Belmont Hotel Manila’s all day dining restaurant, Café Belmont, is teeming with new food and beverage offerings and at the helm is newly appointed Executive Chef, Francis Tugnao.

Chef Francis recently joined Belmont Hotel Manila to assume the key role of Executive Chef. He brings with him 25 years of extensive experience in the culinary industry. His kitchen journey began in Singapore where he started as Trainee Chef. And from there, he steadily rose through the ranks and took on different roles that led him to work in hotels and resorts here and abroad. His impressive career includes working with top international brands such as Raffles, Mandarin Oriental, and Hyatt, just to name a few. One of his notable local assignments was his work with a renowned holistic medical wellness resort, wherein he revamped and launched a healthy menu that could cater to the needs of the guests and the property’s brand promise.

Throughout his career he was exposed to different cuisines and was mentored by chefs hailing from other countries. But, the best cooking for him is still his mom’s. A true blue Ilocana, his Mom ignited his love for food. When asked about his cuisine of expertise, he names Western cuisine as part of his blood, but he expressed his love for Asian food as well. He cites not only Filipino, but also Singaporean, Malaysian, Indian and Thai food as his favorites.

Quality driven weekend buffets

With Chef Francis leading Belmont Hotel Manila’s kitchen operations, fresh dining options have been abound at its all day dining restaurant, Café Belmont. First off is its Weekend Breakfast Buffet. Every Saturday and Sunday from 6 AM to 10 AM, the hotel has been offering a hearty breakfast spread that is available for checked in and walk in guests. Chef Francis and his team offers the most sought after local and international breakfast staples like sausages, waffles, pancakes, dimsums, taho, noodles, and more for only Php 800/person. Meanwhile, on Sundays, tables are being booked by guests who have been enthusiastic in trying Café Belmont’s Sunday Brunch Buffet. Chef Francis boasts of a quality-driven buffet that consists of dishes and live cooking stations that heavily complement each other. For Php 1,500/person and from 11:30 AM to 3 PM guests can enjoy a smorgasbord of assorted sushi and maki, tempura, Mongolian, dimsums, a carving station for US Prime Rib and Lechon Kawali, and a Dessert Station with assorted pastries, sorbetes, and fresh crepes just to name a few. A main highlight of this brunch are the Filipino hot dishes from Chef Francis himself. The best sellers have been the Laing Espesyal, Blue Marlin with Pomelo, Beef Mechado, and Pata Tim. Advance reservation is highly suggested.

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Yaman Dagat, Bounty of The Sea

2-Day Seafood Brunch Buffet this Holy Week

This Holy Week, Chef Francis and his team is keeping their kitchen open to serve a 2-day seafood brunch buffet dubbed ‘Yaman Dagat’, Bounty of the Sea. This limited time only food affair will be available on April 14 and 15 from 11:30 am to 3 pm for Php 2,800 per person. Mouthwatering and eat-all-you-can fresh seafood such as prawns, sand crabs, sea urchins, New Zealend mussels, and Aklan Oysters are all on the menu. These, along with sushis, makis, salad, soup, hot seafood entrees, cheese and dessert stations will be on offer.

For restaurant bookings, please call 5318 8888 or email [email protected]. Café Belmont is open daily from 6 AM to 10 PM for ala carte dining. For more information, please follow Belmont Hotel Manila in Facebook @belmonthotelmanila or visit their website at www.belmontmanila.com.