Marco Polo Ortigas Manila cannot seem to stop itself from showcasing various world cuisines every few months. Last month, it featured La Catalana which showcased Catalan cuisine. This time around, in partnership with Schloss Elmau (an iconic five-star German hotel where the 41st G7 summit was held), Marco Polo Ortigas Manila brings to diners in Manila “A German Feast.” Two of Schloss Elmau’s culinary experts, Chefs Mario Paecke and Christian Scheler were flown here to prepare authentic German cuisine for our consumption.
Before arriving to Cucina, you can already see the festive decors inside Marco Polo Ortigas Manila especially its Christmas Tree. Unlike last month’s La Catalan event, this time we were given the chance to partake in Cucina’s buffet where the highlights – notably the fine German cuisine were cooked right before our eyes.
Potato Leek Soup with Croutons and Chives – an excellent start to keep your belly warm and satisfied. It is filling but too good not to try.
Fried Veal Shank with Beetroot – cooked perfectly with the veal soft and tender. Definitely a must.
Fish Patty with Cucumber and Dill – another appetizer to ease the transition for your meal. This one is less filling but as delicious.
Grilled Salmon in Lemon Butter Sauce – I think there’s no need to expound here. Lemon butter + perfectly cooked salmon = happiness
Beef Goulash + Red Cabbage + Spatzle – since it’s a buffet, you get to choose how much you want to put on your plate. If you don’t want to eat carbs or don’t veggies, you can opt to try the beef goulash alone but I would suggest to combine it to balance the flavors better. The beef is tender and tasty.
Wiener Schnitzel with Potato Salad – you cannot have German cuisine without the Schnitzel. Cooked freshly in front our eyes, this is definitely worth a try. Thin and crisp, eat it while it’s hot.
Crispy Pork Belly with Dark Beer Jus, Caramelized White Cabbage and Potato Dumpling – my favorite dish here. I didn’t know how much I ate but I cannot help myself. The pork belly was juicy and its skin was crispy and savory. I do wish they would keep this in their buffet.
Bavarian Cream of Milk Chocolate with Raspberries – they had me in milk chocolate.
Semolina Pancakes with Cherry Ragout – didn’t look like normal pancakes but that didn’t matter.
If the German cuisine is not enough for your tummy, you can very well enjoy the other cuisines available. They have a Pasta Station, a Western Station, a Chinese Station, an Indian Station. There is also a Fresh seafood station with Crab Claws and Elephant Shell. I cooked mine in lemon butter sauce. Don’t forget to try the Paella Mixta, it is cooked fresh and also available in mini paella pans.
Unlike other buffets, Cucina definitely sets itself apart by showcasing different cuisines on a regular basis. The signature selections are for those looking for the familiar, the variety is for the more adventurous.
Cucina will have the German cuisine on from December 8 to December 13, 2015 only. Buffet price starts at Php 1,850 net per person. Children aged 6 and below get to eat for free while children aged 7 to 12 years old get half the price.
This is a contributed post by Lawrence Ong