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Christmas French Fine Dining at Impressions, Resorts World Manila

A quiet French Fining Dining gem in Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila where you can enjoy private, luxury fine dining with exceptional service that truly impress.

Experience and taste something different this Christmas season at Impressions in Resorts World Manila. Impressions is a French fine dining restaurant located at the 3rd floor of Maxims Hotel where you can enjoy the  Impressions Christmas Special set menu created by Chef Cyrille Soenen, the first and only Master Chef of France in the Philippines, and also the Director of Culinary Arts for Resorts World Manila.

Impressions Christmas Special

The Impressions Christmas Special is a sit down dinner with an elegant four-course set menu. It’ll be available from December 23-25 only at a special holiday rate of P2,500++.

Appetizer: Pork Terrine with Cherry Compote

The dinner starts with this Pork Terrine with Cherry Compote that serves as an appetizing beginning. Pork Terrine is a French forcemeat loaf similar to a pâté. It is served with crostini and on the side, is a very light Apple and Herb Salad with Cherry Puree.

It was my first time to eat a French Pork Terrine, it is similar to embutido but with a lighter taste and coarser texture that makes it a good companion for toasted bread. I wasn’t very excited with the Cherry Compote at first, but this preserve went very well with the Terrine. The natural sweetness of cherries and its creaminess complimented the savory texture of the pork.

Even my kid loved it and it was a very interactive plate to start our special dinner.


The next entree is the Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Fennel. This isn’t just an ordinary pumpkin soup, it is served with Foie Gras Mousse (oh yes) that transforms this dish into a different experience.

Your bowl arrives with the Foie Gras Mousse and the actual pumpkin soup is carefully poured onto the mousse. It was a delight and a luxury to experience, the soup smells and tastes like Christmas.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Fennel

The main entree is Impressions’ Braised Beef Brisket and Mushroom Gratin. It is more than just a slab of meat or an ordinary steak. This beef is cooked French-style and for over 5 hours to achieve the authentic French taste and tenderness.

Main:  Impressions’ Braised Beef Brisket and Mushroom Gratin

This dish’s portion and serving is so generous, I only managed to eat half of the delicious, savory, and ultra-soft, easy-to-chew beef. You’ll appreciate the mushroom gratin that compliments the meat flavors with its soft, starchy, and creamy flavor. I can only imagine how wonderful this braised meat would be with rice!

Desserts and Mignardise

Dessert is a festive Raspberry Panna Cotta with Red Crumble, Raspberry Spiced Ganache, Coconut Lady Finger, and White Chocolate Vodka Ice Cream. You can request for Vodka to be omitted from your ice cream especially if dining with young children, like my son for example.

My favorite among the assortment of desserts (and these are all for just one person) is the White Chocolate Vodka Ice Cream. It was also my first time to enjoy a French Mignardise. I didn’t even know how to pronounce it (min-yar-dees) but basically, a mignardise is a “bite-sized, pretty dessert that’s served at the end of a meal”.

Sharing the mignardise and talking about which dessert to pick from red and green macroon, ube cannele, to ginger spiced pralines made the dinner more social and engaging. It was such a break from the demands and lure of modern technology.

Book Your Christmas at Resorts World Manila

Experience this highly recommended French-themed Christmas Dinner Special at Impressions, contact the Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (02) 908-8833 or visit to reserve a table. RWM guests will be treated to wonderful evening of music and magic with a Christmas Day Show at The Plaza in Newport Mall. The angelic voices of the UP Singing Ambassadors will fill the air with traditional Christmas hymns, while “Diamond Soul Siren” Nina will enchant audiences with contemporary carols. Santa Claus will also be on hand to delight children of all-ages.

Merry Christmas!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

How to Enjoy French Cuisine at Sofitel Spiral

When someone asks me if I enjoy French cuisine, I never know what to answer simply because I don’t know. Strange that many of us have been to and have enjoyed the famous Spiral of Sofitel Plaza Manila (a French brand hotel) but never tried their French cuisine. Ang hirap kasi tiisin ng Japanese section.

WATCH: French National Day Specials at Sofitel Philippine Plaza

But this month, my husband and I discovered that Sofitel is offering French National Day Specials for the whole month of July. We agreed to ignore other sections of Spiral and focus on the French Atelier, this is located beside the cheese room.


The French atelier is a main stay at Spiral but the following French dishes are not. Because it’s French National Day, we can enjoy unlimited escargot, macarons, and more. Look for the French Day Specials label in the buffet selection, or take this blog with you para sulit ang French date sa Spiral. Look for these for a limited time only French dishes:

Duck Confit with Lentilles

Chicken Supreme in Foie Gras Sauce, Trompette Mushrooms

Escargot A La Bourguignonne

Beef Tartare

Of all the French specials, my favorites are the escargot – a French version of our native kuhol dishes, and the duck confit with lentilles which is very tender, light, but flavorful. I enjoyed these dishes with couscous salad, couscous is a type of grain similar to rice.

The macarons are also part of the French National Day Specials. These are not usually included in Spiral’s dessert selection. For dessert I ate all macarons that I could, ang sarap kasi lalo na with Spiral’s cafe latte.

For the French month, Sofitel Philippine Plaza flew in French cheesemaster Colin Chandras who brought with him 210 types of French cheese available at Spiral’s L’epicerie
aka cheese room. There is always a cheese expert to help you choose the best type of cheese to suit your taste. I like the hard cheese types because of their sharp flavor. If you are not fond of drinking wine, cheese is also good with coffee. I-try niyo minsan and it will remind you of snacking on Queso de Bola at Christmas.

And that’s our latest French date experience at Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Spiral. Do you know they also have birthday promos and other offers? Check out the Spiral website to learn more and to make your reservation.

Enjoy your date Mommy & Daddy!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.