Celebrate Easter Sunday with your loved ones with these family favorites, from Cochinillo to Beef Wellington to DIY pizza.
Every Easter is a fresh start, which is more than enough reason to celebrate despite the current goings-on in the world. The traditional celebratory meal will, again, be spent at home this year, prompting many of our favorite restaurants to provide at home service.
This goes for the Florabel Group of Restaurants’ Chef Florabel Co-Yacto, who suggests the party trays and potluck platters at her establishments Florabel, Crisostomo, and Corazon. She says that they don’t fancy trends, and, instead, “produce the kind of fare that people will either look for again and again or always go back’ home’ to.”
Here are seven restaurants and some of their recommended fare for this Sunday’s Easter lunch:
Co-Yacto says every celebration deserves a great roast and her eponymous restaurant’s Roast US Angus Rib-eye is one of them. It is served with twice baked potatoes, vegetables and port wine sauce. Florabel’s Baked Salmon, which is served with garlic, shallots, dill, and lemon in olive oil, is also one of their most ordered and partners well with the roast. Also check out their Maple Glazed Bacon, which can go well with salads and pasta courses.
“Who can resist a good, suckling pig? It’s never a Pinoy celebration without it,” says Co-Yatco, suggesting that customers shuold try their Cochinillo. Those who are more inclined to Spanish dishes, she says, should think of ordering Corazon’s Paella Negra and Paella Valenciana, who has heaping amounts of meat and seafood.
Co-Yatco says that Crisostomo’s Kare-Kare ng Kura, which is stewed oxtail made with homemade peanut sauce, would make for a fine Easter Sunday dish. “No shortcuts with this one, we use fresh peanuts from our line to make the sauce, and slow cook this to tender perfection,” she says. The restaurant’s Manok ng Diablo, which is a deep-fried whole chicken served with crispy pork rinds, is also recommended. “Pinoys love a good fried chicken, and this is one of them—the spicy kick makes all the difference,” she says.
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The restaurant, known for using local ingredients into his dishes, was included in the top 100 of this year’s Asia’s Best Restaurants list. Chef Chele Gonzalez recommends his Truffle Beef Wellington Feast. Comprised of eleven components, including Lobster Croquetas, Jamon Aioli Pintxos, Truffle Beef Wellington, and Chocolate burnt Basque Cheesecake. The set meal is good for five to six people.
You may order through Gallery by Chele at Home or by calling +639175461673.
The restaurant’s at-home dining offerings range from prime cuts flown straight from Japan to favored sides such as Gyoza. Classics such as Nori Tempura served with wasabi and caviar, Gyudon, and Yakiniku Don are also on the menu. Heartier and unusual fare include a A5 Kobe Beef Burger Steak Rice and their Chateaubriand Sando.
You may order by calling +639171800657, or visiting their Instagram.
Blackbird at the Nielson Tower
Combining world classics combined with contemporary Asian cooking, the Makati restaurant’s extensive take-out list includes freshly grilled seafood as well as a selection of seven different types of pizzas. From their dessert menu, we recommend their Passionfruit Lamington and Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Semifreddo for Sunday lunch.
You may order by calling +639178892782, or visiting Blackbird.com.ph.
The restaurant offers DIY pizza kits complete with pizza dough, tomato sauce, cheese, and various toppings, depending on the flavor you select. This would make for a good activity the kids would love after an at-home Easter egg hunt. Additionally, you can stock your pantry with their deli section comprised of bottled pasta sauces and fresh handmade pasta.
You may order by calling 025569442, or visiting Vabenepastadeli.com.