La Gondola

New executives at Waterfront Cebu plus mouthwatering dishes at La Gondola

General Manager Anders Hallden

General Manager Anders Hallden

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino has appointed two new executives. Anders Hallden returns to the hotel property as the new General Manager from his previous stint as Executive Chef ten years ago. A Swedish national with over two decades experience as a chef, he was exuberant of coming home again to Cebu, where his wife comes from.

Giovanni Sias is the new Executive Chef, an Italian, with over 27 years of experience in several countries. His mastery of food and his creative experimentation was showcased in the exciting buffet spread that will find its way in La Gondola, the hotel’s Italian restaurant at the Gourmet Walk.

The antipasti spread was sumptuous and varied, from cured meats to cheeses to salads and carpaccios. The pasta dishes which were prepared on the spot were remarkable. I especially loved the fresh three colored ravioli filled with cream cheese and quail’s egg that I had to get another one. The risotto was creamy and the pasta negra with its crisp sliced squid was a play of texture and taste.

The sea scallops lollipop was another memorable dish. Large scallops coated with breadcrumbs and fried to a crisp yet the inside is still tender and succulent. There were good tasting sisig croquettes and fried raviolis, tender leg of lamb, and shrimp with lemon aioli was also another that made for a delightful eating experience. Of course, all these capped with that delicious tiramisu in the form of a potted plant. And eclairs.

Memorable. tricolori Ravioli with cream cheese and quail's egg is a must

Memorable. tricolori Ravioli with cream cheese and quail’s egg is a must

I just love these sea scallops, crispy outside, succulent and tender inside.

I just love these sea scallops, crispy outside, succulent and tender inside.

Fantastic antipasti, risotto and filled treats

Fantastic antipasti, risotto and fried ravioli and croquettes

Frito misto with lemon aioli, left; sea scallops lollipop with italian salad, right

Frito misto with lemon aioli, left; sea scallops lollipop with italian salad, right

Potted plants? Nope! It's delicious tiramisu

Potted plants? Nope! It’s delicious tiramisu

Desserts spread and another antipasto of thinly sliced octopus

Desserts spread and another antipasto of thinly sliced octopus

This black pasta with squid is one of sumptuous dishes at the restaurant

This black pasta with squid is one of sumptuous dishes at the restaurant

La Gondola
Lobby Level, Gourmet Walk
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino
+6332 232-6888 local 8611

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.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    July 15, 2016 @ 10:07

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