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Modern Spanish Cuisine at Spectrum Fairmont Makati

I have always wanted to visit Spain. When we went to Europe last year, I was really hoping Spain would be one of our destinations. Unfortunately, it wasn’t included in our itinerary. Hope springs eternal though, so I’m still praying we get to visit Spain along with other nearby places like Portugal & Morocco. Maybe after Ate graduates from Med school in 3 years time, we will be ready for another long European trip. Our Bae will also be graduating pre-med around the same time so this would be the perfect gift. A family trip yehey! Kap, pagipunan na yan! ;))

I have a little Spanish blood running through my veins. My paternal grandmother was half Filipino/half Spanish who was born during the Spanish occupation in the Philippines. She eventually married my full-chinese Angkong, and out came ME (okay my Dad first, then me)! But even with very little Spanish blood, I always proudly volunteer the information to anyone who would listen haha, much to my family’s chagrin & kahihiyan (Mom, huwag kang feeler, you’re not REALLY Española!!!). :P

Bakit ba, marunong pa kayo sa akin? Eh I want to claim my Spanish roots eh hahaha. Basta, spanish-mestiza ako, inggit lang kayo! ;))

Among the cities I’m dying to see in Spain are Barcelona & Madrid. Of course I’d love to visit all and just soak up Spain in its entirety, but what with time & financial constraints, I’d be happy even if I only get to see these 2 in my lifetime.

I’ve watched travel documentaries on the many cities & towns of Spain and they have such beautiful scenic locations, as are most places in romantic Europe. But whether it be the city, the countryside, or the coastal retreat; and aside from art & architecture, it’s the food in Spain that’s the real killer! Packed with flavors and character from tasty tapas to superb seafood and traditional roasts & paella, Spanish food is all about making the most of the best local produce. Just the thought of all those yummy Hamon, Cochinillo, Gambas, Gazpachos, and Tortillas is more than enough to make my mouth water! <3

Paella is one of the most typical dishes that you will find when in Spain. It’s a rice dish, usually prepared in a big pot over an open fire, with a variety of vegetables, meat, chicken or fish added. While the dish originated in Catalonia, Paella is now prepared all over Spain in many different ways. And this, my friends, is one of the highlights of the Modern Spanish Cuisine at Spectrum of Fairmont Hotel.

Spectrum Fairmont Makati

1 Makati Ave, Makati, 1224 Metro Manila, Philippines +63 2 795 1888

For a limited time only, from today (October 9) until October 15 (Sunday), enjoy a wide variety of Modern Spanish spread held in honor of the Hispanic Heritage Month by Chef CHIN GALLEGOS-BAGIS of Pio’s Kitchen (Manila’s private dining paella restaurant) -only at Spectrum of Fairmont Hotel! You don’t need to travel all the way to Spain in order to experience gastronomy of the various regions that make up the marvelous country.


Chefs have nowadays become creative professionals – like great designers. This is why modern Spanish dishes now come with their own signature, like creations from the world of fashion. Discover Chef Chin‘s specialty – the Paella, as you dine at Spectrum Fairmont Makati from October 9-15, 2017.


Date nights with Kap means I can sit back, relax, and sip a glass or two of cocktails to keep me loose-goosey & pliable to whatever direction our date will go for the night lol. ;) Kap is allergic to alcohol so I made sure to drink his share haha. I especially liked the Seville which is a mix of orange schnapps, pineapple, green apple, and my fave.. BUBBLES! Covered na ang fruits requirement ko for the day. :P Do take advantage of this Spanish Week special beverage offering. Exclusive for this week only! <3


Not to be missed, this Jamon Iberico, cheese & Gazpacho station. I ditched my normal routine of heading to the carving station to enjoy a big, fat, juicy steak for this baby. Made several trips back in fact. No regrets!


My happy appetizer plate replacing my usual Japanese platter. When in Spain.. ;) I just love how colorful it is!


But this, THIS was what I was really excited for. Chef Chin’s most popular paella, the all-seafood Paella Marisco. Yuuuum! <3 I always request for the tutong portion. What about you?


Kap normally likes his rice white (or yang-chowed, omg) but that night he kept going back for several servings of paella that I had to stop him from over-eating. And this is usually HIS job, lels!


How I wish I was able to take a 360 video of the fab dessert spread to share with you, something that Spectrum Fairmont Makati is wildly popular for, but there was a long queue at the churros station so I forgot all my good intention & just elbowed my way through! ;)) Gotta have some churros or my Spanish night just won’t be complete.


With the owner and Executive Chef of Pio’s Kitchen. Chef’s Chin’s passion for food and entertaining translates in how hands on she is at every event. The “Experience Maker” as she is called, Chef Chin makes it a point for her guests to have an enjoyable and unforgettable time. She is a graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Institute of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management – majoring in Culinary and Pastry Arts, and has travelled around the world that includes stints in Barcelona Spain, Vietnam, and Bangkok. Kap & I we happy when Chef Chin & her super supportive husband Mon came to our table to say ‘HI’. Such a nice couple, so warm & friendly, I fell in love with them instantly! <3


As we were leaving to give room to other diners, we spotted chef Chin cooking another batch of her popular Paella, the THIRD for the night! People were really going for this flavorful dish.

Savor this week-long festivity of Modern Spanish Cuisine as classic dishes will be served. Indulge in this Spanish fiesta at PHP 2,150 per person for lunch. Upgrade with an additional PHP 895 to pair this gourmet feast with unlimited, special Spanish-themed cocktails. Guests opting for a night out can also enjoy the buffet featuring modern Spanish cuisine for dinner at PHP 2,380 per person for dinner. On Sundays, families looking to enjoy a Hispanic dining experience may delight in at PHP 3,077 per person for brunch. Prices are inclusive of service charge and applicable government charges.

For reservations you may call 795 1840 or email dining.makati@fairmont.com as Spectrum tends to get full & busy.

PS: Can I tell you a secret? But this is just between us okay? ;) Do you know that Pio’s Kitchen, Manila’s premier private dining Paella restaurant, charges over 3k/head for its private dinners? So this buffet price is actually a steal, one that I would most definitely take advantage of. Plus, this collaboration is a one-time thing! Not only do I get to try Chef Chin’s famous Paellas, but I also get to have some of my favorites at Spectrum Fairmont Makati! Now THAT’s a wise tipid tip from this homemaker. \m/

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