Novotel Manila Must-Tries: Indian and Mediterranean Dishes + More

Novotel Manila makes a trip to Cubao an interesting one.

The Cubao you know might be of nights hanging out at Cubao X (the Marikina Shoe Expo compound turned enclave which drew artists and creatives); of trooping to the hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant, Bellini’s; or even of weekend mornings spent at the Farmer’s Market shopping for the freshest ingredients. Cubao X is now dotted with new tenants but the Cubao of 2016 is also replete with tall condo buildings, BPO offices, new restaurants, and a new hotel—Novotel  Manila—all making a trip to Cubao an interesting one.  


Food Exchange Manila has seven stations which include Filipino, Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian food.


The buffet at Novotel’s Food Exchange Manila might be enough of a draw for those who live for options: there are seven stations which include a modest selection of Filipino, Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian food. Two dessert stations offer sweet temptations, which include churros, ice cream made in-house, and a spread dedicated to Pinoy favorites such as bibingka and other kakanin.



The Tandoor Platter is served with mint, mango chutney, tamarind and tomato dipping sauces.


Don’t leave without trying a dish or two from the Indian station. The Tandoor Platter is a pretty plate filled with an array of meats bursting with flavors. Chef Rajan, who hails from Chennai, India mans the Indian station and the spread includes curries, tandoori, and tikka.



Chocolate Calamansi Cake at Food Exchange Manila


Don’t leave Food Exchange Manila without a serving of their signature dessert, Chocolate Calamansi Cake. A tangy mousse layer cuts through deep chocolate flavors—one can finish the whole thing given that you still have space from all the plates you’ve tried.



Black linguine with talangka paste available at the Gourmet Bar.




Beef Caldereta sliders with shredded fork-tender meat. 


Novotel’s Gourmet Bar also offers choices for the more discerning diner. Dishes are made from organic ingredients sourced straight from a farm in San Mateo, Rizal and plates are both playful and imaginative, without being too experimental. The Black Linguine with Talangka Paste is both rich and delicious, sans cloying flavors. Beef Caldereta is used in sliders and the mini burgers are filled with shredded fork-tender beef strips.



The Premium Lounge is located at the 24th floor and guests staying in Superior rooms at the hotel may choose to have their meals here instead of at the hotel restaurants. 


Staycationing families and business groups in the area will find satisfying dining options at Novotel without having to go far (and out of the city)—part of what Novotel Manila is all about.



Novotel Manila is at General Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City

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