Luzviminda 2: Celebrating Philippine Independence and Cuisine at F1 Hotel Manila

Luzviminda 2: Celebrating Philippine Independence and Cuisine at F1 Hotel Manila

If independence means having the freedom to make choices, then what better way to celebrate Philippine Independence Day than with a bountiful, all-Filipino feast helmed by one of the country’s top chefs?

Lucky enough to be invited to the opening of Chef Sau del Rosario’s Luzviminda Buffet at F1 Hotel Manila, we commemorated our independence today with a wealth of dishes hailing from the country’s different regions. Representative of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao – hence “Luz-Vi-Minda” – dishes like kare-kareng Pampanga, Visayan balbacua, and durian panna cotta from Davao are just a few of the many delicious dishes that you can find at this limited time buffet.

Going through the different sections as if I were backpacking through the Philippines, I found some dishes to be comforting and familiar, others exciting and new, with all being indicative of just how colorful and diverse our culinary landscape really is. Clearly, we Filipinos are passionate about food, and this buffet is a testament to that. What a feast! 😀

Event invitation. Three chefs were tasked to create dishes representative of each region. Chef Tristan Encarnacion represented Luzon, Chef Editha Singian the Visayas, and Chef Victor Barangan Mindanao.

Available for a lmited time only from 12-26 June 2014, the buffet can be had for PHP 1,700 per person.
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Entryway to the dining hall on the third floor
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Carving Station

Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Linunok na Manok ni Lechon Baboy. This pig was stuffed with whole chickens yo!
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

L: Stuffed Lechon Belly Roll
R: Sisig 3 Ways
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Sisig 3 Ways, to represent each region. Luzon’s version was made with pork, Visaya’s with chicken inasal and cornicks, and Mindanao’s with tuna.
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Puso rice
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Cheese Platter

Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Considering today’s theme, I’m guessing that many of these cheeses came from Malagos? Ren and I can’t wait to visit their farm this September. 🙂
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Mains

Bam-I (Visayas)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Adobong Bihod (Mindanao) or fish roe. Delicious!
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Bulanglang with Grilled Boneless Bangus (Mindanao)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Sauteed Crabs in Alavar Sauce (Mindanao). This rich, flavorful crab dish was one of the dishes prepared during the cooking demo. I’ll post the recipe for it soon.
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Kare-Kareng Pampanga (Luzon)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Kanding sa Nangka (Mindanao)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Kinunot na Pagi (Luzon). Stingray!
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Balbacua (Visayas). Really, really good. The meat is slow cooked until very tender and flavorful.
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Hinurnong na Manok sa Luyang Dilaw
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Vegetable Spring Rolls (Luzon)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Pochero Bisaya (Visayas)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Stuffed Nukos with Prawn Paella (Mindanao). One of my faves!
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Kawaling Hinipunan (Visayas). Probably my favorite dish from the entire buffet. Tender with a crackingly crisp piece of skin, the pork was beautifully complemented by the strong bagoong flavor of the sauce. Really delicious.
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Sinaing na Tulingan (Luzon)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Paklay (Mindanao)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Kilanin Kapampangan (Luzon)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

L: Pancit Habhab (Luzon)
R: Pinakbet (Luzon)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Squash Flower with Kesong Puti (Visayas)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

L: Dulong Fried Rice with Garlic and Spring Onion (Luzon)
R: Taba ng Talangka Fried Rice (Mindanao)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Seafood Fried Rice with Curry (Mindanao)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Raw / Salad Bar

Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Chicken Inasal at Kesong Puti Maki, the first of four interesting Pinoy sushi rolls that we enjoyed here at Luzviminda. I’m such a sucker for sushi. 😉
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Green Mango and Kani with Bagoong Maki
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Tinapa and Salted Egg Maki (Visayas)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Bagnet Dinuguan Maki (Luzon). Yes, bagnet and dinuguan in a sushi roll. I told you they were interesting!
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Seared Tuna with Watermelon and Mangosteen Reduction (Mindanao). Tasty and refreshing!
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Maya-Maya Mayonesa (Luzon)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Oysters 3 Ways: Pako (Luzon) / Inasal (Visayas) / Pineapple Salsa (Mindanao). There were supposed to be three kinds but it looks like only the inasal was available on this particular platter.
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Hipon
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Tahong
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Ensaladang Puso ng Saging (Mindanao)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Crispy Catfish Salad (Mindanao)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Dessert

Ube Otap Tiramisu with Mangoes (Visayas). This interesting dessert was also part of the cooking demo. Recipe to be posted soon.
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Puto at Kutsinta
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

L: Mangosteen Panna Cotta (?)
R: Mangosteen Parfait
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Mangosteen Parfait served in bamboo cups. Aren’t they cute?
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Donya Edith’s Pudding (Visayas)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Durian Cheesecake (Mindanao)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Dulce de Leche Cream Puffs
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Chocnut Tablea Tartlets (Mindanao)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Bibingka Cupcakes with Salted Egg Frosting
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Malagos Tablea and Peanut Butter Pie (Mindanao)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Durian Panna Cotta (?). After sampling several different durian desserts at this buffet, I’m becoming such a fan of this pungent fruit. It’s so good with interesting, unique flavors.
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Mangosteen Cheesecake (?)
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Ube Cake
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Durian Panna Cotta (Mindanao). Aren’t they stunning? A showstopper brought back from last year’s inaugural Luzviminda buffet, this is durian panna cotta served in hollowed out young durian vessels. Creative and delicious, I think I had about four or five of these. :mrgreen:
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

L: Tablea Chocolate
R: Halo-Halo Station
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

The lonesome Pomelo Creme Brulee. The last thing that we ate at the buffet, this picture perfectly encapsulates how we felt about leaving. 🙁
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

Sad that it all had to end, Ren and I are grateful to F1 Hotel Manila and the entire Luzviminda team for having us. We enjoyed every minute of our stay, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

Here’s the talented group of chefs responsible for putting together this event. Mabuhay Luzviminda! 🙂
Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art at F1 Hotel Manila

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’d like to reiterate that we were here today as guests of F1 Hotel Manila to cover the opening of the Luzviminda 2: Where Food Meets Art event. As mentioned up top, this buffet and all the dishes pictured above are available to paying guests for a limited time from 12-26 June 2014 for PHP 1,700.

Luzviminda 2, F1 Hotel Manila

Buffet Price: PHP 1,700 per person
Availability Period: 12-26 June 2014

F1 Hotel Manila

3/F F1 Hotel Manila, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City
Tel: 928-9888 / 908-7888
Website: f1hotelmanila.com
Facebook: f1hotelmanila
Twitter: F1Hotel
Email: inquiry@f1hotelsandresorts.com

Disclosure

We were here tonight as guests of F1 Hotel Manila. Our meal was paid for by the hotel.

JB Macatulad

JB Macatulad

JB is one half of Will Fly for Food and its chief itinerary maker.  He's the one to blame for all the crappy photos and verbal diarrhea on this blog.  Don't listen to him.
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