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Top 5 Must-Try at Sofitel Spiral’s Flavors of India | September 11-17

Sofitel Philippine Plaza gives patrons the best reason to keep dining at Spiral through Flavors of the World. Flavors of the World is a culinary celebration that highlights exotic flavors from the culinary world. This means that at least every quarter, patrons can always expect new gastronomic adventures and experience at the Spiral buffet.

This September, the French luxury hotel celebrates the exciting flavors of India. From September 11-17, Spiral’s Indian Master Chef Halim Ali Khan enhances his sumptuous selection at the North Indian Atelier (Indian food section at Spiral). Chef Halim adds more dishes that originate from different regions of India from Mumbai to Kashmir.

Top 5 Must-Try Indian Food at Spiral’s Incredible India | Flavors of the World

1. Start your incredible Indian food journey with Sev Puri

Sev is a popular Indian snack food consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles. It is made from chickpea flour paste, seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and deep-fried in oil. 2-3 pieces of Sev Puri is enough to whet your appetite for other distinct Indian flavors and fare. Pair it with any of the featured Indian beverage such as their blended mango-yogurt drink.

2. Satisfy your Indian Rice craving with Kashmiri Pulao

Kashmiri pulao is a very popular Kashmiri rice dish. It is prepared with dry fruits, nuts, and fresh fruits that level-up our rice experience. It is far from our Filipino plain rice and is simply exploding with sweet, fresh, nutty, and citrus flavors. This is the best rice to pair your next Indian dishes with.

Other Indian rice dishes include Prawns Masala Rice and Yahkni Pulao.

3. Enjoy authentic Gosht Rogan Josh from Chef Halim

Rogan josh is a popular Indian dish that Indian food lovers like myself typically order from Indian restaurants such as New Bombay. It’s a different experience here at Spiral, scooping your own lamb pieces and gravy to your heart’s content. Chef Halim’s rogan josh satisfies any craving for Indian flavors and hits the right spots with the dish’s distinct aroma, Indian spices, and superbly tendered lamb.

Pair it with Palak Paneer for a creamier experience of fresh cheese combined with pureed spinach, garam masala, and other Indian flavors and spices.

4. Buttered Chicken Tikka Masala is perfect for Indian Food “would-be” lovers

Chicken tikka masala is another popular dish. While others can consider it mainstream, it is still the perfect lure for those who’re just trying to love Indian Food for the first time. Say you want to bring a friend or partner to Spiral’s Incredible India feast, then this is a must-recommend Indian dish.

Chef Halim’s Tikka Masala is juicy, tender, creamy, with just the right amount of spice and Indian flavors. It’s a heavenly experience to scoop and enjoy as much masala gravy as you want.

For the more adventurous option, try the Chicken Vindaloo that is mixed with cubed potatoes and is said to have more intense flavors than a traditional Chicken Tikka Masala.

5. Indian desserts to complete your culinary journey

Indian desserts are close to the Filipino’s taste for sweet and starchy treats. At Spiral’s Incredible India celebration, go for Indian desserts like Gajar Halwa. Gajar Halwa is a sweet carrot pudding, like carrot bread but with so much more freshness with real carrot shreds and spices like cinnamon. Don’t let its “vegetable” looks deceive you.

There’s also the vegetable samosa that’s also close to our empanada but of course, Indian Samosa has a distinct spice and flavor that an authentic Indian master chef perfectly combines. Semiyan Kheer is also a dessert that we don’t see often, it is an Indian dessert that’s made with milk and vermicelli strands. A very interesting combination indeed.

Flavors of India at Spiral | Rates for Lunch and Dinner

Sofitel Manila’s Spiral Indian Masterchef, Chef Halim Ali Khan

Flavors of India at Spiral runs from September 11-17. Lunch buffet is at P2,600 and P3,100  for dinner buffet. Book your table at http://www.spiralmanila.com/and follow Spiral Manila on Facebook for more updates on promos.

Other Flavors of India events are:

Cooking Class featuring Chef Halim Ali Khan | 12 September 2017 | 4 PM | Davao – Boracay Show Kitchen

Chef Halim presents a featured culinary workshop with selected recipes. Rate is set at Php1,500nett. Kindly book your participation early to guarantee your slot.

Chef’s Table | 14 September 2017 | 11:30 AM | Davao – Boracay Show Kitchen

Be part of an exclusive dining engagement for discerning gourmands as Chef Halim Ali Khan presents a specially-curated menu showcasing the wonderful flavors of India. Rate is set at Php2,600nett per person.

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

Sofitel Philippine Plaza: French Month Specials July 2017

Every month, Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila celebrates Flavors of the World and this July, Sofitel Manila puts the spotlight on French cuisine. They have flown in the French Master Chef Patrick Terrien himself, one of the shining stars of Le Cordon Bleu. You can read more about him here. I happen to have seen a news feature many years ago about Le Cordon Bleu and learning about one of their chefs being in Manila would mean as close as I can get to eating a Michelin Star meal in France.

The Chef’s culinary animations are now featured in the Sofitel Manila’s Spiral French Atelier. There’s always something new to look forward to in Spiral because of Flavors of the World.  Anyone who have seen the film Ratatouille will absolutely delight in these authentic French dishes that stem from Chef Patrick Terrien’s many years of experience (all around the world). As you know, some chefs are a legend in their realm and Chef Patrick is one of those most sought after kitchen masters.

At one point during lunch, the Chef roamed around looking at people as they enjoyed his creations. He asked our table, how is the food? Everyone had something to say. As for me, I was transported to a luxury hotel in France, maybe Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg where I am giving compliments to this French Master Chef.

French Month Activities at Sofitel Philippine Plaza

Aside from the featured French dishes at Spiral, there are more special experiences that await guests this July at Sofitel. These activities are open to all guests who want to enjoy the French Culinary Culture. One thing you’ll walk away with is how serious the French are with their food with several rituals and customs that revolve around well, eating.

Cooking Class with Chef Patrick Terrien – July 19, 2017 at Spiral from 4pm onwards with rate at Php1,500nett per person. This exclusive class is limited for 10 aspiring artisans. Book your table for Cooking Class at Sofitel Manila.

Degustation: French Wine Dinner – July 21, 2017 at La Veranda with rate set at Php3,500+++ per person. Book your table for French Wine Dinner at Sofitel Manila.

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If I have to choose one, I highly recommend the French Wine Dinner. It is a very special experience with Sofitel’s French wine connoisseur, Tanguy Gras where guests can freely learn basic to intermediate knowledge on how to pair French wine with food. My husband and I have been to a Sofitel Wine Dinner last year. It is one of our most special and memorable dates, especially it was time for us to level up our dating game and F&B knowledge as grown ups of the world :)


Walking in the clouds of Spiral’s culinary heaven!

Happy French Month and see you at Sofitel Manila!

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

Summer Feels: Sustainable Seafood Experience at Sofitel Philippine Plaza

With luxury comes great responsibility! Accor Hotels Philippines which is comprised by Mercure Manila Ortigas, Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Raffles and Fairmont Makati, and Sofitel Philippine Plaza raised awareness and renewed their commitment to sustainable fishing practices.

What is Sustainable Seafood?

It’s not everyday that we really think of where our sushi came from but if you want to be a responsible foodie, take note that the following species are endangered: shark, ray, bluefin tuna, grouper, sturgeon, and wild caviar. Accor Hotels in the Philippines do not serve these species as part of their commitment to sustainable seafood.

Another way hotels can support green fishing practices is by sourcing more seafood items in the Philippines. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila serves sustainable seafood with room service and in all its restaurants, including Spiral, Le Bar, Sunset Bar, Snaps, Club Millesime. Currently, 10% of its seafood items, including mackerel, lobster and tuna from the Philippines (except yellow fin), are sourced through certified MSC/ASC sustainable seafood providers that offer sustainable seafood and featured at Spiral’s “Hooked at Spiral” seafood night every Wednesday. The hotel is committed to increasing its sustainable seafood usage to 50% in the next three years. Good news to our fishermen!

To raise further awareness and promote sustainability, Accor Hotels hosted a gala dinner at Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s picturesque Sunset Bar. Here, the five hotels presented dishes made with sustainable seafood.

Assorted sushi made from sustainable seafood: Smoked Mahi Mahi Nigiri Sushi, Squid Espuma, Spicy Tuna Maki

Mercure Hotel’s Asian Fresh Tuna Taco

Black Prawns Caesar Salad

The gala dinner really made an impact with the seafood being displayed before the backdrop of Manila Bay. If we want to continue to enjoy this luxury, we must all be conscious to support only sustainable practices. This is easy when you dine at Accor Hotels.

Dine by the Manila Bay Sunset and Enjoy Spectacular Fireworks Display at Sunset Bar, Sofitel Philippine Plaza

You too can experience this summer feels at The Sofitel Philippine Plaza through their FÊTE EN BLANC specials every Saturday, 6:30pm to 10:30pm. This is until March 18 only so take advantage of this memorable dining experience by the Manila Bay sunset followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Rate is set at Php2,540+ per person, book here.

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

Sofitel Spiral offers Chinese New Year Specials: What to Look For in the Buffet!

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila has a flavorful feast in store for the upcoming Chinese New Year from January 25 to 29. The iconic Spiral Buffet will feature Year of the Rooster specials prepared by  Spiral’s culinary artisan, Chinese Chef Michael Tai.

In our recent Spiral buffet dining experience, these specials were on preview and they look as amazing as they taste. It is tradition and belief that starting the year with prosperity and happiness will bring good fortune for the rest of the new year. The “Bian Nian Hao He” concept of Sofitel  makes this feast possible and memorable for all families and friends to experience.

WATCH: Sofitel Manila Buffet Vlog featuring Chinese New Year Specials

The featured menu includes recipes from the Canton and Sichuan province, plus select dishes from Taiwan. Here’s a quick guide on what these dishes are all about:

Cantonese – known for its freshness and highlighting the natural taste of ingredients
Sze Chuan – known for bold and spicy flavors, uses a lot of garlic, chili peppers, and the famous Sze Chuan pepper.
Hakka – known for simple recipes and ingredients but inspires the finest flavors

Since these auspicious dishes will be featured but combined with the rest of the Spiral’s atelier, do take note of what to look or ask for when you book your Chinese New Year experience at Spiral:

Abalone in Superior Sauce – did you know that abalone is believed to bring good fortune and wealth? It stands for assurance and surplus hence eating abalone translates to an abundance of wealth.

Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish – the Chinese believe that eating the whole fish with the head and tail intact symbolizes a year’s beginning all the way to its end.

Braised Dry Mussel with Sea Moss – both dry mussel and sea moss is believed to bring good luck

Golden Prawn in Salted Egg Yolk – prawns symbolize the sound of laughter that represents a happy life

Sauteed Scallop with Sweet Wallnut in XO Sauce – eating this dish is believed to help in conceiving children as well as symbolizing opportunities or opening of new horizon.

Marmite Crab – signifies prosperity and high status

Sofitel Manila could not make Chinese New Year more special. What I really like about the offerings aside from their taste is how auspicious everything looks. It does contribute to a positive feeling and sentiments of happiness, wealth, and prosperity while enjoying the bountiful feast.


#CNY2017 for Instagram? No problem at Sofitel Philippine Plaza!

The best part of all is that by dining at Spiral, the family is focused on reuniting and bonding with everyone while making beautiful auspicious memories.

What a great way to start a brand new year! For more information on Abundance: Celebrating the Year of the Rooster at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, please call (+63( 2 832 6988 or email H6308-FB12@sofitel.com

Happy Year of the Rooster!

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