South African Food Festival at Spiral, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel

I was invited to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Press Conference last June 3, 2010 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel. Those who know me know that I’m the farthest thing from a sports buff, but Spiral was also launching its South African Food Festival that day in conjunction with its FIFA 2010 roster of activities. Since I’ve never really had South African food, I was pretty excited. 😀

South African food festival at Spiral, Sofitel Philippine PlazaFIFA 2010’s official mascot, Zakumi the leopard, stands where the South African portion of Spiral’s buffet spread begins.

Fried Plantains with Pepper Coulis and Ground Peanuts at Spiral, SofitelI tried the Fried Plantains with pepper coulis and ground peanuts (pictured above). It was nice, the bananas were not greasy despite being fried. 😀

Hakuna Matata Chicken at Spiral, SofitelNext up was the Hakuna Matata Chicken (pictured above), which is barbecued chicken with roasted corn-apricot salsa. It had a very slight curry flavor.

Khebad with Jollof Rice at Spiral, SofitelMy favorite dish is definitely Khebad with Jollof Rice (pictured above). Big cubes of juicy beef in skewers are served with spicy tomato rice. I couldn’t get over how sweet the vegetables in between the beef cubes were. Yummy! 😀

Congo Chicken Soup at Spiral, Sofitel

I tried two kinds of soup that day, first was Congo Chicken (pictured above), a hot and hearty soup made of chicken and ground peanuts. It was delicious.

Cucumber and Yoghurt Soup at Spiral, SofitelI kind of liked the cold soup better though — Cucumber and Yoghurt (pictured above). 😀

Melktert at Spiral, SofitelFor dessert I had the Melktert (pictured above) which is Milk Tart. Creamy milk um… pudding? on a sweet flour-based tart is topped with cinnamon, whipped cream, and fresh fruits.

Over a dozen South African dishes will be part of Spiral’s standard lunch and dinner buffet spread from June 11 to 20, 2010 as part of Sofitel’s celebration of FIFA 2010.
Spiral buffet rates are as follows:
Monday to Saturday Lunch – P2,073.29
Sunday to Thursday Dinner – P2,318.94
Friday to Saturday Dinner – P2,564.59
Sunday Brunch – P2,687.41
You may also want to avail of Sofitel’s Stay and Play Promo from June 10 to July 12, 2010. For P5,610+++ you get:
  • an overnight stay for 2 adults and 2 kids
  • breakfast buffet at Spiral
  • FIFA World Cup 2010 souvenirs (a stadium horn and baller IDs)
  • access to all football activities within the promo period
  • free entry to join Futkaleros from June 11-13, 2010 featuring “Footyrobics” and fun freestyle demos on how to dance with a soccer ball
For reservations and inquiries please contact:

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
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