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Let food be thy medicine

By: -Columnist
/ 03:18 AM February 17, 2017

Mireio Terrace is a new, welcome addition to the restaurants at Raffles Makati.

Situated on the 10th floor, the dining place is an extension of its Provençal-inspired brasserie, Mireio, (pronounced mee-reyo) which is open 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

Like its namesake,  Mireio Terrace offers signature cocktails inspired by the characters in Frederic Mistral’s poetic piece. Cocktail connoisseurs can indulge in Mireio—a sweet mix of Grey Goose, green chartreuse, cranberry juice and lemon juice. There’s also Vincen—refreshing concoction of Laphroaig, Hendricks, lemon, soda water and cucumber.


Seasoned drinkers can also sip on a Monsieur Mistral, a mix of Remy Martin VSOP, Grand Marnier, absinthe, Laphraoig and citrus flavors.

“Mireio Terrace has traditional French and Mediterranean influences,” said Raffles and Fairmont Makati’s Monique Toda. “Guests can also enjoy champagne, fine wine and the popular Provençal Rosé.”

Toda also suggests pairing drinks of choice with delicious hors d’oeuvre and canapés. “From a classic trio of goat cheese, blue cheese and brie, turn to platter of charcuterie and terrines, then toasted country bread topped with foie gras while taking in the scenery of Makati’s cityscape.”

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Kuya J’s 60th branch

Kuya J, one of the fastest growing Filipino casual dining restaurants in the country, has opened its 60th branch on the second level of SM City East Ortigas.

Popular for its Crispy Pata, Grilled Scallops and Bulalo, Kuya J recently added Roast Chicken to its menu.

Welcoming food lovers at the opening were Winglip Chang, Kuya J president and CEO, and Danny Pumarega, COO.


“With this new branch, we bring our signature dishes and distinct service closer to customers in the eastern part of Metro Manila,” said Chang.

Joining Chang and Pumarega during the ribbon-snipping ceremony was SM City East Ortigas  manager Harriet Joan Peralta-Tan.

“Delicious and familiar Filipino dishes, combined with warm and efficient service, in convenient locations all over the metro has these elements that have undoubtedly propelled this humble eatery in Cebu, formerly known as Ang Kan-anan ni Kuya J,  into one of the fastest growing Filipino restaurant chains in the country,” added Chang.

Kris Werner, John Rice, Irene Martel Francisco, Michel Lamuniére, Raymond Rodriguez, Maritess Garcia Reyes. Photos by Alex Van Hagen powered by MACCenter

Kris Werner, John Rice, Irene Martel Francisco, Michel Lamuniére, Raymond Rodriguez, Maritess Garcia Reyes. Photos by Alex Van
Hagen powered by MAC Center

Best Restaurant Guide

Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurant Guide (BRG) has named 172 worthy dining places to this year’s edition.

Now on its 13th year, BRG features interesting restaurants across Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Baguio and Boracay, representing the ever-growing, dynamic dining scene in the country.

The awarding ceremony, held at Bonifacio Hall of Shangri-La at the Fort, had the hotel’s general manager John Rice  pulling out all stops—with gastronomic pleasures delighting over 300 well-heeled guests.

Tippi Tambunting, Margarita Fores, Abba Nappa, Colin Macka

Tippi Tambunting, Margarita Fores, Abba Nappa, Colin Macka

Lining the hall were delicious, decadent bites from the hotel’s dining outlets Canton Road, High Street Café, Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar, and Samba.

Raging Bull resident mixologist Ulysse Jouanneaud  impressed us with his gin concoctions from behind the well-stocked bar.

The dessert display literally took the cake, wowing everyone with its special effects.

Heineken was in nonstop refill mode, which the beer drinkers in attendance more than appreciated.

Isabel Francisco, Shauna Jay PoppleWilliams, Lesley Tan

Isabel Francisco, Shauna Jay Popple Williams, Lesley Tan

The most thrilling part of the evening was the grand awards of the Philippines Best Restaurants Top 20: Antonio’s, Bondi & Bourke, Brasserie on 3, Canton Road, Chateau 1771, China Blue by Jereme Leung, Cru Steakhouse, Crystal Dragon, Donosti, Gallery Vask, Hai Shin Lou, Inagiku, Jasmine, The Pig & Palm, Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar, Sala Bistro, Sirena, Tea of Spring, Terry’s Bistro and Tsukiji.

Handing out the awards were Philippine Tatler managing director Irene Martel Francisco,  Edipresse Media Asia executive chair and CEO Michel Lamunière, editorial director for food and wine Charmaine Mok, and BRG coeditors Maritess Garcia Reyes and Shauna Jay Popple Williams.

Leading the toast were Lexus Manila Inc. president Raymond Rodriguez, HSBC head of retail banking and wealth management Kris Werner, and SVP and marketing head Anya Katigbak-Cajucom.

Simon Cote, Dani Aliaga, Albert Singla

Simon Cote, Dani Aliaga, Albert Singla

Christine Santos Francisco, Anya Katigbak-Cajucom

Christine Santos Francisco, Anya Katigbak-Cajucom

John Rice, Oliver Dudler

John Rice, Oliver Dudler

Carla and Christopher Mcowen

Carla and Christopher Mcowen

Christine and PaoloMartel, Dina Tantoco, Dr. Randy Francisco,Nikki Martel

Christine and Paolo Martel, Dina Tantoco, Dr. Randy Francisco, Nikki Martel

Cheeno and Kidd Dee, Rikki and Beng Dee

Cheeno and Kidd Dee, Rikki and Beng Dee

Chris Yam Daez, Isabelle Fernandez, Julie Boschi

Chris Yam Daez, Isabelle Fernandez, Julie Boschi

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