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Blu Bar and Grill pairs great food, fantastic wines in Moonlit Wine Dinner

Seafood on ice, it said on the menu. It doesn’t quite describe the delight of an appetizer that formally started our Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill…

Seafood on ice, it said on the menu. It doesn’t quite describe the delight of an appetizer that formally started our Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Smoke enveloped the dish as it was brought to the table over exclamations of amazement, a pair each of fresh shrimps, mussels, scallops served atop a block of ice shaped like a bowl.

Marco Polo Moonlit Wine Dinner

MAIN COURSE. Marco Polo chefs slice roast tenderloin for serving to those who joined the Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill.

It came with the perfect complements: half a slice of lemon wrapped in a dainty net to trap the seeds when squeezed, spicy tomato-based dip, and a glass of Baron de Philippe de Rothschild Reserva Especial Chardonnay from Chile.

Our wine-pairing dinner just started, but it was easy to see we were in for a treat.

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

SEAFOOD ON ICE. Smoke enveloped the dish as it was brought to the table over exclamations of amazement, a pair each of fresh shrimps, mussels, scallops served atop a block of ice shaped like a bowl.

Culinary creations

We savored the foie gras paté with a glass of carmenere in between conversations that hopped from good food to family and reminisces of travel, in particular Taiwan, because we happened to be seated near a Taiwanese working for a Japanese IT company in Cebu.

The main course was Churrasco, and it included freshly roasted tenderloin slices and lamb cubes, sausages, pork belly, and fish fillets. We enjoyed the meat selections from both land and sea with another glass of red wine, this time poured from a bottle of Baron de Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo.

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

MAIN COURSE. The main course was Churrasco, and it included freshly roasted tenderloin slices and lamb cubes, sausages, pork belly, and fish fillets. This was paired with a bottle of Baron de Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Moonlit Wine Dinner combined creations by the culinary geniuses of the Blu Bar and Grill and wines from Chile distributed by Titania Wine Cellar, Inc., said General Manager Mr. Brian Connelly.

“It’s not just the fact that the food and wine are both great, but the way we put them together to complement each other,” Mr. Connelly told dinner guests shortly before the start of the dinner.

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

PISTACHIO ice cream on warm choco lava topped with vanilla sauce, paired with a glass of merlot.

Dinner with moonshine

Manna Alcaraz, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Communications Manager, said the wine-pairing dinner was intentionally scheduled last October 27, 2017 when it was waxing towards a full moon.

She added that the initial plan is to hold it one night every month when there is a lot of moonshine but they would probably start with quarterly Moonlit Wine Dinner events for now.

The first Moonlit dinner introduced wines manufactured under the Baron de Philippe de Rothschild brand and distributed in the Philippines by Titania Wines.

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

ROAST PORK. One of the many highlights of a great evening: delicious food, good wines, and great company.

Fine wine selections

Mr. Connelly said the wines that accompanied the food, from the chardonnay and escudo rojo to cabernet sauvignon, include some very fine selections from Chile.

From a full main course, we feasted on a selection of cheeses washed down with the Baron de Philippe de Rothschild Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dinner ended on a sweet note with pistachio ice cream on warm choco lava topped with vanilla sauce, made all the sweeter by a glass of merlot.

Interested in this incredible extravaganza of food and wine? Call Marco Polo Plaza Cebu at +6332 253 1111 for the next wine pairing dinner schedule.

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Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

GOOD FOOD, GREAT COMPANY. Our table with Manna Alcaraz (raising wine glass), Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Communications Manager, writer Dr. Nestor Alonso (standing) and staff of Titania Wines.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

CHEESES. This plate was paired with Baron de Philippe de Rothschild Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

FOIE GRAS PATE paired with a glass of carmenere.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

MAIN COURSE. Meat selections.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

FOOD, WINE PAIRING. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu General Manager Mr. Brian Connelly watches fireworks after opening Moonlit Wine Dinner. “It’s not just the fact that the food and wine are both great, but the way we put them together to complement each other,” he says.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

MARCO POLO CHEFS get a much-deserved applause from the dinner guests.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner

MOONLIT WINE DINNER combined creations by the culinary geniuses of the Blu Bar and Grill and wines from Chile distributed by Titania Wine Cellar, Inc.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

MEAT SELECTIONS.

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Marco Polo Hotels-Hong Kong 2017 highlights: Awards, big events, upgrades

From winning awards and hosting big events to undertaking upgrades, it has been a busy and memorable 2017 for the Marco Polo Hotels-Hong Kong, which include the iconic Kowloon landmark…

From winning awards and hosting big events to undertaking upgrades, it has been a busy and memorable 2017 for the Marco Polo Hotels-Hong Kong, which include the iconic Kowloon landmark Marco Polo Hongkong as well as newer facilities Gateway and Prince.

The three hotels were given the Merit Award at the 2017 HKMA Quality Award ceremony held on July 21, 2017, while the yearly event Marco Polo German Bierfest garnered the Gold Award for “Best Outdoor Events: Arts, Leisure and Entertainment” at the Marketing Events Awards 2017 organized by Marketing Magazine.

Marco Polo German Bierfest Award

ANOTHER AWARD. The Marco Polo German Bierfest was given the Gold Award for “Best Outdoor Events: Arts, Leisure and Entertainment” at the Marketing Events Awards 2017.

Samantha Poon, Director of Communications for Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong, said this demonstrates the commitment and dedication to quality at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel, and Prince Hotel. She provided updates during a dinner hosted by Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong for Cebu and Davao media and bloggers at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

The annual Quality Award by the Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) recognizes organizations from various fields of industry and business that have achieved outstanding performance and quality standards.

Marco Polo Hong Kong

MERIT AWARD. Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel, and Prince Hotel were given the Merit Award at the 2017 HKMA Quality Award ceremony last July 21, 2017.

Marco Polo Bierfest

Now on its 26th year, the award-winning Marco Polo Bierfest kicked off last October 20 and will run until November 11. Celebrated in the outdoor area of Marco Polo Hongkong, against the breathtaking backdrop of Victoria Harbour, the event features partygoers dressed in traditional lederhosen and dirndl while a German band plays folk and oompah tunes and hosts interactive and drinking games.

Marco Polo Bierfest

Marco Polo Bierfest

Guests get to enjoy authentic Bavarian dishes, including the best crispy pork knuckles in Hong Kong, and the finest German beers. Those who book a stay with any of the Marco Polo hotels via marcopolohotels.com within the Bierfest season get two complimentary tickets to the event through the Bed and Bierfest package.

To further extend the Bierfest spirit, hotel guests also receive in-room amenities Marco Polo German Bierfest 2017 special edition beer mugs (maximum two per room) and Erdinger beer (maximum two 500ml bottles per room).

Marco Polo Bierfest

BREATHTAKING VIEW. The Marco Polo Bierfest is celebrated in the outdoor area of Marco Polo Hongkong, against the breathtaking backdrop of Victoria Harbour.

 

Marco Polo Bierfest

Pretzel

 

Marco Polo Bierfest

MARCO POLO BIERFEST. Roast pork knuckle served with braised red cabbage and gratinated potato.

Hotel upgrades

As part of continued quality improvements, the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel also recently completed an extensive upgrade to its building facade.

Gateway Hotel, meanwhile, is set to unveil an entirely new Continental Club floor in the uppermost level. It will feature 21 well appointed guestrooms and suites that offer stunning views of Hong Kong’s dramatic skyline.

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel_Harbour View Room

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel_Harbour View Room.

The new Continental Club rooms will continue to reflect a sophisticated, stylish design and layout, enhanced with the latest technology for today’s modern travellers.

Continental Club guests enjoy a host of exclusive privileges, from daily complimentary breakfast to all-day coffee to tea service.

Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong Cebu dinner for Cebu, Davao media

Marco Polo Hong Kong

CEBU, DAVAO journalists and bloggers during the dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

 

Marco Polo Hongkong

COMMITMENT TO QUALITY. Samantha Poon, Director of Communications for Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong, said the recent awards demonstrate the commitment and dedication to quality at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel, and Prince Hotel.

 

Marco Polo Hong Kong

HOTEL UPDATES. Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel, and Prince Hotel provided updates during a dinner hosted for Cebu and Davao media and bloggers at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

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Cafe Marco whips up authentic Indian feast in Khana

Spices and herbs plus robust flavors equal one incredible buffet experience as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates the Indian festival of lights Diwali with the culinary event Khana from October…

Spices and herbs plus robust flavors equal one incredible buffet experience as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates the Indian festival of lights Diwali with the culinary event Khana from October 17-24, 2017.

All throughout the food festival, the hotel´s buffet restaurant Cafe Marco will feature a menu of dishes paying tribute to the gastronomic adventure that is India.

Marco Polo is known for having the best food in Cebu and reinforces this reputation through culinary experiences like Khana, said hotel general manager Brian Connelly.

Marco Polo Khana Indian food festival

CAFE MARCO will feature Indian dishes during its Khana culinary journey that runs until October 24.

Culinary festival

Chicken tandoori, massala and curry meals, kebabs, several kinds of chutney, chapati, samosas, naan and roti are just a few dishes available for lunch and dinner at Cafe Marco during Khana.

Desserts include delectable concoctions like the carrot halva, falooda, jalebi, chai tea ice cream, and rose cheesecake.

Marco Polo Khana Indian Food Festival

Roast goat and biryani rice.

The culinary fest is aptly named Khana, which means food in Hindi. To ensure that the intricacies of India´s cuisine, one of the most colorful and diverse in the world, is presented to perfection, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has taken on Judeline L. Murjani as event consultant.

Authentic Indian dishes

Murjani, a Cebuana married to an Indian national and the mother of former Miss Cebu Namrata Neesha, brought as usual her repertoire of experience and skills to the Cafe Marco kitchen.

She and Cafe Marco´s world class chefs prepared a line-up of dishes that make up an authentic and fitting Indian feast for Diwali. (Full listing of  dishes at the end of this article)

Marco Polo Khana Indian food festival

Aloo Gobi Massala

Khana promises to be an exciting culinary journey with a special buffet lunch rate of P880 net per person from Mondays to Saturdays. Dinner buffet rate is P1,440 net per person.

Celebrate the Festival of Lights and experience a wonderful week of authentic Indian dishes, only at Cebu City’s finest.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana culinary journey

DIWALI. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Brian Connelly lights the rangoli to mark the start of Khana culinary journey.

More photos of Khana culinary journey

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana food festival

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Chickpea Dal Tadka

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Chili pickles

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Vegetable and Chicken Samosa with Chili Pakoora.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Gulab Jamun

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Kushmar Salad

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Lamb Roganjosh

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Palak Paneer

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Peda

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Rose Cheesecake

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Lentil Salad

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Culinary consultant Judeline Murjani .

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Former Miss Cebu Namrata Neesha Murjani.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Dancers perform a number to mark the opening of Khana.

 

Full Khana menu

  • Lamb Shish Kebab
  • Lamb Roganjosh
  • Lamb Vindaloo
  • Lamb Kebabs
  • Lamb Haryali
  • Lamb Kofta
  • Prawn Biryani
  • Vegetable Biryani
  • Jeera Rice
  • Chili Pakoora
  • Aloo Gobi Massala
  • Chickpea Dal Tadka
  • Vegetable Pakoora
  • Mixed Seafood Curry
  • Goan Fish Curry
  • Prawn Kebab
  • Fish Sarsowali
  • Whole Fish Massala
  • Gulab Jamun
  • Carrot Halva
  • Apple Jalebi
  • Falooda
  • Savory Lassi
  • Barfi
  • Bomra’s Tomato Salad
  • Fish Tikka Salad
  • Baingan Bharta
  • Lentil Salad with Panier
  • Chana Masala
  • Indian Potato Salad
  • Vegetable Samosa
  • Chicken Samosa
  • Papadum
  • Chapati
  • Naan
  • Roti
  • Moong Dal Soup
  • Chicken Mullingatawny
  • Vegetable Curry Soup
  • Raita
  • Green Chutney
  • Mango Chutney
  • Tamarind Chutney
  • Chicken with Gravy
  • Whole Chicken Tandori
  • Chicken Korma Curry
  • Chicken Tikka Massala
  • Chicken Kebab
  • Aloo Prata
  • Chai Tea Ice Cream
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Marco Polo Plaza serves Thai food in latest culinary event

Pad thai, tom yum goong, pineapple fried rice, and other delectable dishes are highlighted in the Cafe Marco buffet as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates the vibrant flavors of Thailand…

Pad thai, tom yum goong, pineapple fried rice, and other delectable dishes are highlighted in the Cafe Marco buffet as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates the vibrant flavors of Thailand in Thai Sojourn.

Thai Chef Nontra-Udon Buapha came all the way to Cebu from the Marco Polo Prince Hotel in Hong Kong and is currently at the helm of Cafe Marco’s kitchens churning out top-notch Thai delicacies.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Thai Sojourn

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Thai Sojourn. (Photo by Rafelle Allego)

Up until June 27, Cebuanos will get to enjoy the best of Thai cuisine on top of the regular buffet spread at Cafe Marco.

At the opening of Thai Sojourn last June 23, restaurant staff in delicate and colorful chut thai welcomed diners.

Marco Polo Thai Sojourn

Thai Chef Nontra-Udon Buapha of the Marco Polo Prince Hotel in Hong Kong. (Photo by Rafelle Allego)

Media guests invited to the opening were served Thai Chef Buapha’s selection, which highlighted stir fried squid, steamed fish, pad thai, chicken satay and pork, pineapple fried rice, and mango sticky rice.

Thai Chef Buapha, who has over 38 years of experience in the kitchen, was also present to explain the intricacies of Thai cuisine.

Pineapple salad.

Pineapple salad. (Photo by Rafelle Allego)

For drinks, Cafe Marco served a refreshing cold milk tea with a hint of ginger that perfectly complemented the spicy dishes and the delightfully sweet and fruity “Summer Forever.”

Thai Chef Buapha said Thai food is made of the freshest ingredients. In the same way, the Thai cuisine served at Cafe Marco made use of natural local produce.

Marco Polo Thai Sojourn

Chicken and mango salad. (Photo by Rafelle Allego)

Take advantage of Café Marco’s on-going special lunch buffet promo at Php 880 net from Monday to Friday until July 31, 2017.

For bookings and inquiries, please email fb@marcopolocebu.com or call Cebu: (63 32) 253 1111 or Manila at (63 2) 887 1263.

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Marco Polo Plaza Thai Sojourn

Pomelo salad. (Photo by Rafelle Allego)

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Thai Sojourn

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Thai Sojourn is ongoing at Cafe Marco until June 27. (Photo by Rafelle Allego)

 

Marco Polo Plaza Thai Sojourn

Thai Chef Buapha said Thai food is made of the freshest ingredients. In the same way, the Thai cuisine served at Cafe Marco made use of natural local produce. (Photo by Rafelle Allego)

 

Marco Polo Plaza Thai Sojourn

Thai Chef Nontra-Udon Buapha with new Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Brian Connelly. (Photo by Rafelle Allego)

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu marks Independencia with rich Luzon cuisine

The bagnet of Ilocos, sisig of Pampanga, bulalo of Batangas, and many more Luzon dishes will serve as the highlight of the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary festival Independencia from…

The bagnet of Ilocos, sisig of Pampanga, bulalo of Batangas, and many more Luzon dishes will serve as the highlight of the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary festival Independencia from June 8-15 at Cafe Marco.

For the whole duration of Independencia: Flavors of Northern Philippines, diners will get to experience the rich and vibrant cuisine up north.

Jessica Avila, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary consultant for Independencia, said they decided to focus on the rich flavors of Luzon for this year’s Philippine food festival.

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Tawilis salad.

Best dishes

“Some of the best dishes in Philippines are from the north, such as Pampanga and Bulacan. We also included food from such places as Ilocos and Baguio,” she added.

Brian Connelly, new Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager, said the Philippines gained independence from Spain 119 years ago and the hotel has honored this national celebration with a food festival for the past five years.

The culinary journey Independencia has featured food from across the country and this year it puts focus on the rich cuisine of Luzon, he added.

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Bulalo

Buffet rates

Diners can expect such signature Luzon dishes as pochero, bringhe, Bicol express, tapang Taal, ukoy, bistek Tagalog, and kare-kareng dagat, sisig santol, and tawilis salad to be served during lunch and dinner at Cafe Marco on top of the international spread all throughout Independencia.

Regular buffet rates apply even during Independencia but Cafe Marco currently has a special promo for weekday lunch at P880 net per person.

For more info on the culinary festival, call 253-1111 local 8429 or email mpplaza@marcopolohotels.com.

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Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Jessica Avila, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary consultant for Independencia, with the hotel’s chefs.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Bagnet

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Buko salad and leche flan.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Dinakdakan

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Kare-kareng dagat.

 

Marco Polo Independencia

Adobong manok sa buho.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Ukoy.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Tapang Taal.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Bicol Express

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Bistek Tagalog

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Santol sisig.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Ginataang bilo-bilo.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia.

Various kakanin.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Burong Mangga.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Tokwa’t Baboy.

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Marco Polo celebrates summer with Drink, Dance, & Dip party

Known for its top-class business reputation, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu showed its fun side in a summertime party aptly named Drink, Dance, & Dip at the hotel’s El Viento Restaurant…

Known for its top-class business reputation, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu showed its fun side in a summertime party aptly named Drink, Dance, & Dip at the hotel’s El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar.

Guests were treated to free-flowing summer cocktails, dancing music, and smoky barbecue dishes.

The fun event was set up by the side of the pool with its inviting crystal blue water that was just too difficult to resist. Many gave in to the temptation of a refreshing dip.

Drink, Dance, & Dip

Pina Colada at El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar.

Highlight fun side

Lara Scarrow, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Director of Sales and Marketing, said the event served to highlight the El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar that often gets overlooked because of their reputation as a business hotel.

She added that they want to show guests this part of the hotel where they can relax, dine, drink, and even take a swim. The Cafe Marco buffet already includes free use of the pool so families and friends can have fun after dining at the restaurant.

Drink, Dance & Dip was a cluster pool party that happened simultaneously in all Marco Polo properties in the Philippines, including Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, and Marco Polo Davao.

Guests donned chic summer outfits over their swimwear in happy compliance with the invitation to drink, dance, and dip.

Marco Polo Cebu Drink, Dance, & Dip party

DJ Jen.

Free-flowing summer drinks

DJ Jen Weigel Sarmiento and DJ Kirby Yu provided dance music while guests enjoyed the food and bar.

The free-flowing summer drinks included frozen mojitos, blue daiquiris, and pina coladas. There was also a Belvedere and Moet Chandon Bar, while Pocari Sweat provided maximum hydration.

Marco Polo Cebu Drink, Dance, & Dip party

Drinks were paired with savory bar bites such as chicken fajitas, fish cakes, spicy skewers, and assorted kebabs.

Just as the sun was about to set, the music transitioned to sexy Latino beats as the Phoenix Band set the tone for some dancing and lots of laidback fun.

Havaianas inflatable flip floats provided some added color and lounging opportunities.

Marco Polo Cebu Drink, Dance, & Dip party

Blue Daiquiri, Frozen Mojito and Pina Colada.

Party prizes

Earlier, hosts Paulo Varela and Maria Gigante mentioned that some prizes were hidden in the pool and indeed before the night ended, all prizes were found and claimed. They included two-night stays at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila and Marco Polo Davao. Thrown in for good measure were gift certificates for El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar.

Flow Arts Cebu provided entertainment in the form of amazing fire dances. One such performance was held at the bar’s roof to the delight of party guests.

Marco Polo Cebu Drink, Dance, & Dip party

Miss Cebu Raine Baljak.

Towards the end of the evening, awards were given out for Best Half-Dressed lady and gentleman. The winners were Patty Taboada with her sexy cut-out one piece from Cesa and Neil San Pedro with his laid back and chill get-up. Both won an overnight stay at Marco Polo Plaza and a flip float from Havaianas.

Indeed, it was a summer party like no other with about 200 guests enjoying Drink, Dance & Dip.

Stay tuned for more exciting events from Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Like facebook.com/marcopolocebu to stay updated on all hotel activities and promotions. You may also call (63 32) 253 1111 or email mpplaza@marcopolohotels.com for bookings or inquiries.

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Run to support ERUF by joining Marco Polo Plaza Cebu fun run

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will once again hold a run to support the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation or ERUF. The Run for ERUF Year 2 will be held on April…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will once again hold a run to support the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation or ERUF.

The Run for ERUF Year 2 will be held on April 30 and will have the following distances: 1K, 3K, 6K, and 12K.

Registration fees are P200 for 1K, P400 for 3K, P500 for 6K. amd P600 for 12K. The 1K distance is made available for families who would want to join with their kids or grandparents.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Run For ERUF

Support ERUF services

All proceeds of the run will go to ERUF. Last year’s successful Run for ERUF gathered 900 runners and raised P130,000 to support ERUF’s continuous services to the community.

Assembly time for the run is 4 a.m. at the hotel tennis court located near the parking lot. Gun start will be at 5 a.m. Each participant will get a race kit, which includes a singlet, race bib and refreshments which they can claim after the run.

The first 100 finishers in the 12K category will get a finisher’s medal. After the race, awarding will follow with special prizes and cash prizes for the top winners of each category.

ERUF has always assisted the hotel in various events, promoting safety and security to Marco Polo Plaza’s guests and associates.

Run for ERUF 2

SUPPORTING ERUF. Last year’s successful Run for ERUF gathered 900 runners and raised P130,000 to support ERUF’s continuous services to the community.

Registration

“They value life, encourage volunteerism and because they serve so others might live, we are showing them how we value their efforts for the community through this run,” the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu press statement said.

Registration will be at Marco Polo Plaza Hospitality Desk. You can call (63 2) 253-1111 local 8249 or email runforeruf@marcopolocebu.com. From April 16 to 29, you can also register at the 2nd Floor of Ayala Center Cebu Active Zone.

This run is made possible through a partnership with Federal Land, Fluor Daniel Inc. Philippines, Ayala Center Cebu, Graphic Star, Pyroworks, Nature’s Spring, Pocari Sweat, The Freeman and Cebu Daily News.

For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu.

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Cafe Marco serves a Sugbusog feast for Sinulog 2017

Have your fill of festival food this Sinulog 2017 as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco puts all your favorite Cebuano and Pinoy dishes in the buffet for Sugbusog: Padayon…

Have your fill of festival food this Sinulog 2017 as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco puts all your favorite Cebuano and Pinoy dishes in the buffet for Sugbusog: Padayon ang Kaon Year 10.

From the beef steak, Cebuano style, and halabos to escabeche na mayamaya and budbud kabog, a feast awaits you at Cafe Marco as it times its culinary event Sugbusog with the Sinulog de Cebu festivities.

Sugbusog Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

BLESSING. Sto. Niño relics are blessed at the hotel lobby.

The best of classic Cebuano cuisine, including humba and balbacua, street food, seafood, and other local classic dishes dear to your heart, will be available during lunch and dinner at the Cafe Marco buffet up to January 17, 2017.

Other yummy surprises await diners at the Cafe Marco buffet during the Sugbusog: Padayon ang Kaon Year 10 celebration.

Sugbusog, a decade-old tradition of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco, has thrived under the guidance of Cebu culinary guru Jessica Avila.

Sugbusog 2017 photos

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Cebuano beef steak.

 

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Budbud Kabog

 

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Escabeche na mayamaya.

 

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Halabos

 

Hopia at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Hopia

 

Buko pie at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Buko pie.

 

Adobo pate at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Adobo pate at the Sugbusog Store.

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Christmas season at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu: Festive buffet, other surprises

Food plays a major part in any celebration, and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers diners such traditional Christmas fare as glazed ham and chicken relleno in the Cafe Marco festive…

Food plays a major part in any celebration, and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers diners such traditional Christmas fare as glazed ham and chicken relleno in the Cafe Marco festive buffet during the holiday season.

From December 16-23 and December 26-30, 2016, enjoy a buffet stacked with sumptuous Christmas goodies at Cafe Marco for only P1,150 for lunch and P1,140 for dinner.

Marco Polo Cebu’s Festive Buffet adds the signature glazed ham and roasted turkey, prime beef and veggies with special dressing, and such dessert treats as the Christmas log cake, fruit cake, stollen (German fruit bread), and special ensaimada to the regular international spread at Cafe Marco.

Marco Polo Christmas

CHRISTMAS TREATS in Cafe Marco.

Christmas cheer

Dinner at Cebu’s top buffet restaurant on December 24 and both lunch and dinner on Christmas Day, December 25, come with free-flowing house wines, local beers, chilled juices, and sides and have a special rate of P2,200.

The Blu Bar and Grill offers an intimate dinner a thousand feet above sea level on Christmas Eve. The festive set dinner with wine pairing is at P3,500 net per person.

The Christmas Eve dinner will have Mr. and Mrs. Claus spreading the Christmas cheer. A Christmas Eve mass follows at the Marco Polo Cebu grand balcony at 10 p.m.

Turkey Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Christmas

CHRISTMAS TURKEY. You can pre-order one for P5,000.

Magical surprises

With the series of events it has lined up for the festive season, Marco Polo Plaza becomes one of the most enchanting places to celebrate this magical time of the year.

Here are the wonderful surprises you can look forward to at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu:

Tree of Hope

The lighting of the Christmas tree that dominates the hotel lobby last November 26 marks the start of Festive Season 2016 at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Donations made to the Tree of Hope at a minimum of P200 for every Christmas ball that you put up the tree with your hopes and wishes all go towards uplifting the lives of underprivileged Filipinos in collaboration with the GMA Kapuso Foundation. This year, Marco Polo and the foundation aim to raise P1 million for the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Christmas

SALAD. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Executive Chef Stefano Verillo prepares salad for guests with the hotel’s dressing. The Marco Polo salad dressing is made available for sale at the Chef’s Christmas Store for the first time this year after people kept asking about it and where they can buy it.

Christmas Ensaimadas

Limited edition ensaimadas are back for the festive season at Marco Polo Plaza. What makes them special? The rich and creamy pastry is generously sprinkled with cashews, dates, dried nuts, and an overload of cheddar cheese. They come in boxes of three and six, and are the perfect Christmas giveaways at a price of P130 net per piece.

Room Packages

From December 1-29, 2016, Marco Polo Plaza offers a Christmas Surprise room package starting at P4,850 net inclusive of buffet breakfast for two. You also get to enjoy a box of three ensaimadas to take home to your loved ones.

Room rates begin at P16,000 for December 31 and come with the following inclusions: buffet breakfast, two 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.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Christmas

Stollen or German fruit bread.

Chef’s Christmas Store

All the things you love at Marco Polo Plaza you may now bring home. From homemade jams and Christmas pudding to festive cookies, Cafe Marco kitchen goodies are now available at the Chef’s Christmas Store. The Christmas turkey may be pre-ordered at P5,000 net and the glazed ham at P3,800 net. Also in the store is the Marco Polo Cebu salad dressing, made available this year by popular demand.

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Chicken relleno.

 

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Christmas log cake.

 

Marco Polo Christmas fruit cake.

Christmas fruit cake.

 

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Chef’s Christmas Store. This corner at the lobby is where you can buy Christmas treats.

 

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MALICIOUS COOKIES. These tasty and crunchy pieces are a crowd favorite.

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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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Marco Polo Cebu highlights special mushroom in culinary event ‘Weekend with Chanterelles’

One of the best edible mushrooms that used to exclusively grace the tables of nobility in 18th century France is the centerpiece ingredient in the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary…

One of the best edible mushrooms that used to exclusively grace the tables of nobility in 18th century France is the centerpiece ingredient in the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary journey “A Weekend with Chanterelles.”

Discover Chanterelles, an orange or yellow meaty and funnel-shaped mushroom with a fruity aroma and mildly peppery taste, as it features in five special creations by Marco Polo Cebu executive chef Stefano Verrillo available at El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar, Lobby Lounge, and Blu Bar & Grill.

A Weekend with Chanterelles is happening from October 13-16, 2016.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu A Weekend with Chanterelles

Chef Stefano shows off the versatility and rich flavor of the star ingredient in the following special dishes:

  • Warm Chanterelles salad with white balsamic dressing, crispy prosciutto, organically farmed greens and sprouts
  • Sautéed fresh Chanterelles mushrooms on grilled ciabatta toast with fresh oregano, garlic butter, and cream
  • Braised Veal Osso Buco with Chanterelles Risotto Vegetable Ragout and Gremolata
  • Beef tenderloin with fresh Chanterelles sauce, seasonal vegetables and chats potato
  • Chanterelles and Chicken Fricassee with homemade Pappardelle pasta and provolone cheese

Discover and enjoy Chanterelles, only at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. For table reservations and inquiries, please call Cebu at (63 32) 253 1111 local 8249 or Manila at (63 2) 887 1263 or email fb@marcopolocebu.com.

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers feast of French food in Cafe Marco

Experience French food whipped up by the expert hands of a connoisseur as French chef Olivier Foucke brings the delectable flavors of France to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary journey…

Experience French food whipped up by the expert hands of a connoisseur as French chef Olivier Foucke brings the delectable flavors of France to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary journey Bon Appetit.

Feast on a smorgasbord of French dishes at the Cafe Marco buffet or partake of a three-course dinner with wine pairing some 1,000 feet up at Blu Bar & Grill.

Cafe Marco’s Bon Appetit, where diners get to have their fill of such French dishes as Salade d’ Aubergine, Pare de Campagne, Blanquette de Boeuf, Cailles au Raisin, Poule au Pot, Hachis Parmentier, runs up to September 25, 2016.

Bon Appetit Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

French chef Olivier Foucke brings the delectable flavors of France to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary journey Bon Appetit.

Evenings with Chef Olivier at Blu Bar & Grill are also available up to September 25.

Culinary expertise

Chef Olivier started his culinary career in Dunkerque where he learned the basics of French cuisine. His passion for food and insatiable desire to discover unique dishes brought him to places like Glasgow, Geneva, Abu Dhabi, Macau, and China.

He brings 20 years of culinary experience to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s celebration of French food in Bon Appetit.

Bon Appetit Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Feast on a smorgasbord of French dishes at the Cafe Marco buffet or partake of a three-course dinner with wine pairing some 1,000 feet up at Blu Bar & Grill until September 25.

His heavenly desserts, among them the Croquembouche and Savarin Chantilly, will satisfy any sweet tooth and make one exclaim C’est delicieux!

Experience some French goodness at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Email fb@marcopolocebu.com or call 253-1111 for inquiries and reservations.

Bon Appetit menu cycles

Cycle 1

Salads
Chicory and fennel salad
Falls salad with green lentils
New potato salad with figs
Roasted cauliflower with smoked duck breast

Homemade charcuterie
Chicken liver terrines
Dijon mustard, gherkins, silver onions

Soups
Onion soup

Hot dishes
Beef “Bourguignon”
Braised chicken with beer
Pork and beans stew
Seared duck breast, cranberry sauce
Stuffed tomato with veal stew and herbs
Fish bouillabaisse, garlic sauce

Carving
Roasted beef with herb crust, potato, zucchini gratin

Live cooking station
Pork kidney, mustard sauce

Desserts
Walnut millefeuilles
Red wine and spices poached pears
Brown beer and spiced bread brule
Apple tart with brandy

Bon Appetit Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Cailles au Raisin: braised quail with red wine and grapes.

Cycle 2

Salads
Eggplant and semi dried tomato salad
Mussels and potato salad
Beetroot, white radish and Camembert cheese
Chick peas, coriander and cumin salad

Homemade charcuterie
Pork “pate”
Dijon Mustard, gherkins, silver onions

Soups
Pumpkin and hazelnut soup

Hot dishes
Veal stew with mushroom
Braised quail with red wine and grapes
Sautéed pork with mustard sauce
Poached chicken with vegetables
Baked minced beef and whipped potato
Seared fish fillet, Caper and lemon sauce

Carving
Roasted pork loin, seasonal roast roots, roast apples, calvados sauce

Live cooking station
Savory crepes selection

Desserts
Choux pieces
Apricot tart
Opera
Savarin with whipped cream

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Fish with lemon and garlic sauce.

Cycle 3

Salads
Roast pumpkin, ricotta cheese, hazelnut
Roasted yellow pepper with anchovies and olive
Zucchini”Tagliatelle”marinated with mint
Red cabbage with apple and lardons

Homemade charcuterie
Duck rillettes
Dijon mustard, gherkins, silver onions

Soups
Fish soup with garlic sauce

Hot dishes
Sliced beef with mushrooms
Lamb stew with root vegetables
Pork cuts stewed with green lentils
Braised chicken with red wine
Baked chicory and ham
Poached seafood with vegetables and sauce

Carving
Roasted lamb leg “boulangere” potato

Live cooking station
White wine and cream mussels

Desserts
Chocolate ganache tart
Choux filled with pralines
Pumpkin crème with cinnamon
Black currant mousse with meringue base

 

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Baked minced beef and whipped potato.

 

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White beef stew with mushrooms.

 

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Poached chicken with vegetables.

 

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Entree.

 

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The Marco Polo lobby.

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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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Wedding and debut exclusives in One Sweet Day at Marco Polo Plaza on June 18

What if we told you that Marco Polo Plaza can make your wedding and debut dreams come true? To all soon-to-be-wed couples and soon-to-be-debutantes, come up to Nivel Hills on…

What if we told you that Marco Polo Plaza can make your wedding and debut dreams come true?

To all soon-to-be-wed couples and soon-to-be-debutantes, come up to Nivel Hills on June 18 and be part of One Sweet Day: A Day of Wedding & Debut Exclusives. This will be held at the newly-renovated Cebu Grand Ballroom where our Banquet Sales Team will be at your service from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Why are we calling it One Sweet Day? If you book your wedding or debut with us on this special day, you will get all the benefits of our well-crafted celebration packages, plus the added One Sweet Day advantage.

Marco Polo Plaza One Sweet Day

This includes a 20% discount on the celebration package price. You will also get to choose two more premium benefits from the following: waived corkage for wines and lechon, additional complimentary night’s stay before or after the event, a gift certificate for Chocolate Indulgence Spa treatment for two, in-room Champagne Breakfast during your hotel stay, waived clearing fee for your dessert buffet, or a gift certificate for an overnight stay with breakfast for two at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.

This irresistible offer is only valid on June 18 with the following terms and conditions: a reservation fee of P30,000 should be paid on that day, this is valid only for new bookings, the wedding or debut must be in 2016 or 2017 and the benefits can only be availed upon confirmation and full payment on or before February 2017.

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Sweet things can happen in one sweet day. Allow our team of professional event specialists to help you make your dream celebration come true.

For more information, you can call (032) 253-1111 local 8109 or email bqt.ceb@marcopolohotels.com. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu. (Press release)

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Sabores de España celebrates Spanish influence on local cuisine

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu‘s popular culinary event “Sabores de España, Viva Madrid!” returns with a smorgasbord of Spanish flavors that Cebuanos have come to love. Spanish tapas or appetizers like…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu‘s popular culinary event “Sabores de España, Viva Madrid!” returns with a smorgasbord of Spanish flavors that Cebuanos have come to love.

Spanish tapas or appetizers like the croquetas de bacalao, croquetas de jamon, almendras picantes or spicy almonds, soups like sopa de mariscos and sopa gallega, main dishes like robo de toro, bakareta, lengua estofada, callos and paella, and desserts like meringue and torta de melocoton are available until April 10 at Cafe Marco on top of the buffet restaurant’s regular international spread.

Sabores de España tapas

TAPAS. Spanish tapas are back on the menu in Cafe Marco as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates its annual “Sabores de España, Viva Madrid!” culinary event.

“Cebuanos love Spanish food because it is a part of our heritage. We are used to marinated food like adobo and caldereta. We’d rather have chorizo than bacon,” said Ms. Gema Pido, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s longtime consultant for the culinary event.

A Calle Tapas set up for Friday night’s launch of the 2016 Sabores de España provided a preview of the Spanish dishes on the Cafe Marco menu served with flowing Spanish drinks like cerveza rojo, cerveza de toro, and sangria.

“We chopped up our main dishes into small parts, placed these in savory pastries, and served them here together with appetizers like the queso manchego or your typical Spanish cheese served with olives in vinaigrette,” she added shortly before the start of the launching ceremony.

Paella Sabores de Espana

PAELLA. “Cebuanos love Spanish food because it is a part of our heritage,” says culinary consultant Gema Pido.

Sabores de España menu

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu executive chef Stefano Verillo said they’ve retained many of the Spanish dishes that have become favorites through nine years of Sabores de España and added a few more in the tapas, salad, and dessert sections.

“People look forward to the jamon serrano, which is our centerpiece dish. The tapas section in the buffet is everybody’s favorite as well. Our reputation and the way we ensure freshness in our food are also what attract diners to Cafe Marco,” he added.

Meringue Sabores de Espana Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Meringue

According to him, the Spanish tapas are available as well to guests who opt to dine at the hotel’s Lobby Lounge.

Chef Stefano, who is Italian, said Ms. Gema brings her own touch to the Spanish dishes and he always looks forward to this yearly collaboration with her for Sabores de España.

Flaming Spanish coffee

Sabores de España launch guests were treated to a demonstration of Spanish coffee preparation, which involves flaming the concoction before it is poured into the glass. The mix included, of course, brewed coffee with a little bit of orange, and anise liqueurs added in and lighted before it was poured into a glass and topped with cream.

The cutting and partaking of the jamon serrano, dry-cured Spanish ham, was an anticipated portion and a sultry Spanish dance performed by a dance sports team served as another highlight of the evening.

Sabores de Espana Robo de Toro

ROBO DE TORO. Bull tail stew in savory tartlets.

Julie Najar, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager, said Sabores de España, which is on its ninth year, has become one of the hotel’s significant culinary events.

In celebration of Spanish cuisine and its influence on Cebu dishes, several Spanish dishes are available at the Cafe Marco buffet up to April 10 at the same regular net price of P1,099 for lunch and P1,395 for dinner.

Make your reservations by calling Call Marco Polo Plaza Cebu at (+6332) 253-1111 (tap to call on your phone).

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Sabores de Espana jamon serrano

CENTERPIECE. The jamon serrano is the centerpiece dish of the annual culinary event.

 

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Sabores de Espana Spanish coffee

SPANISH COFFEE. The drink is a delightful mix of brewed coffee with a little bit of orange, and anise liqueurs added in and lighted before it was poured into a glass and topped with cream.

 

Marinated olives with Manchego cheese.

Marinated olives with Manchego cheese.

 

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SPANISH DANCE. This performance was one of the highlights of the Sabores de España opening in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

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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 Plaza Cebu lights up Tree of Hope to mark start of ‘Festive Season’

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lit up last night, November 28, the Christmas tree that now dominates its expansive lobby to mark the start of the hotel’s annual “Festive Season” to celebrate the holidays.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lit up last night, November 28, the Christmas tree that now dominates its expansive lobby to mark the start of the hotel’s annual “Festive Season” to celebrate the holidays.

The putting up of the Tree of Hope is a yearly tradition of the hotel in partnership with the GMA Kapuso Foundation. To mark the “season of giving,” people can donate through the Tree of Hope at P200 per Christmas ball, which are then used to adorn posts placed around the tree. Donors leave messages along with the balls.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Tree of Hope

PERFORMANCE. Dancers entertain the crowd that gathered for last night’s lighting of the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Tree of Hope.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu GM Julie Najar

CALL FOR PEACE. That’s the theme of this year’s Tree of Hope, said Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Julie Najar.

 

Donations will be accepted until January 5. The funds that will be raised will be handed to beneficiaries and programs identified by the GMA Kapuso Foundation.

Tree of Hope partnership

“The Marco Polo Plaza Cebu and GMA partnership has touched so many lives,” said Mel Tiangco, executive vice president of the GMA Kapuso Foundation in a recorded video message shown during the tree lighting. She thanked those who donated money and encouraged people to extend their generosity to beneficiaries of the program.

The lighting up of the Tree of Hope is also a call for peace and goodwill, said Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Julie Najar during the ceremony.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Frenchesca Farr

FRENCHESCA FARR, a GMA 7 artist, sings “All I Want For Christmas Is You” during the lighting of the Christmas tree.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Tree of Hope

WHO’S NAUGHTY, WHO’S NICE? Children and their parents line up to have their photos taken with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus near a mock fireplace at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu hotel lobby.

 

The ceremony was highlighted by performances by the Celestial Voices choral group and GMA singer and model Frenchesca Farr, who gave a lively rendition of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Msgr. Roberto Alesna opened the ceremonies by blessing the Tree of Hope. A highlight of the event was the opportunity for the people to have their photos taken with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus near a mock fireplace put up at the lobby.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Tree of Hope

TREE OF HOPE. The Christmas tree dominates the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby throughout the holiday season. People can donate to the GMA Kapuso Foundation at P200 per Christmas ball, which are then used to adorn posts around it.

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers exclusive 2016 wedding, debut packages with One Sweet Day

IF you’re tying the knot or holding your debut next year, mark November 28 on your calendar. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will be holding One Sweet Day: A Day of Wedding & Debut Exclusives on that day.

IF you’re tying the knot or holding your debut next year, mark November 28 on your calendar. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will be holding One Sweet Day: A Day of Wedding & Debut Exclusives on that day.

If you book your 2016 wedding or debut with Marco Polo Plaza Cebu on November 28, you will get all the benefits of the hotel’s well-crafted celebration packages, plus the added One Sweet Day advantage.

One Sweet Day premium benefits

This includes a 20% discount on the celebration package price. You will also get to choose two more premium benefits from the following: waived corkage for wines and lechon, additional complimentary night’s stay before or after the wedding or debut, a gift certificate for Chocolate Indulgence Spa treatment for two, in-room Champagne Breakfast during your hotel stay, or a gift certificate for an overnight stay with breakfast for two at Marco Polo Davao.

One Sweet Day will be held at the newly renovated Cebu Grand Ballroom where the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Banquet Sales Team will be at your service from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu One Sweet Day

If you are scheduled to wed next year, book with Marco Polo Plaza Cebu on November 28 with its One Sweet Day event.

 

Only on November 28

The offer is only valid on November 28 with the following terms and conditions: a reservation fee of P30,000 should be paid on that day, this is valid only for new bookings, the wedding or debut must be in 2016 and the benefits can only be availed of on the date of event upon confirmation and full payment on or before March 2016.

“Sweet things can happen in one sweet day. Allow our team of professional event specialists to help you make your dream celebration come true,” said the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu team.

For more information, you can call (032) 253-1111 local 8109 or email bqt.ceb@marcopolohotels.com. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu. (Press Release)

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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

khana-marco-polo-gajar-halva

Jalebi

Jalebi

 

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.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Neesha Murjani

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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