Monday, August 11, 2014

Lunch at Spiral and Pampering at Le Spa
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Spiral has been one of Manila's most loved restaurants. If there is any major occasion, important date with a special someone, celebration, or just a craving for quality food, everyone would think of Spiral. Spiral is divided into 21 dining ateliers where secret recipes are masterfully prepared right before your very eyes.  The range of cuisines is expansive and the attention and detail to each dish has the focus of an artisan.  



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Every time I dine at Spiral, I get a different experience. They frequently change, update and upgrade their menu, ingredients and decor. Of course, it gets better and better! 

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One thing I noticed is that they incorporated to-go items in between the food sections.

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Some of the items we actually see being served in Spiral, could actually be bought to go!

Everything you see can be customized to fit your palette, whether you want it spicy, less sweet, more salty, it's up to you!

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Salad and Appetizer 
Fresh locally grown produce and organic colorful vegetables freshly picked from their garden tossed for the guests by chefs with your choice of home made salad dressings.

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L’Écailler
Jewels from the sea from oysters, salmon, prawns, crabs and other seafood sourced from all over the world prepared with fresh organic vegetables and your choice of sauces from white wine, vinegar or zesty lemons.  

Sushi Sashimi 
A raw bar with all the fresh sushi and sashimi. Japanese rituals abound at this cold stone counter. Temakis and nigiri are in abundance.

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L’Epicerie 
Meat and Cheese lovers will be on seventh heaven in this room where one could feast from a wide variety of premium aged hams, charcuterie, smoked fish, artisanal cheese from France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland creamery products. Pair them with olives, herbs, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, sauces and condiments for a real gourmet experience. 

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Hot Japanese 
From a delectable choice of fresh natural ingredients, Japanese cuisine never ceases to amaze one with its simplicity and artistry.  Enjoy a selection of traditional grilled sea food, meat and vegetables cooked at the robata or at the teppanyaki.

French Stove 
With every dish meticulously prepared, authentic French dishes are a labor of love. Savour home-made seared foie gras, luscious roasted meat and carving, seafood, grilled food and regional French cuisines that will surely impress every gourmand.

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Rotisserie
The aroma of roasted meats triggers the sense of taste and brings back the time honored traditions since 1400 in Paris. Slow cooked meats give you a chance to try a selection of home – cooked lamb, chicken and pork with its rich natural juices blended with various marinades and herbs from the secret recipes of Sofitel chefs.

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Wood fired oven
Pizza with pizzazz – just as the Italian “Mama” makes it at the traditional wood-fired oven with fresh ingredients.

Churrasco 
Savor a variety of mouthwatering juicy skewered steaks and sea food with matching hot sauces and your choice of herbs straight from the churrasco which originates from Brazil.  Ask the chefs that move around to grill what their fine meats and seafood are on offer that day.

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North Indian 
Inspired by maharajah of Northern India, your taste buds are in for a fiery and spicy treat. Discover the pomp and pageantry of Indian cuisine - North (naan and tandoori) and South Indian cuisine (dosa and chutneys) at its best. Lavish and homemade dishes include tandoori-spiced meats with Indian and Asian breads and sauces.  Vegetarians will surely have a feast with a selection of dal, paneers and chutney.

They also brought in this oven straight from india to make authentic naan breads.

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Asian Noodles
Hand pulled Asian noodles prepared many hours before; with a variety of broth, sauces and an extensive range of condiments and soup stocks to choose from.  If that is not enough, ask the chef to make your own noodle recipe.  Try the authentic steamed and fried dimsum from different parts of China.

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My new favorite from this section is their Laksa! I got this last, and I'm happy I still made a little room in my tummy for this, it was delicious!

Peking Duck Oven
Roasted to perfection, enjoy peking duck, one of the Chinese atelier’s star dishes which goes back to the tradition of the Emperors Palace in Beijing during the Imperial times.  Also on offer are Chinese barbecue.

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Chinese Wok 
The sight of flames, the sight and sound of the Chinese master chef cooking stimulates one’s appetite. Let him entice you to try his signature dishes reflecting all parts of China whether Cantonese, Hunan, Sichuan and regional.  Also choose from a selection of Wok cooked Chinese dishes.

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Steam Baskets  
Savor endless authentic steam and fried dimsum from siao long pao, siomai, dumpling and wonton from all over China.

Filipino
Warm your palates with a delectable array of traditional Filipino dishes like beef tapa and adobo with its unique sauces from coconut base and dashed with spices. These can be paired with your all-time favourites such as the mouth-watering kare kare with its peanut based sauce and the amazing crispy pata among the many which will want you to crave for more.  Surely just take the culinary adventure and try the Filipino dishes with homemade and heirloom recipes from their notable Spiral Chefs.

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Thai
Fiery flavors of Thai cuisine beckon you with its fabled soups and curries. In contrast to the chili dishes Thailand is known for, Thai food infuses a lot of zesty lime, kaffir and basil to its rich flavors.

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Korean
Sizzling plates and freshly tossed vegetables await Korean food aficionados.  Korean dishes like dakdoritang (spicy chicken stew) and changjorim (soy braised bean), kimchi, bulgogi , beef short rib barbeque, chili chicken barbeque, pork rib barbeque, squid chili barbeque, bibimbab, five kinds of kimchi and five kinds of namal will be on offer for you.

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La Boulangerie
Follow the smell of warm and freshly baked baguettes, pain au chocolat, croissants and you end up at the La Boulangerie right at Spiral where you can choose from a selection of freshly baked breads – all hand rolled.  Healthy choices include rye and gluten free breads.


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La Patisserie
Sweet endings are the perfect way to end a memorable dining experience – succumb to the temptation of freshly baked French pastries of all shapes, fillings, textures and sizes.

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Chocolaterie
Chocolates are the stuff sweet dreams are made of. Indulge in artisanal chocolates, truffles and pralines intricately designed whether dark, white or milk chocolate from the best cocoa in the world  and all freshly made for you by their chocolatiers.  One bite of these devilishly good chocolates will surely send you to seventh heaven with its intense flavors and colors.

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Creamery
Imagine sweet temptations – all types of ice cream at the tip of your tongue from your favourite fruity and citrus flavors along with dark chocolates and toppings.

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They also have Puto Bumbong and other native sweets (kakanin) and they use muscovado sugar. They do support local farmers.

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local cheese

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They also had drinks that you can order, I had the Three Teas (the one in orange).

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Candies that look like treasures in a chest! :)

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You can also reserve a private room if needed for events, gatherings and special celebrations.

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After the scrumptious lunch, we walked around the compounds of Sofitel.

 Our last stop, Le Spa.

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Inside Le Spa's spacious locker room.

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You don't need to bring anything if you plan on getting pampered here. Relax and chill, they got you covered from toiletries to disposable underwear, towels and robes!
Of course, I did not take much photos inside the sauna room, steam room and bubble bath. I felt "tenderized". My muscles that were very hard at work appreciated this.

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After using the sauna, we were ready to get our massage. This is their couples room, you can get different packages, customized to your needs.

This room is where you can avail of the “Duo” Couple’s Romantic Ritual package. It's a 3-hour use of the suite with a choice of a 90-minute Marrakech Sweetness or Filipino Pride massage for two; includes a bottle sparkling wine, decadent pralines and a sensuous bath ritual.


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This was the last photo I took before we indulge in the Tranquilite package. We had a 60-minute Marrakech Sweetness Massage and a 30-minute Coconut Body Scrub.

All my senses renewed. This was also our way of celebrating our first year anniversary. <3


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Pasay City
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About The Author Hannah Villasis Hannah is a lover of life! She retired as a CPA to become a pole dancer and a blogger. She loves Christmas too. She's a weird little one, but she is very curious and loves to explore the world and appreciate all it has to offer. She loves to surf, travel, go outdoors, stay indoors, play Pokemon, love One Piece, loves to ride anything that has wheels. She is also a Polecat and loves to go beyond her limits every day. More about me here. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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