Valentine’s is not just a celebration of love in a romantic aspect; it is also about showing your appreciation to people who actually matter. It’s a day where you can thank those closest to you. Last year has been eventful, to say the least, and that is why everyone deserves a little extra affection this time of the year.
From Valentine treats to romantic date ideas, here’s how to keep the spark lit and the month of love sweet while staying safe during the community quarantine.
Love at Steak
It might be your first time to dine out for the year with your loved one, and it certainly pays off to splurge a little to be extra romantic and at the same time extra vigilant. CRU Steakhouse offers a special Valentine’s shortened menu highlighting their new offers and best-sellers. Book a seat and the staff will direct you to your sanitized table with your own set of cutleries to begin your safe and personalized dining experience. Start off with Sautéed Goose Liver or Seared Scallops—both of which are newly added in the menu, CRU’s signature Caesar Salad, Wild Mushroom Soup, choices of U.S. Certified Angus premium steak cuts, Cape Grim Tasmania (grass-fed) steak, Australian Mulwarra Wagyu Rib eye MBS+9, Cast Iron Specials such as Grilled Salmon and Yellow Fin Tuna along with CRU’s vegetable side dishes, steak rice, and sauces. You can also enjoy Contemporary CRU Plates such as Surf and Turf, a combination of Grilled Australian Cape Grim Beef Tenderloin and Jumbo Asian Tiger Prawn or Line Caught, Pan Roasted Barramundi with cauliflower and pine nut pilaf, grilled romaine, and lobster-butter emulsion. End the night with Honey My Love, a dessert made of vegan white chocolate semifreddo, Palawan Honey pockets, vegan chocolate honey comb, pecan crumble, and compressed strawberry. Available for dinner only from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on February 12 to 14.
Romantic Take Home Dinner for Two
Still not confident to go out? Bring the romantic dining experience at the comforts of your home. For the whole month of February, CRU Steakhouse offers a Romantic Take Home Set for two. Dress up and set up a fancy table for two by your backyard or stay cozy in your pajamas while watching your favorite Netflix series—whatever your style is and however you want to celebrate, CRU can make your Valentine’s memorable. The Take Home Menu includes CRU’s Spicy Seafood Gumbo Soup, U.S. Certified Angus Beef Center Cut Tenderloin (500 grams) with Truffle Whipped Potatoes and Roasted Organic Vegetables as sides and Black Peppercorn Sauce, a Love Dessert, and one bottle of Sparkling Wine for P 5,800 nett.
Set Menu with Unlimited Oysters
There’s nothing like a special dinner with a lovely ambience to bring back some old fashioned romance after being distanced for quite a while. Marriott Café offers an elevated four-course couple set menu with unlimited French Legris Oysters to indulge on served with a glass of Rothbury Estate Shiraz Cabernet or Chardonnay or Elysee Bru sparkling wine. For a safe night out with your loved one, the restaurant offers an option for al fresco dining. Have ServSafe-certified chefs and staff bring your meal directly at your table. Enjoy French Oysters with a choice baked in garlic mornay or raw with chili caviar and citrus salsa that you can order all you can, Chicken Essence Espresso Soup to warm up the chilly night, a Surf and Turf of Hazelnut Crusted Pork Medallion and Sous Vide Jumbo Prawn with texture of corn, organic vegetable ragout, apple thyme jus for the main course as you catch up on stories that you certainly missed, and a Valentines Chocolate Fondant with 70% Maracaibo dark chocolate, coral tuile, compressed strawberry, and vanilla bean sauce to end it on a sweet note. Book a table for only P4,200 nett per couple. Available for dinner only from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on February 13 and 14.
Apart from the set menu, the regular buffet can still be enjoyed on February 13 and 14. 2020 made us realize that it’s really our family that comes first and what better way to express your gratitude to them is by sharing a scrumptious meal together somewhere safe and close to home. Marriott Café offers a serviced lunch buffet from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for P2,402 nett per person. Indulge in the same exquisite flavors of cuisines from East to West. From live cooking stations to platters and all the finest dishes you missed from savory carvings such as crispy pork belly and ribeye steak, finest seafood selections from mud crab to tiger prawns, cheese and charcuterie to cuisine from all around the world carefully prepared by Manila Marriott’s culinary team.
Special Valentine Treats
Love is in the air despite all the challenges. While you may not often see your friends or loved ones nowadays, you can send them some treats to show how much you missed them. Surprise them with chocolates, cake or even a box full of everything they like and insert a notecard to make it special.
For the whole month of February, Marriott Café Bakery offers Valentine Whole Cakes for P950 nett available in Strawberry Strawberry Fields (6-inch round cake) made of pistachio streusel, pistachio sponge, strawberry confit, strawberry meringue mousse, and red glaze, Chocolate Red (6-inch round cake) made of chocolate dacquoise, cherry compote, cocoa almond sable, dark chocolate mousse, and chocolate glaze, and Strawberry Tart (6-inch heart-shaped cake) made of red vanilla sable tart, raspberry jam, vanilla sponge, light cremyvit, and fresh strawberry. There are also mini cakes for P225 nett such as White Hearts made of moist almond cake, raspberry compote, chocolate raspberry star-anise cremeux, light chocolate mousse, and white chocolate glaze, Juliet made of flourless, chocolate sponge, vanilla cremeux, chocolate bavaroise, and caramel chocolate glaze, and White and Black made of white chocolate mousse, flourless chocolate sponge, Maracaibo cremeux, and crunchy base.
Chocolates are also available and makes everything sweeter. Marriott Café Bakery’s handmade treats comes in Valentine’s Chocolate Pralines in box of nine for P600 nett that includes their signature Belgian chocolates, Moulded Chocolate Heart with Romantic Chocolates, nine pieces for P500 nett includes red heart filled with strawberry ganache and coated with white chocolate, dark heart filled with dulce de leche ganache and coated with dark chocolate, milk chocolate heart filled with crispy praline, and coated with milk chocolate, Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bar (120 grams) for P400 nett made of white chocolate couverture with mixed nuts and dried fruits, and Heart Chocolate Mendiants, six pieces for P350 nett made of milk Chocolate with nuts and dried fruits.
Guided by the brand’s strong Commitment to Clean, stringent health and safety protocols are observed to ensure the well-being of all diners. Careful and frequent disinfection and sanitation, sneeze guards, social distancing practices, QR-code enabled menu, and contactless payment via Paymaya and GCash are some of the best practices of the hotel.
For orders, reservations, and inquiries about Manila Marriott’s latest offers, call (0917) 659 5420 for Cru Steakhouse and (0917) 859 9521 for Marriott Café. For more information, you may visit the hotel’s website http://www.manilamarriott.com, and social media accounts in FB, IG, and Twitter @ManilaMarriott. Be updated and join their Viber Community at Make it Marriott.