Dining out on Father’s Day

06/17/10 - IT’S THAT time of the year again when the most important man in our lives is hailed king of the living room, master of the house, coach of Family United, CEO of Dynasty Inc., and a host of other titles -- silly or otherwise -- that are but different ways of saying "We love you because you’re the Best Dad in the World."

This weekend, several establishments are paying their own tribute to "the man," getting quite inventive in showing their appreciation of the family’s patronage and honoring the bond between fathers and kids. If having a good meal you didn’t prepare is your kind of thing, in a setting conducive for sharing other activities, then read on.

Manila Pavilion lays out the Father’s Day buffet treat at Seasons on June 20, offered for lunch and dinner (P1,200 net). Dads get a complimentary dining privilege (limited to one father per table) when dining with their family. For inquiries and reservations, call 526-1212 ext. 2408 (food and beverage).

Maxims Hotel at Resorts World Manila pulls out the stops this Father’s Day. Cantonese restaurant Passion is offering a set menu to all families starting from P1,688++ per person, with a minimum order for six persons; all Passion’s set menus come with a complimentary Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon or Yalumba Voigner Y series. Meanwhile, Ginzadon, serving Japanese and Korean cuisine, offers a set menu starting from P1,088++/head, with a minimum order for four persons; all Ginzadon set menus comes with Bohae, your choice of Black Raspberry or Plum wine. Passion and Ginzadon are located at the 2nd floor of Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila, Newport City. For information on the set menu and reservations, call 908-8875 (Passion) and 908-8163 (Ginzadon).

At Dusit Thani Manila, treat dad to a hearty spread of international dishes at the Special Sunday Family Crossover Brunch featuring Thai, Japanese, European-Italian and International cuisines prepared by the four specialty restaurants. The brunch is available from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and priced at P1,450 net per person (50% off for kids age six to 12 and free for those five and below). Dads dining on June 20 will receive giveaways courtesy of PAGCOR, Procter & Gamble, San Miguel Coffee, Schick, and Summit Media. They will also have a chance to win prizes like golf caps, perfumes, white wines, and premium items from Toby’s Sports House and PAGCOR in the pick-a-prize corner. The entries for the ‘Why is your Dad the Best Dad in the World’ essay writing contest, sent by kids age 15 years old and below, will also be on display at the hotel lobby until the end of June. For inquiries and reservations, call 867-3333.

At Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, fathers who dine at the buffet at Seven Corners (P1,200++ for lunch and P1, 400++ for dinner) will bring home a bottle of wine and magazines from Summit Media. Xin Tian Di will offer set menus starting at P12,800++ up for 10 people. For inquiries, call 633-7222.

Restaurant 101, the application restaurant of Enderun Colleges, is offering a brunch buffet (P980 per person, 50% discount for children below 12 years) on June 20 at 11 a.m. Fathers get a complimentary gift certificate for a one-hour Shiatsu or Swedish massage at Orange Home Spa. Restaurant 101 is located at 1100 Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For reservations, call 856-5000 loc. 101 and 403-7840.

The Diamond Hotel offers a Father’s Day spa experience from Jan. 19 to 20 for P7,900 nett which is good for two people. But if he comes to the spa with two family members or friends, all three get to spa for the same price. For P14,900 net, the spa package includes an overnight stay with breakfast for three. Meanwhile, the Yurakuen Japanese restaurant will have a special 5+1 buffet deal on June 20, where a father dines for free when accompanied by five family members. He can also join the pick-a-prize raffle when the total bill reaches P5,000 net, get 50% off coupons to drinks at the Sky Lounge and for the next visit to Palm Court Cafe’s lunch buffet, and 25% off in Kohikan for all fathers who dine at one of the hotel’s restaurants on that day. Astralis, the hotel’s satelite restaurant at the Power Plant Mall in Makati, will offer a 5+1 deal and 25% off at the Cke Club on Father’s Day. Call 528-3000 for details.

The Oakroom at the Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center will have an international brunch buffet on June 20, 11;30 a.m. Fathers will receive grooming samplers from Anthony Logistics as a token. The buffet costs P1,600 per person (P800 for children under 10). For details, call 719-1160.

At Discovery Suites, groups of six or more can toast Dad as they receive a complimentary bottle of Bellagio Wine when they dine at 22 Prime, which has a set menu for P1,295+ per person. For details, call 719-8888.

Meanwhile, Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay will serve an 800-gram Prime Angus Rib Eye Steak (good for two to four persons) on June 20. Priced at P5,000++, the meal comes with a complimentary bottle of Benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon. Call 529-8172 for details.

Discovery Shores in Boracay has "Mini Chefs Cook For Dad," a cooking station at the Sands Restaurant buffet where kids has whip a dish up for their fathers to enjoy along with the other items on the buffet. The special June 20 buffet costs P1,100++ per person and P650++ for the kids activity and meal. All fathers will receive a token from Versace. For details, call 720-8888.

The Bellevue will have a Father’s Day Blowout in which fathers availing of the lunch or dinner buffet spread at Cafe d’Asie will recieve a gift. Call 771-8181 for details.

The LJC Restaurant Group rolls out the red carpet for all fathers dining at any of its restaurants (Café Adriatico, Bistro Remedios, Café Havana, Abé, Larry’s Café and Bar, Fely J’s Kitchen, and Lorenzo’s Way) where they will get a complimentary welcome drink. For inquiries, call 522-0403.

Mandarin Oriental, Manila’s Paseo Uno will have a Father’s Day Barbecue Buffet, available for P1,850+++. Tin Hau will have special set menus ranging from P1,388+++ for two to four persons up to P2,388+++ per person for a group of eight to 10 persons. Fathers who dine at the restaurants are entitled to a special raffle ticket for "Playtime for Dad", with a chance to win a day of golf for two persons at the Eagle Ridge Club; an intro dive at the Apo Reef Club in Anilao, Batangas; an overnight test drive of the new BMW 5 series; a one-month trial membership at the Mandarin Oriental Health Club; and a weekend for two at the Mandarin Oriental Club. For details, call 750-8888.

The Latitude restaurant of Traders Hotel, Manila has a Father’s Day buffet lunch and dinner priced at P760 net for adults and P475 net for kids age 11 and below. Dads can join a raffle with prizes ranging from gift certificate to an overnight stay, cocktails for two at the Traders Club Lounge; a buffet lunch and a buffet dinner for two at the Latitude. For details, call Latitude at 523-7011 local 2402.

InterContinental Manila offers three dining options for Father’s Day: a hearty lunch or dinner buffet spread of local and international favorites at Cafe Jeepney for P1,500 net per person (there will be a kiddie corner with play area and supervised learning activities inside the Cafe from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.); or gourmet lunch with a buffet of appetizers, a choice of soup, main course, and dessert for P1,900++ per person or a la carte dinner at the Prince Albert Rotisserie. Fathers availing of any of these restaurant offerings will receive a gift. For details, call 793-7000.

At Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila’s Li Li, a nine-course set meal has been created for Father’s Day. The set menu costs P1,800 net per person; the Father’s Day Brunch costs P1,800 net per person. Meanwhile, A Tribute to Dads will be held at The Market Cafe, a buffet which includes prime rib, baby lobster, baked oysters, chili crab and roast duck. The Father’s Day Buffet costs P1,800 net per person. Finally, there are two special Father’s Day cakes at The Pastry Boutique: Sweet Burger Cake (milk chocolate "patties," marzipan "cheese" slices and meringue "onion" rings); or Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake. Throughout June, an exclusive treatment for fathers is offered at the Spa at Club Oasis, consisting of a face spa, and hand reflex and foot reflexology for P2,200 net. For details, call 245-1234.

Makati Shangri-La holds the "Just Like Daddy" promo in which any father-child mirror image pair that dines at any of the hotel’s restaurants from June 10 to 20, gets the chance to win a dinner at the Chef’s Table for 10 persons at Circles Event Cafe, a two-night stay at the hotel, and a pampering make-over worth P10,000 at Salon Prive. On Father’s Day weekend, fathers who dine at Circles Event Cafe, Shang Palace, Inagiku, Lobby Lounge, Red, Conway’s and the Mezzanine have a chance to win an Ascot Chang custom-made suit worth P120,000 and a gift certificate for a Boys’ Night Out at Conway’s worth P10,000 in a raffle draw. For details, call 813-8888.

G Hotel Manila’s Cafe Noir’s chefs have come up with a set meal featuring pork porterhouse served with braised red cabbage, sauteed apples, and calvados sauce at P400 nett. A healthier option is Mirage’s tomato patties at P280 nett. There is a combination of pasta and sausage offered at both Cafe Noir and Mirage for 299 nett. Cafe Noir also offers three-course business lunch of mixed greens, chicken roulade, and tangerine creme brulee at P400 nett. For details, call 525-0888.(businesworld)

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