Representing the three different island group of the Philippines, LUZON, VISAYAS and MINDANAO, three very prominent chefs created and cooked delicious dishes for the hotel guests to try out.
Chef Nancy "Adobo Queen" Reyes Lumen for Luzon, Pauline Gorriceta Banusing for Visayas, and Maria Kristina Collantes for Mindanao.
Different yet delicious, that is how I would describe the dishes served in the buffet. Everything looks like it came from your hometown. Prepared with love and care. Generally speaking though, the dishes were heirloom recipes as such they have a traditional and homey feel.
To start things off, different appetizers could be found at the buffet spread. From coconut fish ball to crab cakes, you won't go wrong with any of them. If you're lucky, go for the shrimp flan. This small soup like dish is a little sour but has a devilish kick in it. I won't spoil it for you but go for it.
Another dish that comes from the VISAYAS region would be the BATCHOY.
Another soup dish would be the KBL or Kadyos, Baboy at Langka. A little sour and perfect for the rainy weather, this dish is a must try.
Aside from a fresh pick area for you to choose shrimps, crabs, and other shells to be cooked according to your preference, F1 HOTEL'S LUZVIMINDA has lot of seafood dishes.
For tuna lovers, they would enjoy the TUNA TAIL stuffed with YELLOW RICE. Something from Mindanao, tuna is actually a well received product in the region. Very abundant and versatile, you won't go wrong with anyway you cook it.
Still from the same region, the CHICKEN PIYANGGANG looked like something was burnt. Actually, this was the aim of the dish. Coconut and other spices were used and blackened to coat the chicken. As such, the flavors would be infused within the meat.
From LUZON, Nancy's ADOBO styled roast pork belly won the hearts and tummies of the crowd.
Don't worry though if you weren't about to try any, they have other pork belly dishes to digest.
F1 Hotel Manila
32nd Street BGC
Taguig City, Metro Manila
Call (02) 928-9888.
Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. was invited to try out the dishes.