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A Foodie Guide to Maxim's 6 Restaurants - Valentine's Edition!

A Foodie Guide to Maxim's 6 Restaurant - Valentine's Edition!
A Foodie Guide to Maxim's 6 Restaurant - Valentine's Edition!
Celebrate the season of love and the diversity of international flavors as you indulge yourself in any of Maxim's restaurants, namely The Terrace, Impressions, Ginzadon, Victoria Harbour, Mercado and Cafe Maxims. Each of these restaurants curated a set of exciting gastronomic surprises for this Valentine's season which you'll get a glimpse of in a while.

Now, I know it might be too overwhelming or confusing which restaurant to go for (unless you have the budget to try them all); hence, I came up with this guide to somehow give you an idea and eventually help you decide.

Note: Two of the restaurants listed above are not technically found in Maxim's; however, I just decided to lump them up together.

Festive Food Tasting in Maxims
It was highly fortunate of me to be invited in a food tasting event here in Maxims Hotel wherein we got to try portions of selected dishes to be offered this Valentine's Day for each restaurant.

The food tasting was held here in Impressions, which is a highly comfortable and conducive area to enjoy an array of dishes.

Sophisticated Interior of  Impressions, Maxims Hotel
Sophisticated Interior of  Impressions, Maxims Hotel
Impressions of Maxims Hotel
Attention to details: Impressions values all the minute details from the table settings down to the dishes

For an easier read, I placed on top of each subsection the details of the set offered under the restaurant as well as the prices. Just before I head on to the next restaurant, I included some food highlights.

Impressions
French fine dining restaurant headed by Chef Cyrille Soenen

Dinner Romance
A Five-Course Degustation Menu 

Seared Scallop, Duo of Duck Liver, Creamy Broth of Mussels, Clams and Prawn, Choice of Main Course, Pralines and Dessert with Chandon sparkling wine

Dinner. February 13 to 15, 2015
P3,500 net per person

Seared Scallops, Herbed soil of Nuts and Brioche, Cauliflower Meuniere
Seared Scallops, Herbed soil of Nuts and Brioche, Cauliflower Meuniere by Impressions
Seared Scallops, Herbed soil of Nuts and Brioche, Cauliflower Meuniere by Impressions

Creamy Broth of Mussels, Clams and Prawns and Squid Gaufrette
The immensely flavorful Broth of Mussels ,Clams and Prawns of Impressions
The immensely flavorful Broth of Mussels ,Clams and Prawns

Duo of Duck Liver 
w/ Terrine and Strawberry Marmalade, Strawberry Aspic, Peanut Powder and Pistachio Emulsion
The wonderfully puzzling Duo of Duck Liver by Chef Cyrille Soenen
Impression Food Highlight
Based on the three dishes I was able to taste above, I would say that the Dinner Romance by Impressions will be perfect for couples who want to experience a unique French dining experience that will be marked by a bludgeoning of flavors.

Victoria Harbour Cafe
Authentic Hong Kong diner headed by Chef Charlie Simangan
This restaurant is located in the Gaming Area of Resorts World

Harbour Love

Deluxe Combination Platter, Winter melon with Seafood Bean curd, Curry Crispy Fried Fish Fillet, Beef Steak Chinese Style, Wok-fried Noodles with Shrimp and Heart Shape Pudding

Dinner. February 14, 2015
P1,376++ for two (2)

Deluxe Combination Platter
Special Deluxe Combination Platter of Victoria Harbour Cafe
Chef Charlie Simangan of Victoria Harbour Cafe
Chef Charlie Simangan of Victoria Harbour Cafe

Victoria Harbour Cafe Food Highlight
The Harbor Love may be ideal for those craving for nostalgic Chinese dishes but mixed with some superb twists. On top of all, the price is already for the couple, so budget-wise this is great!

Ginzadon
Japanese and Korean restaurant headed by Chef Antonio Ablay

Set for Love

Combination of California Roll and Nigiri Unagi, Seafood and Vegetable Hot Pot, Steak and King Prawn OR Salmon Princess, Deep-fried strawberry ice cream. Served with coffee or tea.

Lunch or Dinner. February 13 to 15, 2015
P1,500++ per set - Salmon Princess as the main course
P2,500++ per set - Steak and King Prawn as the main course

Steak and King Prawns
Wagyu Beef Teppanyaki and Grilled King Prawns on Crispy Croquettes
The highly memorable Steak and King Prawn dish of Ginzadon
The highly memorable Steak and King Prawn dish of Ginzadon

Salmon Princess
Stone Grilled Salmon Fillet in Teriyaki Sauce with Buttered Heart Vegetables
The delicately and meticulously grilled Salmon Princess - Ginzadon
The delicately and meticulously grilled Salmon Princess of Ginzadon 

Ginzadon Food Highlight
Set for Love is a highly suggested dish for couples who are lovers of grilled meat and of Japanese/Korean dishes! You'll really enjoy the Wagyu steak since it totally blew me away with its tenderness and heavenly juiciness!

The Terrace
A Mediterranean-themed restaurant headed by Chef Gregorio Nuguid


Dine Under the Stars
Savor a delectable meal paired with bottomless sparkling, red and white wines.Al-fresco style

Lobster Corn Soufle, Pistachio Rack of Lamb, Airline Chicken with Tarragon Sauce, Grilled Salmon and No Bake Trio Cheese Cake

Ladies get one long stemmed rose and a box of mouthwatering praline chocolates

Dinner. February 13 and 14, 2015
P3,660 net per person


Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb - My Favorite for the Night!
Pure excellence in the Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb - The Terrace
Pure excellence in the Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb - The Terrace

Lobster Corn Soufle
Butter poach lobster medallion, saffron butter sauce on corn souffle bake in corn husk cup
Another work of art - Lobster Corn Soufle by Chef Gregg Nuguid
Another work of art - Lobster Corn Soufle by Chef Gregg Nuguid
The Terrace Food Highlight
Enjoy a highly memorable night under the starry skies as you dine outdoor here in Terrace. This is perfect for couples who want the night to be marked by great outdoor ambiance and of course by the uberly fantastic pistachio crusted rack of lamb!

Mercado
Filipino Buffet Style restaurant headed by Chef Chubby Timban
This restaurant is located in the Gaming Area of Resorts World

Eat, Drink, Love
Special Valentine-theme spread

Experience a celebration of culinary romance with choice dishes including fresh seafood, exquisite carving, international dishes and more

Dinner. February 13 to 15, 2015
P1,288++ per person

Spread of Assorted Carving, Salad and Vegetable
Spread of Assorted Carving, Salad and Vegetable of Mercado
Spread of Assorted Carving, Salad and Vegetable of Mercado

Creamy Baked Salmon
Creamy Baked Salmon by Chef Chubby Timban
Creamy Baked Salmon by Chef Chubby Timban

Mercado Food Highlight
Eat, Drink, Love is perfect for couples who want to not only share the love of each other but also the love for food (lots of 'em) ! Enjoy a wide range of dishes here in Mercado without breaking the budget at only P1,288++ per person. 

Cafe Maxims
Cafe of Maxims Hotel headed by Chef Michael Lopez


Bibingka Love || P135 net - small piece || P380 net large serving
Bibingka with a strawberry-flavored twist, topped with creamy vanilla ice cream
Bibingka Love by Chef Michael Lopez of Cafe Maxims
Bibingka Love by Chef Michael Lopez of Cafe Maxims

Cake Samples of Cafe Maxims
Cake Samples of Cafe Maxims

Cake of Affection || P1,800
Center piece made of layered milk chocolate mousse over vanilla sponge base, sprayed with cacao butter, laced with pink Italian butter cream pipping and topped with white chocolates, fresh red currant and dainty heart chocolates
Cafe Maxims' extremely delicate and meticulously prepared Cake of Affections
Cafe Maxims' extremely delicate and meticulously prepared Cake of Affection

Cafe Maxims Food Highlight
Cafe Maxims is perfect for those who already made reservations in some place else in Valentines but still want to try an extraordinary dessert such as the Cake of Affection (which had this burst and melt in your mouth chocolate goodness). 


The Chefs Behind the Creations
The Chefs behind the brilliant creations - Mercado, Impressions. Cafe Maxims and The Terrace
The Chefs behind the brilliant creations - Mercado, Impressions. Cafe Maxims and The Terrace

Now there you go, I hope this guide made it easier for you to pick out what restaurant to try in Maxims or in Resorts World Manila in general. If you'll ask me which among these 6 is my top recommended restaurant. I'll say it's The Terrace, simply because the lamb wowed me! 


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