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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

When it comes to hotel buffets, THE MANILA HOTEL'S CAFE ILANG ILANG delivers. Complete yet concise. That is how CAFE ILANG ILANG shows itself. Keeping up with tradition, MANILA HOTEL invited The Diva.
Starting THURSDAY, August 25 up to September 16, 2016, the Manila Hotel would be celebrating the FILIPINO FOOD FESTIVAL.
Happening at the Cafe Ilang-Ilang, patrons would be treated to delicious dishes from the LECHON DIVA, Chef Dedet dela Fuente. Known for her patriotic and luscious dishes, she does not disappoint in the kitchen.
For this particular event, different Filipino dishes were served along with the usual parts of the buffet.
One would enjoy the barbecued TOCINO as well as different appetizers like chicharon bulaklak for starters.

Diners would enjoy the Chef's take on seafood. Crabs were drowned in a rich sauce while shrimps had crab fat on top of them.

Surprisingly, the sisig that Chef Dedet served is not your ordinary usual dish. This one had different flavor profiles. It isn't too spicy and must be eaten with rice.
The Kare-Kare was also traditionally done. Perfect and will go well with a spoonful of shrimp paste or bagoong.
An eye candy, the FILIPINO PAELLA is also delicious. Lemongrass rice is served together with favorite Filipino toppings.
From something crunchy to something sweet and savory, you could take your pick and make your own rice meal.
One thing that Chef Dedet is known for would be her lechons. These babies are incredibly good and deadly. During the preview, she served one with truffle rice coming out from the belly of the pig.
Almost like an art, she has mastered the oven temperature and the proper way to cook a pig. The skin is crunchy while the meat is overflowing with flavor.
Better to go for it and indulge. It isn't everyday that you get to enjoy Pepita's Lechon.
Aside from all the Filipino food, patrons could also expect the seafood section to spruce up their appetites.
There are tender cuts of meat and grilling stations to attend to their carnivore needs.
For dessert, DEDET prepared her famous SUMAN with different sweet toppings liks YEMA and CHOCHNUT and even UBE.
More than Filipino selections, Cafe Ilang Ilang also offers cakes, chocolate, macarons, and sugar free ice home made ice cream.
The FILIPINO FOOD FESTIVAL would run from August 25 to September 16. Visitors would enjoy all the Filipino dishes. Aside from that, they could also expect other delectable cuisine in the buffet.

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G/F Manila Hotel
Katigbak Pkwy,
Ermita, Manila City, Metro Manila

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. Was invited to this event.
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