The three Marco Polo Hotels in PHL namely Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, and Marco Polo Davao, has teamed up to showcase what our tropical country is blessed with: fruits, glorious fruits! Actually, they will concentrate on the three most-loved fruits in our country. One is our national fruit, mango, the second one is the piña, and the third is Davao's finest - pomelo!
The pomelo-laced dishes were not included during our satisfying lunch at Cucina, unfortunately. Anyway, the pomelo repertoire includes Ceviche of Prawn and Grilled Calamari and Pomelo, Slow-Baked Salmon Fillet with Pomelo for the entrée, and Chilled Pomelo Cheesecake plus Vodka Pomelo Jelly for dessert.
Before we started with the main event, we were treated with Marco Polo's signature Earl Grape Iced Tea. The warm earl grey tea is poured over a tower of frozen elderflower and grapes. The concoction boasts of a fruity, flowery rush that's perfect for a balmy day. It's enjoyed with a few Turkish delights.
We eased right through the hefty lunch with something light and refreshing first: Grilled Tiger Prawns and Pineapple-Mango Salad. It's a flavorful, clean salad made excellent by highly quality ingredients.
Soft and succulent Ravioli stuffed with crabmeat and mango finished with parmesan shavings was pretty amazing! About four to five large raviolis filled the plate. It's just about right for one.
The biggest problem I have with Marco Polo's Boneless Crispy Pata is that it made me not want to revert back to the usual stuff. Encased in the tender meat and crackling skin are rich bits of foie gras! The on-the-side serving of pineapple salsa cuts right through the grease and makes each delicious bite just a little sweet and tangy.
All of the dishes we enjoyed are full of positive features, but this right here is my poison. Marco Polo's Mango Surf and Turf, as the name suggests, combines an ample hunk of insanely tasty tenderloin and lapu-lapu. The first one is ladled with sake-infused au jus and the latter is topped with strips of sweet mango.
The Cheesecake Mango Jam Crème Brulee's impressive factor is unquestionable; however, it is the Piña Mania with Pineapple Tamale that won our hearts. The tamale, with its flaky cloak, is enriched with sweetened pineapple bits with macapuno at its core. Mango custard plus mint coconut jelly are placed on the side. This is truly a first-rate dessert worthy of praise! Love it!
All the dishes you see here will be available at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina. They are ordered as a set - one set per Marco Polo branch. If you prefer an unlimited feast, Cucina is still open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet. Enjoy!
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