The Best Sunday Brunch in the City is at Raffles Makati Hotel’s Mireio

Sunday brunch is an elegant way to spend the last few hours of the weekend with close friends or family. You don’t need to wake up too early and you can enjoy a long leisurely meal before going off to do other things. You just need to find a nice enough place that offers elevated menu items to make it worth your while.

Mireio offers just that. The brunch buffet at the restaurant located at the ninth floor of the Raffles Makati Hotel was popular with some of the country’s social set, until it was sadly discontinued at the onset of the pandemic three years ago. In March this year, however, the hotel brought the brunch buffet back and it’s better than ever.

There’s a selection of seafood on ice, including blue crab, New Zealand mussels, poached tiger prawns, marinated local clams with mignonette, all served with a choice of cocktail sauce, fresh lemon, lime, Pico de Gallo, and horseradish.

The charcuterie and cheese area includes Iberico ham, salami, bresaola, chorizo and Black Forest ham, gruyere, gorgonzola, emmental, brie, manchego, goat cheese, and more. There’s also a wide variety of appetizers, including marinated mozzarella and burrata, basil pesto and sundried tomato, marinated beetroot salad with mascarpone and crushed pistachio, garlic marinated shrimps, red snapper ceviche with coconut milk, onions and coriander, salmon gravlax, foie gras confit in spiced red wine sauce, and lobster custard.

Photo by Facebook / Mireio at Raffle Makati Hotel.

A soup station offers bouillabaisse marseillaise: tomato-infused saffron seafood stock, a fresh seafood selection, and assorted vegetables.

Meanwhile, the hot carving station has a selection of Australian Wagyu Prime Rib with red wine sauce, porchetta with pineapple chutney, and roasted salmon fillet with lemon butter.

There’s also an open ravioli station: crab meat in slightly curried seafood sauce assembled in an open ravioli with squid ink, as well as a raclette station with imported Swiss raclette from the traditional raclette grill, roasted bread, freshly cracked pepper, and baby potatoes.

At the tartar and blini station, diners can enjoy fresh baked blinis with keta caviar and crème fraiche, as well as a wide selection of freshly prepared tartar of salmon, tuna or snapper with cucumber, tomato, onions, shallots, parsley, mango, orange, cilantro, mayonnaise, ponzu, classic vinaigrette, and spicy mango.

Photo by Facebook / Mireio at Raffle Makati Hotel.

For risotto lovers, the risotto station can prepare the dish with forest mushrooms, arborio rice, basil pesto, parmesan, truffle oil, butter and fresh herbs.

Keep an eye out for pass-around items from the trolley that includes lobster with caviar, foie gras on toasted brioche with apple, creamy truffled angel hair pasta, and baked Alaska with sparklers.

There’s also a pastry trolley offering a classic crepes Suzette, prepared and flambéed live and served with ice cream.Â

Diners can finish off the meal with cakes and desserts, including chocolate truffle cake, lemon, chocolate, and pistachio éclair, macarons, and others.

Sakura afternoon tea

If you don’t have plans for the rest of the day, you can choose to extend your day of luxury at the Raffles Hotel by enjoying the hotel’s new Sakura Afternoon Tea offering at the Writer’s Bar, which began last March 31 and is available for a limited period.Â

The hotel, in collaboration with Swissotel Nankai Osaka in Japan, offers a traditional Japanese afternoon tea concocted by Japanese guest chefs Yoshida-san and Executive Pastry Chef Nakamura-san along with Tea Master Kenta Ikeda of Ikeda Seicha. The tea offering showcases a choice of TWG luxury tea flavors with an option to upgrade into Secha (loose) seaweed like flavor, Genmaicha (loose) roasted pop rice, or Matcha (powdered) Ikeda Seicha green tea. Pair the hot brew with savory and sweet canapés: matcha sesame tofu with black beans and lotus root, “teriyaki” chicken sandwich and egg salad, salmon roll with tofu, daikon radish, matcha madeleine, mitarashi dumpling, sakura and berry mont blanc, sakura and cream cheese mousse, strawberry panna cotta and yuzu jelly, and others.

Photo by Raffles Makati Hotel.

Mireio’s Sunday brunch buffet is P3,800++ per person from 12nn to 2:30 p.m.. Get the Society package (plus P600) for unlimited non-alcoholic drinks such as chilled juices, iced tea, sodas, and mocktails while the Insider package (add P1,900) comes with alcoholic beverages such as wines, rosés, beers, and cocktails. The Sakura Afternoon Tea, meanwhile, is served on a reservations-only basis from 2:00pm to 3:30pm and from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Each set for two is P2,900 net, with optional upgrades for mocktail, cocktails and champagne.

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