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Cocina Filipina Featuring Chef Bruce Lim at Corniche, Diamond Hotel

I was again invited by Diamond Hotel last night for Cocina Filipina: A Philippine Food Festival at Corniche, featuring local dishes created by Chef Bruce Lim of Chef's Lab.

Chef Bruce Lim did some unique twists on our favorite Filipino dishes, and I got to try some (if not all) of them. :)

Here are the featured dishes at Cocina Filipina:

The Cold Station has Chilled Roasted Beet soup with seared scallops and mangoes and Lumpiang Sariwa & Soy Garlic Gelee.

Chilled Roasted Beet soup with seared scallops and mangoes
Lumpiang Sariwa & Soy garlic Gelee

The Chilled Roasted Beet Soup is something new to me while Lumpiang Sariwa is an old favorite.

Also from the Cold Station is the Tuna Tartar with paco salad & aratilis and Cold Pancit.

Tuna Tartar with paco salad & aratilis
Cold Pancit

Chef Bruce adding aratilis on the Tuna Tartar brings sweetness to the dish. I became a bit nostalgic with aratilis, I guess anyone will be too. I skipped the Cold Pancit because I had...

Lobster Palabok
! :)

Lobster Palabok

The Lobster Palabok is cooked by request. You can even watch the chefs prepare it, so you can ask for extra chicharon, extra tinapa, or maybe even extra lobster. :P

I also tried the Sinigang sa batuan with Grilled Pork Belly and the Oyster Rockefeller Pinoy Style.

Sinigang sa batuan with Grilled Pork Belly
Oyster Rockefeller Pinoy Style

Batuan is a sort of a fruit that Ilonggos use for their sinigang. I indulged on the hot soup in spite the hot weather. I love it with pork belly. Chef Bruce used kangkong for the Oyster Rockefeller Pinoy Style. And yes, kangkong really works on this.

Other dishes that I didn't get to try are Pinangat na Liempo with Aligue cream sauce, Tortang Talong with roasted tomatoes, Kalderetang Itik with Chili Sauce, Pinaputok na Isda with Lemongrass Tomato Concasse and the Tuyo Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Sundried Tomatoes.

Roasted Pork Belly
Tuyo Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Sundried Tomatoes and Sausage Pizza
Kalderetang Itik with Chili Sauce

Our table was a few steps away from the dessert station that I simply cannot resist eating desserts right away.

Chef Bruce prepared a delicious dessert line, Pinoy style. I had Buko Creme Brulee, Calamansi Meringue Pie, Mango Sago Timbals, Barako Coffee Profiteroles, and Queso de Bola Cheesecake.

Queso de Bola Cheesecake
Barako Coffee Profiteroles
Mango Sago Timbals, Buko Creme Brulee, Queso de Bola Cheesecake, Barako Coffee Profiteroles, Calamansi Meringue Pie

The Buko Creme Brulee has fresh macapuno which is not too sweet while the Calamansi Meringue Pie is a good palate cleanser. I love the Barako Coffee Profiteroles and the Queso de Bola Cheesecake. :)

Here are the other dishes I had in Corniche:

Grilled Chicken with Barbecue Sauce
Clams with Bacon
Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream on Freshly-Made Waffle Cup

Cocina Filipina at Corniche will run from May 15-25, 2013 only. Buffet price is Php 1680 net per person or buffet with free-flowing tropical juices for Php 1888 net per person.

Guests availing the buffet will get a chance to win roundtrip tickets to Cebu with accommodations, and other exciting prizes, which includes an overnight stay at Diamond Hotel!

Thanks to Diamond Hotel PR and to Spanky Enriquez for organizing this event.


Diamond Hotel Philippines
Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street,
Contact No. 5283000 local 1121
Facebook Page: Diamond Hotel Philippines
Twitter: @DiamondHotelPh


  1. It's nice Corniche is featuring local chefs and different Pinoy fares in their buffet :) It's been quite a while since the last time I visited Corniche. Maybe a visit soon is already in order ^^

    1. Hi Sumi! Hope you'll visit soon for the Cocina Filipina! :)

  2. i'm not a fan of fresh lumpia but the photo is inviting. and they all look yummy!

    1. Really? It's healthy. You should give it a try. :)

  3. Uy si the boss. di niya kasama si Monkey? hehehe. makulit itong si the boss, idol ko ito. Suerte mo naman at nainvite ka at nameet mo siya. :)

    1. Actually nandun din si Monkey (or JC, rather). :)

    2. Ah talaga? ang kulit ng dalawa na yan. magkasama pala sila talaga lagi. :)

    3. JC is Chef Bruce's sous chef talaga. :)

  4. Yum yum in the tum tum! Love this post so much! Thanks for sharing this ;) Can't wait for your next posts.

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  5. Barako coffee profiteroles are the bomb :D !

    - Ray

  6. Wow! You are so lucky to be invited to this occasion. And the foods....yummy talaga sa tingin palang:)

    Anyway, thanks for visiting my site. I really appreaciate it:)

    1. I guess I am. Thanks for always dropping by, Joy! :)

  7. Oh my everything looks so good... buti na lang I'm about to have buffet breakfast here at the hotel, lol! XD

  8. Corniche! :)

    I had the pleasure of dining there before, I was so happy. If I die, I'd probably haunt that place :)

    Curious about how the Tuna Tartar with paco salad & aratilis ang bongga ng Lobster Palabok! :)

  9. Sinigang sa batuan with Grilled Pork Belly! I miss eating sinigang *sniff* :)

  10. Isn't he based in SG?

    I don't like his shows much. I feel he's trying hard to be like an Asian Gordon Ramsey (although hindi naman masyadong nagmumura. Hehehe!) =)

    1. I think he's based here. :) He's actually very nice in person. :)


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