15 Best Places to Order Christmas Eats + Platters for a Very Merry Noche Buena
We round up great places to order Christmas eats roast beef, ham, and more!
(SPOT.ph) It’s that time of the year again, Spotters: yup, we’re talking about Christmas! While this year has been far from normal, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the holidays with a bang—by which we mean, with lots of good food that you can enjoy with your favorite people. If you’re not sure where to look, we’ve rounded up stellar places to order Christmas eats and popular Noche Buena dishes that’ll bring the holiday cheer to your dining table.
Order your Noche Buena fare from these restaurants and online sellers:
Cirkulo’s Slow Roasted U.S. Beef Belly (P4,425/1.5 kilograms, P7,375/2.5 kilograms) is our favorite roasted-beef dish in Manila for its especially succulent makeup (without being too fatty!) and topotch flavor. You can order by contacting them through Viber, or sending Cirkulo an email, at least 24 hours in advance.
Bizu’s 10-Hour Roast Beef (P1,950/approximately 500 grams, P3,800/one kilogram, P7,500/two kilograms) is a show-stopping main dish of U.S. beef belly marinated in a special spice blend, slow-roasted for 10 hours for supreme tenderness, and served with mushroom gravy. You can place your orders through their website.
For orders, visit Bizu’s website.
Carlito’s Catering doesn’t just make a great Ube Cake; their Eight-Hour Roasted Beef Belly with Red Wine Sauce (P1,200/small, P2,500/medium, P3,500/large) is a great rendition of the classic dish that's well worth a try for your next celebration. This is available for pickup or delivery; just send them a message on Viber.
For orders, send a Viber message to 0917-125-7264. For more information, check out Carlito’s Catering’s Facebook page.
Majestic Ham got the top spot in our 2017 Top 10 Hams in Manila list, and for good reason—it’s got a just-salty-enough, wonderfully smoky flavor that still lets the pork underneath shine. You can go for the Ham Bits (P1,100/kilogram), Sliced Ham (P1,650/kilogram), Ham Chunk (P1,650/kilogram), Half Leg Bone-in Ham (P1,500/kilogram), or Whole Leg Bone-in Ham (P1,500/kilogram). You can order for delivery by messaging them on Facebook or through text, and paying via BPI, GCash, or Paymaya.
For orders, send Majestic Ham a message on Facebook or contact 0917-700-9166.
The Plaza has been making their famous ham for more than four decades now, and we’re huge fans for its delicate flavor and tender makeup. You can choose from the Slices (P425/250 grams), Ham Ball (P2,500/1.5 kilograms), or Ham Leg Bone-in (starts at P4,200/2.625 kilograms) and order through their website.
For orders, check out The Plaza’s website.
Wildflour’s got more than just great desserts up their sleeves; they’re also bringing in the Christmas cheer with their hams. You can go for the Holiday Ham, which you can get in a box (P1,050/half-kilogram, P1,895/kilogram) with Parker House Rolls and Pineapple Jam, or as part of the Holiday Ham Feast bundle (P3,050) with Parker House Rolls, Pineapple Jam, a Cranberry-Walnut Loaf, Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, and wine. They’ve also got the leaner Christmas Ham, which comes in a box (P1,895/regular, P1,995/with tote bag) with Molasses Oat Bread, Guava-Pineapple Glaze, and Honey Mustard. You can place your orders through their website, Wildflour To-Go.
For orders, visit Wildflour To-Go’s website.
Yuan’s Original Paella (starts at P3,500/38 cm pan) isn’t entirely traditional but is nonetheless excellent, with its generous helpings of jumbo prawns, spicy chorizo, grilled chicken, paprika-seasoned pork, crisp greens, and Yuan’s secret sauce. This is available for orders through their website.
For orders, check out Yuan’s Paella’s website.
Terry’s makes topnotch paella with topnotch ingredients—they’re also a deli, after all. You can go for the Seafood Paella (P1,380), Black Paella (P1,380), or their famous Super Paella Parellada (P1,380) with shrimps, squid rings, pork, chicken, butifarra, and Spanish chorizo. To get your fix, you can either give the branch nearest you a call and book your own courier for pickup, or find Terry’s Bistro on Foodpanda.
This private-dining spot makes superb paella (P4,950/small, P8,500/medium, P12,850/large) that you can order for takeout and enjoy at your own home. Their lineup includes classics like the Paella Marisco (a.k.a. seafood), Paella Mixta (chicken, chorizo, and seafood), and Paella Negra with Seafood and Saffron Aioli, as well as modern versions like the deadly Paella Bagnet with Eggplant Chimichurri. You can fill up their order form two weeks ahead to place your orders, and book a courier for pickup. They recommend going for an insulated box where possible to prevent spillage.
Cochinillo and Porchetta
Mr. Cochinillo makes some of the best Cochinillo del Cielo (P7,499/regular, P8,499/large) in town, with perfectly crisp skin and meat so tender and buttery you can cut it with a plate. For a different experience, you can also try the Mr. Cochinillo’s Black Pig (P18,499) made with leaner (but tasty-in-its-own-right) wild boar. Just head on to their website to place your orders.
For orders, check out Mr. Cochinillo’s website.
Macho Cochinillo gives their Cochinillo (P3,600/half roast, P6,800/full roast) a Thai-style twist, pairing it with two totally delish sauces: the Suppah Thai sauce, and the Mean Green Sauce. For the best experience, be sure to include an order of their Cilantro Rice (P300/small, P600/large). You can send them a message on social media to get your fix.
Porchetta is an excellent option for small families or groups looking for a good roast-pork dish for the holiday table. Get your fix from Porketta Man, whose version of the Italian pork-belly roll (P1,700/1.25 kilograms, P2,600/two kilograms) is slowly roasted for six hours in charcoal ovens, resulting in deeply flavored meat with delightfully crisp skin. Each order also comes with Italian Salsa Verde. You can get your own by sending them a message on social media.
Beyond their winning pizzas, PizzaExpress has a range of great baked pasta trays that suit just about any occassion. Whether you go for the truffle-tinged Baked Penne al Tartufo (P990), herby Penne Pollo Pesto (P1,090), or tomato-y Baked Penne all Vodka (P890), you’re assured of al-dente pasta and sauces that flavor every nook and cranny. You can give them a call, message them on Facebook, or order through Foodpanda, Pickaroo, or GrabFood.
For orders, contact 0917-589-4547 or 0995-585-0430. You can also send PizzaExpress a message on Facebook or find them on Foodpanda, Pickaroo, or GrabFood.
Cibo di Marghi
Cibo serves up reliably excellent pasta at their restaurant, and you can expect the same quality and attention to detail from their catering leg, Cibo di Marghi. Just some of the trays you can order, each good for four to five, are the Classic Beef Ragu Lasagna (P1,350), Spaghettini “Alla Checca” (P1,000), Penne “Al Telefono Al Forno” (P1,420), and Linguine, Prosciutto, Truffle Cream (P1,450). You can fill up this order form to get your own.
Italian chef Giacomo Gervasutti hails from Venice, and serves up pasta dishes he learned from his mom and grandmother through Pasticci. The venture’s got an eclectic range of pasta dishes which include the simple-but-stellar Rigatoni al Pesto (P750/sharing, P1,200/famiglia) with pesto and cherry tomatoes; the rich Seafood Pasticcio (P850/amore, P1,100/amici, P1,800/famiglia) with a homemade bechamel, lasagna, seafood, and fontal and parmesan cheeses; and the meaty Bucatini Amatriciana (P750/sharing, P1,200/famiglia) with tomatoes, guanciale, and pecorino romano. You can send them a message on social media for orders
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