Bar chows and chill drinks at After Hours, Tomas Morato

After hours is that precious time when the day’s work is done and we can finally sit back to relax and spend time with friends.

After Hours is also the name of a newly opened bar in foodie haven Tomas Morato. This is where my foodie friends and I, shortly before the Covid-19 and the ECQ came down upon all of us, were able to enjoy a few hours chillin’ in each other’s company while discovering all the fun to be had after hours.

1) The buzzy welcoming vibe

You would think that Tomas Morato would already have its fill of concept bars but there’s definitely room for more, especially this one.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

With its ample parking space, trendy decor, comfy furnishings, a playlist made up of 80s and 90s hits (which my friends and I sang along with!), excellent chows and a well-stocked bar, After Hours is a haven for those looking for some well-deserved R ‘n R.

2) Chill drinks

According to co-owner Rey Trillana, the focus of After Hours are on cocktails, whiskey and a bit of wine, drinks to chill with after work. Each cocktail is handcrafted (no pre-mixes). For whiskey connoisseurs, the bar also boasts of a well-curated whisky collection. Guests even have the option of getting the bartender to craft something Out of the Blue, based on their favorite liquor and taste profile.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

During our visit, my foodie friends and I were able to sample:

Jack Estate’s Pink Moscato. A fresh and fruity wine from Australia.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Perfect Pear. A fruity non-alcoholic mocktail for lightweights like me.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Smoked Old Fashioned. The classic mix of bourbon, simple syrup and Angostura bitters, served with a bit of smoke and flair.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Red Sangria Spritzer. Handcrafted sangria made with wine, brandy, mixed berries, chamomile honey, calamansi and soda.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Six. Gin mixed with elderflower liquor, lavender syrup, egg white and lemon juice.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Punch Drunk Love. After Hours’ signature cocktail made with spiced rum, chai pandan syrup, lemon and pineapple juice, Angostura bitters and clarified milk, served with a dehydrated pineapple.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

3) Tasty bar chows

Of course, we needed some chows to go with those drinks, and After Hours has a very good kitchen going managed by Chef Miggy. He and his crew whipped up some tasty bar chows to complement our drinks, such as:

Beef Salpicao. Tender USDA beef tenderloin sauteed in a garlic butter sauce, definitely a favorite among tipplers and foodies.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Buffalo Style Chicken Poppers. Spicy, salty and slightly sweet bite-sized chicken breasts.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

BBQ Beef Pockets. Crispy wonton pockets stuffed with ground beef doused with bourbon BBQ sauce and cheese.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Four Cheese Pizza. Mozzarella, feta, parmigiano reggiano and gorgonzala, all the good stuff on a thin-crust pizza.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

All-Meat Pizzadilla. Gooey mozzarella sandwiched in two flour tortillas and topped with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, BBQ sauce and even more cheese.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Pork Binagoongan Pasta. Spaghetti with crispy-fried pork cubes tossed in shrimp paste.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Bacon Mushroom Truffle Pasta. Creamy truffle spaghetti topped with crunchy bacon.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Oh, such a happy time! There were good food, good drinks and good company.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

But then, the community quarantine came and, sadly, After Hours had to close its doors for a while.

It seemed like the entire bar industry had been severely affected by the community quarantine.

However, a few weeks ago, I had the pleasant surprise of finding out that it had resumed operations to enable its loyal customers to get that After Hours experience even while at home through Buy One Take One offers on its wines, its signature cocktails by the bottle, as well as a selection of its bar chows, all available for delivery or pickup!

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Thanks to Rey Trillana and the rest of the management and staff of After Hours Bar for having us and congratulations for succeasfully pivoting your business to operate in The New Normal.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

So until the next time I can visit After Hours again, I can enjoy my after hours at home.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours is located at 125 Don A. Roces Avenue, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City. To order its bar chows, wines and cocktails for pick up or delivery, fill up this form, send a message over Instagram or call +63 917 1767383.

After Hours Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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Four reasons to gather and celebrate at Food Exchange Manila, Novotel Manila Araneta

Yes, the holiday season is definitely upon us. Throughout the metro, families are planning their Christmas merriments and get-togethers.

Why not have your holiday feast with family and friends at the Novotel’s buffet restaurant Food Exchange Manila?

Food Exchange is the hotel’s premiere buffet restaurant, a culinary theater where talented and renowned chefs demonstrate their skills in frenetic activities across six bountiful and interactive cooking stations: Japanese, Chinese, Indian, grill, international favorites and desserts.

You and your near-and-dears will find many to love and enjoy at Food Exchange, especially during the Christmas season, such as:

One: Its Christmas Carnival theme.

Christmas is all about fun and festivities, and nothing embodies those holiday moods better than a Christmas Carnival. Check out the fun decor that will surely get you in a festive mood.

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Two: Its Holiday Cooler.

Specifically for the season, a new non-alcoholic (thank heavens!) mocktail was crafted by the hotel’s mixologists. Dubbed the Holiday Cooler, it is a refreshing mix of fruity and candy flavors. For me, it’s a glass of pure holiday joy.

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Three: Its Holiday Buffets

Its Noche Buena Feast on December 24, which starts from 6pm to 9pm, includes Novotel’s special lechon cooked with white wine, Cranberry Glazed Ham, Canadian Style Herb Crusted Prime Rib and Herb Stuffed Roasted Turkey for only Php2,588++ per adult. Food Exchange’s Midnight Christmas Buffet, which starts from 11pm to 1am, is available for only Php1,988++ per adult, while Christmas Day Lunch, which starts from 12 noon to 3pm, is available for only Php2,588++ per adult.

Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

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Food Exchange, Novotel

Food Exchange, Novotel

Four: It’s gift kiosk.

At a loss as to what to give your loved ones for Christmas? Check out the kiosk near the restaurant’s entrance which offers specially made Christmas goodies and hampers.

Choose from among its sweet treats: Novotel Chocolate Crinkles at Php50/pc, Chocolate Chip Cookies at Php60/pc, Ham Ensaymada at Php90/pc, Cinnamon Roll at Php100/pc, Food for the Gods at Php120/pc, Pannetone at Php200/pc, Banana Chocolate Spice Cake at Php650/loaf and Stollen at Php750/loaf.

You can also opt for a hamper of holiday goodies at Php2,990/box which contains: Candidato Compranillo Red Wine, 160g Manchego Cheese, 100g sliced Jamon Serrano, 100g sliced Noco Jamones Salchichon, Nanay Luisa’s Queso de Bola Spread, 125g Iberian Pork Liver Pate, 150g Knackebrot Crackers, 120g Green Olives with Chili and Novotel Christmas Crinkles.

Food Exchange, Novotel

Novotel’s Food Exchange Manila makes it easier for you to enjoy fun and festivities with family and friends.

And if all those reasons are not enough to get you and your family rushing to Food Exchange Manila, here’s another one: Get up to 50% off the buffet rates when you book your table via Eatigo. Use this link when you register and get rewards points that you can redeem for gift vouchers and restaurant freebies.

Food Exchange Manila is located at Novotel Manila Araneta Center, General Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. For reservations, call +63 2 990 7888.

Food Exchange Manila - Novotel Manila Araneta Center Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers and press representatives, I was invited to attend the launch of Novotel’s Christmas offerings. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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