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An Australian Sojourn at Makati Shangri La, Manila

From Setpember 26 to October 2, Makati Shangri-La Manila welcomes Chef Matthew McCool of Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney to Circles Event Cafe. Chef McCool will introduce diners to Pacific Rim cuisine, also known as an “ingredients-driven” cuisine, where the idea is to highlight the main ingredients of a certain dish. The buffet is priced at 2,149.00 php for lunch and 2,395 php for dinner.



Here’s another culinary trip this month at Circles Event Cafe as they voyage to the land down under for An Australian Sojourn from September 26 to October 2. Have a taste of Pacific Rim cuisine by Aussie guest chef Matthew McCool from Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, plus a chance to win roundtrip airfare tickets to Sydney, Australia courtesy of Cebu Pacific Air, with hotel accommodations at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. Save the dates and book a table!



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Circles Event Cafe, Shangri-La Hotel Makati

Lobby Level. Makati Shangri-La, Ayala Ave. cor Makati Ave. Ayala Center, Makati (02) 813-8888

I was beyond thrilled to receive yet another invite from my besties over at Makati Shangri-La Manila to sample the delights at their Australian festival. Shangri-La remains to be my favorite hotel because of the impeccable & top-notch cuisine & service.



With the dashing & debonaire KTG Bossman, SPANKY ENRIQUEZ. <3



The beautiful & statuesque Director Of Communications, Lesley Ann Tan, warmly welcoming us all and introducing..



the hotel’s NEW Area and General Manager, Alain Borgers, a Belgian national. The GM has under his belt more than 30 years of vast experience in the hospitality industry, 20 of which were spent working for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.



Needless to say, I was very very pleased to be among the few select guests for this Australian festival.



Chef McCool specializes in modern Australian and Pacific Rim cuisine which is a blending of East and West cuisines and focuses on the main ingredients. We were all excited to try his specialties.



With the young & driven Australian chef, Matthew McCool, and one of my besties at Makati Shangri-La Manila, Chrystel Ilano. <3



A refreshing round of Iced Tea with optional syrup on the side was served to whet our appetites as we settled down in preparation for our feast. I really appreciated the thoughtfulness of serving the syrup on the side as I always take mine unsweetened. Thank you, Makati Shangri-La Manila! :-*



Tomato Soup with Damper and Dukkah served with an Australian soda bread and dukkah nut and spice dip. (See 2 succeeding photos below)




Australian wine was provided for by ARTISAN CELLARS & FINE FOODS INC.


For bulk orders, you may contact ARTISAN CELLARS at 0920-9218870; 02-5217392 or email at



Artisan Cellars Inc owners: Roxanne Lee, Alex Ong, and Rey Co. With Spanky Enriquez, Lesley Ann Tan, and Mica Cordero (in black, seated) joining us for this posterity shot. It was a small world as it turns out, Alex is not only Jin’s sister’s brother in law, but Kap’s cousin’s best friend as well. So it was nice to be seated across familiar faces & chat up a storm.



These beautiful & delectable Australian farmhouse cheese assortment paired very well with the Australian wine we sampled. Perfect combination! <3



Beetroot Cured Tasmanian Salmon. The color alone tells you how rich & fresh this is. Freshest I’ve had in my life so far, I think.


Roasted Darling downs lamb with lemon myrtle. I was quite happy that this particular lamb didn’t taste as gamey as what I’ve had in the past & did not leave an aftertaste. I loved it so much that I had seconds.. and even thirds. To the astonishment of my table mates! :P


Pacific Rim Steamed Snapper. I am not really a fish person (aside from the sashimi variety, that is) but this wonderful snapper made me an instant fan! Light but flavorful, soft yet compact, I loved this clean flavor so much I think I had the most serving! Once again to my shame. :P


Quinoa with preserved lemon salad. Ate has been eating Quinoa for about a year now & has introduced me to its many health benefits. I must admit though that my palate is still getting used to its taste & texture.



Okay, maybe these two scavengers had more shares than moi. Just look at those cheshire grins! :P Kap with The Dude For Food.



Raspberry & Coconut Lamington Platter. A traditional Australian dessert. I know I wasn’t supposed to touch any sweets much more CONSUME one! BUT! This was SO fabulous that I really couldn’t stop at one bite. Moist butter sponge cake inside, this really took me down, down, down! @_@ How I wish I had the presence of mind to cut one open & show you the inside!


lamington is a dessert of Australian origin. It consists of squares of sponge cake coated first in a layer of traditionally chocolate sauce, then in desiccated coconut. Lamingtons are sometimes served as two halves with a layer of cream or strawberry jam between, and are commonly found in South African and Australasian outlets such as cafes, lunch bars, bakeries, home industries and supermarkets. A raspberry variety is also common in New Zealand, while a lemon variety has been encountered in Australia.



Native Finger Lime Pavlova. Not that these aren’t good, but I happily traded my pavlova with Kap’s share of Lamington. That’s what “plus ones” are for anyway, right? ;)



With the beautiful FOOD SCOUT, and the distinguished gentlemen, the Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell, and the Bossman (who looks like a congressman in his barong!) <3



Both being in skirts, I had to have a photo op with the very pretty, very young JILL BANTANG of THE FOOD SCOUT. <3 Printed skirt & black top by Criselda’s of Rustan’s.



The wacky KTG gang, all cleaned & dressed up for the occasion. ;)

Circles Event Cafe’s Australian Soujurn is sponsored in part by Cebu Pacific who flew in Chef Matthew McCool and his exotic ingredients for the week long food fest. Guests who spend at least P2,000 during the food festival will get a chance to win 1 round-trip ticket to Sydney, Australia via Cebu Pacific with accommodations at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.

Thank you so much Makati Shangril-La Manila , Lesley Tan, Mica Cordero, and Chrystel Ilano for another fun lunch. I will never get tired of coming to your events. I hope you also never get tired of having me because my life just wouldn’t be the same. :)




It’s always a mouthwatering weekend at Makati Shangri-La, Manila with buffet after buffet after buffet! Here are unlimited cuisines you can get access to while enjoying a restful long weekend from Saturdays to Mondays.

Head over to Shang Palace for the all-time favorite Dim Sum Plus during Saturdays for P888+++ per person, and on Sundays, Aug 24 at P1,288+++ per person.

Eat all you can of dim sum, appetisers, soup, noodles, rice, and one choice of main course. Dim Sum Plus is only applicable for lunch from Monday to Saturday, 11.30am to 2.30pm.



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Irresistible cravings and sweet things take center stage at Sage Restaurant. Spend a leisurely Saturday enjoying a lunch buffet at Sage Bespoke Grill, featuring a delectable spread of starters, salads, main courses, various cheeses and desserts prepared by Chef de Cuisine Gilles Galli and his culinary team. The buffet is priced at PHP P1,400+++ per person.


Sage Restaurant

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For the sushi and sashimi lovers, you’ll never get enough of these plus more Japanese cuisine favorites at Inagiku for the bestselling Utage buffet, available from Saturday to Monday at P1,690+++ per person.

Book a table now by calling (02) 814 2580 or e-mail




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