7 Picks at 7 Flavors

In the heart of San Juan, 7 Flavors is an all day buffet dining restaurant that will surely catch anyone's attention because of its posh exterior. In the bustling city lies this property that looks like an extension of the secret garden. There are greens planted on the walls that somehow brings a relaxing feeling to tired eyes. The all day buffet dining is located at the 2nd floor while the ground floor is a cafe for those who would like to have a meeting. The cafe is also a quiet nook equipped with wifi for those who'd like to do their homework or work.

Photo from 7 Flavors's Facebook Page
The exterior somehow emulates what one is going to experience inside! Relaxation thru good food that makes one wants to stay and just munch. The big question is, with an array of choices and limited tummy space, WHAT TO EAT? Join me as I show you my top picks!

1. The Taco Station
There's a make your own taco station where you can put all the meats and veggies you like inside your taco shell. Topped it off with sour cream sauce and cheese based on your liking. I love how crunchy the shell is and it doesn't get soggy right away with all the meats I've put in it! To get my regular veggie fix, I've put in some chopped lettuce and tomato salsa. With my love for cheese, my taco is topped with lots of, lots of cheese and a dollop of sour cream!

My DIY Taco

2. The Fried Delights
Different fried goodness that's all together say hello with a smile. Anything crispy tickles my fancy taste buds!

Calamares
I like how the calamares stays crunchy despite being on a plate in a buffet for the taking. You can see that oil was drained properly before these crunchy bites were placed on the plate so that the crunchiness retains. Inside is a soft easy to bite squid that's fresh and flavorful. With a dash of vinegar on the side to dip these goodies, I'm ready for more!


Potato Croquettes
Another crispy outside soft inside delightful bites that is good to eat while chatting with friends. Simple, no fuss and straight to the point! These croquettes are the bomb!


Deep Fried California Maki
One of my no-brainer go to Japanese food favorite is California Maki! So having it fried is something weird and new for me but I'm out here to try 7 Flavors so there it goes into my mouth and woah, it's California Maki goodness with a crunch! Somehow it reminds me of crunchy salad maki when dipped in aioli sauce that comes on a side.



3. Stir Fried Pork
This simple dish is a mixture of marinated pork stir fried with bell pepper and onions. I like how the pork is soft and tender. I actually mixed this with the Pansit Canton which I feel lacks meat (yes, I'm a meat lover) and it's just oh so good.


4. Korean Ginger Chicken
Sweet, juicy with a hint of ginger, this chicken dish calls for rice. Bring in the rice please and I'll eat a plate or more of this chicken!


5. The Seafood Dishes

Fried Fish with Caprice Sauce
These fried fish fillets are coated with lemon and honey caprice sauce that enhances the fresh flavor of the fish. Eating more of this made me feel a little less guilt because fish and lemon is healthy, right? Haha! :D


Spicy Salmon Head in Coconut Milk
Salmon is another weakness of mine when it comes to seafood. I love salmon raw, smoked, cooked or as gravlax. The salmon head is fried then mixed in with coconut milk, curry and chili.


Spicy Gambas
The shrimps were al dente, a bit on the sweet side with a little spiciness.



6. Tofu Sisig
I'm not a fan of sisig but this tofu sisig is something else. It's tofu covered in this creamy sweet and salty sauce that's mixed with green and red chili that gives a spicy kick.



7. The Sweet Endings AKA Dessert Choices
I consider this the best part of most buffet. If the desserts are done right, it's like a happy ending to a romantic movie! I suggest you to leave some tummy space for these.

Mango Tapioca
Widely known as Mango Sago and can been seen in any Chinese restaurant which people usually look forward to! The rendition of 7 Flavors to this popular dessert is a blend of big mango slices, small tapioca, sweet coconut milk and nata de coco (coconut jelly). The Mango Tapioca is not too sweet so the nata de coco comes as an added sweetener.


For a blissful twist to the Mango Tapioca, I've put mine in a sundae glass filled with crushed ice then with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream on top!


Ensaymada
Small round baked bread with whipped butter spread and topped with cheese. This crowd favorite is actually also being sold in 7 Flavors's cafe.


Carrot Cupcakes
Moist and delicious carrot cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting! It is quite small so having one is not enough!


A lot of photos of Chef Boy Logro are in and out of the restaurant but I did not see him around. I was told that he's a part owner and goes there from time to time. Also, he plays an active part in all of the dishes which are his recipes and curated by him.

My first plate
Assorted sushi
Roast Beef
Beef Stew
7 Flavors is located at 196 A. Mabini St. Addition Hills, San Juan. For inquiries or reservations, call 5430325. The buffet rates are P399.99 for Monday - Thursday lunch, P499.99 for Monday - Thursday dinner and P599.99 for Friday - Sunday lunch & dinner.

"All Things Swiss" Food Festival at Marco Polo Ortigas

Experience the flavors of Switzerland in Marco Polo Ortigas until September 4, 2016, as they bring in Cucina all the delectable food choices that are meant to conquer one's palate. Upon hearing Swiss food festival, I can't stop myself from imagining the cheese, the meats and the chocolates that will be there!

The entrance of Cucina greets diners with a huge banner that transports one from Manila to Switzerland.

The raclette station is a must visit! Look at this gorgeous video.
video
And my here goes my plate of raclette with pearl onions, marble potatoes and pickle.
It's the very first thing I got when I went in! Honestly, I did not even go to my seat yet and I have already gone to the line to get my fill of raclette. Yes, it's that's attractive!

After my fill of the raclette, I went over to the appetizers and checked out what's in store.

This quiche might look very plain but it's amazingly good! The crust is buttery and crunchy while the egg is fluffy but firm. My 1 year old baby loved it! I think she ate 2 big slices of this!
Quiche
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Must not skip this sandwich. It's so good, creamy and buttery! The meat just melts in your mouth!
Parma Ham Sandwich
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Chorizo Sandwich
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Tuna Sandwich
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The ribeye steak is just fantastic! It's so tender and flavorful. A slice is just not enough! I think I had a lot of this!
Angus Ribeye Steak
Photo by: Eugene of Hefty Foodie
The Spaetzle is a soft egg noodle which is good with the raclette on top.
Spaetzle
Tomato Omelette
Baked Oysters
Jelly Terrine

Veal Sausage Salad

Chicken, Cold Cuts and Cheese Salad

Cabbage Salad with Bacon

Smoked Trout

Wild Rice Salad
The desserts are not to be missed too! The chocolates were superb!
Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
Photo by: Eugene of Hefty Foodie
The Swiss Carrot Cake is something special. One must try this too! It's not the regular carrot cake that you see around. It seems like the cake was soaked in lots of sweet milk but it's not dripping wet. It's just perfectly moist and good in every bite. :)
The schaenkali is also a must try! It's a lemon flavored pastry that's soft and sweet. It melts in your mouth when you bite it. A very refreshing treat!
If you're already salivating, go make a reservation today! The "All Things Swiss" Food Festival is until Sept 4 only! To make your reservations, call (02)7207720 or email restaurant.mnl@marcopolohotels.com. The rates are: Mondays - Thursday lunch is P1,500 nett while dinner is P1,800 nett. Friday to Sunday lunch is P2,300 nett while dinner is P2,650 nett.

Makati Shangri-La Hotel's Shang Palace Launched New Dishes by its New Executive Chef Ben Lam

Makati Shangri-La introduces the New Executive Chef of its Chinese Restaurant, Shang Palace through letting us try the new dishes by Chef Ben Lam!

Before the main dishes by Chef Lam, we were first served with dimsum which are their best-sellers as appetizers. I feel like in dimsum heaven because I love good dimsum! They're my go-to food when I don't want to think of what to eat. I just keep pointing at almost everything! Yes, I eat a lot! :P

Poached Wanton with Vinegar and Chili Sauce
Steamed Beef Tripe with Curry
Steamed Beef Balls
The first dish by Chef Ben Lam has received a lot of "oohh" and "aaahh" as it was brought in the room. It was a big dome shaped pastry that looks very simple called Shang Palace Fortune Chicken. The server asked for a volunteer who will be hitting the dome with a golden mallet while making a wish to crack open the pastry.

Shang Palace Fortune Chicken
After pounding the pastry with a golden mallet, the server opened the pastry and revealed lotus leaves inside. She slowly opened the lotus leaves which revealed a mixture of chicken and Chinese spices. It was obvious that it takes a lot of effort and time to prepare this dish. She then told us that it takes 2 -3 days advance order for this dish!

Now, I present to you the opened Shang Palace Fortune Chicken!
Shang Palace Fortune Chicken
At first whiff, the dish might make you feel hesitant to try it because it smells a bit herbal with all the Chinese spices and goji berries. However, I kept myself together and was brave enough to scoop a small piece to try. At first bite, the chicken was so soft that its delicate meat melted in every bite. The flavors were bursting here and there. I actually do not understand what flavors I was eating but it was just bold and incredibly delicious! Thus, my tip is to be brave enough to eat anything. You'll never know it might be something you'll actually like!

The next dishes that were presented are familiar for me and I'm excited to know how Chef Ben will be able to make something familiar extraordinary.

The Spareribs with Pumpkin, Taro & Coconut Milk in claypot was still boiling hot when it was served.

Spareribs with Pumpkin, Taro and Coconut Milk
I love how the combination of pumpkin and taro has sweeten the coconut milk which seeped into the spareribs! There's a sweet milky taste of the meat that makes one wants to drink the sauce of the dish. It's very tempting to ask some rice and pour all the sauce in. However, there are more dishes to come so I had to control myself not to order rice and just enjoy the soft meat with the vegetables.

Sauteed Dice Beef Tenderloin with Chinese Wine, Vinegar and Black Soya Sauce
This beef dish might make one say "no" to it because of its number of celery. You actually have to take the celery with the beef to heighten the meat's flavor! The meat is very tender and it was very flavorful which shows how carefully marinated the meat is. However, eating it with celery actually brings out a uniquely sweet flavor aside from it salty base.

Stewed Sichuan Chili Duck
The Stewed Sichuan Chili Duck is a must have for spicy food lovers! There's a tingling feeling on the tongue that gives a sensation and heightens the senses of the tongue which makes one feel the tastiness of the duck. The flavors are packed and superb that suggests one to again, order rice!

Garlic and Chili Crabs
The crabs are my favorite dish of all the dishes Chef Lam presented! Well, call me bias for my love of seafood. Yes, they're my weakness. But how can you blame me if you see these big fat crabs covered with fried garlic and chili releasing its aroma into the four corners of the room? I love how the flavor of the garlic and chili infused in the soft crab meat! It's just so yummy and if I can only eat the whole plate of crabs and lick the shells, I will! However, I have to hold back. Poised first! The other invited guests might think I've went nuts because of crab. Haha! :D

Before going to the sweet dessert part, I've ordered a Mint Citrus Quencher to wash away all the very flavorful I ate.
Mint Citrus Quencher
The mint inside the quencher serves like a mouthwash rinsing all the flavors to the stomach and gives back one's fresh breathe. The lemon serves like an appetizer making the tummy ready for the good stuff coming!

Red Bean Paste Dumpling covered with Green Tea Powder
It's so cute on how the Red Bean Paste Dumplings were presented like they're little Earth balls with a tree of life growing on top! There's a bed of sliced almonds that is underneath them to avoid the dumplings sticking on the plate. It's actually a good combination because the chewiness of the dumplings and crunch of the almonds makes eating it enjoyable. The aroma of the almonds mixed in the red bean gives it a sweet and salty taste that's so heavenly.

Mango Rice Roll with Desicated Coconut
This chewy rice rolls with sweet mangoes dish is a good ending to the meal! It's like a Chinese version of the Thai's mangoes with sticky rice and coconut milk. It's so good!

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