Last December was a dizzying dervish of parties and get-togethers. Buffets are popular for these gatherings, and one resto I was keen on trying was Marco Polo Ortigas' Cucina. I've tried Marco Polo Cebu and Davao (click here and here) before, so I wanted to know how the Ortigas branch measure up against them.
I took a page from my friend Rush and started with the soup station. I had a tasty, spicy soup with flavorful mussels, siomai, shrimps, and ham, freshened by calamansi. I dialed up the heat with chopped red-eye chilis or labuyo. Finished it off with a topping of sliced boiled eggs. This was yum--a fortuitous beginning.
Next I had tasty rib-eye steak in pepper steak sauce coupled with sweet cherry tomatoes--a nice pairing.
The pork chops were moist and the pizza, which has been sitting on the counter for quite some time, was still flavorful.
Another winning platter: slipper lobster, mussels, and shrimp which I dipped in vinegar.
Of the excellent gelato, I was partial to pistachio and vanilla which I topped with mango and blueberries.
Of the pastries, I love the choco tart the best--rich dark silky balanced by tart strawberries--but Marco Polo Davao's version is more exquisite.
24F Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Sapphire Street cor. Meralco Avenue
(+63) 02 7207777 local 6622