A Fine German Feast at Cucina - Marco Polo Manila

Cucina, Marco Polo Manila's all-day dining restaurant, is truly taking us around the world not only through its varied offerings but also through its new addition to its menu: German cuisine. While November gave us a taste of Barcelona in the recently concluded La Catalana food festival, this December brings in fresh Bavarian creations, especially prepared by guest chefs Mario Paecke and Christian Scheler from the iconic Schloss Elmau hotel from Germany.

From December 8 to 13, buffet lovers can experience Cucina's German station alongside its regular offerings. For instance, a selection of appetizers like Fish Patties with Cucumber and Dill, Fried Veal Shank with Beetroot, German Potato Salad, and Potato and Leek Soup are available.
Fish Patties with Cucumber and Dill
Fried Veal Shank with Beetroot
I loved the juicy veal shank paired with the sweetish beetroot salad—the dish showcased a play of textures and flavors. Similarly, the Pork Schnitzel with Cucumber Salad had a nicely seasoned, crisp, and thin breading which gave way to juicy pork.
Clockwise from top left: Potato and Leek Soup; Grilled Salmon in Lemon Butter Sauce;
Beef Goulash; Pork Schnitzel with Cucumber Salad
Beef lovers would find delight in the Beef Goulash, served with either a side of red cabbage or spaetzle. However, what I enjoyed more was the Crispy Pork Belly with Dark Beer Jus. The meat practically slides and melts in the mouth, and the skin is delightfully crispy. It had minimal seasoning, so the natural flavors of the meat shone.

Special desserts are also available—the Bavarian Cream of Milk Chocolate with Raspberries, and the Semolina Pancakes with Cherry Ragout. These two, along with Cucina’s indulgent spread of cakes, chocolate truffles, and pies, will definitely satiate any sweet tooth’s craving.

The German food fest is offered only for a limited time, but seeing as Chef Lluis’ Catalan Paella Mixta had managed to find its way permanently into Cucina’s selection, I’m sure that diners will also see German dishes in the regular buffet spread in the (near) future.

As for you who want to try Chef Mario and Chef Christian’s creations, head over to Cucina in Marco Polo Manila this week and experience the whole lineup of this German feast. For as low as PhP1,850, you can partake of Cucina’s Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Spanish, Italian, and German selections—including German beers. Don’t forget to check out Marco Polo’s wine list (they have Riesling!), and make sure you linger for coffee.

24/F, Marco Polo Ortigas, Sapphire St. cor. Meralco Ave., Ortigas, Pasig City

Buffet rates:
Lunch (12:00NN – 2:30PM) – PhP1,500++
Dinner (6:00PM – 10:30PM) – PhP2,200++
Children 6 yrs. old and below – FREE
Children 7 – 12 yrs. old – 50% off

Do you like German food? Are you excited about Cucina's new offering?

My meal was sponsored by Cucina. All opinions, however, are my own.

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