Event: Fantastic Filipino Flavors @ UNO

>> Sunday, July 17, 2011

Waterfront Hotel's UNO restaurant has recently launched the Fantastic Filipino Flavors for the whole month of July!

This food festival will be in the limelight at UNO for the entire month, and will be available for lunch and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. Buffet spread will include sisig, danggit, bulalo, kinilaw, crispy pata, lechon manok, lechon kawali, liempo, bagoong rice, pinakbet and kare - kare, among others.

Along with the festival, Waterfront Cebu and their Marketing Communications Manager, the stunning Ms. Mae Varron officially introduced their new and classy Food & Beverage Director, Mr. Alastair Granger.


UNO restaurant is known for their extravagant cuisines from different parts of the world. But it does not mean that they can't cook Filipino dishes. The very Filipino dish, Pinakbet caused a buzz every time someone gets a spoonful. The fresh vegetables and the classic and strong mix of flavors from it will surely shoot up your delicious meter. I love how the way it was prepared. Vegetables are not totally dead and not boring like your boyfriend who spends most of his time on the internet. You know your pinakbet is best when you still get that crunch from the vegetables.

Binagoong Rice

Filipinos are not fond of rice. We can live without it and is not really that important in all of our meals. Those are the statements of denial from a person in a middle of a no-carb diet. But I do not think you can get away from their binagoong rice. Usually, most restaurants fail at this dish with the excessive amount of bagoong in the mix. UNO made it perfect by just flirting with the bagoong's taste. It is what binagoong rice should be.


Meat and vegetable dishes are common in a Filipino cookbook. UNO's kare-kare is simply amazing. It reminded me of my relationship with ex-girlfriend, Emma Watson. It was a time that it felt that everything was right and nothing could go wrong. UNO's kare-kare is just like that. But this time, it has a happy ending. There is absolutely no wrong in the ingredients for this one. The peanut butter did not take away the spotlight from the meat and the vegetables. Tender meat, fresh vegetables and pure flavors all in one? That's a classic Filipino dish. That's UNO's kare-kare.

The only bad thing about the kare-kare is that I could not take the whole serving to my plate.


Sweet and Sour Fish

In a Filipino buffet, it should have at least one type of pancit. UNO's pancit habhab is a mix of flavors from the earth and the ocean. I love the shrimp's flavor being complimented by the pancit and the eggs. Their sweet and sour fish also captivates the stomach as it is not soaked with the sauce entirely. I love how the fish stays dry with just a little amount or a hint of the sweet and sour sauce.

Pancit Habhab

Ginataang Adobong Manok

Their ginataang adobong manok is one of my favorites. The mere fact that it is adobo, Filipinos will love it. But the coconut milk on it is simply putting elegance on the dish. The coconut milk is a very smart addition as it is used to fuse the flavors from the adobo. As we all know, fusion is good. It almost killed Majin Boo.


Puto Cheese

For the festival, the dessert corner will also showcase different Filipino desserts. But also make sure that you get to taste their cheesecake. Trust me, their cheesecake is one of the best food that I've put in my mouth.

Filipino Pastries

With all the good Filipino dishes, there will be more to it as those are just part of the Filipino buffet spread of UNO!

UNO is located at the Gourmet Walk of Waterfront Cebu Hotel and Casino Lahug Cebu City. Buffet is at P850.00 per head. Operating hours: 5:30 AM - 10:30 PM A la carte menu available 5:30 AM – 10: 30 AM (Breakfast Buffet) 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Lunch Buffet) 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM (Dinner Buffet)


All pictures are taken by Roui Faelnar. For more of his works, you may go to http://rouifaelnar.com


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