Samba Sabado de Fiesta: A Lazy Saturday Peruvian Feast!

Oh Samba!  I love how Peruvians indulge in long Saturday lunches with friends and family over a feast of colorful, flavorful dishes and overflowing drinks to celebrate the weekend. Chef Carlo is bringing this rich Peruvian tradition to Manila with Samba’s Sabado de Fiesta every last Saturday of the month. It features live buffet stations and drink-all-you-can-cocktails to delight in over a hearty 4-hour lunch.   First Things First https://flic.kr/p/27DE8Hh Make sure to reserve a table and be there as early as 11 to fully enjoy the Peruvian feast. Samba Sabado de Fiesta 8th floor, Shangrila at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the last Saturday of every month. Telephone: +632 820-0888 Email: samba@shangri-la.com Buffet Price: ₱ 1,800 nett/adult and ₱ 900/child ₱ 800 nett/person free-flowing cocktails, beers and wines ₱ 400 nett for an unlimited serving of non-alcoholic beverages   https://flic.kr/p/24YpVjq On cooler months, the al fresco tables are the best place to relish every minute of the fiesta with a view of the Shangrila pool. To Start https://flic.kr/p/24Ypf7C Start with the ceviche of scallops, fish, prawns or calamari with lime and leche de tigre prepared in front of you. https://flic.kr/p/27J9mbc With fish fresh from the market, you can eat as many salmon tiraditos while waiting for your friends to arrive. https://flic.kr/p/27DEoAJ Request for this Parihuela seafood soup that’s spiced just right to stimulate your appetite. https://flic.kr/p/27DDVwd Drinks Menu: Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic Package | Sparkling, White, Rose Wine | Red, Sweet Wine | You can order a Pisco Sour for a classic Peruvian cocktail, a Sexy Colada to share (nice pineapple cocktail presentation!) or a non-alcoholic Magic Liquid Non-Proof Cocktail. https://flic.kr/p/24YpqjG Loved the freshly grilled Emperor Fish served with… https://flic.kr/p/27J9SfR …Samba salad with palm hearts and artichoke, manchego cheese, diced walnuts, and honey lime dressing. https://flic.kr/p/24YqDVY Savour this eat-all-you-can grilled delicacy, one scallop at a time.   Main Feast https://flic.kr/p/KAiAAj The highlight of the buffet was the live custom-made Smoker Station. https://flic.kr/p/27J9UeF The smoked brisket asado was tender and tasty on every strand. https://flic.kr/p/KAjAiy They served it as slow-cooked beef brisket buns but I preferred it as is without the bread. https://flic.kr/p/KAjcv9 The kids’ favorite was the Chicken Anticucho hidden inside the smoker. https://flic.kr/p/26Ckafu You can also feast on the homemade taco burrito as you take sips of your unlimited cocktail drinks. https://flic.kr/p/26Cjyww Loved the live cool tunes serenading us throughout the long, lazy lunch. https://flic.kr/p/26CjcfU Samba is known for their Arroz con Mariscos and you can specify how you want it done. https://flic.kr/p/J57M28 I liked it with lots of pulpo, squid, scallops and shrimps and less of the rice. https://flic.kr/p/27DDTmG You can also order a Vegetable Creole or Cilantro Puree version. https://flic.kr/p/26CjpGC The best part was pairing the saucy rice with the smoked meat with huancaina cheese and a green peanut sauce.   To End https://flic.kr/p/26mqmAn Remember to take that instant souvenir pic with Sabado de Fiesta photos. https://flic.kr/p/27DE39m And don’t forget to end with a dessert sampler of pumpkin donut, guyabano creme, torched meringue and fresh fruits for that total Peruvian weekend fiesta experience.   Final Thoughts https://flic.kr/p/J588M6 Thank you to Chef de Cuisine Carlo Huerta for giving Manila a taste of Sabado de Fiesta! https://flic.kr/p/27JaB46 Don’t miss the initial run of Sabado de Fiesta on June 30, July 28 and August 25. Samba Sabado de Fiesta 8th floor, Shangrila at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City Date/Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the last Saturday of every month Telephone: +632 820-0888 Email: samba@shangri-la.com Buffet Price: ₱ 1,800 nett/adult and ₱ 900/child ₱ 800 nett/person free-flowing cocktails, beers and wines ₱ 400 nett for an unlimited serving of non-alcoholic beverages   Live an Awesome Life, Anton Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com  Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of Chef Carlo.  I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. P.S. Go on a Shangrila Staycation and you can enjoy the pool after the Sabado de Fiesta! https://flic.kr/p/27JkBkP

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