First of all, I’d like to greet everyone Gong Xi Fa Cai (Happy New Year in Mandarin)! Wishing all of us good health and success this year of the horse! 😀 For those celebrating Chinese New Year, what are your plans this new year’s eve? For those who haven’t decided yet, let me share with you what Sofitel Manila has to offer since I was just there last night for a pre-Chinese New Year celebration and to catch the Shanghai Nights collection of Albert Andrada (which I’ll be talking more about later on). 😀
Take a look at this lovely view at the pool side… The Chinese laterns were all lit up, bringing a festive vibe.
From January 20 to February 2, 2014, Sofitel Manila’s Executive Chinese Chef, Chee Wah Mok, is preparing a special 18 treasure-themed menu. In Chinese numerology and phonetics, the number 18 is associated with prosperity. In Spiral, The “18 Treasures” signify traditional Chinese New Year cuisines featuring 18 types of sumptuous steamed and fried Hong Kong dim sum, 18 main courses, several live cooking stations, Mongolian with fresh meat, seafood, and 18 kinds of sauces, lobster laksa with 18 kinds of condiments, Ye Sheng (Chinese raw fish salad) with 18 kinds of condiments, and 18 desserts.
Being raised by a Chinese family and being Chinese at heart (and stomach… LOL), the first station I always go to in every international buffet is the Chinese station. Haha! Hakaw and Xiaolongbao anyone? 😀
Of course, I couldn’t miss Spiral’s famous Foie Gras! Honestly, I don’t like eating Foie Gras. I only do whenever I’m here at Spiral. Seriously, they’ve got the best! 😀 And for Chinese New Year, they have Foie Gras siomai!
Other main courses being offered at the Chinese station are Braised Sea Cucumber with Szechuan-style minced Chicken, Shanghai-style Fried Spicy Chicken, Hong Kong-style Pi Fong Thong Fried Frog Leg, Cantonese style Wok-fried Pork Chop, and Peking-style Wok-fried Long Bean and Minced Beef. Spiral also offers signature dishes such as the Chili Crabs and various Hong Kong roast meats.
Of course, I wouldn’t skip my favorites- baked lobsters, pigeon and duck! 😀
Aside from the sumptuous dinner, we had a chance to see the 15-piece fashion show featuring the “Shanghai Nights” collection of Albert Andrada, a well-renowned Filipino fashion designer. Recently, Paris Hilton was seen wearing one of his works during the Grammys! Here are some of Mr. Andrada’s beautiful creations…
Congratulations Albert Andrada and Sofitel Manila for a great fashion show. The production was amazing! I honestly didn’t expect that a fashion show in Spiral is possible! 😀
Here I am with Kristel of telwanders.com and of course, THE Albert Andrada…
Ms. Tessa Prieto was surely a Shanghai chic last night! Haha! 😀
For those dining on January 30, New Year’s eve, there will be a traditional dragon dance to bring good fortune to guests. 😀 Also, on January 30 and February 2, guests will be treated to a live painting session of Chinese artist and calligrapher, Alexis Ventura.
Now, here are the rates for the buffet at Spiral, Sofitel Manila:
From January 30 to February 1, lunch rate is set at PHP 2,288+++ for adults and PHP 1,308+++ for children 4 to 11 years old. Dinner rate is set at PHP 2,750+++ for adults and PHP 1,358+++ for children 4 to 11 years old.
On February 2, Sunday brunch rate is set at PHP 3,250+++ for adults and PHP 1,500 +++ for children 4 to 11 years old.
For those more inclined on an outdoor setting, enjoy the Chinese New Year festivities at the Sunset Bar. On January 30, auspicious Chinese cuisines together with fabulous fireworks display and traditional lion and dragon dance performances are on schedule to bring good luck and enchantment to a splendid evening ushering a bountiful year ahead.
Rate is set at PHP 2,200 +++ for adults inclusive of free-flowing beer, soda and iced tea; and PHP 1,100+++ for children 4 to 11 years old.
On Chinese New Year’s Eve until the 2nd of February, kids can join outdoor activities, including kite flying at So Chill and spinning a giant fortune wheel. Appearance of the horse man dressed in a tuxedo is also slated from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.