URBANISSIMO: Of small eats and big feasts

urbanissmo by kenneth irving ongChinese New Year’S Day may be over but that does not mean that the celebrations are over. In fact, the holiday season in China is still ongoing which is why the Marco Polo Davao is holding its Chinese food festival at all its dining outlets.

Starting March 4, the hotel’s award-winning Lotus Court will be offering a Chinese Dimsum Buffet for only Php 600 nett per person. Guests will enjoy Lotus Court’s dimsum favourites such as Pork and Shrim Siomai, Hakao Dumpling, Pork Bun, Pork Xiao Long Bao and Taro Puff. The chefs of the Lotus Court recently went to the hotel’s Hong Kong Hotel to learn more about the quintessential “small eat” and came back with new creations which are also set to be part of the dimsum buffet.

Some standouts include their new flavors of Xiao Long Bao such as sea cucumber, scallops, crab roe, and cheese. Another of my favourites is the Salted Egg Bun, a sweet steamed bun stuffed with salty egg yolk. The interplay between sweet and salty makes the simple looking dish a winner.

The Lotus Court’s Dimsum buffet, which for me is a big feast of small eats, is available every Sunday for the whole month of March.

If buffets are not your thing, then you may have afternoon tea instead with the Lobby Lounge’s Chinese Merienda Cena. For only Php 600 nett, Guests can enjoy tea sandwiches- Mozzarella, Tomato, Pesto Focaccia Bread and Croissant with Brie Cheese, Mango & Raisins Scones, Assorted Dimsum Platter, and Chinese Sweets – Chilled Mango Sago with Pomelo and Red Bean Buchi. The set is the Marco Polo Davao’s way of fusing Chinese food with British flair, much like in Hong Kong.

For those who want to experience an evening of dining with a five-course meal paired with premium wines. , the Polo Bistro will be having a Chinese Wine Pairing event on March 24. For only Php 2,500 nett per person.

Although I was not able to taste the dishes yet, the planned dinner seems like an interesting one, with executive chef Alex Destriza promising an exciting dinner of Organic Roast Duck Mashed Taro and Honey Plum Sauce, Braised Sea Cucumber with Superior Pumpkin Millet Rice Broth, Steamed Tiger Prawn and Minced Scallop with Minced Garlic and Braised Bok Choy, Cocoa and Espresso Lamb Chop with Chickpea Puree, and Hot Sweetened Glutinous Brown Rice with Coconut Milk and Sago.

For inquiries and reservations for any of Marco Polo Davao’s offering, you may call (082) 221-0888 or email us at restaurant.dvo@marcopolohotels.com.