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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu cooks up Sugbusog feast for Sinulog 2018

Cebu’s Sinulog Festival deserves a feast just as grand and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu obliges with the culinary experience “Sugbusog 2018: Gikan sa Bukid ug Dagat” at Cafe Marco. Up…

Cebu’s Sinulog Festival deserves a feast just as grand and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu obliges with the culinary experience “Sugbusog 2018: Gikan sa Bukid ug Dagat” at Cafe Marco.

Up until January 21, indulge in such local favorites as kinilaw na isda, puso sa saging, lato, and guto; ginamos and sinugba na buwad; manggang hilaw with hipon; monggos, humba and kaldereta na kanding; lechon belly and lechon kawali; inasal na manok and other Cebuano dishes raised to the level of a fine dining experience at Cebu City’s finest.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Sugbusog 2018

STARTERS. From chicharon or pork cracklings to itlog maalat salad, paliya salad, and manggang hilaw, Sugbusog 2018 at Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is a feast of Cebuano favorites.

Have your fill of Cebu street food like qwek-qwek, ginabot, ngohiong, balot and the local sweet staples for dessert. The Cafe Marco dessert station carries such delicacies as masareal, bokayo, leche flan, pichi-pichi, puto cheese, masi, kutsinta, and of course halo-halo.

Satisfy your craving for seafood like saang, pasayan, and sinugba na isda throughout Sugbusog 2018, which runs from January 12-21 at Cafe Marco.

The Cebuano favorites are served on top of the regular international buffet spread at Cafe Marco. Buffet prices are P1,150 net for lunch, P1,440 net for dinner, and P1,450 net for Sunday brunch.

Marco Polo Sugbusog 2018

Lato and guso.

The Sinulog-inspired decorations and creative food presentation add to the rich festival atmosphere at Cafe Marco and the rest of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

A replica of the popular Cebu attraction Magellan’s Cross with a Sto. Niño inside now decorates the hotel lobby. Sto. Niño patrons Helen Ynclino-Bucag, Val San Diego, Ben Chua, Ed Tan, and Josie Pereyra have loaned out their Sto. Niño image collections for exhibit at Marco Polo Cebu.

For inquiries and reservations, contact Marco Polo Plaza Cebu at +63 32 2531111 local 8249 or hospitality.ceb@marcopolohotels.com.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Sugbusog 2018

SUGBUSOG 2018. The culinary festival at Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu runs until January 21.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Sugbusog 2018

Buwad nukos.

 

Sugbusog 2018 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

More buwad.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Kinilaw

 

Sugbusog 2018

Chicharon

 

Sugbusog 2018

Kinilaw na paliya

 

Sugbusog 2018 kaldereta kanding

Kaldereta na kanding.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Lechon belly

 

Marco Polo 2018 Sugbusog

Saang and other sea shells.

 

Marco Polo Sugbusog 2018

Inasal na manok and piniritong tiil sa baboy.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Dinuldog na kalabasa

 

Sugbusog 2018

Pasayan or shrimps.

 

Sinanduloy.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Lechon kawali.

 

Marco Polo Sugbusog

Tinunuon nga monggos with alugbati.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Sugbusog 2018

STREET FOOD MAINSTAYS qwek-qwek, bola-bola, ngohiong, and ginabot.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Ginamos

 

Sugbusog 2018

Buwad nukos or dried squid.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Linung-ag nga saging, ginamos

 

Sugbusog 2018

Argao torta

 

Sugbusog 2018

Mandaue bibingka

 

Sugbusog 2018

Pichi pichi and kutchinta.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Bocayo and ampao from Carcar.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Biko and maja blanca.

 

Sugbusog 2018

More local desserts.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Masi and bocayo.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Dessert station.

 

Sugbusog 2018

LOBBY. A replica of the Magellan’s Cross greets guests at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

 

Sugbusog 2018

STO. NIÑO. One of the images on exhibit at the lobby.

 

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Marco Polo whips up holiday feast in Festive Buffet

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu unveiled in a special preview its Festive Buffet set for the Christmas season, and it is another level of delicious. Available from December 16-23 and 26-30,…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu unveiled in a special preview its Festive Buffet set for the Christmas season, and it is another level of delicious.

Available from December 16-23 and 26-30, 2017 at Cafe Marco, the grand feast will include such holiday treats as prime beef, roast turkey, sugar glazed ham, English fruitcake, ensaymada, bibingka, pumpkin pie, black forest Christmas log, and assorted cookies.

Also in the menu are traditional Filipino fares like puto bumbong, macaroni salad, chicken relleno, and Filipino macaroons.

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Roast Turkey.

Festive Buffet rates

MyCebu.ph was among a group of media and bloggers invited to try out the Festive Buffet in a special preview of the culinary offering last December 5 at Cafe Marco.

The holiday season dishes included in the Festive Buffet are on top of Cafe Marco’s international spread.

Buffet rates start from P1,250 net per person during lunch and P1,540 net per person at dinner.

Marco Polo festive buffet

Christmas ensaymada

Roast turkey

During the special preview, Marco Polo Plaza sous chef Luigi Mangubat showed how to properly carve up a roast turkey. He said that turkey has both red and white meat.

Red meat makes up the thigh and leg part while white meat can be found in the breast area.

Cafe Marco’s roast turkey comes with a special cranberry sauce and you can have it at home, too.

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Bibingka

Holiday favorites

Manna Alcaraz, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Communications Manager, said they now accept orders for USDA roast beef, roast turkey, pineapple glazed ham, and chicken relleno.

Why not complete your festive table at home with Marco Polo’s classic take on some of these holiday favorites?

  • USDA roast beef (7 kg) – P7,000
  • Roasted turkey (7 kg) with side dishes – P5,500
  • Pineapple glazed ham (4.5 kg) – P3,800
  • Chicken relleno – P2,500

Orders require a lead time of two days. For bookings and reservations, email hospitality.ceb@marcopolohotels.com or call (032) 253-1111 local 8429.

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Marco Polo Christmas Festive Buffet

Stollen Bread

 

Marco Polo Plaza Christmas Festive Buffet

Cherry Christmas Ensaymada and Christmas Ensaymada

 

Marco Polo Christmas Festive Buffet

 

Marco Polo Christmas Festive BuffetWaldorf Salad.

 

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Macaroni Salad

 

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Sugar-Glazed Ham

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu festive buffet

 

Marco Polo festive buffet

Puto Bumbong.

 

Marco Polo Plaza festive buffet

Macaroons.

 

MArco Polo Plaza Cebu festive buffet fruit cake

Fruit Cake.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Festive Buffet chicken relleno

Chicken Relleno.

 

Marco Polo Christmas buffet

 

Marco Polo Plaza festive buffet

Pumpkin Pie

 

Marco Polo Christmas buffet

Christmas Log.

 

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Marco Polo Plaza sous chef Luigi Mangubat shows how to properly carve up a roast turkey.

 

Marco Polo Plaza  |Christmas buffet

CHRISTMAS SPREAD. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Festive Buffet set for the Christmas season is available from December 16-23 and 26-30 at Cafe Marco.

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Cafe Marco celebrates Indian cuisine in culinary event Khana

Cafe Marco highlights the cuisine of Incredible India as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu pays homage to the Indian Festival of Lights Diwali through the culinary celebration “Khana.” Last year’s Khana…

Cafe Marco highlights the cuisine of Incredible India as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu pays homage to the Indian Festival of Lights Diwali through the culinary celebration “Khana.”

Last year’s Khana favorites and new creations are available on top of the regular Cafe Marco lunch and dinner buffet until October 30, 2016 in a food exploration that seeks to satisfy the palate and explain Indian cuisine.

Marco Polo Cebu Khana Indian Cuisine spices

MOUND OF SPICES. Spices play an integral role in Indian cuisine. Café Marco is serving favorite Indian dishes on top of its regular international lunch and dinner buffet spread until October 30.

Indian dishes

Marco Polo Cebu brings back such Indian dishes as chili pakoora, samusa, palak paneer, pulao biryani, fish marsala, prawns kebab and adds new fare like pawa soup (goat leg), chana dal (lentils), mon dal, dai puree, and much more in the Cafe Marco lunch or dinner buffet.

Judeline L. Murjani, a Cebuana married to an Indian national and the mother of former Miss Cebu Namrata Neesha, has been Marco Polo Cebu’s consultant for Khana. She worked with Marco Polo Cebu’s culinary team to come up with the Indian menu for the culinary event.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana chicken kebabs

Chicken kebabs.

At the launch of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary journey Khana last Tuesday, October 25, she showed guests how to best eat “puri.”

You create a small hole on top of this deep-fried unleavened bread and fill it with lentils and chutney or whatever suits your fancy before eating it.

Marco Polo culinary tradition

“Marco Polo has this tradition of bringing in the flavors from different parts of the world,” said said Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Julie Najar said during the opening last Tuesday.

“Mrs. Murjani has excelled this year in bringing in the spices and all the different cuisines from appetizers to desserts. I am very excited to have this year present her extraordinary cuisine,” Najar added.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana chicken biryani

Chicken biryani.

Other Indian dishes on the menu: shahi paneer, chicken biryani, goan fish curry, chicken mulligatawny, lamb kebab or lamb vindaloo, sheik kebab and tandori, dosas with chatni, sambal and parata.

Satisfy your sweet cravings with desserts like gulab jamun, apple jalebi, rabri, kolfi, rose ice cream, and falooda.

Couldn’t wait to start sampling Indian cuisine? Call Marco Polo Cebu office at (+6332) 253 1111 Local 8249 or Manila office at (+632) 887 1263 for inquiries and reservations.

 

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Julie Najar

MARCO POLO TRADITION. Julie Najar, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager, talks about their culinary tradition during the opening of Khana.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine apple chutney

Apple chutney

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Rosewater panna cotta and carrot halva.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine chicken tandoori salad

Chicken tandoori salad.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Colored rice provide an accent to the food spread.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Couscous with Indian spice.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Desserts.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine falooda

Falooda, a delicious Indian dessert.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Judeline Murjani

Culinary consultant Judeline Murjani lights up candles at the rangoli to mark the opening of Khana.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine kebabs

Roast chicken and lamb and chicken kebabs.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Lentil bread

Lentil bread

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine lime chutney

Lime chutney

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine puri

PURI. You break a hole on these puri and then fill it with lentils and chutney.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine rangoli

RANGOLI. The colorful installation at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine rosewater ice cream.

Rosewater ice cream.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine desserts

DESSERT PLATE. Rosewater panna cotta and other Indian desserts.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Sandiego dancers

Sandiego Dancers perform during the opening of Khana.

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Chef Tang whips up Chinese lauriat feast at Cafe Marco

From the cold cuts and native chicken soup to the baked lobster with noodles and steamed shrimp meat and scallop ball, Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat table served one scrumptious dish…

From the cold cuts and native chicken soup to the baked lobster with noodles and steamed shrimp meat and scallop ball, Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat table served one scrumptious dish after another at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco.

In a special kind of culinary event, Marco Polo Changzhou executive Chinese chef Tang Chi Wai visited Cebu to whip up his specialties from Canton, Sichuan, and Huai Yang.

Chef Tang’s dishes are available at the Cafe Marco buffet or through the special Chinese Lauriat table at the restaurant’s private rooms as Marco Polo Plaza holds Changzhou Good: A Chinese Culinary Journey from July 13-16, 2016.

Baked lobster Cafe Marco Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Baked Lobster with Noodles in Superior Soup.

Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat table

Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat table features 10 courses, including starters and dessert, for only P2,400 per person. It can accommodate two groups of 10 and 12 for lunch and dinner.

Speaking through interpreter Shirley Sia, Chef Tang said his dishes are inspired and influenced by the rich culinary culture of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. Tang was born in Hong Kong, stayed for a time in Taiwan before making China his home for 19 years now.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat Table

Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat Table. Our lunch group of bloggers and newspaper columnists with Marco Polo Changzhou executive Chinese chef Tang Chi Wai (center).

Culinary influence

Chef Tang has more than 40 years of experience in Chinese cuisine and considers cooking as an art that combines taste, ingredients, custom, even time and emotions.

Aside from the Chinese Lauriat table, the Marco Polo Changzhou chef’s Chinese feast is also served at the Cafe Marco buffet on top of the regular spread until today, July 16. The Cafe Marco buffet rate is P1,099 for lunch and P1,395 for dinner.

 

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Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat cold cuts

Cold cuts. Chef Tang served 6 kinds of cold cuts.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat cold cuts.

Chicken cold cuts.

 

Cold cuts plate.

Seaweeds cold cuts.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat native chicken

Native chicken in young coconut water with young coconut meat.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat table baked lobster

Baked lobster with noodles in superior soup.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat table braised beef

Slow braised beef short ribs with spiced wine sauce.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat table wok-fried crab

Wok-fried Dungeness crab with ginger and leek.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table

Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat Table. Our lunch group comprised Marco Polo Plaza Cebu executives and local bloggers and newspaper writers.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table steamed garoupa

Steamed Garoupa fishball with egg and truffle sauce.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table scallops

Wok-fried scallops with asparagus in XO sauce.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table steamed shrimp

Steamed shrimp meat and scallop ball with egg skin.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table tiger prawn

Wok-fried tiger prawn with golden garlic sauce.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table mango sago

Mango sago with a tasty wafer.

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Marco Polo presents Sinulog feast in Sugbusog 2016: Seafood Edition

From lechon to tinola, talong salad to fish kinilaw, ginabot to crispy fish bihod, escabeche to kalderetang kanding, the Sugbusog 2016: Seafood Edition at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Café Marco is all the Cebuano dishes you love and more, prepared the five-star way.

From lechon to tinola, talong salad to fish kinilaw, ginabot to crispy fish bihod, escabeche to kalderetang kanding, the Sugbusog 2016: Seafood Edition at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Café Marco is all the Cebuano dishes you love and more, prepared the five-star way.

To get inspiration for Sugbusog 2016, the Marco Polo Plaza culinary team “stormed the Pasil fish market” at 1 a.m. which is when the fishermen will be bringing in the day’s fresh catch, said Jessica Avila, the hotel’s consultant for its nine-year running food event.

“This year, we wanted to come up with a Sugbusog that’s more than the usual. We want to serve food that people like to eat all the time, food that is healthy,” she added.

Sugbusog 2016 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Fish tinola.

Kinilaw or fish ceviche.

Kinilaw or fish ceviche.

 

Grilled saang.

Grilled saang.

 

Chicharon or pork cracklings

Chicharon or pork cracklings is a Cebuano delicacy.

 

This culinary feast of popular Cebuano dishes on top of the Café Marco international buffet spread is timed with the celebration of the country’s grandest festival, Sinulog 2016.

Sugbusog 2016: Seafood Edition runs from January 6 to 17 and features the freshest bounties of the sea and other Cebuano favorites.

Sugbusog 2016 menu

On these dates, Cebuano staples like squid adobo, humba, chicken pork adobo, fish sarsiado, nangka as well as guso, lato, sunlutan, and bat salad, tinap-anan na isda are available at the Cafe Marco buffet.

At the tinola and sinigang station, you get to pick what goes into your soup, from the kind of shell or fish to the ingredients that accompany it.

There’s nothing like nangka (jackfruit), puso (banana heart), or gay salad, fresh lumpia, green mango with bagoong, boiled cardava or sweet potato with guinamos, or suglaw to whet your appetite for more of those sumptuous Cebuano fare that is at the heart of Sugbusog.

Chicharon bulaklak.

Chicharon bulaklak.

 

Goat kaldereta.

Goat kaldereta.

 

Tinola and sinigang station

Tinola and sinigang station. Here, you can choose ingredients that go into your soup.

The list goes on and on with bangus relleno, several kinds of sisig and meat barbecues, beef kare-kare, halabos na pasayan, pochero, pancit, dinoldog with malunggay, batong guisado, pinakbet, and sotanghon guisado.

Pinipig delights, gulaman at sago, biko with latik, toron, maja, and polvoron are just some of the desserts but they are more than enough to satisfy anyone’s sweet cravings.

Festive Sinulog celebration

These exceptional dishes are made possible by Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s team of chefs that worked tirelessly to bring about this year’s exceptional Sugbusog, said Avila.

“This is not something you will see in any restaurant in Cebu, even in Manila,” she added.

Sugbusog 2016 Marco Polo Corngrits Rice

KAN-ON MAIS or corngrits rice is a favorite among old-timers in Cebu.

 

Sugbusog 2016

Kiampao or stingray with blackbeam sauce.

 

Guso or seaweed salad

Guso or seaweed salad.

 

Puso sa saging or banana heart.

Puso sa saging or banana heart salad.

 

Sago at gulaman.

Sago at gulaman.

 

Maja and leche flan.

Maja and leche flan.

 

boiled kamote

Boiled kamote or sweet potato ready for pairing with guinamos.

Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said there was no limit to the innovations undertaken by Avila and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Julie Najar to make every Sinulog celebration in Cebu even more festive.

“There’s nothing that can get people together more than good food and we have it here. I guess we can rightly say that it’s more fun in Cebu,” she added.

Can’t wait to try this smorgasbord of Cebuano favorites? Call Marco Polo Plaza Cebu at (+6332) 253-1111 or email the hotel at resv.ceb@marcopolohotels.com for reservations or inquiries. This buffet treat comes at the net price of P1,099 for the lunch and P1,395 for dinner.

Sugbusog 2016 opening

OPENING. (From left) Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Julie Najar, culinary consultant Jessica Avila, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, and Msgr. Roberto Alesna lead the formal opening of Sugbusog 2016 at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

 

Jessica Avila and Agnes Magpale

Marco Polo consultant Jessica Avila and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale at the opening of Sugbusog 2016.

 

Sandiego dancers

The famed Sandiego dancers perform a Sinulog dance to mark the opening of Sugbusog 2016.

 

Antique Santo Niño icons on exhibit at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

Antique Santo Niño icons on exhibit at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

 

FESTIVE. The Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

FESTIVE. The Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

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Christmas favorites back on the menu as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates Festive Season 2015

Holiday favorites likes puto bumbong, pudding, Christmas ham, stollen bread, chicken relleno and a festive ensaymada are back on the menu as part of the Cafe Marco buffet as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates “Festive Season 2015.”

Holiday favorites likes puto bumbong, pudding, Christmas ham, stollen bread, chicken relleno and a festive ensaymada are back on the menu as part of the Cafe Marco buffet as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates “Festive Season 2015.”

The Festive Buffet that opens today, December 16, until December 23 and resumes on December 26 to December 30 features the holiday favorites on top of the regular lunch and dinner spread in Cafe Marco. The Cafe Marco buffet is a sumptuous spread of international cuisine that regularly features culinary events throughout the year.

Cafe Marco buffet Christmas ham

CHRISTMAS HAM. This holiday favorite is back as part of the Cafe Marco buffet during the holidays.

 

Cafe Marco buffet

CHRISTMAS SPREAD. Holiday treats included as part of the Cafe Marco buffet spread.

Cafe Marco buffet

During the holidays, the buffet will feature tasty and much-awaited holiday items like the Christmas ham, puto bumbong, chicken relleno, bibingka, among others. The buffet spread will also feature desserts like macaroons and the much talked about malicious cookies. Marco Polo is also featuring during this season a Christmas version of its popular ensaymada.

Included in the festive spread is the zenzi, a type of Italian snack that was a childhood favorite of executive chef Stefano Verillo.

Lunch buffet is at P1,149 per person, exclusive of drinks. Dinner buffet is at P1,445 per person, exclusive of drinks.

On December 24, Christmas Eve, lunch buffet is still P1,149 per person, exclusive of drinks, but dinner buffet is at P1,999 per person, inclusive of free-flowing house wines, local beers, chilled juices and sodas at Cafe Marco.

Cafe Marco buffet

Rellenong manok is a must-try.

 

Cafe Marco buffet rellenong manok

Rellenong manok.

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Also on Christmas Eve, the hotel will host a special dinner buffet at P1,200 per person, inclusive of one round of chilled juice or iced tea, at the Grand Ballroom. The dinner will have live music entertainment. During the Christmas Eve dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be going around the different restaurants to spread holiday cheer.

For those who want an intimate dinner with a great view, Blu Bar and Grill offers a festive set dinner with wine pairing at P3,500 per person.

The hotel is also offering a 20% discount on Cafe Marco buffet from 10 p.m. onwards on December 24.

On Christmas Day, lunch and dinner buffet will be at P1,999 per person. The price already includes free-flowing house wines, local beers, chilled juices and sodas.

Cafe Marco buffet puto bumbong

Puto bumbong

 

Cafe Marco buffet

Festive ensaymada is the Christmas version of the popular pasalubong choice of hotel guests.

Chef’s Christmas Store

At the hotel lobby, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu set up a Chef’s Christmas Store that allows people to create their own Christmas hamper with goodies such as homemade jams, pudding, cookies, and chocolate Santa Claus. People can also order the glazed ham for P1,800 and a whole Christmas turkey for P3,500.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is also offering a Christmas Surprise Room Package starting at P4,800, which is inclusive of buffet breakfast for 2 and a box of 3 ensaymadas. On December 31, room packages starting at P14,665 includes buffet breakfast, 2 tickets to the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at the Grand Ballroom and Countdown Party with a spectacular fireworks display at the Grand Balcony.

Those interested to avail themselves of the packages and promotions can call 253-1111 or email resv.ceb@marcopolohotels.com.

Cafe Marco buffet

Eggnog to cap your holiday meal.

 

Cafe Marco buffet puto bumbong

Puto bumbong being prepared at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

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Marco Polo features Indian cuisine with Khana Culinary Journey

Palak paneer or spinach curry with cheese, spicy chickpeas dish of chana masala, teardrop-shaped bread called nan, heavenly desserts gajar halva and jalebi, and other Indian specialties are available up to November 15 at five-star hotel Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Palak paneer or spinach curry with cheese, spicy chickpeas dish of chana masala, teardrop-shaped bread called nan, heavenly desserts gajar halva and jalebi, and other Indian specialties are available up to November 15 at five-star hotel Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

To celebrate the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali, Cafe Marco is serving authentic Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner in a special culinary treat called Khana.

Marco Polo Khana Indian cuisine pickled vegetables

These pickled vegetables are very spicy.

 

Indian food is influenced by history, geography, culture, caste and soil so it’s not unusual for taste to vary in the different regions but at its core is the use of several common spices, said Indian Embassy First Secretary of Commercial and Education Narayanan Ramakrishnan.

“The beauty of Indian cuisine is in the different flavors and tastes coming to your mouth from the interplay of such spices as turmeric, chili, coriander, cardamom, peppercorns. Since a lot of Indians are into vegetarianism, we have to make food interesting without the meat,” he said.

Palak Paneer is a spinach-based dish.

Palak Paneer is a spinach-based dish.

 

Khana Culinary Journey

According to Ramakrishnan, Cafe Marco’s Khana is an excellent initiative, the quality of food served is “quite good,” and he’s happy to see a large crowd enjoying the fare.

He said culinary activities like Khana corrects the common misconceptions about Indian fare, chiefly that it is all curry and too spicy.

For the Khana event, Marco Polo Cebu secured the help of Judeline L. Murjani, a Cebuana married to an Indian national and the mother of former Miss Cebu Namrata Neesha, in compiling a list of dishes to include in the Cafe Marco menu.

Falooda Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Culinary Journey

Falooda is a scrumptious dessert made from, among other ingredients, rose water, tapioca pearls and vermicelli.

 

Cooking passion

Murjani, who has been married for 31 years, said cooking is her passion and she has been doing it since she was a child. Having been introduced to chili at an early age by her father, she said she did not find it difficult to love Indian food.

She learned to prepare Indian dishes from her husband whom she described as a good cook. “I teach him to cook Filipino food, he teaches me how to do Indian dishes,” she said.

Khana Culinary Journey opening

KHANA OPENING. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Julie Najar (5th from left), former Miss Cebu Namrata Neesha Murjani, First Secretary Narayanan Ramakrishnan, and culinary consultant Judeline Murjani along with Sandiego dancers lead the opening of Khana Culinary Journey, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Indian cuisine festival.

 

From today up to November 15, get your fill of popular Indian cuisine like shahi paneer, palak paneer, bamgan bharta and aloo, gobi matar massala in three cycles during lunch or dinner at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco.

This buffet treat comes at the net price of P1,099 for the lunch and P1,345 for dinner. Call Marco Polo Plaza Cebu at (+6332) 253-1111 for reservations or inquiries.

More photos of the Khana Culinary Journey launch:

You must try the Prawns Biryani.

You must try the Prawns Biryani.

 

Chana masala Marco Polo Khana culinary journey

Khana culinary journey dessert

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Sandiego dancers lead the opening with a colorful and synchronized number.

RANGOLI. Sandiego dancers lead the opening with a colorful and synchronized number in front of a rangoli in the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

 

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DIWALI CEREMONY. Former Miss Cebu Namrata Neesha Murjani joins a lighting ceremony to mark Diwali or the festival of lights and the opening of Khana in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

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Cafe Marco features Christmas favorites in festive season buffet

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu brings the Christmas cheer with its festive season buffet that features favorites like the Christmas ham, chicken relleno, and the German version of the fruitcake called stollen bread.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu brings the Christmas cheer with its festive season buffet that features favorites like the Christmas ham, chicken relleno, and the German version of the fruitcake called stollen bread.

The new dishes are on top the usual international buffet spread at Cafe Marco.

Cafe Marco features a whole hind of Christmas in its lunch and dinner buffets for the festive season.

Cafe Marco features a whole hind of Christmas in its lunch and dinner buffets for the festive season.

In addition, Cafe Marco now has its own bibingka and puto bumbong maker. Guests may now order bibingka with salted egg and the purple-colored rice cake, a popular delicacy during the Christmas season, at the dessert station.

Another new feature of the buffet is the free-flowing house blend iced tea drink that comes in four different flavors.

Cafe Marco buffet

From December 16-23 and 26-30, lunch at Cafe Marco is P1,144 inclusive of unlimited iced tea while dinner is at P1,395 excluding drinks.

Bibingka with salted egg and puto bumbong are new features at the Cafe Marco dessert station.

Bibingka with salted egg and puto bumbong are new features at the Cafe Marco dessert station.

On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014, the lunch buffet is still at P1,144 and includes free drinks. Dinner is P1,818 and comes with free-flowing house wines, local beer, chilled juices, and soda.

On Christmas Day, both the lunch and dinner buffets are at P1,818 and include unlimited wines, beer, juice, and soda.

Marco Polo chef shows off the dessert station's new dishes.

Cafe Marco chef shows off the dessert station’s new dishes.

Mr. and Mrs Claus will be spreading Christmas cheer during the Christmas Eve dinner. A Christmas Eve mass is also scheduled in the Grand Balcony at 10 p.m. Also on December 24, from 10 p.m. onwards, the buffet comes at 20 percent discount.

Cafe Marco's version of the fruitcake is stollen bread. Stollen is a traditional German cake.

Cafe Marco’s version of the fruitcake is stollen bread. Stollen is a traditional German cake.

For inquiries or reservations, call the Cebu number at 63-32-253111 or Manila number at 63-02-8871263. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is located along Nivel Hills, Cebu Veterans Drive, Cebu City.

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers culinary treats at Cafe Marco

When they served my buko shake in its original green shell, I knew I would enjoy my lunch at Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Anyone who spends extra…

When they served my buko shake in its original green shell, I knew I would enjoy my lunch at Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Anyone who spends extra effort on such details as presentation would pay even more attention to taste as well. I was right.

I’m not that into food so it would have to be exceptional fare to tempt me to a hearty feast. I haven’t remembered a time when I’ve eaten so much for lunch like I did at Cafe Marco.

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CAFE MARCO has been named one of the top 5 restaurants in the Philippines by Miele Guide, a guide to Asia's best eateries. (Photo by Max Limpag)

CAFE MARCO has been named one of the top 5 restaurants in the Philippines by Miele Guide, a guide to Asia’s best eateries. (Photo by Max Limpag)

Every three months or so, Marco Polo goes on a culinary journey and our lunch at Cafe Marco happened during “The Great Media Cookout” from April 12-21, 2013.

Media personalities brought out family recipes and transformed them into five-star dish with the help of Marco Polo consultant Jessica Avila and chefs.

We were told diners had lined up for the jade green prawns of The Freeman’s Dr. Nestor Alonso II so we tried some of that. We understood why it had become a hit.

JADE GREEN PRAWNS of The Freeman food writer Dr. Nestor Alonso II. (Photo by Max Limpag)

JADE GREEN PRAWNS of The Freeman food writer Dr. Nestor Alonso II.

I like crispy pata and kare-kare so I had to have some of the dish that combined both. It was from the recipe of the blogger brothers – Doyzkie, Reymond and Edd Buenaviaje – behind iluvcebu.com. The crispy pata with kare-kare sauce was an unusual but not bad combination.

Other dishes by media personalities: Alexis Yap’s (RCTV) Kinilaw and Mango Float, Tonee Despojo’s (Cebu Daily News) Grilled Boneless Bangus and Steamed Lapulapu with Sunflower Oil, Noel Villaflor’s (Sun.Star) Sisig with Kesong Puti, Ann Marie Tan’s (GMA Cebu) Chicken Binakol and Humba with Egg, Honey Jarque Loop’s (The Philippine Star) pollo ala chilindron and Lapulapu al horno, and Alonso’s second recipe named Crispy Squid Rolls and Beef in Perpetual Sauce.

KINILAW. Alexis Yap of RCTV contributed Kini ang Kinilaw in The Great Media Cookout. (Photo by Max Limpag)

KINILAW. Alexis Yap of RCTV contributed Kini ang Kinilaw in The Great Media Cookout.

We had some of the kinilaw, sisig, grilled boneless bangus and, for dessert, mango float.

Cafe Marco buffet

Dishes featured during The Great Media Cookout are on top of the usual Asian, Japanese, and Western buffet spread at Cafe Marco, said Marco Polo Plaza Cebu e-marketing manager Yumny Mariot .

Net buffet prices during The Great Media Cookout were the Cafe Marco regular rates of P1,099 for lunch and P1,299 for dinner. The rates exclude drinks but come with free hot tea or coffee.

SISIG by Sun.Star Cebu Weekend editor Noel Villaflor.

SISIG by Sun.Star Cebu Weekend editor Noel Villaflor.

Yumny explained the buffet rates remain the same even if they are offering new dishes, local or international, that come out only on culinary journeys.

On the choice of getting media personalities to cook, Yumny said they thought of giving time and attention to people who come to Cafe Marco during culinary journeys.

“They take pictures and write about the food. We thought of giving them a break in the kitchen. We asked them if they have recipes,” she added.

1 of top 5 restaurants

According to Yumny, an exciting development for Cafe Marco was getting picked by the Miele Guide, a guide to Asia’s best eateries, as one of the top five restaurants in the Philippines.

Since there are customers who prefer to eat salad or have dessert only at Cafe Marco, the restaurant offers these selections as well at lunchtime. Net rates are P350 for sweets only and P852.51 for a selection of Japanese, greens, and soup and fruits of the day. Dessert only offering starts at 2 p.m.

Cafe Marco is open seven days a week. Buffet hours: lunch is from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner is from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Call (63 32) 253-1111 for inquiries and reservations.

CULINARY EVENT. Every three months or so, Marco Polo goes on a culinary journey and our lunch at Cafe Marco happened during "The Great Media Cookout" from April 12-21, 2013.

CULINARY EVENT. Every three months or so, Marco Polo goes on a culinary journey and our lunch at Cafe Marco happened during “The Great Media Cookout” from April 12-21, 2013.

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