Spectrum at Fairmont and Raffles Hotel Makati's Buon Appetito Fridays


Risotto, prosciutto, salami, foccacia, ciabatta, pizza ala napoletana, pizza quattro stagioni, lasagna, ravioli, baccala, cannoli........do you feel full already or can you take a few more?

All the aforementioned Italian food plus a lot more are featured every Friday at Fairmont and Raffle Hotel Makati's Spectrum. The word satisfied doesn't quite do justice to what I felt right after dinner at Spectrum. A delightful sybaritism will do, I guess.

Below is just a snippet of the Italian culinary wonders at Spectrum:

Pasta Station Spectrum at Fairmont and Raffles Hotel Makati's Buon Appetito Fridays

Load me up with carbs, why don't you! I don't mind. Not one bit! I love pasta dishes! Fresh pasta varieties along with your choice of sauce are ready to be cooked at Spectrum's Pasta Station. That Italian flag pasta is beef ravioli with carbonara sauce. 

That was delicious, but if you wanna enjoy the entire buffet, it's best not to start with the pasta station because it can be too filling. I just placed the photo right on top because, well, it emphasizes the buffet's theme. Just so you know, these photos are not arranged in the order of how to properly attack the Spectrum buffet.

mushroom risotto in parmesan wheel

Don't start with the risotto, either. I did though. I just couldn't resist a great Mushroom Risotto. The glorious mound of mantecato risotto with loads of mascarpone is perfected in an aged parmesan wheel. Just the way I love it! I scarfed down two servings of this. I was aching for a third, but the Roasted Rib-Eye and Porchetta were eagerly calling me.

Risotto Station Spectrum at Fairmont and Raffles Hotel Makati's Buon Appetito Fridays

Roasted Rib Eye Porchetta Spectrum at Fairmont and Raffles Hotel Makati's Buon Appetito Fridays
I limited my rib-eye roast intake to 2 1/4 inch-thick {ballpark} slices plus a slice of Porchetta. These two were more than enough to give me a good high, but I regret not getting a piece of the Branzino al Sale.

I really underestimated that rib-eye roast, and I wanna sincerely apologize to it. I assumed that since it was sitting there under the heat lamp for quite a while, the meat would be a little dry. It wasn't. I had mine cooked medium rare -  the outer layer was gorgeously scorched while the middle was slightly pink. I added a dollop of horseradish sour cream, stone-ground mustard, and gravy for a flavor thrill. 


Herb Roasted Lamb Spectrum at Fairmont and Raffles Hotel Makati's Buon Appetito Fridays

Herb-Roasted Lamb

Bistecca Florentina, Spiedini ai Frutti di Mare, Pork Saltimbocca

Another memorable dish at the Buon Appetito Fridays at Spectrum was the Bistecca Florentina {top right}. I also enjoyed the Spiedini ai Frutti di Mare {lower left} and the Pork Saltimbocca {lower right}. 

Pepata di Cozze and Pesce al Cartoccio

Pepata di Cozze and Pesce al Cartoccio


Dessert Spectrum at Fairmont and Raffles Hotel Makati's Buon Appetito Fridays

These are just a third of what they have at Spectrum. I wasn't able to try all because I love my pancreas. Those that I've tried did not disappoint! I forgot to take a photo of the cannoli. That's one of the best for me. The mixed berries gelato was wonderful as well!

Spectrum at Fairmont and Raffles Hotel Makati's Buon Appetito Fridays



Honey Bee Box Spectrum at Fairmont and Raffles Hotel Makati's Buon Appetito Fridays

A celebrated feature of Spectrum is the honey bee box right in front of the Risotto Station. The buzzers produce fresh honey that you can mix with, uhm, just about anything that you like! My friends mixed it with the chocolate truffles and cheese. I, on the other hand, mixed it with butter {for the bread} and used it as a gelato topping. 

I have to agree with my friend Richard when he said that Spectrum is underrated. I really enjoyed my time there! In between our convo outside Spectrum about Sean Connery's request for the Fairmont Hotel in the movie The Rock and Friday night traffic, I gushed over to my other friend Gerry that I thank the One above for the great food. Yeah, I'm really that religious. *wink*

Buon Appetito Fridays is priced at Php 2,450 nett per person. 


Fairmont Hotel Makati
1 Raffles Drive Manila, Philippines
Tel. No. (+632) 555.98.40
Facebook: FairmontMakati
Twitter: @FairmontMakati
Instagram: @fairmontmakatihotel

Raffles Hotel Makati
1 Raffles Drive Manila, Philippines
Tel. No. (+632) 555.98.88
Website: www.raffles.com
Facebook: Raffles Makati
Twitter: @rafflesmakati
Instagram: @rafflesmakatihotel



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