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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 Manila: Chinese New Year 2016

Chinese New Year 2016 falls on February 8 and if you’re looking for a magnifique Year of the Fire Monkey experience for your family, check out Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Chinese New Year offerings. Here’s a video I took during the Sofitel Manila’s preview.


WATCH: Chinese New Year 2016 Feast by Spiral, Sofitel Philippine Plaza

From February 1-10, enjoy extraordinary cuisine from Chef Michael Tai. Aptly called 10 Secrets to Happiness, Chef Michael Tai’s well-curated dishes is an inspiring presentation of luck, wealth, and prosperity. Even before enjoying the dishes, my eyes feasted on the Chinese inspired buffet and table setting that complement the authentic Asian flavors on offer.

Spiral’s dining hall will be dressed up with classy Chinese and feng shui inspired decors. You and your date or family will be instantly transported and immersed in the Chinese culture and celebration of welcoming a new year – without even leaving town!

My top picks for Sofitel’s Chinese New Year 2016 buffet are:

Spiral Manila's special - Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and Korean Food Festival

1. Deep Fried Crab Claw

Spiral Manila's special - Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and Korean Food Festival

2. Baked lobster with butter and fried garlic Hong Kong style

Spiral Manila's special - Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and Korean Food Festival

3. Wok Fried King Prawn with golden pumpkin egg yolk paste

*Photos taken by my husband, Azrael Coladilla

Glamorous Fashion Show by Top Fashion Designer Albert Andrada

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One of the things I enjoy in Sofitel Philippine Plaza events are the shows they prepare for diners (see Korean Wine Dinner). Attractions like this make you appreciate foreign culture for an authentic dining experience that goes beyond gastronomy.

On February 3 and still in celebration of Chinese New Year 2016, top fashion designer Albert Andrada will showcase the La Prosperite Chinois. Albert Andrada is also the winning fashion designer behind Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach

Chinese New Year 2016 Fireworks Display + Lion Dance Show

What is New Year without a spectacular fireworks show by the Manila Bay? If you want to enjoy the fireworks display at Sofitel Philippine Plaza, make sure to reserve your table on February 7 for a complete and magnificent Chinese New Year experience.

On the same day, February 7 – Sofitel Manila will also treat guests to a Lion Dance show. This is my favorite spectacle every Chinese New Year.

How to Book Chinese New Year Lunch or Dinner at Spiral, Sofitel Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza posted this online form on their Facebook Page where guests can reserve/book their Chinese New Year experience. Do take note of the dates I mentioned above if you want to enjoy the fashion show or the fireworks display.

Book a table or send an inquiry at Spiral, Sofitel Manila here

Remember that Chinese New Year is a global celebration not reserved for a specific race. I for one like exposing my son to different cultural celebrations with the goal of learning to appreciate our own culture and in the case of Chinese New Year, appreciate the blessings we received and have a positive, prosperous mindset for the rest of the year.

Happy Chinese New Year Mommies!

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