Delightful seasonal menus

Published July 28, 2022, 2:48 PM

by Manila Bulletin

City of Dreams Manila highlights tempting new-style Japanese, Filipino, and Southeast Asian treats

Nobu Manila

The restaurant’s seasonal menu lets diners delve deeper into the signature Nobu-style experience popularized by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa that is well loved by A-list international celebrities, with an expertly curated eight-course Japanese-Peruvian menu. Preceded by the customary zensai (chef’s choice of appetizer), the first course of crispy salmon with teriyaki aioliis followed by an assortment of sushi. The tasting menu continues with ama abi (sweet shrimp) and engawa (fluke fin)  with cucumber, red onions, tomato salsa, spicy yuzu dressing and soy salt; hokkigai (surf clam) salad roll with carrot karashi su miso (KSM – tart miso mustard sauce) dressing, honey lemon, and fried shitake mushroom; pan-seared seabass with edamame miso puree, and confit vegetables; Australian lamb chop with rosemary miso, roasted seasonal vegetables, and potato korokke (croquette); and asari clam soup with wakame (seaweed), carrots, enoki mushroom, sansho pepper, and layu oil (Japanese chili oil). Sesame panna cotta with maple toffee crisps, mango passion fruit sorbet, and green tea crumble provides a sweet conclusion to the meal. 

Nobu Manila’s Sesame Panna Cotta

Nobu Manila’s seasonal tasting menu (₱6,210 net per person) is available until September. Nobu is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays to Thursdays, and until 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.


This season, Haliya puts a spotlight on three Filipino dishes featuring live alimango (mud crabs) cooked to order, and creatively reinterpreted and refined with subtle innovations. Set to impress diners are dishes for family-style sharing: relleno alimango, crabs stuffed with panko crumbs served with binalot na crab cake, garlic aioli, pork floss and homemade chili sauce; pansit alimango, salt and pepper crab with glass noodles, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, white cabbage, kinchay, bokchoy, and fried shallots; and alimango sa gata, crispy fried crab with green soybeans, curly red capsicums, micro greens, kalabasa (squash) sticks, and aligue sa gata (crab fat in coconut sauce). 

Haliya’s Relleno Alimango

Haliya’s seasonal Alimango Festival menu is available until the end of the month. The restaurant is open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Mondays to Fridays and for lunch and from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. for dinner every Saturday and Sunday.

Red Ginger 

Hawker food from Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand take centerstage this July and August at Red Ginger. Southeast Asia’s hawker food is known for its rich and vibrant flavors and the resort’s Asian bistro, bar, and café is bringing some of these beloved fare to delight foodies in the metro. Red Ginger’s hawker food offerings are: cucuk udang, Malay-style deep-friend prawn fritters with onions and chives served with sweet and spicy soy; Roti John, Singaporean-style sandwich with spiced minced chicken, spicy tomato sauce, and curry mayonnaise; and khao kha moo, Thai-style braised boneless pork knuckle with steamed rice, pickled vegetables, hard-boiled egg, bok choy, and chili vinegar sauce. 

Red Ginger’s Khao Kha Moo

Red Ginger is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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