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Get An Early Start On The Holiday Feasting With These Must-Try Restaurants

To celebrate the coming of December and the holiday carousing, we’ve gathered two new spots—an Italian pop-up and a European-style deli—plus one of our favorite French restaurants with a very special 2nd anniversary deal. Pop in for visit this weekend or for any of your holiday get-togethers with friends and family.

 

A Classic Italian Feast at L’Opera Christmas Caffe

5/F Rustan’s Makati, Ayala Avenue, Makati City

 

 

You can get an early start on the Christmas festivities at Rustan’s just-opened pop-up Italian restaurant, L’Opera Christmas Caffe. Italian executive chef Luciano “Paolo” Nesi whips up a gastronomic Italian feast that you can enjoy after a full day of holiday shopping, or with family and friends.

 

Assorted Salami

 

Homemade Ravioli with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese

 

Linguini in Salmon and Caviar Sauce

 

The lunch and dinner buffet available every weekend is priced at P1,200 per head, featuring classic Italian Christmas mains like Lasagna Salmon and Cannelloni filled with cheese and spinach, plus desserts like Panna Cotta with a selection of toppings. On weekdays, guests are given the option of ordering the set menu or choosing from the à la carte menu.

Visit the official website or Facebook page for more details.

 

A Seafood Feast at Red Lobster

G/L S Maison Conrad, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

 

Seafood Feast

 

Red Lobster, the number one seafood chain in the United States, has finally washed up on our shores! The 115-seater restaurant at S Maison is the first branch this side of Asia, serving Filipinos its wide range of fresh seafood and other shellfish combinations, from appetizers, pasta, pizza, to desserts.

 

Seafood Nachos

 

Red Lobster Shrimp and Kani Pizza

 

We’ve been told that the freshly-baked complimentary Cheddar Bay Biscuits, filled with garlic and cheddar goodness, are a must try when you visit.

 

Bar Harbor Seafood Bake

 

Visit Red Lobster’s new Facebook page for more details.

 

The best of the Mediterranean at Brera Delicatessen

G/F Park Terraces Tower, Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City, (02) 478-7384

 

Premium dry aged beef with Italian Barolo wine

 

Named after a posh neighborhood in Milan, Brera Delicatessen offers a veritable cornucopia of gastronomic treats. You’ll find over 100 charcuteries, 250 cheeses, and 98 wines from all over the world—and guests get to choose any of these to enjoy onsite at this 50-seater restaurant in Park Terraces.

 

El Greco Salad with feta cheese, black olives, and a zesty lemon vinaigrette

 

Chicken Espetada hanging over salad and a choice of couscous or rice

 

Brera Delicatessen also serves an extensive menu of Italian, Greek, French, and other Mediterranean dishes. You can start with Beef Carpaccio or a refreshing El Greco Salad. For a light lunch, you can order French Quiche Lorraine or other quiche variants prepared in individual sizes. The Brera Signature Pasta includes truffled Brie, assorted cheeses, chorizo, baked with a pastry topping. Also on the menu are Roman-style pizzas baked in the wood-fired oven, premium steaks dry aged on premises and charcoal grilled, Espetada or hanging grilled skewers, Wagyu burgers, and Italian-style cheesecakes.

 

Romano Burger

 

Brera offers a great selection of wines by the glass. During Happy Hour (weekdays 3 to 6 pm), guests can enjoy unlimited pours of red, white or rosé wines of the month, plus a complimentary chef’s sampler for only P695 per person. Visit the official Facebook page or website to learn more.

 

Japanese-Peruvian Bites and Booze at Nikkei Nama

2/F One Bonifacio High Street, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City

 

The new Nikkei Nama’s sleek interiors

 

Nama Bowls

 

One of Manila’s favorite Japanese-Peruvian restaurants presents a new and playful dining experience. Nikkei Nama offers a fresh and creative approach to Nikkei cuisine serving dishes like Nama Bowls, its version of fun and healthy poke bowls.

 

Agedashi Tofu

 

With the restaurant open from 11 am to 11 pm, you can get your fresh sushi, ceviche, and booze cravings satisfied at this minimalist spot. To learn more, visit the page or account.