Cucina at The Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Manila

 

I’m a very bad buffet eater because I usually eat the cheap stuff and I get full fast. My dad insisted I try the buffet at the new Marco Polo Hotel along Meralco Avenue in Ortigas Center. He’s the one who discovered it and he’s eaten there several times already. In short he loves it.

 This isn’t the hotel’s lobby. The lobby is at the 24th floor. 

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This is the 24th floor where Cucina and the reception desk is located. 

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Impressive entrance to Cucina. 

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The buffet isn’t the kind where you have to walk a long way to get to the end. I find their buffet to be the right size with just enough selections that will please a wide range of picky eaters. 

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The first thing that greets you as you enter the restaurant is this display of fresh seafood. I went straight for the lobster. 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- Slipper Lobster, New Zealand Mussels,  Alimasag
Slipper Lobster, New Zealand Mussels, Alimasag
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- prawns and sushi
prawns and sushi

 

At the sushi counter is where they kept another kind of lobster which I suggest you get a LOT of. Trust me on this. 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- rock lobster
rock lobster

 

There was also a salad bar and Caesar salad but I skipped those. 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- smoked salmon, marinated salmon, duck salad
smoked salmon, marinated salmon, duck salad

 

I hate heat lamps because they distort the color of the food but I loved this area which had a selection of breakfast items like bacon, sausage, bangus and tapa. I actually looked for garlic rice and fried eggs. 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- fried bangus, lechon kawali, tempura, quiche Lorraine
fried bangus, lechon kawali, tempura, quiche Lorraine
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- fried bangus
fried bangus
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- fish & chips
fish & chips
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- roast ham and roast prime rib
roast ham and roast prime rib

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The cheese and charcuterie was in a special area of its own. 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- cheese & charcuterie station
cheese & charcuterie station

 

The chef told me they rotate the cheeses. Sometimes they have manchego (my favorite) and a host of others. Yesterday they had roquefort, Stilton, Brie and a few others. 

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Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- noodle soup station
noodle soup station

 

The British chef (I wasn’t able to get his name) has been working around Southeast Asia for 30 years until he moved to Manila with his Thai wife. He’s asked me why I was taking pictures and I explained I had a blog. After that he asked me for my comments on the food and made sure I try certain dishes which he prepared for me himself. 

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Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- Indian & Filipino food
Indian & Filipino food

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Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- International food
International food
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- Chinese food
Chinese food
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- crepe & waffle station
crepe & waffle station
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- strawberry, English toffee, green tea & blueberry ice cream
strawberry, English toffee, green tea & blueberry ice cream
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- dessert station
dessert station

 

I don’t have a picture but this chocolate cake was super moist, soft and chocolatey without being too sweet. 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- chocolate cake & pecan tart
chocolate cake & pecan tart
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- carrot cake & brownies
carrot cake & brownies
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- cookies
cookies
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- bread pudding & fruit crumble
bread pudding & fruit crumble

 

So these are what I ate. The best thing I ate was the rock lobster which was perfectly cooked. The slipper lobster (back) was tougher so I didn’t eat it. I wanted to eat 3-4 more pieces of rock lobster but then I wouldn’t have room for anything else. Both smoked salmon and marinated salmon were pretty good too. Even the duck salad was delicious. 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- lobster, duck salad, salmon
lobster, duck salad, salmon

 

I’m a sucker for breakfast food so I couldn’t resist trying a little of each. The beef tapa was the best, sweet and tender. The baked potato wedge was also amazingly crisp and well seasoned. The sausages were ok too. I wanted garlic rice but they only had white rice and biryani rice with raisins which I tried but it was hard and dry. 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- fish & chip, bacon, bangus, quiche, beef tapa, 3 kinds of sausage, pork sausage patty
fish & chip, bacon, bangus, quiche, beef tapa, 3 kinds of sausage, pork sausage patty
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- salted egg salad
salted egg salad

 

On this plate my favorites were the roast duck (sans the super sour plum sauce) and fried pork cutlet which was really tasty and could compete with the numerous tonkatsu around town. 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- spareribs in ok sauce, fried pork, roast duck, fried rice
spareribs in ok sauce, fried pork, roast duck, fried rice

 

We all loved the thick, cold sweet tapioca, coconut, kaong in a coconut soup base. I was surprised to like the creamy green tea ice cream with enough flavor to satisfy me (the hardest to please when it comes to anything green tea or matcha). 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- halo halo & green tea ice cream
halo halo & green tea ice cream

 

My dessert was interrupted when the chef came over and insisted I try the cheese and Swiss dried beef with a complete garnish of cornichons, onion chutney, dried fig, dried pineapple, pistachio, walnuts and some passionfruit liquid. I managed to eat two crackers with the Roquefort and Stilton cheeses and all the dried fig and pistachios. Yum!!! The chef prepared this and the next plate just for me.  

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- cheese & charcuterie plate
cheese & charcuterie plate

 

The chef couldn’t believe I didn’t try his Prime Rib so he cut me a thin slice of perfectly medium beef with stoneground mustard, horseradish and Dijon mustard. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t so full.  

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- prime rib with stone ground mustard, horesradish & Dijon mustard
prime rib with stone ground mustard, horesradish & Dijon mustard

 

Tea for one came in a ginormous tea pot which yielded at least 3 cups of tea. They use German Ronnefeldt tea bags. 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- Ronnefeldt tea
Ronnefeldt tea

 

The coffee was perfect after I added another shot of espresso. Of the three cookies I only liked the chewy espresso cookie on the right. Unfortunately they ran out of that pretty fast. 

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet- Conlins coffee wtih cookies
Conlins coffee wtih cookies

 

The bill with senior citizen discount was separated. 😀

Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Cucina Restuarant Buffet Sunday brunch price

The chef told me they will have something special everyday. One day it could be pan seared foie gras, beef Wellington and oysters from France on Seafood Night on Fridays. I’m most excited about their upcoming Afternoon Tea on May 12 which will have authentic British scones and clotted cream with dessert buffet (hope I got that right).

Cucina has a 3 + 1 buffet promo until May 31, 2014. For a group of 4 you pay for 3 people only.  

Buffet Price:

Breakfast – P1,225.71 net
Monday to Friday 6:30 to 10:00 am
Saturday and Sunday 6:30 to 10:30 am
 
Lunch – P1,448.57 net
Monday to Saturday 12:00 – 2:30 pm

Brunch – 1,728.86 net
Sunday 11;30 am – 2:30 pm

Dinner
Sunday to Thursday 6:30 – 10:30 pm P1,749.43 net
Friday to Saturday 6:30 – !0:30 pm P1,972.29 net

Kids 6 yrs. and below eat for free while those from 7-12 yrs. pay half the price. 

 

Sky High Tea at Cucina

Sky High Tea at Cucina (2)

Spend a fancy tea afternoon overlooking the cityscape at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s, all-day dining restaurant – Cucina located at the 24th floor of the hotel tower. Perfect for intimate meetings and gatherings, Cucina’s Semi-High Tea offers the best selection of classic items presented in a modish High Tea Stand such as freshly-baked English Raisin Scones, imported Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam, and delectable finger sandwiches to consist of egg and mayonnaise, bone ham, smoked salmon on whole wheat and cucumber and mint.

A variety of Cucina’s famous signature desserts will also be inclusive of this regal afternoon dining offering in special buffet set-up namely the French Macarons, Chocolate Éclairs, Royal English Fruit Cake, Strawberry Tarts, Sherry Trifle and Baked Cheesecake to name a few.

The “Sky High Tea” afternoons at Cucina is available at Php 1,980 net good for two persons from Monday to Friday at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

For more information contact (632) 720 7777 or book online via www.marcopolohotels.com or email: manila@marcopolohotels.com.  Visit facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or follow @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram or experience MPMDining.com. 

Cucina
Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Manila
Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street Ortigas Centre, Pasig City, 1600
Reservation Numbers:(+632) 720 7777
website:www.marcopolohotels.com  www.MPMDining.com

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