Brunch is usually a casual affair with the traditional breakfast fare leveled up with a pairing of a Mimosa for Sunday morning relaxation. At the Marriott Hotel Manila, however, the usual brunch can become an indulgent meal for truly luxe weekend feels. The hotel’s biggest buffet yet combines exquisite selections from the Marriott Cafe, the prime dishes of Cru Steakhouse, and the international flavors of the Greatroom in one grand feast.
The Marriott Café redefines the weekend vibe with its Sunday Brunch 2.0, which includes choices of fresh seafood, premium steak cuts, and Filipino favorites such as lechon, paella, and Pinoy Barbecue. There are many other choices of cuisines among the different buffet stations, including Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian, with all dishes done to perfection by the Marriott’s staff of accommodating chefs, with some orders even prepared ala minute according to a guest’s specifications.
The culinary journey into Marriott Café’s Sunday Brunch 2.0 begins with the Hungry Explorer’s Kit, it is a suitcase containing the map of the entire buffet (to help guide each guests), stickers for kids, postcards, and a passport to be stamped and completed in exchange for prizes. To start, the Greatroom’s premium grazing table is filled with an array of cheeses and cold cuts. Here, a creamy Brie and savory prosciutto await with fresh fruits, nuts, jams, honey, crusty bread, and of course, a glass of red or white wine. Aside from appetizers, the smoky flavors of grilled food are also found at the Greatroom, with flavor-packed marinated pork belly; sweet, spicy, and tangy barbecue pork ribs; moist chicken thighs; and briny tuna collar, among others.
The seafood bar features lobsters, curacha crabs and tiger prawns and the Barrels of the Sea section is another go-to place where diners can have their seafood the way they want. Marriott Manila is known for using sustainable seafood, so every serving of crab meat, flaky baramundi fillet, and crisp-fried grouper are all guilt-free.
The Marriott Café is the main stop for its extensive menu of international cuisines, ranging from Japanese teppan and tempura to Chinese dim sum, Italian pasta and pizza, or Filipino kare-kare, all expertly prepared to satisfy any weekend cravings. The café also has a salmon bar, dedicated to all things salmon, from the classic smoked to the Nordic gravlax for that luxe Sunday brunch feel.
The buffet doesn’t stop there, however, because Cru Steakhouse opens up its carving station for an indulgent crossover. Among the items that are available are steaks grilled to perfection and lechon with its gloriously crispy skin. Among the premium sides are the Cru Steakhouse’s signature black truffle risotto or the twice-baked cheddar cheese potato. The wine bar is open as well, with its reds and whites as perfect pairs to the choice meat cuts.
For dessert, it’s back to the Marriott Café with its sinful cakes and creamy gelato, together with an assortment of Swiss chocolate confections in various forms like bars and truffles, combined with nuts, nougat, or dried fruits. For a more Filipino flair, the Greatroom also have an assortment of local delicacies and “samalamig” coolers like sago’t gulaman, buko pandan, melon juice, and mango sago, all to bring back sweet childhood memories.
One of the main attractions was the Jeepney display in the hotel lobby; it is filled with local favorites such as sapin-sapin, piaya, bibingka, pili tart, peanut kisses, and more.
As Sunday Brunch is a family affair, kids will get to enjoy the entertainment that has been prepared for them, ranging from decorating their own pancakes, to the roaming magicians and balloon-twisting clowns. The children and young at heart can also try their luck at the claw machine to bring home prizes to remember their special day-out. Staff service in character costumes adds another flavor to the buffet too!
Marriott Manila’s Sunday Brunch 2.0 will be available on June 16, 2019 and another on September and December. Rate per person is P3,288 nett. For reservations and inquiries about Manila Marriott’s latest offers, call (632) 988-9999 or visit the hotel’s website www.manilamarriott.com, and social media accounts in FB, IG, and Twitter @ManilaMarriott.
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