Photography by Karlo Cadang
Fiestas have always been deeply ingrained in our culture. From the colorful banderitas that signal its beginning, to the cheerful street parades that follow it, to the air unmistakably filled with cheers and shouts, there’s just a different sense of camaraderie and joy that every Pinoy can relate to when the occasion comes around.
Perhaps the most notable to any fiesta celebration is the banquet-like presence of the food you get at every home. This is the time of the year when neighbors who practically don’t know each other become the best of friends, hopping from house to house and exchanging containers of food like nobody’s business.
This jovial celebration is exactly what Sheraton Manila’s S Kitchen wants to capture in a nutshell with their lunch buffet spread expansion aptly called, Sunday Fiesta. Starting tomorrow, you can expect an extravagant filling feast featuring time-tested festive Pinoy favorites for just Php 2,500.
“Sunday brunch has become popular here in Manila, so we created a concept that invites people to not just eat but dine like there is a celebration. It’s that overall authentic experience of local culture through food,” says Executive Chef Kiko Santiago.
First things first, you have to cool yourself down from the scorching heat the summer brings. For that, you’ll be thankful for their selection of fiesta-inspired coolers. There’s the famous desserts turned into refreshing drink form – the buko pandan and the coffee jelly. If you prefer getting your zesty fruit intake that pack on the punch, they have that on hand too with their refreshing combos.
Once you’re all settled in, make sure to keep your eyes open for who we’d like to call the lumpia lady. There’s a mix-and-match lumpia cart that goes around the hall, which we’re pretty sure you’ll be happy to see. There’s plenty of filling, wrapper, and sauce selections here – both for those who love their meat or those who prefer theirs on the healthier end. Go ahead and take your pick from the dinakdakan style or the ubod style.
At the far end, you’ll catch a glimpse of their hefty grilled selections. Surely, you’ll never run out of options here. We love how there’s even isaw in the mix – reminiscent of the comforting ones you’ve always known from the streets, only meatier and tastier. And always a fiesta staple, the lechon does not fail to make an appearance, and theirs is stuffed with a filling delectable paella.
A variety of mains are also available for the festive brunch spread. The Chinese influence to our cuisine can be found in the pansit dishes cooked in woks and you’ll also get a dose of them here (we love their crispy pansit). The classic kare kare also finds its home among the well-loved homegrown choices. Rest assured, your tastebuds will also feel at home with the twalya and veggies doused in that oh so familiar thick peanut sauce.
Of course, these are just a few of the selections you’ll find for Sunday Fiesta. There’s the fresh seafood paluto, the Bicol Express pasta, the native delicacies, and the halo-halo among many more, but we’ll leave that for you to discover.
Make Sunday Fiesta your weekend food trip or treat from 12nn to 3pm. For reservations, call 902 1800. S Kitchen is located inside Sheraton Manila at 80 Andrews Avenue, Pasay City.