When it comes to coffee, most people think that it’s just a drink that can perk up the senses on an early morning. But people are becoming more creative, infusing it in food and other drinks to create new and unexpected flavors. Last October, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati celebrated Philippine Coffee Month with a selection of coffee-infused dishes and drinks!
I got to try the dishes and drinks, and I fell in love with how the chefs and bartenders played around with coffee. They used premium Arabica from Sultan Kudarat, described as “a full-bodied, high-grown dark roast coffee with a balanced acidity and a fuller body.”
Flavors Restaurant offers a curated selection of Filipino, Southeast Asian, and Western dishes, and it got a few coffee-infused additions to their menu. I enjoyed the salads because of the generous toppings, like the Spinach Salad with Walnuts and Raspberry Orange Coffee Dressing, the Salmon Mandarin Orange Salad with Asian Vinaigrette Coffee Dressing, the Chili and Coffee Mango Zesty Quinoa Salad, and the Grilled Chicken Salad with Brewed Coffee. The coffee flavor was evident but it blended well with the rest of the ingredients, adding an intriguing layer to the salads.
For the main dishes, I liked the Marinated Beef in Soy Coffee Calamansi Gremolata with Caramelized Onion and the Coffee-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin in Red Wine Shallot Sauce. The flavors were more subtle but I appreciated the tenderness of the meat and the play of flavors. Of course, for something really decadent, I had a few slices of the Roasted US Rib Eye Marinated with Coffee Rub and Spice with Red Wine Gravy. Yum!
Of course, desserts are my favorite so I saved space for all the coffee-infused treats. My favorite was the rich Mocha Velvet Cake, but I also had a few scoops of the Cappuccino Truffle Cake, the Coffee Opera Cake, and the Cappuccino Cheese Cake.
I also got try the Mojito Coffee from Citron Cafe, which is muddled mint with espresso and syrup, and topped with whole milk. The bear design was so cute! They also had the Hanoi-inspired Coconut Coffee, which has condensed milk and coconut cream; and the Lemon Coffee, which has a refreshing and summery citrus flavor.
The fun continued at Oz Bar, where the bartenders whipped up more coffee cocktails like the Affogato, a single shot of espresso with vodka, Kahlua, and creme de cacao poured over vanilla ice cream; the Bailey’s Affogato, which is an upgrade from the Affogato with the addition of Bailey’s; the Barako Millionaire, a shot of espresso with Bacardi, Fundador, and condensed milk, and the Chocolate Martini, or espresso with vodka, Kahlua, chocolate syrup, and ice. I had the Affogato and it had a kick!
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to write it in time for you guys to try it, but anytime is a good time to visit Holiday Inn & Suites in Makati. The food is always good at Flavors Restaurant and their Ube Cheesecake is to die for. The rooms are sumptuous and are walking distance to Glorietta, Greenbelt, the Ayala Museum, and the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Everything else is just a drive away.