When the air is chilly and nights are longer, you know that the Christmas rush is finally here. Everything whizzes by so quickly—the parties, gifts, deadlines, reunions. It’s no surprise that more and more are looking to slow down their holiday season by staying in town and throwing themselves well-deserved staycations.
But skipping the trip doesn’t limit you to wonderful experiences. At Okada Manila, the grandest integrated resort and destination for world-class restaurants, you can still get those same international flavors you’ve been craving for at the convenience of a drive away. Best of all, you’re not restricted to a single cuisine—you and your loved ones can spend the holidays going on a global food trip!
Here are 10 dining destinations you can get at Okada Manila:
- Yu Lei
Destination: Shanghai, China
Treat yourself on December 24 or 25 to a special Christmas masterpiece. You can enjoy fresh deep-fried king prawns wrapped in kataifi with avocado cream sauce, roasted peking duck, pan-fried wagyu fillet and foie gras with specially made truffle sauce in the comforts of the city with Michelin-starred Chef Mikiya Imagawa’s signature Christmas menu, specially created for discerning palates.
- La Piazza Ristorante Italiano
Destination: Naples, Italy
Get a taste of la dolce vita this Christmas and New Year’s Eve with La Piazza’s three-course holiday dinners and free-flowing wine. La Piazza offers braised beef cheek with semolina fries and mushroom as the main dish for Christmas and roasted cod fillet with tomato, pancetta concasse, pumpkin mush, red wine sauce for New Year’s Eve. Of course, no Italian meal is complete without proper wine—top off your merriments with Prosecco, Chardonnay, and Nero d’Avola.
Destination: Shibuya, Japan
Starting on December 15 up until January 5, Enbu offers a variety of festive platters: Start the party with a Grilled Platter set featuring the freshest Australian wagyu, squid, chicken teriyaki and salmon foil-yaki. You can also add more to your spread with an authentic Sashimi and Sushi Platter filled with tuna, toro, salmon, Japanese salmon, tanigue, white fish, and spicy tuna roll, or a signature Tempura Platter with prawns and vegetable tempura. This traditional Japanese set menu is great for families, suitable for four persons.
- Red Spice
Destination: Kowloon, Hong Kong
Relive that feel of a delicious dining break after hours of gaming at Red Spice this entire month of December. Enjoy Chef Chung Wai Lau’s traditional Cantonese recipes for the holidays: crispy noodles with mixed seafood, stir-fried pork belly with bell pepper in honey sauce, and steamed egg with assorted seafood and crab roe. Bring the kids along and enjoy a taste of Hong Kong!
- Lobby Lounge and The Pastry Shop
Slow down with a festive afternoon tea filled with delightful offerings of artisan sandwiches, baked raisin scones and plain scones, assorted mini cakes and pastries, and coffee or tea, available from December 18 to 25. To greet 2019, you can enjoy New Year’s Eve platters of either jamon iberico with manchego or a selection of cheese platters, paired with local beer, wine, cocktails, or mocktails. For those potluck parties, pick up a cake or log at the Pastry Shop.
- Goryeo Korean Dining
Destination: Seoul, Korea
Channeling your favorite K-drama or K-pop group this holiday season? Goryeo offers a challenge for all samgyeopsal lovers with the Ultimate 8 Samgyeopsal, a set of eight samgyeopsal flavors suitable for three to five persons. You can take on the challenge with friends and family for the whole month of December and the set includes kimchi mandu, jeongol (spicy dumpling soup), and gyeran jjim (Korean steamed egg).
- Japanese Kappou Imamura
Destination: Shinjuku, Japan
If modern Japan is your favorite, this restaurant is your pick. It attracts a discerning crowd thanks to Michelin-starred chef Hirofumi Imamura who married traditional Japanese delicacies with modern elements. Chef Imamura is also a certified Sake Sommelier, which means you are sure to get a complete authentic Japanese meal. With his dedication to using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, Chef Imamura’s signature 8-course menu is a culinary experience worth having. Savor the authentic taste of a masterful kaiseki meal with flash-smoked seasonal fish salad, sake-simmered live lobster in seasonal vegetable thick sauce, and charcoal-grilled seasonal fish soup in ichiban dashi.
- Ginza Nagaoka
Destination: Tokyo, Japan
Sushi lovers will enjoy the talent of Chef Junji Nagaoka, a full-fledged fugu chef, who is bringing delectable hand-pressed sushi and sashimi to this ten-seat sushi bar. You can also enjoy an authentic omakase and topped off with authentic sake.
Destination: Manila, Philippines
Traditional Filipino food is perfect for balikbayans. Kiapo offers a Noche Buena Set Aguinaldo Set, and Simbang Gabi Set, suitable for six persons each. Treat your visiting loved ones to the classics they’ve been longing for: crispy pata, grilled tuna belly with manggang hilaw, pata humba, pakbet, inihaw na baboy, ginataang halo-halo, and a choice of jasmine, java, garlic, or bagoong rice, depending on the set.
- Medley Buffet
Destination: When you can’t decide where to go
A buffet is always a great pick when there are many preferences to consider and at Medley Buffet, you are sure to have a memorable dining experience. Medley offers picks from Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Italian cuisines and for the holidays, you and your family can load up on roasted turkey, prime rib carving, foie gras, lechon, and seafood. You can spend your Noche Buena at and enjoy traditional Filipino Christmas staples like puto bumbong and halaya, as well as a Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread House for the kids.
You will not run out of delectable and authentic options at Okada Manila this Christmas season. Best of all, you can easily enjoy the best of the world’s dining capitals right here at home. Now isn’t that a true Christmas feast, enjoying great food with the company that matters most.
Get your tables ready for the holidays and call 555-5799 or email email@example.com for holiday dining reservations.
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Nathaniel C. Uy