Seafood dishes are popular for Lent since many avoid meat and alcohol (we missed you, Jollibee Tuna Pie!). Super rounded up this season’s meatless favorites and new summer drinks.
Paradise Dynasty—Save the xiao long bao for Easter and order the Lettuce Roll with Homemade Sesame Sauce and flaky, crunchy Radish Pastry. Main dish can be the Grouper with Pine Nuts and Fruits, while the Charcoal Custard Lava Bun can be had for dessert.
Conrad, The Podium, SM Aura.
Alba Restaurante Español —If ham is the star of the Noche Buena, “bacalao” is the center of Good Friday. Alba cooks it three ways: as Bacalao a la Vizcaina traditional stew, as Paella de Bacalao, and as Brandada de Bacalao croquette with roasted pepper sauce.
Never leave Alba without having the super soft canonigo meringue cake with creamy custard sauce.
Nanyang—Classic Singaporean combo served all day: kopi, kaya toast and two half-boiled eggs with soy sauce. Spicy Prawn Laksa is also best paired with sweet Kopi Jelly Milk Tea or Milo Dinosaur.
Bonifacio High Street, SM Aura, Greenbelt 5, SM Legazpi.
Red Lobster—Seaside Nachos has shrimp instead of beef. Seafarer’s Feast has swordfish, scallops, scampi, snow peas and wild rice. Bar Harbor Seafood Bake is seafood spaghetti. Promo: Get free Mozzarella Cheese Stickers with every two Lenten entrées; complimentary Cheddar Bay Biscuits are also served.
S Maison, Pasay City.
TGIFridays—New item: Nola Steamed Mussels with tomatoes, Cajun and buttered baguette (just ask them to set aside the andouille sausage). Cap your meal with the S’mores Brownie with marshmallows, Kahlúa sauce, chocolate ganache and cracked graham. Yum.
Cravings—Avail yourself of Cravings’ Soup and Salad Buffet for P299 with any main dish. Salad choices: Tuna Nicoise, Grilled Vegetable, German Potato, Tuscan Panzanella, cold Pasta, plus hearty soups.
Cravings is at 287 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
Derive Café—Love salmon? Try the seared salmon and pear salad and herb salmon crusted with mashed potato, plus the classic Ceasar salad.
4/F, Madison Galeries, Don Jesus Blvd., Muntinlupa
Tim Horton’s—Fizz Coolers is a refreshing line of flavored soda water available in Strawberry Mint, Grapefruit Lychee and Golden Pear Apple flavors. Have it with the Tuna Melt Sandwich with cheddar, tomato, onion and tuna chunks, or the Chocolate Caramel Glass Cake and Maple Cheese Cake that reminds us of fragrant pancakes.