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Buffet like no other

Restaurant manager Tanguy Gras oversees the dishes at an atelier

Spiral, a concept restaurant with 452 indoor and outdoor seating capacity, aims to “bring the authenticity and warmth of the traditional French markets and Asian hawker stalls into a five-star hotel setting.” The dishes are prepared by 60-80 chefs. The result is an astonishing mix of world cuisines a diner would run out of breath just to navigate.

Posted: December 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Travel | Read More »

Hotel by the bay gets a $5-million facelift–without losing that Locsin touch


Sofitel Philippine Plaza recently unveiled its newly refurbished Grand Plaza Ballroom, the last in a series of major projects to “elevate” its facilities and make them on par with the Sofitel chain’s “level of luxury” the world over.

Posted: November 19th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Sofitel prepares for Oktoberfest

OKTOBERFEST spread at Sofitel

The 76th Oktoberfest will be held on Oct. 17 and 18 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Manila Harbor Garden Tent.

Posted: September 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

So many cheeses, so little time

MAÎTRE fromagier (cheese master) Gérard Poulard who is here in
Manila for Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s J’adore Le Fromage.

Gerard Poulard, a short bespectacled Frenchman with dark bushy eyebrows and a ponytail, puts on his gloves before cutting off a wedge from a giant wheel of Ossau Iraty Basco.

Posted: July 10th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Manila’s wine connoisseurs flock to Loire Valley wine dinner

LE Cellier French Wine Selection’s Bernard Flour; Sofitel Philippine Plaza resident manager Alfredo Denage and general manager Adam Laker; Fournier Pere et Fils wine maker Claude Fournier; Spiral food and beverage director Damien Marchenay, and operations manager Tanguy Gras

Manille’s wine connoisseurs flocked to La Veranda of Sofitel Philippine Plaza when Le Cellier’s Bernard Flour hosted an affair in honor of world-renowned French wine-maker, Monsieur Claude Fournier, from La Maison Fournier Père et Fils of the Loire Valley.

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »