Monday, October 11, 2010

Shangri-La's Beetroot Menu!

Beetroot contains no fat, very few calories and is a great source of fibre. Beetroot has for many years been used as a treatment for cancer in Europe. Specific anti-carcinogens are bound to the red colouring matter which supposedly helps fight against cancer and beetroot also increases the uptake of oxygen by as much as 400 percent. 

Shangri-La Mactan's team of chefs represented the Visayas region for Chef Wars Classical European Category. Chefs Coleen Gay Mikin, Karima Ilupa and Gypsy Amores competed  at  the National Food Showdown held last Sepember 10-11 at the A. Venue Events Hall, Makati City. The team was given 2 kilos of beetroot and with only an hour to prepare and cook. Shangri-La prepared 3 dishes and was presented with the highest medal awarded during the competition which was a Silver! 

Shangri-La invited me to join their team of Chefs together with print media people Jude Bacalso and Jigs Arquiza to a dinner at their Italian Restaurant "Acqua" and sampled the award winning Beetroot Dishes! 

The original winning entry had only 3 dishes but to complete a 4-course meal, the chefs  decided to add  a dessert. 

We started the meal with Beetroot Symphony. Beetroot and Sea Bass Carpaccio marinated in citrus juice, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and thyme, served with beetroot ice cream. I usually dont' eat raw anything but I just had to try this, and it wasn't bad at all! It was actually good!

We then had "Moon Harvest". Beetroot Arborio (Italian Short Grain Rice) Rice with porcini mushrooms and cheese fondue. Risotto goodness!

Beetroot Beef Pursuit . Herb crusted beef tenderloin with beetroot and balsamic vinegar reduction served with rosemary-flavored apple-mashed potatoes in a bed of sautéed beetroot. My Fave  among the dishes!

For dessert we had Purple Pears. Beetroot juice-poached pears served with mascarpone ricotta and walnuts. Just love how the ricotta melts in my mouth! Yum!

It was a sumptuous dinner indeed and it was such a great experience! Congratulations to Chefs Coleen Gay Mikin, Karima Ilupa and Gypsy Amores. And Thank you to Shangri-Las Rica Rellon for the invite! 

For Shangri-La Acqua reservations and inquiries you may call (63 32) 231 8224

Breakfast: 6am – 10am
Lunch:     noon – 2:30pm
Dinner:     6pm – 10pm
Poolside Ocean Wing
Dress Code
Smart casual
Smoking Policy
Acqua has separate smoking and non-smoking areas.


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