F1 Hotel Manila's 2014 Christmas Buffet


Christmas is a big deal for Filipinos. A really big deal! My dad once told me that Filipinos work hard the whole year in preparation for these two months:  June and December. June is the start of the school year in the country. Parents pay for tuition fees and school materials plus lots of my-kids-don't-really-need-it-but-I-want-them-to-have-new-stuff-because-it's-a-new-school-year items.

December is, well, all about Christmas! We go all out with gifts, parties, and food! Lots of food! It's not uncommon for us to gain, at the very least, 5 pounds during this time of the year. I try to lose 10 pounds in preparation for, but my attempts remain futile. 

So about that food. F1 Hotel Manila {being one of the nation's flag bearers when it comes to hotels} understands Pinoys' penchant for Christmas and food, and why the former is not deemed as festive without a copious amount of the latter, hence, the Christmas Buffet! I, along with my family and friends, was fortunate enough to try it out over a week ago. Below are some of their offerings. Actually, these are a few of my favored dishes in F1 Hotel's Christmas Buffet.

F1 Hotel Manila's 2014 Christmas Buffet

"Give me a good sharp knife and a good sharp cheese, and I am a happy man." Right on, George R.R. Martin! Queso de Bola {a staple in majority of the Filipino Christmas table}, Brie, Camembert, Chevre, and Cheddar are a few of F1's cheese variants. 

F1 Hotel Manila's 2014 Christmas Buffet

Spanish-style Sardines and Sun dried Tomatoes


F1 Hotel Manila's 2014 Christmas Buffet

Fresh Oysters, Curacha {Spanner Crab}, and Seafood Salad. Between the curacha and lobster, I'd choose the former in a heartbeat. They're sweeter, tastier, and quite forgiving. Even if you gum up the cooking a little, they won't turn out as chunks of well-seasoned rubber. With clarified butter and a squeeze of lemon, the curacha becomes a piece of heaven! 

F1 Hotel Manila's 2014 Christmas Buffet



F1 Hotel Manila's 2014 Christmas Buffet

Steamed Prawns


F1 Hotel Manila's 2014 Christmas Buffet

Pork Belly and Chicken Galantina

F1 Hotel Manila's 2014 Christmas Buffet

Roasted Salmon, Glazed Ham with Pineapple and Cherries, Roasted Garlic Crabs, and Seafood Marinara Pasta

F1 Hotel Manila's 2014 Christmas Buffet

Tempura and Seafood Paella


F1 Hotel Manila's Christmas Buffet


Lechon is probably the quintessential Filipino indulgence. Its presence in any special occasion is not up for a debate. The glistening pork with an apple stuffed in its mouth needs to be there. F1's version was delicious and organic. The meat was flavorful and tender, and the skin extra crispy. It's usually eaten with a sauce. I didn't use one in this case because the meat was already savory. 

F1 Hotel Manila's Christmas Buffet


The F1 Red Velvet Savarini and the Pandan Log Cake with Baguio Strawberries are two of their Christmas dessert offerings. I prefer the Red Velvet over the Pandan Log Cake. It had rich tasting notes, was luxuriously textured, and delectably sweet. The cream cheese frosting and mixed berries turned the Red Velvet Savarini into a real merry treat! F1's Halo-Halo is a must-try, too! If you still have room for fresh fruits, do abuse them! Ask for cottage cheese to go with your fruits. 

My boys and I had a pleasant stay at F1 Hotel Manila last year, and this year's stay was the same! My boys were anticipating our stay at F1 for days. They love pools and the food a lot! It's really a wonderful, family-friendly home away from home.

F1 Hotel Manila's Christmas 2014 and New Year Offerings


F1 Hotel Manila's Christmas Buffet




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