Saturday, October 6, 2018

A Taste of Istanbul at Marco Polo Manila

Savour the true flavors of Istanbul at the world's kitchen as Marco Polo Manila's Cucina celebrates the capital city's vibrant taste and sensual aromas with guest Chef Gürsel Keleş from October 3 to 15, 2018! 

Born and raised in Turkey, Chef Gürsel Keleş has always been an advocate of his hometown's cuisine. His experiences ranges from different world-class hotels and restaurants such as Sheraton and The Grand Blue Sky Hotel. He is currently the chairman of Eurasian Chefs Association, and has organized multiple cuisine festivals across Turkey, Germany, Lebanon, and Belgium, to name a few. Twenty years after working in different hotels and restaurants, he opened Fish of North, in 2005 which showcases the finest catch from the sea.
Alongside Cucina's expert culinary team, Chef Gürsel features a menu that will transport foodies straight to the heart of Istanbul. Start your meal with some Stuffed Pumpkin Flower (Kabak Cicegi Dolmasi), Circassian Chicken Salad (Cerkez Tavago), or Roasted Eggplant with Olive Oil (Imam Bayildi). Follow it with their hot-off-the-grill skewers of chicken, red snapper, lamb, and eggplant. 
Roasted Eggplant with Olive Oil (Imam Bayildi)

Assorted skewers

Check out this season's signature dishes - from Steamed Sea Bass in Paper with Vegetables and Herbs (Kagritta Levrek), Spiced Chicken with Olive Coriander Relish, and everyone's favorite, the Pan-Roasted Lamb with Smoked Eggplant Puree (Hunkar Begendi).
Steamed Sea Bass in Paper with Vegetables and Herbs (Kagritta Levrek)

Spiced Chicken with Olive Coriander Relish

Roasted Lamb with Smoked Eggplant Puree (Hunkar Begendi)

Finish it off with their selection of Turkish desserts - the staple Pistachio Baklava, Walnut Baklava (a sweeter version of the baklava), Candied Pumpkin with Walnuts, and Fried Dough Balls in Rose Scented Syrup. 
For more information and reservations for "A Taste of Istanbul," please call Cucina via (02) 720-7777 or email
Cucina is located at the 24th level of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award Winner Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. ;)
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