Pepita’s Kitchen by Dedet “Lechon Diva” Dela Fuente Santos collaborates with Cafe Ilang Ilang for their Filipino Food Festival, available from Spet. 11 to 27, 2015 only. The regular buffet spread of Cafe Ilang Ilang will be bolstered by the bounty of Filipino dishes culled from Pepita’s Kitchen’s Lechon Degustations.
I’ve been to the recently renovated Cafe Ilang Ilang a few times and it is so different from my childhood memories of the place. It’s a more grown up place that is apt for the times with shine and sparkle.
You can sample the staples at Cafe Ilang Ilang’s buffet spread starting with their bread, cheese and appetizer stations.
If Japanese food is your weakness then you’d better hunt out the Japanese station, hidden in a alcove at the back of the restaurant with it’s own seating area.
Big, meaty ribs and Peking duck wraps share side by side space so you can fill up your plate in one easy pass.
They’ve also got a surprising Halal station as well an Italian station anchored by their wood fired oven.
Pepita’s Kitchen spread of Filipino dishes contains not 1 but 2 of her famous stuffed lechons. One is their famous Truffle lechon while the other is the Filipino Breakfast lechon. The breakfast lechon has garlic rice, tocino strips and salted egg inside and is my favorite of the two.
You can start of with some street food on sticks like squid balls and chicken wings.
Indulgent chicharon bulaklak and bituka with a dash of vinegar.
Bangus Lumpia Shanghai and Balut Salpicao are equally good appetizers for the adventurous and not so adventurous eaters.
Another of my favorites is the Hiplog, shrimps cooked in salted egg, a perfect balance of flavors that will have you reaching for the plain rice.
The Lomi is a good card/soup starter that is a comforting favorite for me and Irene. Thick noodles, tasty soup and lots of veggies.
Another dish that just screams more rice is the Pork Binagoongnan, tender and extremely tasty meat cubes.
Time to use your hands and tackle the Crabs cooked in Coconut Cream and Crab Fat. I’m sure you’ll be licking them clean after eating the crabs.
For something unique, try Dedet’s newest creation the Adobo pizza and Pancit Malabon pizza.
Finish off your meal with the Mango Trifle and Super Suman and the traditional turon and kamote que.
The special Filipino food spread by Pepita’s Kitchen alone will have stretched your tummies with all the choices. This is even before you sample the staples of Cafe Ilang Ilang’s regualr buffet spread.
- Monday to Saturday Lunch – P2,150 net
- Sunday Brunch – P2,400 net
- Saturday to Wednesday Dinner – P2,450 net
- Thursday and Friday Dinner – P2,950 net
Cafe Ilang IlangThe Manila Hotel, 1 Rizal Park
Contact No.: (632) 527-0111
Facebook Page: The Manila Hotel
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