Friday, May 18, 2018

Rustic Mornings at Flavors, Holiday Inn Makati

Enjoy Sunday brunch with Rustic Mornings at Flavors Restaurant, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati!

I've been to Holiday Inn & Suites Makati a couple of times before. Last year's fourth of July was made awesome with their American Food Fest; it was also the same year that Chef Dennis of Den Lim's Kitchen in Pampanga collaborated with Flavors Restaurant to bring his food to Manila. In March 2018, I finally got to try their poke bowls which they've made available at Citron, their lobby bar.

This time, they're collaborating with Rustic Mornings and to be honest, it's my favorite collaboration yet! 
Rustic Mornings is Marikina’s hidden gem, which was started by advertising exec turned chef/restaurateur Portia Baluyut in 2009 as Isabelo Garden Restaurant, a by- reservation only restaurant which served only pre-ordered dishes. With no formal culinary training, but a lifelong love for food and the creative process, Portia evolved her restaurant into Rustic Mornings in 2012. Serving hearty and delicious all-day breakfast in the heart of Marikina, Rustic Morning has been named as the top breakfast place in the metro in 2013, 2014 & 2015 by Looloo.

My last visit to Rustic Mornings was years ago and I really loved the vibe there. I also enjoyed the food that they serve - most especially their Churros Waffles. It was one of the dishes that I hoped would be available at Flavors Restaurant this month, and lucky for me, it was!

Though this one's a bit different since it's from Chef Portia’s newest baby Waffable. Waffable has its own station in the brunch buffet, showcasing her award-winning Classic Waffable; the bestselling Churro Waffable with Bananas, Butter Cream and Yema Fudge; the Brownie Brittle – Brownie Waffle, Butter Cream and Yema fudge; and Blueberry Burst – Classic Waffle, Butter Cream and Blueberry Compote and Monkey Butter.

I love how we're able to design our own waffles at Flavors Restaurant! So if you're looking to do the same, I suggest visiting them any Sunday this May!

Otherwise, you can get your Waffable fix at Rustic Mornings or their stall at UP Town Center! ;)

Aside from the waffles, you can also enjoy Rustic Mornings' Buttermilk Pancakes with special Butter Cream and its very own Classic Syrup, which you can top with a choice of fresh Mangoes, Banana slices, Strawberry cubes, Blueberry Compote, and Chocolate Chips!

According to Chef Portia, "Sundays at Rustic Mornings are the best," explaining how families, couples and groups of friends would line up at the restaurant before it would open just to secure a table. “We have loyal customers coming from the far south of Manila who continually ask me to open a branch in their area so it’s easier for them to visit and dine. Having this collaboration with Holiday Inn & Suites Makati really excites me and is such a welcome opportunity because it gives those who would like to experience our food again a chance to do so without having to travel too far.”

Super happy with the fresh fruit selection! I had tons of kiwi and strawberries with my pancakes that afternoon!

Another brunch highlight is the Pinoy Burrito made of Parslied Garlic Rice with Tinapa Flakes wrapped in a Lumpia wrapper, then deep fried with a cream sauce. Brunch guests can also look forward to French Toast Bake with Berry Cream; the Hashbrowns, Sausages and Bacon bar; Curry Kofta Balls; and Smoothie Bowls: Acai Bowl and Apple Smoothie Oat.

Tinapa Burrito

Curry Kofta Balls

French Toast Bake



Acai Bowl / Apple Smoothie Oat

Even Sabine / Baby Eats of Eatsplorations enjoyed the brunch spread at Flavors!

“We look forward to this partnership with Rustic Mornings as we always want to bring a new and delightful experience to our guests. Having the top breakfast place in the Metro team up with our Chefs to bring a fun, relaxed and comforting brunch experience is something we’ve been wanting to do for a while and is an experience I think our guests will find enjoyable,” states Andy Belmonte, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati Hotel Manager.

Sunday Brunch is served at Flavors Restaurant from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm for only P1900 nett. For the month of May, enjoy your Sunday brunch with complimentary Sparkling, White and Red Wine from Philippine Wine Merchants.
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