F Restaurant at the Best Western Premier F1 Hotel : Chinese New Year Special

In a week's time, we will be bidding the Year of the Rabbit good bye and will gladly welcome the arrival of the Water Dragon. Coincidentally, this year's Chinese New Year is also the day of my dear Mommy's birthday!! Thus, my sister and I have been planning on where to host her birthday lunch with our extended family for days now.

Since January 23 was also declared a holiday, we know we are running out of time as we expect that a lot of people will surely be out celebrating the Chinese New Year making almost all Chinese restaurants in town to be fully booked.

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I've been doing a number of research and luckily have been invited by some to have a preview of their Chinese New Year offering. Allow me to share them all with you in the coming days. Let me start with the Chinese New Year menu of F Restaurant of the Best Western Premier F1 Hotel. This is the first hotel to open at the Bonifacio Global City and is located right in front of Starbucks Coffee and is just within walking distance from Mercato Centrale.

Located at a very booming area, expect Bonifacio Global City to be filled with more hotels as the number of offices are starting to double by the months as well. This hotel has a mix of residential units and hotel rooms with a well-equipt business center, Wi-Fi installed all around, 3 swimming pools, a spa, a 24-hour Fitness Center and an all-day restaurant called F.

The F Restaurant offers diners the choice to order from their ala carte menu or to partake in their buffet spread. I took a peek at the buffet area and couldn't help but drool over the fresh looking seafoods, the meaty jamon serrano and the wide variety of breads and cheese.

For our special lunch that day, we were given a sneak peek of their Chinese New Year buffet that will be available starting tomorrow, January 16 until the end of the month. This is a mix of all well-loved Chinese dishes from various provinces in China.

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Our meal began with a variety of appetizers such as the Jelly Fish, Beef Kimchi, Cucumber with Garlic and Chili Sesame and Cold Pork Knuckles. I'm a big fan of Chinese appetizers and this is normally what I always look forward to in lauriats. I love the cold and crunchy jelly fish which had a slight hint of spiciness yet still pretty tolerable. The Cold Pork Knuckles was also very good as the thinly-sliced pork was well seasoned with vinegar. Lastly, the Cucumber with Garlic and Chili Sesame was a surprise as I was just expecting a bland tasting cucumber but what I had was a garlicky crunchy cucumber that has instantly perked up my taste buds making me want more. Sadly, I had to skip the Beef Kimchi but I heard from my tablemates that it was very very good.

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While enjoying our Trio of Appetizers, out came another favorite -- Tea Boiled Peanuts. Trust the Chinese chef to give more life to a simple batch of peanuts by boiling this in tea broth making it really delicious and quite addicting too.

We had two types of soup that day -- Seafood Spinach and the Crab and Corn Soup.

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The Seafood Spinach was really good, not very salty and I love biting into the tiny bits of shrimps too.

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The Crab and Corn, I was told, was also good with a generous amount of crabmeat and corn kernels in every scoop. I'm sure even kids (provided they are not like me who's allergic to corn) will truly love.

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Our lunch continued with the Fried Noodle with Sliced Pork, Vegetables and X.O. Sauce. I normally stay away from fried noodles as they always end up really oily making me feel guilty after consuming a bowl. I'm happy to note that F's version was pretty good perfect to have for long life this Chinese New Year.

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Following the noodles, we were served with a platter of Hainanese Chicken with Ginger Oil. The chicken was very tender yet a bit bland but I didn't mind as I was happy to cover this with some lots of Ginger Oil. Oh how I love having a few drops of Ginger Oil on my rice too! :)

My lunch ended with the Hainanese Chicken as I had to bid my friends good bye to quickly head back to the office for a meeting. Meanwhile, I'm glad that Paul was able to stay and try the remaining dishes. Oh how I envy them when I viewed his photos! I totally missed out on the best part of lunch -- the Main Dishes.

Here are some of the dishes that Paul was able to enjoy the day:

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Deep Fried Pork Ribs with Salt and Pepper

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Steamed Asparagus with XO Sauce

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Peking Duck
Oh I feel so sad for missing this :"(. Paul told me that their Peking Duck was pretty good! The meat wasn't very salty and the sauce just perfectly complemented their Peking Duck Wrap. He just couldn't stop raving about this for days after their lunch...and I die with envy.

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Lechon Macau
Paul enjoyed the crispy pork skin yet commented that it was a bit too fatty for his taste. In fact, he had to remove a huge piece out leaving just a thin layer of lean meat after doing so.

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Mango Sago
This is a cross between a Mango Pudding made more creamy with a generous amount of sago. The sweetness level was just right and this will surely be hit with the kids.

These are just some of the few dishes that F Restaurant diners can expect to have this Chinese New Year. To celeberate the Chinese New Year, there will also be a Dragon Dance on January 23. This is a great place to dine with your family as you wish for a year filled with love, prosperity and success.

Buffet Rate: Php. 998++

Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!! :) 

*photo credit: Paul Ang

Best Western Premier F1 Hotel is located on the 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Call them at 928-9888 / 908-7888. F Restaurant is located at the 5th level of the hotel.

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