Say Switzerland and the I’m betting the first thing that pops into your mind would be chocolates, watches or even private banking. Swiss cuisine is hardly common place in our minds because of the dearth of places offering it. The Peninsula Manila together with the Embassy of Switzerland comes together to celebrate Swiss cuisine through a food festival dubbed “Swissness: More Fun in the Philippines“. Swiss cuisine traces its influences form the countries bordering it, Germany, Italy and France.The food festival celebrates the Swiss National Day which falls on Aug. 1 as well as the 150 years of friendship between Switzerland and the Philippines.
I got a little peek at the dishes to be offered in Old Manila during Swissness thru a 3 course lunch set prepared by Chef Samuel Linder, a Swiss himself. Many of the ingredients to be used in the food festival will be specially imported from Switzerland to get the authentic taste.
Smoked Trout Tartar and Salmon Trout Confit. From the lakes of Switzerland come their fresh trouts, very rarely found outside of the country since it does not even satisfy local demand. Both appetizers highlight the versatility as well as the delectable flavors of sea. Not to be outdone is the simple salad of radish and marche lettuce (also known as lamb’s lettuce), a sweet tasting green, which was greeted by my taste buds with gusto.
Sous-vide cooked Swiss Veal Loin and Braised Veal Breast. The veal loin, in spite of its simple presentation belies the tender yet flavorful meat. The veal breast tastes sweeter and earthier courtesy of the Chanterelle mushrooms and Highland malt jus.
Penougat. The shape is unmistakable, but don’t judge a dessert by its vessel, the Toblerone container hides a creamy nougat ice cream you can flavor with the fresh tasting Alpine Honey or the tarty peppered rhubarb.
Swissness will be available from Aug.2 to Aug 11, a total of 10 days. The Old Manila will be serving 3 course menus (P2,100) as well as a degustation menu (P3,000) highlighting the “new” Swiss cuisine. Escolta, on the other hand, will be focusing on the classics in its lunch and dinner offerings. Prices for Lunch buffet (P810) and Dinner buffet (P1,450) and Sunday brunch buffet (P1,700). The Sunday brunch buffet will be a wonderful event for kids and adults with the setting up of a Heidi house as well as a schueblig eating contest. The prize for the winner is an overnight stay at The Peninsula as well as as the winner’s weight in schueblig to be donated to a special charity.
Guests dining in Old Manila and Escolta during Swissness will get a chance to win round trip tickets to Zurich, Switzerland.
Swissness: More Fun in the Philippines
Aug. 2-11, 2012
The Peninsula Manila
Corner of Ayala and Makati avenue