Dining Divine: Dusit Thani Manila's Sunday Family Crossover Brunch

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Sunday afternoon should always be spent with family and friends; and a short staycation or lunch out wouldn't hurt even in the confines of Metro Manila. Life was a little too easy for me this weekend so I chose to spend it with friends at Dusit Thani Manila, one of the most luxurious hotels in Makati's business district. It was good because they had specials offered that afternoon. I just had to take a peek at what they have on the menu.

Sunday Family Crossover Brunch

I'm no stranger in featuring buffets in my site and you're part of the reason why I'm trying this out today. I should charge you for this but I won't ;) I love you guys THIS much. Dusit Thani Manila's got a Sunday Family Crossover Brunch promo out and do you know what that entails? Imagine this, cuisines from Thailand, Italy, Japan and elsewhere in the world fit into 4 restaurants plus their signature drinks all for the price of 1,800.00. Yeap! You heard that right, even I was a little surprised about their affordable price compared to buffets from other hotels... plus the fact that you can do this in these 4 restaurants: UMU, Tosca, Basix and Benjarong.

Let's start and take a look their restaurants!


BaSix boasts International cuisine on its roster and we were greeted right away with two stations for their Japanese and Chinese offerings. Imagine getting the chance to eat something from these regions in one place. Everyone was so accommodating when I entered this restaurant!

The seafood choices were great and this is just the first restaurant we went to; just imagine what it would be like in the other three!

Dusit Thani Manila has this Tandoor oven. There are only about 2 in existence in Metro Manila and this is quite authentic because they use wood burning fire for this one. You'll get the fresh pita/Indian/Middle Eastern bread and have those scrumptious KEBAB in no time!

Make your experience complete with a variety of dips and sauces which this part of the world is known for! I love their curries and chili! There are also some Yogurt based ones that's so good!

They've also got huge steamers on standby if you want your choice of Chinese Dimsum/Dumplings hot off the bamboo baskets. If you mix and match with something Asian, you can never go wrong! Find that and a lot of more in Basix!

Freshly baked bread and choices of condiments are available. This is Brunch after all!

Indulge yourself with a platter or two of these local fruit selections or jazz up those bread pieces with any jam you prefer.

They won't forget your sweet tooth since they've got A LOT of choices for dessert in this restaurant alone. But make sure when you get the Sunday Family Crossover Brunch you have to MAKE ROOM for more!


Tosca plays quite a big role in the throng of restaurants that Dusit Thani Manila has. It bears Italian cuisine which is widely craved for by patrons/guests of the hotel. We've got to have some comfort food; so this is just perfect!

Looking at the spread they have for Pasta's just makes my mouth water! You can choose your own kind of pasta and the sauce that comes with it! YES you heard that right! Fresh handmade pasta or imported ones with your own preferred sauce cooked right on the spot! Even the salads were quite good, they'll prepare it whatever you want. That's how special you are!

Not only that, you've got the Chef to also prepare you your own RISOTTO. I love Mushroom Risotto and that's exactly what they cooked for me that afternoon. They use real deal Arborio Rice plus freshly grated Parmesan cheese and loads of mushroom for that meaty taste! I love how this just melts in your mouth but still feel that filling rice goodness. Sprinkle more of that Parmesan cheese plus add a dollop of butter and ohhhh...

End of discussion. This is just TO DIE FOR!

Get your favorite fish seared or made to soup, they can handle that too. Do you even think other hotels can do 4 restaurants for the same price? I mean seriously?!

TIP!: Make sure you order the famous Chocolate Cake from Tosca. They run out of this too fast because people are hoarding it! It's that good! You also have the option to top it off with your favorite Ice Cream flavor! Don't you ever forget this!

If you are in the mood for Pizza, Tosca's got you covered! They have a "Make Your Own Pizza" station so you can whip up your own pizza fresh off the oven!

I like the rustic bread choices too. It makes you want to scoop pasta sauces with it.

200 labels of reds, whites, champagnes and sparkling wines and recognitions of keeping this stash for the longest time. Some hotels just dream about this but in Dusit Thani Manila they've got this going!

Plus their signature drink and bubbly that's got either Orange, Apple or Mango tones should always be on your list to try!

Fruits in season plus chocolate with hazelnut - nutella like concoctions/mascarpone cheese based ones adorn the dessert spread in Tosca... more reason to adore the second restaurant on our list. Are you ready for more?! Salut!


Thai Food has been consistently on my list since I've ventured into Asian cuisine these past few years. Why not?! When its made its mark on the world stage already; plus the fact that it is quite close to our palate. It definitely has been a catalyst of describing what Southeast Asian cuisine seem to be and I LOVE how intense the SPICES are. Royal Thai Cuisine need not to be only for the royals anymore, this time it's readily available at Benjarong. You won't miss this on the mezzanine of Dusit Thani Manila. They currently have a huge boat right in front and boy I was so honored to see the Chef personally preparing food for me. I want my Pad Thai... and I got more than that!

It would never be as AUTHENTIC as THIS! How can I not have so much fun eating in Benjarong when the actual person preparing my food was a Thai Chef! I also kinda talked to her because she was so nice! When asked for Pad Thai she immediately walked to her small kitchen and heated up the pan. Thrown in these fresh ingredients and VOILA!

She was so nice I tell you and even recommended dessert. I love how the Thai in one way or another is quite close with Filipino cuisine. They've got custards, rice based sweets and coconut with brown sugar! Mmmmm!

This one is my favorite. It's like the local BIKO but a tad simpler, not too sweet. Then they have it topped off with sweet Mango. It was fresh and sweet, I really liked it! The other one that was green and had coconut filling on it was good too!

Don't get me started about the SALADS because just mention Papaya, Green Mango, Ripe Mangoes, Pomelo, shrimp paste all whipped up together with fish sauce and other dressings just spells YUM-O!

Then just check out the Pad Thai that the Chef personally made me. The sugar and chili just adds the right amount of kick in this dish. I REALLY LOVE IT!

I'm allergic to seafood but I didn't mind about it on this occasion. Just imagine what I could have missed if I didn't eat this one on the plate! Took my meds afterwards. This is included in the Sunday Family Crossover Brunch, its the third restaurant on our list.. isn't that just nice?! ☺


It was packed when we got there and the place was quite reminiscent of the EDO period. It has that charm of neo Japanese style in food yet it kept the original ambiance homes from that part of the globe is known for. I love Japanese food and with the personal tour I made during this Sunday Family Crossover Brunch off to an end it was nice to sit down and relax in this restaurant. Above all the service there was impeccable. I have to say, even the Manager herself was on her feet making sure everyone had all the things they need. The place was like a scene in a movie; the whole porch plus the KOI pond in front of a couple of pavilions was like a Samurai dojo. I love how they kept it authentic with the mats and paper screened doors. The place itself was a treat to be in and the food was AMAZING. From sushi rolls to maki, or for the adventurous ones "the sashimi" it was a whole different experience altogether. There are also Robata areas so if you want to enjoy something roasted/barbecued it's the place to be!

Fresh soups, udon, ramen in your favorite broth/miso are also available. I love the fact that they do this on a regular basis and got master chefs on stand by. The seafood spread was a delight to see, you should check that out after the Teppan show!

There are also 4 huge Teppanyaki tables available in UMU, so if you want a totally different dining experience you should hurry and do this for a change. It's both gastronomically satisfying and entertaining; there's one table for VIP's or special functions... ask for that. I have friends who frequent this restaurant because of this, I also heard there are some celebrities who do this on a regular basis. Wouldn't you want to experience this in the same Sunday Family Crossover Brunch Experience?!

End your meal with a clean palate by getting yourself servings of Green Tea, I got the cold one for a refreshing feel. I even had this refilled for free. This is one of the restaurant's signature drinks and you can enjoy this for the price mentioned above. 4 Restaurants are just waiting inside the 4 walls of Dusit Thani Manila. It's the perfect place to hold your meetings and special occasions. If it's a buffet that's WORTH IT, you should definitely check out this place. You'll thank me for saying that!

Posh interiors, good food, you can all get them in one place. You can eat them all in one restaurant or the other. Make sure you drop by Dusit Thani Manila from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM every Sundays. As for me, I'm on to my next plate!

That's what you call Dining Divine: Dusit Thani Manila's Sunday Family Crossover Brunch!


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Heaven On Your Doorstep: ANGEL'S Pizza Pasta Combo's

Monday, February 27, 2012

You pretty much know by now that I love Pizza! I guess there are more ways than one to get what I want on a weekend. It was my first time to ever try out Angel's Pizza which I have been hearing so much of from my friends. It was so nice to finally try it out... get a load of this!

For those who are abstaining from meat this Lenten season it's no reason to stay away from pizza anymore because Angel's Pizza, Pasta, Combo just got you hooked up with this mouthwatering creation with tons of cheese, real anchovies, fresh tomatoes and black olives dubbed ALICI PIZZA! I'm an anchovy lover so this is quite perfect for me! If you prefer to have it on thick or thin crust they can do that on their stores and I'm suggesting you get this one on thin crust because every bite will be well worth it! Make sure you get it while it's hot this season, it'll satisfy your pizza craving I'm sure!

And if they say it's real anchovies, it is REAL anchovies on the pizza... I personally even saw them opening up those tin cans that I love mixing with pasta.

A visit to their quaint little place in Citygolf Ortigas (beside Home Depot) showed the wide array of choices that they have on their menu. They've got a lot of branches too in Metro Manila! I personally love the chicken toppings; plus the pasta which you can individually order (I'm a PESTO addict) hence the sauce I love YUM!. Ooh the list goes fancy too with Fried Chicken that patrons usually get when they're in the store! I saw a lot of people taking it home that evening, so I'd really like to go back and have another taste of that!

For the cheese connoisseur I suggest you get the Angel's Double Cheesy Melt, for the meat lover I suggest you do the same because aside from this awesome layer... there's another one underneath that's got Pepperoni goodness all around!

It was filling I got so BUSOG right after one slice since this is like 2 Pizzas in one!

For those who would want almost EVERYTHING on it they've got EXTRA FEAST for everyone's enjoyment. That's Pepperroni, Ham, Beef, Chorizo, Green Bell Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms and garlic all in one scrumptious pizza. You'll be the envy of the whole block!

Now how can you resist that perfect bite?!

My personal favorite and the one that got everyone's nod. It's unanimous everyone loves the ANGEL'S STYLE Pizza! Imagine chunks of Chicken Barbecue, Mushroom, Onion, Sweet Barbecue Sauce and smothered with Mozzarella Cheese. Enough said.

It was meaty and tasted so good with the dough they used for the crust. You can choose what crust and what cut you prefer so if you plan to have this in the office it'll be no problem!

Why is it SO GOOD?!

We probably should ask why the Pizza is so good, how do they come out with these new flavors? Why do they have a new one every season? That's easy!... because they make it fresh everyday. They also make sure you get the best flavors to enjoy every time there's a new occasion or reason to celebrate! They have creative freedom because it is not a franchise of an international brand that doesn't understand the local palate.

They make your pizza fresh everyday. Hand stretched and tossed WHEN you order it.

They put them into pans right after they get the right size of pizza you ordered. Flatten and wrinkle them if you prefer the thin crust!

The freshest ingredients, veggies, slices of meat and sweet-tangy tomato sauce.

Toss them into the oven for a couple of minutes and have them go through with a bath so the crust wouldn't be dry. It'll be freshly toasted, just right out of the oven which only takes several minutes to cook.

Fresh hot off the grill you'll love every pizza that comes out of the oven and you can smell it... you really can savor the aroma of something baked fresh!

Get that perfect slice easy and fast! That's how good every single bite should be. That's something that ANGEL'S Pizza Pasta Combo's could bring anywhere in the metro! Make sure you place orders in their hotline 922 22 22. Quit the usual burgers, the usual pizza parlors that even get you to eat frozen ones. There's someone who can get you the fresh pizza you've always wanted right in the branch near you!

As an added treat here's a VIP card that can get you 20% off the menu's regular price. Just ask me for it or just get the number off this photo! I think they can entertain you! Otherwise, get the best deal from Metro Deal HERE! If you order through them you'll get 50% Off and just pay P599.00 instead of P1198.00 for 2 Delicious and Mouthwatering Big Family Pizzas at Angel's Pizza, Pasta, Combo! The place for the freshest delicious pizza in the metro!



Make sure you order their Alici Pizza during lent and the Brownies, the fudge is to die for!


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