Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015
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M A K A T I

C I T Y 

D I N I N G








The luxurious pulse is real in Makati City. It’s all the more authentic at its business district at the corner of Makati and Kalayaan Avenues where 300 well-appointed rooms of the City Garden Grand Hotel rise above the bustling skyline. And at the 7th floor is where culinary flavors are celebrated by the hotel’s staff and guests. Called Spice Café, the space is an elaborate extension of the hotel’s approach to straightforward elegance that’s evocative of a new level of grandeur for any occasion.

Opulent Prelude

The dining adventure starts at the lobby where a guest can make a grand entrance past the opulent decors made of onyx, hardwood, and marble. With a prelude like that, the gustatory experience is expected to be similar to staying at any of the hotel’s suite – elegant, stylish, and functional. No more than 15 minutes from the high-rise grid of Ayala Avenue and Rockwell Center, this new delicious destination emerges to be seamless at the landscape.


Laurence Peña, General Manager of the City Garden Grand Hotel





Breakfast and Lunch Buffets

Serving sumptuous breakfast and lunch (11:30am-2:30pm) buffets, Spice Café is perfect for a refined rendezvous with business partners and clients. It can also be a relaxing venue for families and friends on a tasty pursuit of various cuisines. The wide selection of taste stations from Chinese (Siomai, Mini Siopao, Vegetable Dumpling, Chicken Feet, Hakaw, Gyoza, & Mushroom Dumpling) to Japanese (Vegetable, Fish and Crabmeat, Kani, Futomaki, Ebi, Tuna, Tamago, California, Salmon) is enough to keep the Asian vibe alive. There’s also no shortage of sauces from garlic chili, light soy, calamansi and siopao, chop red chili, garlic sweet chili, dark soy to sesame oil!

My Buffet Plate

I personally tested the restaurant’s Carving Station for a lunch buffet reunion with former work colleagues one July weekday. The thin slice of rib-eye roast beef tasted sublime. I paired its inclusion on my buffet plate with morsels of Stuffed Chicken Roulade, Grilled Pork Loin, and Braised Beef Caldereta, plus Yang Chow Fried Rice.

Worth A Revisit

Over sips of hot cappuccino, I eagerly reminisced with friends about how it was fun working for a publishing company in Makati City for several years. We lingered in relaxed conversations to the point of forgetting to sample some of the buffet spread’s interesting display. For that matter, I will definitely return to the restaurant for the pizza flavors (supremo and vegetarian) of its Italian Station, the salad roster (Waldorf, sausage, Thai chicken, chili chicken, pesto pasta and stuffed pepper), and the Cheese Station’s parmesan, cheddar, mozzarella, brie, and camembert, among others. I think its Middle Eastern and Crepe Stations are also worth trying for a revisit of the place.






For those who are always conscious of their weight, the restaurant encourages dining guests to design their own salad plate from a panoply of greens (ice berg lettuce, romaine lettuce, and lolo russo), vegetables (carrots, red and green bell pepper, turnips, cucumber and tomato), and more (sweet corn, croutons, boiled egg, tuna chunks, bacon bits and sweet ham). The choices for dressings (honey balsamic, mango citrus, thousand island, ranch dressing, caesar dressing, sundried dressing, honey mustard, French dressing, Italian, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pesto) can be hefty as well.

Guests can also look forward to an assortment of breads (baguette, danish, xroissant, bonette, white bread, wheat bread, brioche and muffins, among others), cold cuts, and a chocolate fountain.  

Firefly Roof Deck

The view of the city during my visit was spectacular. It would have been great if I have the luxury of time to scale the building all the way to the 32nd floor where the all-weather al fresco Firefly Roof Deck is. I was told by the hotel’s General Manager, Laurence Peña, that the view up there at night is as exquisite as its food.

Monthly Themes

Spice Café’s Executive Chef, Dennis Peralta and F&B Manager, Jordan Tan, have lined up an interesting calendar of themed dining experiences until December this year. At the Firefly Bar for August, guests can expect the Cocido De España, a month-long feast of tapas, antipasti, soupa, paella negra, chorizo and more. By September, the Moon Cake Festival will be celebrated at the Firefly Roofdeck. In between the holidays and the Chinese September festival, Tex Mex and Grand Thanksgiving + Trick Or Treating will be the October and November themes, respectively.




With a wide variety of international favorites, Spice Café can definitely serve any guest a power meal with a view. It can easily become a meeting place of choice at any time of the day.

Ongoing lunch buffet promo:
Enjoy 30% discount until July 31, 2015.

Special Function Rooms:
• Rosemary - 418 sq.m.
• Thistle - 60 sq.m.
• Cicely - 93 sq.m.
• Sage - 215 sq.m.
• Boardroom - 35 sq.m.


Spice Café


Address: 7th Floor, Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
Phone: (02) 888-8181







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