If you’ve made it your personal goal in life to eat a sumptuous meal in every country in the globe, you may have realized by now that it’s a difficult task to accomplish. But that doesn’t mean you need to give up on the dream completely!
There’s a way to let your taste buds savor authentic international flavors and the best part is you don’t even need to leave the country.
Solaire, found in Paranaque’s Entertainment City, is home to restaurant concepts that show off the world’s finest cuisines.
All created and run by Solaire, there’s a Japanese place that flies in fresh fish straight from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, a Korean barbecue joint that puts the glamour in grilling meat, and a Chinese restaurant where you can savor cups of one hundred-year-old tea!
The food establishments at Solaire may cater to different types of palates but you’ll find that they all have certain things in common. Innovative chefs lead the kitchens, restaurant interiors were designed to impress, and only the highest quality ingredients from different parts of the world are used to prepare dishes.
If you’re ready to begin your foray into the dining world of Solaire, here are five drool-worthy restaurants you can start off with!
If you’re in search for high quality Japanese food, the best place to go looking is obviously Japan. But you don’t actually have to go out of the country because Yakumi brings Japan to you!
Their selection of fresh fish is flown in directly from the famous Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, giving you an authentic taste of top notch Japanese fare. Also, you can bet the wasabi here is real because Yakumi grates them fresh from imported wasabi root!
The sashimi preparation is done by Chef Norimasa Kosaka who has perfected his craft through years of rigorous training.
To sample his specialty, order things like Japanese mackerel, flounder, blue fin tuna belly, and Hokkaido uni from the imported sashimi section of the menu.
Don’t miss out on the teppan room experience either where Japanese chefs prepare fresh, multiple-course meals for you. You can even ask for a sommelier to help you with your sake fix!
You don’t have to hop on a plane and fly across the globe to experience the glitz and glamour of Italian fine dining because you’ll find all of that in Finestra!
In this restaurant, your eyes are treated to an impressive display of hand-blown Italian crystal chandeliers, marble finishings, as well as a spectacular view of the Manila Bay sunset. And as for your tastebuds, they’re immersed in the traditional flavors of authentic Italian homestyle cooking!
Inside Finestra’s kitchen, you’ll find internationally trained chefs, under the supervision of Director of Culinary Michael Dinges, whipping up their signature dishes.
Don’t miss out on their bestselling Osso Bucco, Vitello Tonnato, USDA Prime Hereford Beef, Sea Bass, and their wide array of freshly made pasta. Finestra is also the holder of the largest collection of Grappa (Italian brandy) in the country so be sure to drink up!
3. Red Lantern
Most of us don’t know that the Chinese cuisine is made up of so many different styles because a lot of the Chinese restaurants in the Philippines only stick to one. So in the effort to showcase as many sides of the Chinese culinary tradition as possible, Red Lantern’s menu features the best dishes of the Sichuan, Canton, and Hunan provinces!
And they’ve got a culinary team of experts, led by Executive Chef Jimmy Chaw and Chef de Cuisine Richard Thong, to masterfully execute these various Chinese cooking techniques.
If you can’t get enough of dumplings, this elegant restaurant is known for its all-you-can-eat dim sum buffet where you can chow down on handmade siew mai, barbecued pork buns, and beef balls.
But if you’re ordering from the menu, go for bestsellers like the Sichuan Style Stir-Fried Pork Belly, Wok-Fried Beef Tenderloin with Green Chili, or Sauteed Prawn Crispy Rice. To wash all the food down, try sipping on their hundred-year-old narcissus tea!
4. Kiwa Korean Grill
We’ve seen the rise of many Korean barbecue joints in the Metro. But out of all of them, Kiwa is quite the stand out.
The very first fine grill dining establishment to open in Southeast Asia, it’s one of the rare places where meat is flipped in a glamorous setting.
It’s so pretty to look at that it has actually been picked as the location for an upcoming movie! (Everything in this restaurant is from Korea, from its stowable wall panels down to its state-of-the-art exhaust system.)
Using only the best meat money can buy, expect to be served USDA Grade A beef and imported Korean pork here. Their bestsellers include the Yangnyeom Galbi, tender slices of beef grilled in Kiwa’s special marinade, as well as the Saeng Deung Sim (beef) and Samgyeopsal (pork), both of which are non-marinated barbecue dishes.
If all you get for breakfast these days are sad-looking bowls of cereal, Fresh makes the first meal of the day exciting again.
You get to wake up to a buffet spread of glorious things like homemade bread, pastries, bircher muesli, smoothies, pancakes, waffles, and perfect eggs. If you can’t find what you want, tell a chef and they’ll cook it for you! Roll out of bed really early because breakfast at Fresh starts at 6:30AM!
It doesn’t end there though because the buffet continues all the way to dinner. Fill up on customized noodles, dim sum, freshly cooked Japanese and Filipino dishes, and carvings.
Of course, don’t forget to drop by the dessert section where you’ll find a wide assortment of Executive Pastry Chef Roberto Molleman’s cakes, ice cream, and Filipino sweet treats!