4 indulgent summer specials you shouldn’t miss

Troy Barrios, FOOD Magazine

Posted at May 19 2017 08:09 AM | Updated as of May 19 2017 08:50 AM

Photo by Butchie Peña

A lobster feast

There’s nothing like tender morsels of lobster to evoke the feeling of sun, sand and luxuriously fine food. Lobster Thursdays at the Hyatt Cafe will let you feast on your favorite crustacean. Eat as much as you want of spiny lobsters and rock lobsters prepared the way you want it: simply grilled and slathered with garlic butter to enhance its natural brininess and sweet meat, or as lobster Thermidor, the classic French dish where tender chunks of lobster are swathed in a creamy sauce with cognac, placed back into its shell then broiled with cheese until exquisitely golden.

Available for lunch and dinner on May 18 and 25, at regular buffet prices, Hyatt Cafe, Hyatt City of Dreams Manila.

Afternoon tea fit for a queen

Restraint and extravagance combine in the Royal Afternoon Tea series at the Writers Bar in Raffles Makati. Inspired by that charmingly indulgent Queen Marie Antoinette, the menu is a dainty spread of such delicate delights as lavender macarons, chocolate orange financiers, rose-and-chocolate religieuse, vanilla sugar cookies and strawberry pavlovas. Savory bites include French-themed teacup sandwiches, foie gras terrine on hazelnut bread and classic onion tartlets. Accompanied by a tea etiquette guide, it’s a modish way to spend a hot summer afternoon with the girls.

Available from 2:30-5:30 p.n. daily at the Writers Bar, Raffles Makati.

Fruity popsicles and a bit of bubble

Take a popsicle, frozen and fruity, then dip it in a flute of champagne—and suddenly, you’re reliving all the happy summer afternoons of your childhood. The Pen’s summery treat gives you a choice of mixed berry, calamansi, mango and pineapple popsicles swimming in Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial champagne, a delightfully elegant yet fun way to beat the heat on a sunny afternoon or early evening.

For in-house guests at The Peninsula Manila.

Dim sum delights

Since it opened 20 years ago, authentic Cantonese restaurant Shang Palace has only served dim sum at lunch. Starting this month until June 30, you can enjoy Dim Sum Nights, a selection of a la carte dim sum that includes steamed crystal skin shrimp dumplings (hakaw), Shanghai xiao long pao, baked barbecued pork pie and deep-fried taro puffs with diced scallops. These delights are all created by Cantonese chef Leung Ka Fai, who will even accommodate special requests for vegetarian or allergen-free dim sum.

Until June 30 at Shang Palace, Makati Shangri-La, Manila.