The Circles Event Cafe at Makati Shangri-La, Manila has a new food festival called “Treasures of Turkey” that runs from August 1-10, 2014. They have brought in Chefs Harun Imre and Ramazan Edrem from Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul to prepare a slew of Turkish specialties during the 10 day event. I got a little preview before they opened the food festival today.
We started the preview with bowls of Turkish appetizers like Hummus, Montabel, Eggplant Salad and Spicy Tomato Marmalade (clockwise from upper right). Spread this on the pita and other delicious bread. The hummus was the best I’ve had, smooth yet full of nutty flavor.
The next dish was Sauteed Beef Liver with Onions. I skipped this one since I don’t eat liver but my companions promptly polished it off.
Steamed Garoupa with Vegetables. Sliced garoupa (lapu-lapu) in a light, garlicky broth.
Sauteed Chicken with Turkish Spices. This dish was a perfect match with the rice. The chicken thigh pieces were very tasty well coated with a myriad of spices.
Rice with Nuts and Raisins. I ate way top much of this rice, so very bad of me even if I had taken Carbtrim. It was just so aromatic and went so well with the other dishes.
Beef Skewers. Nice charred sticks of tender and succulent beef. Best eaten with the onions, bell peppers and of course rice.
Fried Calamari. Lightly battered and cooked just right. There’s no need to put the sauce, just a squeeze of lemon and it’s perfect. A simple, well executed dish.
Grilled Lamb. Gamey lamb pieces with a nice outer char. There’s some pieces that are a bit stringy.
Lamb Kofta and Lamb Kebab. These are a better option for lamb lovers. Smoky and full of spices, familiar yet still holds a little surprise. Beware the lamb kebabs (reddish) as they are really spicy. I had 1/3 of a piece and gave up.
Baked Shrimps with Cheese. No explanation needed, shrimps and cheese is a winner every time.
A sampler of Turkish desserts was served to finish our adventure in Turkish cuisine, Baklava, Kunafa, Turkish Delight and Dates with Pistachio and Marzipan.
Explore the exotic Treasures of Turkey with a well prepared dishes by guest chefs Harun Imre and Ramazan Edrem. Be sure to try the limited time food festival at the Circles Event Cafe from August 1-10, 2014 only. The guest chefs will also be holding an exclusive cooking class on August 8. The cooking demo is priced at P2,500, inclusive of lunch buffet at Circle Event Cafe.
The Treasures of Turkey’s lunch buffet is priced at Php 1,670 net from Monday to Saturday and Php 2,026 net on Sunday while dinner buffet is priced at Php 2,008 net from Sunday to Thursday and Php 2,272 from on Friday to Saturday.
Treasures of TurkeyCircles Event Cafe Makati Shangri-La Manila Lobby Level Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue
Makati City 1200, Philippines Contact No.: (632) 813-8888
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