Corniche Restaurant at the Diamond Hotel Philippines is one of the most sought after dining destinations in the nation's capital famous for its upscale buffet spread featuring premium items starting from appetizers, to the carving station and down to desserts. Just recently, the hotel announced the appointment of its new Executive Chef.
Chef Francisco Javier Coque, a native of Gran Canaria, Spain, has about 20 years of experience working in five-star hotels and Michelin starred restaurants around the world. Joining Diamond Hotel Philippines, Chef Coque brings with him years of culinary mastery of the Spanish cuisine which he is excited to share to Filipino diners.
What better way to introduce the hotel's new Spanish executive chef that with a grandiose Spanish Food Festival at Corniche. Entitled Exquisita Comida Española, or Exquisite Spanish Food, the festival will feature some of the classic Spanish favorites. That is in addition to the already extensive selection of dishes at Corniche.
Aside from the Japanese, Chinese and Filipinos stations, the restaurants specialty stations will include exquisite Spanish dishes to their selection. The Appetizers Station will include premium cheeses and hams from Spain such as the Jamon Iberico and Queso Manchego.
The Carving Station will feature the Cochinillo Asado stuffed with Truffle Rice while the Grilling Station will feature a selection of Spanish Chorizos. There will be a dedicated station for Spanish warm dishes starting off with the Fideuà de Marisco, a dish similar to paella but cooked with noodles instead of rice.
Not to be missed are the Cazuela de Arroz Caldoso con Mariscos (Casserole of Rice with Assorted Seafood), Pollo al Ajillo con Patatas Panaderas (Chicken with Garlic and Baked Panaderas Potatoes), Lapu Lapu con Salsa Verde con Almejas y Esparragos (Lapu Lapu in Green Sauce with White Asparragus and Clams), Gambas al Ajillo (Spanish-style Garlic Shrimps), and Chipirones en su Tinta (Stuffed Squid in Black Ink Sauce).
And where did we Filipinos get our sweet tooth? From the Spanish of course! And to satisfy our insatiable appetite for everything sweet, Chef Coque has prepared some of his favorite Spanish desserts. There is of course the Churros con Chocolate and the Crema Catalana. We also sampled the Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding), Leche Frita (Fried Milk), and the Tocinillo de Cielo (Spanish Egg Custard).
Completing the lunch event was a live flamenco performance by the Fundación Centro Flamenco. It was indeed a one of a kind dining experience as it is not everyday that you get to sample authentic Spanish cuisine. That Cochinillo Asado was really amazing, I will keep coming back to Corniche for that dish. I just hope that after this Spanish food festival, Chef Coque will include the cochinillo as a regular item on the buffet menu.
The Spanish Food Festival will run from April 3 to 9, 2017 and is available for lunch and dinner buffet for only P2,380 net per person. For restaurant reservations, call (632) 528-3000 ext. 1121
Noticia: Ciudadanos españoles y los empleados de la embajada de España en Manila tienen derecho a un descuento de 30%.
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