Before I can conclude my Thanksgiving trip to Cagayan and Dahilayan, I just wanted to publish this again. The marketing girls of Shangrila Mactan Resort and Spa invited us over to test out their new Chef’s specialty dishes – all imported from Tuscany! Very chic, very Italian. I got to spend the longest lunch I’ve ever had in the history of my dining life with Jude from Cebu Daily News and Sir Jigz from Sunstar. Guess who gets to represent The Freeman Cebu?
Perhaps I’ll tell more of that new venture of mine in another post but for now, please feast your eyes on these 5-course meal Chef Marco Ghezzi prepared for us five. An excerpt of the entire lunch break period:
CEBU, Philippines – A recent lunch invitation at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa’s Acqua Restaurant to welcome their newest Italian chef, Marco Ghezzi made us raise our glass to the former sous chef at the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Italy. Although it is not a secret that Acqua is an award-winning Italian dining cove in Mactan that houses the best Italian cuisine and famous pizzas, guests who regularly dine at Acqua can now look forward to a new set of fresh and innovative dishes by Chef Marco every month.
“We are pleased to have Chef Marco on our team,” said Joris Rycken, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa’s Executive Chef. “His skills and passion for authentic Italian cuisine will ensure a memorable experience for our guests.”
Lunch started off with Mactan Ice Tea to accompany the bread rolls we nibbled on. While browsing the menu, I realized Acqua has definitely crumpled up page after page of the script that made of many a menus ago. Previous ventures that are so beloved have been written into a new libretto, emphasizing refined notes over rustic ones, and sacrificing hip on the altar of elegant. In a welter of excitement after the first dish was served, I poked my fork at the battuta di salmone aromatizzato al limone and forgot about my raw fish inhibitions. The thinly sliced salmon fillet with citrus dressing and shaved fennel salad is going to make me a convert!
Full text of article here.
ACQUA Shangrila Mactan and Resort Spa
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu City
Breakfast: 6am – 10am
Lunch: noon – 2:30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10pm
**Photos by Kristine Roa unless otherwise stated. Reproduction without consent is not allowed.