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RED CRAB Alimango House offers Sinigang na Ulang sa Burong Mangga at Tanglad, which is part of the restaurant?s Sabaw and Palayok Tales. The native ulang, mixed with the soup?s familiar sinigang flavor, is given a twist by local mangoes and native vegetables. Red Crab Alimango House is located at the G/F of The Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City (403-8011) and 2/F, Resorts World Manila, Newport City (856-0087).

Salmon ahumado escalivada

Casa Armas proffers 40 new appetizing tapas: Picada de Gambas Y Verduras, Salmon Ahumado Escalivada, Sample the tapas with Sangria or beer cocktail Clara. The restaurant offers complimentary iced tea to customers dining in and ordering tapas from 2- 6 p.m. Casa Armas is located at 132 Jupiter St., Bel-Air Village, Makati City (8973542); Greenbelt 3, Makati City (757-4996), The Podium, Pasig City (687-3370). Call 897-3497/899-0980/898-3245.

Hainanese chicken

Bellevue Hotel?s Phoenix Court offers Chinese Lauriat menus with dishes like Hainanese Chicken (Hong Kong Chicken), Steamed Dory with Soya Sauce, Deep-fried Tiger Prawns Salt and Pepper, Roasted Peking Duck, Braised Abalone Clam with Sea Cucumber and Mushroom. The packages are only available for events and banquets held at the hotel?s function rooms. Take advantage of this treat and on one?s next event, get a complimentary gift certificate of an overnight stay in a deluxe room at The Bellevue or B Hotel. Call 771-8181 or e-mail

Gourmet lunch box

Prince Albert Rotisserie proffers a gourmet lunch box to cater to guests who are often on the go but still want the real fine dining experience. For only P1,350 ++ per person, diners can have a full-course meal consisting of an appetizer, soup, main course and dessert.

There are five gourmet lunch box meals to choose from: Box 1- Crispy Curry Rice with Seafood Dumplings, Scallion, Coriander and Smoked Tomato Chutney; Leeks and Mussels Saffron Soup; Braised Chicken with Lemon Confit, Green Olive Tajine and Potato with Parsley and Garlic; and Dark Chocolate Moelleux with Khalua Sauce. Box 2- Home-smoked Parrot and Salmon with Dill Honey Cream Relish; Minestrone with Pesto Basil; Pork Shank Osso Bucco with Risotto and Talegio Cheese; and Raspberry Brulèe with Vanilla Shortbread. Box 3- Cheese Ravioli with Roasted Pine Nuts and Cream Sauce; French Onion Soup; Pan-fried Seafood Crab Cake with Lobster Sauce and Asparagus Mushrooms; and Soft Biscuit with Green Pistachio and Chocolate Ganache. Box 4-Grilled Zucchini with Marinated Orange Salmon and Sesame Oil Dressing; Tomato Beef Consommé with Leeks, Carrots and Zucchinis; Parrot Fish Fillet in Red Wine Butter Sauce with Bacon, Mushrooms and Onions; Roasted Potatoes; and Candied Lemon filled with Grand Marnier Orange Cream. Box 5- Gratinated Oyster on a bed of Spinach; Potatoes & Leeks Cream Soup; US Beef Flat Iron strips with Shallots in Vinegar Sauce; Roasted Eggplant with Provencial-style Potato Herbs Gnocchi; and Apple Struddle with Vanilla Brandy Sauce.

Available for lunch, Monday to Friday. Call 793-7000.

Corned beef ?sinigang?

Sentro 1771?s Corned Beef Sinigang, one of the restaurant?s specialty dishes which has received wide acclaim from foodies and gourmets alike, was chosen through a nationwide search as one of the best sinigang in the Philippines.

Sentro 1771-Greenbelt 3 is open 11 a.m.-12 mn every Sunday to Thursday and 11-1 a.m. every Friday to Saturday. For reservations, call 756-0941 to 757- 3941. Sentro 1771-Serendra is open 7 a.m. -3 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. every Sunday to Thursday; and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-12 mn every Friday to Saturday. Call 856-0581 or (0917) 814-7794.


Gambrinus Bar?s drink of the month this September is Brazil?s national cocktail Caipirinha. Cachacaca (distilled sugarcane alcohol), sugar and lime are the ingredients of this drink. Available from 6 p.m. onwards at P250 ++ per glass. Gambrinus Bar is located at the lobby of InterContinental Manila. Call 793-7000 loc. 774.

Anniversary treats

This September, Astralis by Diamond Hotel celebrates its second anniversary. One?s lunch time food bill is discounted by 50% when one spends P4,500 or more until Sept. 18. While on September 19, the anniversary day itself, Astralis gives 50% off on food bill any time of the day when one spends P4,500 or more.

Dine any day this month and when one spends P4,500 on a single receipt, get a coupon for a complimentary bottle of wine on one?s next visit. This coupon is valid for six months from the date of issue.

To cap off the celebration, savor South African Wines featuring Nederburg in an exclusive wine dinner on Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Call 890-7124 or e-mail

House wine

Spend P2,500 or more on food and beverage at Pan Pacific Manila and receive one complimentary bottle of house wine. Offered until Oct. 31, visit the Lobby Lounge from 7 to 1 a.m. Pan Pacific Manila is located at M. Adriatico corner Gen. Malvar Streets, Malate, Manila. Call (02) 318 0788.

Phad macaroni gung

Dusit Thani Manila?s Benjarong and Tosca restaurants present a degustation of fusion dishes until Sept. 30. Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant features Spaghetti Phad Kee Mao, Phad Macaroni Gung, Spaghetti Phad Pla Kem, Spaghetti Tom Kha Gung and Spaghetti Gaeng Khieo Wan Gai. Tosca Italian Restaurant offers Pork and Lychee Salad, Char-grilled Beef Salad, Mixed Satay Sticks, Deep-fried Prawn Balls, Salmon Cutlets with Green Apple Salad and Fish in Spicy Coconut Cream, Lemon Grass Crème Brulée, Panna Cotta Flavored with Thai Basil and Rice Pudding with Mango. Both located at the Mezzanine Level of Dusit Thani Manila, Benjarong and Tosca are open daily for lunch and dinner. Call 867-3333 loc. 3888.

Barbecue noodle soup

Reyes Barbecue serves its new merienda line which includes Barbecue Noodle Soup, goto and arroz caldo, pork/chicken barbecue on sticks.

Soya cream tuna

Sizzlin? Pepper Steak serves Sizzlin? Soya Cream Tuna (P150), Salmon Steak with Garlic Soya Cream Sauce (P295).

Roast chicken

Kenny Rogers? Snack Time Specials include sandwiches, pastas, roast chicken sets. Kenny recommends Roast Chicken, Chunky Tuna, Jumbo Hotdog, Spaghetti with Meatballs, Crème Brulée and Panna Cotta. Call 533-8888 for delivery or visit