Last week, Sydney Social 101 was lucky enough to land an invite to the launch of Flavour of the Philippines, The Grace Hotel’s latest food festival celebrating the fantastic cuisine of, you guessed it, the Philippines.
Running until 26th August, Flavours of the Philippines offers lunch and dinner reservations featuring food skilfully prepared by three of the Philippines top chef’s Rodito I. Dimatera Head Chef, Benjamin Zabala Native Delicacies Chef and Leandro T. Templonuevo Sous Chef. They have been flown out to treat Sydneysiders to the indigenous food from land and sea, field and forest, with influences and culinary procedures from the likes of China, Spain, Mexico and the United States.
Upon arrival, we were greeted with a choice of wine, champagne, beer (from sponsor, San Miguel) or soft drinks. Immediately platters of food (and more drink) were on hand to tempt us before the main buffet.
We were asked to take our seats and after a few short speeches we were invited to sample the delights of the Philippines. The food was incredible and the selection vast. I wasn’t a fan of everything – I avoided the seafood – but there is plenty of choice and you won’t go home hungry.
I’m not sure of the technical names for the dishes, but they included pork belly, sirloin beef, red snapper, more fish, a variety of seafood, salads, noodles, veggie spring roles, rice, soup, fresh fruit, creme caramel and sticky rice.
The drinks kept flowing, but by the time I had polished off seconds and a helping of dessert, I was done, and wished I had worn a dress two sizes too big. Next time I shall remember this tactic.
If you fancy a change from your usual eateries, I definitely recommend giving this a go, you won’t be disappointed.
PRICE $38* lunch buffet, Tuesday to Friday (12:00pm – 2:00pm) $48* dinner buffet, Thursday, Friday and Saturday only (6:00pm – 9:00pm) $48* Sunday lunch buffet (12:30pm-2:30pm)
Grace Brassiere – Level 2, Grace Hotel, 77 York St, Sydney NSW 2000.