Christmas 2019: This BGC hotel balances tradition, innovation for the holidays

Joko Magalong-De Veyra

Posted at Dec 15 2019 02:11 PM

MANILA -- Shangri-La at the Fort is in full gear for the holidays with exciting room promotions and restaurant exclusives.


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During a recent media preview, executive chef Joris Rycken introduced the hotel’s Christmas offerings which included dishes from its restaurants and a showcase of the varied Christmas treats available at Bake House and the hotel's holiday goodie counter.

“Every restaurant’s menu changes every year, and you always want to be the best in the city. Yes, you have the classics — the turkey, the carving — especially in the buffet, but you must also make it interesting, so the diners will say, ‘It’s a nice menu!’ and celebrate here,” said Rycken.

“We made a balance with the traditional stuff (turkey, carving, cookies, fruit cake), and the innovative stuff (Gluwhein wine, Christmas logs, new cookies),” he added.

Here are some of the items offered at the hotel during the holiday season:

1. High Street Café's Poached Seafood Platter


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Fresh and gleaming seafood like curacha, Chilean scallops, and crayfish will welcome diners of High Street Café for the holidays. These seafood options, as well as other buffet highlights like pork cheek honey ham, turkey, and other rotisserie options, join the international fare of the buffet. (Priced at P3,900 nett for December 24 &nd25, P2,600 nett for Noche Buena, P2,200 nett for December 31 lunch, and P4,000 nett for December 31 dinner)

2. Samba’s Parihuela De Amejas

Peruvian clams bouillabaisse. Jeeves de Veyra

Samba ramps up the Christmas spirit of their set menus with dishes like this Peruvianclams bouillabaisse that uses coral butter (shrimp head tomalley) to enrich a bracingly spicy and clean tasting clam broth. The seafood soup is part of their five-course Christmas Eve and Day dinner sets (P3,500 nett) which also has diners enjoying a tiki cocktail with their meal.

3. Canton Road’s Seafood with XO sauce

Seafood with XO sauce. Jeeves de Veyra

This dish, which is included in Canton Road’s festive family menu A, features candied walnuts that balance the richness of Australian scallops, prawn balls and asparagus sautéed in a light XO sauce in this dish. In Canton Road, family festivities are a breeze with specially curated 13-dish menus for 10 people per table (starting at P34,888 nett).

4. Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar’s Josper Grilled Tenderloin

Josper Grilled Tenderloin. Jeeves de Veyra

For the five-course Christmas Eve Dinner (P5,000 nett) at the Raging Bull Chophouse, this succulent tenderloin is the third course. Getting a nice sear thanks to the Josper grill, this generous portion of steak is served with gruyere dauphinoise, heirloom carrots, garlic aioli and a sweet morrel jus. For Christmas Day dinner (P4,700) and New Year’s Eve dinner (P6,000), diners have three options for mains besides steak in their three-course menus.

5. Christmas treats at the Holiday Goodie Counter

Christmas treats. Jeeves de Veyra

Gifts to impress are the norm at Shangri-La at the Fort’s Holiday Goodie Counter with treats like the White Chocolate Christmas Log and the Gingerbread Spiced Cake. These and more are available in hampers together with traditional fruitcake, festive cookies, and even delectable house-made jams. Looking for something different? Give some literal Christmas spirit with a bottle of Gluhwein wine, a house-made German mulled wine that tastes of dried fruit and woodsy spices.

Fully indulge in the Shangri-la at the Fort Holiday experience with a staycation package (starts at P11,600), which besides the overnight stay also includes P1,000 food and beverage credit from hotel-managed restaurants, a raffle entry to get a chance to win one-month membership to Kerry Sports Manila, and all-day access to Kerry Sports Manila, Adventure Zone, and hotel amenities.