We bet everyone is looking forward to a wonderful and vibrant holiday. With different café, restaurants, and other food hubs in the Philippines, it is a must to know where to find the most holiday inspired food and drinks .
Each restaurants has their own gimmicks and added some interesting twists on their menu options. Some has infused flavors on their drinks, fancy toppings, and platings to look more festive and appetizing.
Our way of presenting food during this festive season is ever evolving. It has been influenced by different culture and country dedicated to bring food imagery in a different level. Yuletide treats, anyone?
Macau Imperial Tea
Have a grab of espresso at Macau Imperial Tea.
As introduced on their website, Macao Imperial Tea brings in each and every cup that’s especially made FOR YOU. They made their coffee to make it genuine, memorable, and special.
If Starbucks required you to collect a sticker in exchange for a planner, Macau Imperial Tea begs to differ. For this holiday season, just collect a 12 stickers and get the chance to take home their Holiday Bear tumblers.
From November 6 to January 15, 2018, customers can complete all 12 stickers by earning 7 stickers for the core beverages in the menu and 5 stickers for the holiday series drinks (one sticker per drink purchased). Take note that you can also reuse the tumbler/s you get for a discount on your next visits!
From there, you can order the newly-offered Green Elf or the Limited Edition Blizzard.
Check out The Blue Frost (Php175), inspired by the winter season, a mix of two colors: blue and orange. The mix is called the blue and orange curaçao and the fruity taste of orange slush is dominant in this particular drink. Lastly, for Matcha Lovers, try the Green Pine (Php175) inspired by pine trees. It has a perfect amount of blend – not sour nor bitter.
‘Vegas of China’, Macau is more than just casinos. Macau is beautiful, vibrant, and alive, and this change in perspective is what we want the world to see. As one of the fastest-growing cafe chains that’s proudly born in Macau, Macao Imperial Tea takes a deeply-rooted approach that highlights a mix of the rich Macanese culture and a personalized experience.
The café has 200 branches in Macau, Vietnam, China, and United States. Macao Imperial Tea – Philippines is proudly brought to you by Fredley Group of Companies.
Cafe Meter: ☕☕☕☕
Starbucks’ Holiday Favorites
Get to taste Starbucks’ December favorite- the Peppermint Mocha. It is made with their signature espresso, steamed milk, sweet mocha sauce and peppermint-flavored syrup. Also, it is topped off with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls.
There are also new and returning favorites such as the Chocolate Toffee Nut Loaf (Php 65/slice). This one’s a moist and decadent chocolate loaf, topped with chocolate and coffee. You should also try the 17-layer Chocolate Crepe Cake with chocolate cream filling (Php 140/slice) or maybe their Chicken Fajita Roll (Php 105).
Also, for Php 65, you can avail Starbucks’ milk and chocolate pudding. The Belgian Chocolate Strawberry Cake is also a must-try, because of its creamy milk chocolate and luscious strawberry cream, finished with chocolate frosting, (Php 140/slice).
Returning too in the Christmas food menu is the Christmas Ham, Egg White, and Edam Cheese on Croissant Bun for Php 150. It is made with a slow roasted Christmas ham and fully herbed egg white omelet. Or if you want, go for their Roasted Turkey and Chicken with Bacon on Cranberry Bread (Php 175).
The returning favorites
In an interview with the Starbucks Philippines category manager, he have mentioned that they are very excited to introduce this year’s line-up of highly anticipated holiday beverages: the Christmas Tree Peppermint Dark Mocha (dark mocha, topped with green tea whipped cream and finished with glittering sprinkles of green and red candies), Vanilla Nougat Latte (inspired by the classic nougat confection, this beverage is delicious with the rich taste of French vanilla (custard-like and slightly floral) and nougat notes.),
Returning also in the menu is the Toffee Nut Crunch Latte. These eye-catching, delicious and festive beverages will surely cheer up everyone’s holidays.
Starbucks stores will also be brimming of items perfect for Christmas stockings. Gift-hunters can take their pick from the exclusive collection of curated merchandise, whole bean bags of the returning Starbucks Christmas Blend, and its Christmas tea pack, the Teavana Joyful Medley Tea.
As early as November 2, Starbucks fans can already start collecting stickers to get their hands on the much-awaited planners. They get to choose from the three handcrafted holiday beverages to savor the flavors of Christmas.
Cafe Meter: ☕☕☕☕☕
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
CBTL made the holidays sweeter with a special array of holiday desserts! Pair your drink with their Espresso Chocolate Muffin, Red Velvet Muffin, Almond Crunch, Pecan Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, Coco Jam Bar, Gingerbread Man Cookies, Ube Cheesecake, and more, to taste the joy this season at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®!
Also, get yourself one of their Double Chocolate Berry Trio drinks! Try the Double Chocolate with Raspberry, Blueberry, or Strawberry, available as a latte, over ice, or Ice Blended®.
In case you missed it, this dessert shop is also has an ongoing journal promo. Journals are available in colors of green, grey, and blue, with designs that reflect our premium coffees and teas. The promo will run until January 14, 2018.
Complete your 12 stamps through purchasing the following beverages:
(1) Original Ice Blended ® (any flavor, regular or large size)
(1) Tea Latte (any flavor, regular or large size)
(1) Coffee-based beverage (any flavor, regular or large size)
(1) Holiday featured beverage (any flavor, regular or large size)
(8) The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® beverages* (regular or large size)
Cafe Meter: ☕☕☕☕☕
Patisserie Bebe Rouge
Make your holiday a little cheerful with Patisserie Bebe Rouge’s cakes and Christmas goodies.
Pastisserie Bebe Rouge offers authentic Japanese and French Fusion pastry. It is a full-fledged posh tearoom where you can enjoy a tete-a-tete with your friends and colleagues.
Their bestsellers include their Toast Set Php 300, pastas, salad, rice meals, coffee, smoothies, tea, and parfait. Also, If you cannot think of a corporate giveaway, then this pastry shop got your back. Christmas gifts include boxed chocolates and cookies.
As you can see in the photo above, one of their bestsellers is their strawberry cake. It is beautifully presented which adds more festive look in this holiday season. They also have the visually appealing Blueberry Cheese Tart, which is a must-try.
Cafe Meter: ☕☕☕☕☕
Christmas Eve Dinner Set Menu at Diamond Hotel’s Lobby Lounge
Come December 25th and enjoy the Christmas Eve Dinner Set Menu, only at Diamond Hotel’s Lobby Lounge.
Share a leisurely yet meaningful Christmas Eve Dinner Set Menu on December 24 for Php1,580 nett per person. Come December 25, have a Christmas like no other in the company of those near and dear to you with a Lunch or Dinner Set Menu for Php1,580 nett per person. All meals come with a glass of wine, a Christmas extra that you’re sure to relish!
At Diamond Hotel, you can savor a one-of-a-kind Yuletide celebration with sensational Japanese cuisine fit for the season at Yurakuen!
They offer a Christmas Eve Dinner Set Menu at Php2,580 nett per person with a glass of Cava. Ring in Christmas Day with cheer that will melt the December cold with a Lunch or Dinner Set Menu at Php2,580 nett.
Not only that! You can enjoy laidback twist of Christmas eve with Bar 27’s pica-pica with unlimited signature cocktails or beer for 2 hours for Php1,880 nett per person.
For reservations, call Restaurant Reservations at (632) 528-3000 loc. 1121 or email email@example.com. #DiamondHotelPh
Craving Meter: 🥘🥘🥘🥘🥘
OMAKASE at Nobu Manila
For only Php 3,880++, you can feast on the exquisite Omakase set, Nobu Style, on December 29 to December 31, 2017.
Enjoy the following:
- Senbei Chip with Quinoa Poke
- Toro Tartar with Osetra Caviar and Kumamoto Oyster with New York Salsa
- Chef’s Choice Nigiri
- Sashimi Trio (Hamashi Jalapeno, Unagi Harumaki, Hotate Ratatouille)
- Salmon Sushimi Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing and Ikura
- Pan Seared Sea Bass Truffle Dashi Broth, Seasonal Mushrooms
- Wagyu Beef Croquette, Foie Grass Ganache Smoked Cauliflower Puree
- Valrhona Mint Lava Cake, Rose Granita, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Nobu Manila will also have the Christmas Eve Brunch on December 24, 2017. For the carving section, you will have the Roasted Wagyu Leg, Baked Salmon with Honey Truffle, and Mixed Vegetable Fried Rice.
At the special hot buffet items, indulge at their Roasted Kabotcha with Maple Miso Butter and Creamy Truffle Mashed Potato. There is also a Prawn Yuzu Miso Soup, Soy Ginger Pork, Scallop Okonomiyaki, Nobu Style Uni Palabok, and a Christmas themed dessert table.
Craving Meter: 🥘🥘🥘🥘🥘
Kenny Rogers’ Epic Christmas Feast
Experience a one-of-a-kind Christmas treat with Kenny Rogers’ Epic Christmas Feast. Starting October 16, 2017, diners can avail the Php 2,400 bundle for 8.
This awesome feast for eight (8) includes all of Kenny’s best sellers! Get ready to indulge in the mouth-watering goodness of one (1) whole Classic Roast Chicken, one (1) whole Garlic Butter Roast and one (1) bucket of OMG Unfried Fried Chicken! Epic Christmas Feast also includes two (2) Spaghetti Platters and two (2) orders each of these side dishes.
Side dishes includes Cheesy Broccoli, Potato Gratin, Mexican Corn Salsa and Fresh Fruit Salad! And to complete the Epic Feast, it comes with eight (8) cups of rice, eight (8) corn muffins and two (2) pitchers of Iced Tea or Soda. All for the awesome price of Php 2,400!
For more information about Kenny’s and the Epic Christmas Feast, check out #EpicFeast and #ChooseAwesome on Instagram or go to facebook.com/KennyRogersPH. You can also check out their website kennys.com.ph.
Craving Meter: 🥘🥘🥘🥘🥘
Customized Chocolates at The Bakeshop
Gifts are always better when personalized. Have you ever done one?
Here’s a tip. Visit The Bakeshop from 7 a.m – 10 p.m., you can design your own wrapper for your personalised chocolate bars. Choose from variants of cocoa and mix-ins of nuts, spices and other confections.
A wide variety of white and dark chocolate together with single origin chocolates are available as a base with several designs to choose from or to draw some inspiration for your own special design at The Bakeshop.
This customization of chocolates at The Bakeshop is until December 31, 2017.
Sweet Meter: 🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰
Le Petit Souffle’s Sweet Treats
Holiday or no holiday, Le Petit Souffle’s wide choices of desserts will always be festive. It is a French-Japanese bistro serving both sweet and savory comfort food.
Most talked about dish in this bistro is their squid ink rice and their mains such as the aged duck confit, steak and frites, and mac and cheese to name a few. They also serve some pastas and noodles.
Interesting though is their irresistable Souffle Pancakes which are to die for. You can order the classic, matcha, cream cheese, strawberries and cream, and matcha red bean.
Have a slice of Le Petit Souffle’s holiday treats like the Basque Burnt Cheesecake, Ube Macaroon Tart, Carrot Cake Cheesecake, Cinnamon Rolls, and more!
For teas, go for their crafted icead tea or the Le Petit Souffle blends such as the Valrhona Guanaja Hot Chocolate, Orange Juice with Vanilla Ice Cream, Chai Tea Latte, and the Horlicks Latte. They also have the farfaits, with variety such as the matcha, strawberry and lychee parfait, and salted egg and caramel parfait.
It is located at the second floor of Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong.
Sweet Meter: 🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰
Now you have read and gained information as to where your holiday food destination will be, now you’re off to invite some friends to eat with.
There are plenty, and upcoming food and drinks holiday inspired fun holidays for you to enjoy. A bit of advice, follow these cafes and restaurant and social media to keep you updated on promos and latest menu.
Always remember, dining are always better when shared with friends and family. So, there you go fam. Happy holidays!