Novotel Manila Araneta is home to many of the metro’s prime foodie destinations. Located in the busy Cubao commercial district, it provides the city’s denizens with a myriad of options for their dining adventures.
Well, things are about to get so much better as its “secret ingredient,” the new executive chef Massimiliano Pauletto, takes the rein in the hotel’s kitchens. Now in charge of Novotel’s team of all-Filipino chefs and kitchen crew, Chef Massi puts his extensive culinary chops to work as he introduces new gastronomic innovations every week to the hotel’s restaurants inspired by his Italian heritage.
For instance, an Italian Bento Box will be available at the hotel’s 24-hour restaurant and lounge Gourmet Bar from September 26 to October 2. For Php690 nett, diners can indulge themselves on burrata cheese, black olives, fresh tomatoes, basil and oregano with a generous slice of Roman-style roasted pork belly accompanied by Sicilian brioche bread and lemon granite.
From October 3 to 9, Food Exchange Manila, the hotel’s buffet destination, will feature a Risotto Station and a Bruschetta Bar. During this week, diners can savor the tastes of Chef Massi’s homeland with a whole week of risotto specials with a different topping for the iconic Italian rice dish everyday: lemon prawn on Mondays, mushroom truffle on Tuesdays, leek and squid on Wednesdays, oxtail on Thursdays, apple foie gras on Fridays, gorgonzola balsamic on Saturdays and potatoes and basil pesto on Sundays.
Guests can also get started on their buffet meal with the favorite antipasto of toasted Italian bread dipped in their choice among many olive oil variants as well as other savory toppings.
On these dates, Food Exchange Manila’s dinner buffet from Sunday to Friday will be priced at Php1,688 nett, while dinner buffet on Saturday will be priced at Php1,888 nett.
Coffee and dessert lovers will get the best of both worlds with decadent servings of Affogato, available from October 10 to 16 at Indulge for Php160 nett. The hotel’s gelato and pastry shop will serve up this Italian dessert made by pouring a shot of hot espresso over a scoop of creamy homemade vanilla gelato to those craving for that caffeine buzz to go with their sugar high.
For Php1,500 nett, wine and cheese lovers will get to savor the moment with their family and friends with a well curated assortment of cold cuts and cheeses paired with Fantini Sangiovese wine at the hotel’s wine bar Sabor Bar de Vinos from October 17 to 23.
Lastly, foodies can enjoy a Milan Happy Hour Aperitivo at the 6th Pool Bar and Lounge from October 24 to 31. For Php350 nett, diners can pick their pica-pica among choices which include tomato bruschetta, deep-fried pizza calzone, mozarella and cherry tomato salad, salami cold cuts platter and mini tiramisu paired with a mixologist-recommended Italian cocktail.
Chef Massi’s introduction of these weekly culinary treats surely portends of more and better things happening at Novotel.
Novotel Manila Araneta Center is located along General Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Quezon City. For bookings and inquiries, call +63 2 89907888. For more details, visit novotelmanilaaranetacenter.com.
Menu details and images provided by Novotel.
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