Celebrating the Mexican cuisine at Café Eight...
Last Wednesday, we were invited to attend the launch of Sabores de Mexico to commemorate Mexican National Day. The event was held at Crimson Hotel's Café Eight, where we were treated to a night of great food and entertainment.
There was a huge crowd in attendance. Guests from the Mexican community, government and business sectors, media personalities, and society figures were present, even the Mexican Ambassador, Julio Camarena, and his lovely wife, Ana Maria Romandetto were there. The event opened with a number from the Mariachi band, Grupo Achai, followed by a performance from Grammy Award winner Flor Yvon Quezada.
Tequilas and margaritas were handed around as apéritifs, Olé!
The buffet spread was courtesy of Mexican Chef Daniela Romero, who flew in to the country for this celebration. The food was surprisingly awesome, giving us a taste of the authentic and vibrant flavors of Mexican cuisine.
This Mexican food festival runs from September 17 - 26, 2014, and is available for lunch and dinner.
Like any other buffet, you would find the bread and cheese stations. Don't get your fill as you wouldn't want to miss out on the fabulous Mexican dishes available. Among the cold appetizers, do try the Spicy Seafood Salad. There is a taco and nacho bar, where you get to do your own recipe of amazing tacos.
For the mains, there are several dishes that you must try. There's the Salpicon, Enchiladas, Beef and Chicken Flautas, all scrumptious in their own rights. Too bad I didn't get to try the Arroz con Pollo, but according to the others, it was pretty good as well.
To warm the stomach, get the Tortilla Soup, which is hearty and quite filling. My favorites would have to be the Zucchini Stuffed with Cheese, and that hot, hot, hot Stuffed Jalapeños, ooh la la! Better get your drinks ready as you desperately reach for water to curb that burning sensation on your tongue. But I tell you, it's fantastic!
Other dishes you can expect throughout the festival are the Mixiote (pit-barbecued meat made in mutton, chicken or pork), Shrimp Aguachile, Alambre de Res (beef with onions, mushrooms and white cheese), Conchinita Pibil (slow-roasted pork with banana leaf), Rajas con crema (sliced Poblano pepper with cream) and Chamoyadas (frozen mango with pikin chile).
The dessert spread is composed of copious petits fours, churros con chocolate, flans, eclairs, fruits, and halo-halo. I enjoyed the White Forest Cake, but the Tres Leches proved a bit too sweet. My favorites were the Chocolate Mousse and the Lemon Flan, a twist on the local custard flan sans the saccharine taste.
We totally enjoyed the buffet, you can see our happy and satisfied faces as we took a quick photo with the Mariachi band after. I suggest you try it, too, especially if you love Mexican food.
Sabores de Mexico at Café Eight
Spot: 8th Level Crimson Hotel Entrata Urban Complex, 2609 Civic Drive, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Contact No.: 863.2222