will last until November.
2702 Midas Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Tel. No. 902-0100
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) If you’re one to crave adventure every month, then there’s Sabroso! for you. It’s a culinary tour around the country but for less than the price of a plane ticket. Midas Cafe, which has never been known for hosting seasonal food festivals, is now making up for it in a big way with monthly detours to the three island regions of the Philippines all the way till November.
August is dedicated to the gustatory heritage city of Vigan and the undisturbed Zambales coast. Bringhe, a type of paella from Pampanga, spicy dinakdakan (grilled pork salad), and pakbet and bagnet are just some of the Northern Luzon dishes you can feast on. Later in the year, September is a trip through Southern Luzon with crispy shrimp ukoy, spicy vegetable laing from Bicol, and the sweet cassava dessert of nilupak.
October celebrates Visayan flavors, bringing sinugbang manok from Bacolod, hearty and warm pancit molo, and a favorite Ilonggo dish: kansi, a tangy beef bone marrow soup. The last stop on November is Mindanao, with seafood dishes like curacha y locon, and sinugbang nokos (grilled squid).
In this big buffet of so many choices, there are several stand-outs. The dinakdakan in particular packs just enough heat and the pork is light and tender. The Visayan soup Law-Uy’s clear broth and fresh vegetables is a light, but flavorful start to the feast. To cleanse your palate in between plates, grab a Calamansi Sorbet from the dessert section. The main course must-try is the curacha y locon with the crab and shrimp drizzled in delicious crab roe sauce. And no Filipino feast is complete without dessert. Go à la mode by scooping some marang og balimbing ice cream (marang is another one of Davao’s signature fruits next to durian) over your croquantine coconut yema and nilupak and halaya cake.
A buffet of classic Filipino dishes is hard to turn down, but you can expect fresh ingredients and authentic flavors at Sabroso! Behind the food festival is Midas Café’s executive chef, Arnold Guevarra, paying homage to the country’s celebrated dishes, with a gourmet twist. "Good food is everywhere to be found," he said, and guests can expect a "sumptuous indulgence of flavors" at Sabroso!
Daily lunch and dinner buffet promo rate is P1,824 nett.