Let It Be Great, a Grand British Festival at Makati Shangri-La

Friday, May 13, 2016

From all the good things I've been hearing about Great Britain, it's a no-brainer that this country is included in my must-visit list during my entirety. Not only famous for its royal family, Great Britain has been a nook for music, fashion, dining and innovation as well.

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Luckily for us here in Manila, Makati Shangri-La Manila brings Let It Be Great, a weeklong affair that offers a charmed lifestyle inspired by Great Britain. 

The celebration will highlight six main events: The Grand British Buffet at Circles Event Cafe, a Grand High Tea at Lobby Lounge, a wine dinner created by Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Galmiche, the Seven Senses Whisky Experiene at Sage Bespoke Grill Private Dining and the British Pub Nights at Sage Bar.



The Grand British Buffet



Circles Event Cafe’s open theatre kitchens offer you an international culinary experience right in the heart of Makati City. This May 23 until 27, 2016, indulge in a Great British Buffet for lunch and dinner, featuring classic British dishes such as Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Bubble and Squeak, as well as authentic regional specialties like Yorkshire pudding.

The spread was too impressive, especially the scallops. Some specialties were cooked with freshness in front of us and I can't help but come back for more. The roasted lamb is also one of my favorite dish for the day! :p 

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Lunch buffet from Monday to Friday is at P1,280 nett, dinner buffet from Monday to Thursday is at P2,100 nett and the Friday seafood buffet is at P2,350 nett.

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Grand High Tea with Twinings Ambassador Charles Smith



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This is one of the events I'm definitely looking forward to! Guests may have a lovely and classic British High Tea experience at the Lobby Lounge with Twinings tea ambassador Charles Smith, who will take them back in time to the origins of this most delicious British tradition.  

The hotel’s in-house orchestra will serenade guests as they delight in a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and sweet pastries carefully handcrafted by the hotel’s chefs and served fresh daily.  

The high tea is priced at P850 nett and available from May 23 to 27, 3 to 6 p.m. only. See you? Yes? <3

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The Best of the Beatles with Manila Symphony Orchestra



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In cooperation with Globe Platinum, the 45-piece Manila Symphony Orchestra, together with four up-and-coming artists, will perform the best-loved songs of the iconic British band, The Beatles, on May 26.  During this one-and-a-half-hour concert at the Lobby Lounge, guests will be transported to Abbey Road as the orchestra performs such favorites as Here Comes the Sun, Here, There and Everywhere, Yesterday and Let It Be.  Pre-concert cocktails will start at 7 p.m. and the concert start at 8 p.m.  Access is priced at P2,600 nett.


Seven Senses Whiskey Experience with Dalmore Whisky Ambassador Adam Knox



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Adam Knox was able to give us a little walk through on how Dalmore, the world's most revert single malt, is being manufactured during the media launch. Plus points when he showed us a 1966 Dalmore Constellation Whiskey worth Php 2 million++. It's too stunning that I everyone's eyes were in this bottle as Adam explains. Hee hee 

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From May 23 to 27, 6 to 10:30 p.m, Guests may immerse in a multisensory experience led by Dalmore whisky ambassador Adam Knox at Sage Bespoke Grill Private Dining Room .  Each whisky is paired with a carefully curated six-course menu prepared by Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Galmiche, complemented with sounds supplied by leading high-end audio specialists, Bowers & Wilkins and Linn. Tickets are priced at P5,158 nett.

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Taste Britain with Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Galmiche




Diners may prepare their palates to taste Britain through an innovative, delectable six-course menu prepared by multi-award winning Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Galmiche at Sage Bespoke Grill for a limited engagement of four nights from May 24 to 27, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  A Michelin-starred chef for over 22 years, Daniel Galmiche was formerly the executive head chef at Cliveden, near London, and also in Berkshire, where he gained a Michelin star at Waldo’s restaurant in 2006.  Tickets are at P4,790 nett.

British Pub Nights at Sage Bar



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Guests may enjoy Happy Hour like the British with beer and gin cocktails featuring London’s pioneer brew, award-winning Fuller’s Beer, and gin cocktails featuring such brands as Boodles London dry gin, the artisanal Islay label Botanist Gin and Bulldog Gin.  Tickets are at P1,800 nett and include three drinks and a buffet of charcuterie and British pub food at Sage Bar from 6 to 9 p.m.

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What I love about this drink is that it's smooth and gives that refreshing feeling in every swig. There are also other drinks in the bar that's definitely going to make your Happy Hour the best one yet. ;)


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Let it Be Great is a fine experience that I want to do over and over again. With all of these happening soon, I'm excited to see myself immersed on the British culture within the heart of Makati. Thank you Makati Shangri-La for giving us tidbits of all the events that's bound to happen in weeks time! 

For inquiries and reservations, please call restaurant reservations at (63 2) 813 8888 or email rric.slm@shangri-la.com.  For more updates, follow Makati Shangri-La, Manila on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MakatiShangriLa.

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