Cafe Marco's festive buffet

Cafe Marco’s treats for the Festive Buffet

Of course, the Festive Ensaymada is never absent!

Of course, the Festive Ensaymada is never absent!

There’s always something to look forward to when December comes and for those in the foodie scene, Marco Polo Cebu’s well regarded Cafe Marco’s Festive Buffet is highly anticipated. From 16-23 & 26-30 December, sumptuous Christmas dishes can be enjoyed on top of the standard buffet lunch and dinner spread.

What I love about the festive buffet is the selection of well loved dishes that are popular and familiar to Cebuanos, food that you are sure to find in the noche buena and media noche feast, that, for balikbayans, something nostalgic and for visitors, a great way to know more about Filipino culture.

I’ve always regarded the chicken relleno (also chicken galantina) with much gusto especially during Christmas time. The difficulty of preparing one and the good reward of having a delicious non-dessert food always make the effort worth it. Of course, the honey glazed ham is never absent, as well as the chicken macaroni. In our home, these two are always present and Cafe Marco’s take on the latter is just as good.

The traditional bibinka is highly recommended. Soft, and smooth to the palate, the slices of salted eggs makes this familiar treat a must. And for the kids, there are lots of chocolate desserts and cookies. Of course, for the hotel, the Christmas ensaimada, soft and cheesy brioche with glazed fruits make it a truly wonderful Christmas treat.

Clockwise from top right: trio of chocolate Santa, malicious cookies and torta Argao; delicious eggnog, festiv cookies and a choco dessert with cream

Clockwise from top right: trio of chocolate Santa, malicious cookies and torta Argao; delicious eggnog, festiv cookies and a choco dessert with cream

Clockwise from top right: Chicken macaroni, honey glazed ham, sliced pumpkins and chicken relleno

Clockwise from top right: Chicken macaroni, honey glazed ham, sliced pumpkins and chicken relleno

The different desserts both native and non native, clockwise from top right: gingerbread house, cenci cookies, traditional puto bumbong and delicious bibingka with slices of salted eggs

The different desserts both native and non native, clockwise from top right: gingerbread house, cenci cookies, traditional puto bumbong and delicious bibingka with slices of salted eggs

Cafe Marco's festive buffet specials laid out for us

Cafe Marco’s festive buffet specials laid out for us

Thanx to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu for the treat! Dining at this Miele Guide recognized restaurant is always an beautiful dining experience.

Festive Buffet
Cafe Marco
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Cebu (032) 253 1111 and Manila (02) 887 1263
[email protected]
16-23 & 26-30 December 2015
Lunch Buffet: Php 1,149 net per person exclusive of drinks
Dinner Buffet: Php 1,445 net per person exclusive of drinks

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    December 20, 2015 @ 20:55

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  2. Estan, Ang Langyaw (@LangyawMedia)
    December 21, 2015 @ 9:49

    Cafe Marco Festive Buffet is here! @5StarInCebu

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