"Manila's Best Private Dining Paella" comes to Spectrum for a limited time next week -- here's our exclusive preview

As Fairmont Makati pays tribute to Hispanic heritage month this October, they are twisting things up at their signature buffet restaurant, Spectrum, as celebrated chef Chin Gallegos-Bagis of Pio's Kitchen will showcase immense culinary talent, proving Pio's Kitchen as Manila's best private dining paella restaurant. Chef Chin will start serving her signature paellas next week, from October 9 to October 15.

Savor modern Spanish cuisine as classic dishes will be served such as jamons, cazuelas, tortas, and Chef Gallegos-Bagis’ trademark paella, among others. 


Here is Chef Chin behind her impressive entire spread of Spanish tapas, appetizers, entrees and desserts.


To share my experience, there I was, sipping on both Cava and Sangria as we enjoy the awesome sunset glistening through the vast windows at Spectrum.


Take note that some entrees and tapas dishes may change as soon as they commence the festivities next week, but I'm positive that everything will still be as delicious as with the dishes that we tried recently. Check them out below!


For starters, the Spinach and Manchego Dip is served with wheat tortilla chips. Best served while it's still warm and gooey. A few minutes later, my dear Margaux from Raffles and Fairmont tipped me with gentle whispers about topping a plate of paella with some of this dip. Best food hack ever.


Queso y Jamones --- Honeydew melon with cured ham is always a treat to my senses. Grabbed some Cava and sliced myself with some cheese with honey as I slowly moved on to the next dishes.


Try their tapas too! The Funghi Con Alio is so so good.


The Salad as Fresca is playful with fresh pomelo, oranges and nuts and greens on top. 


Some other things that I tried: savory Mushroom Tapenade and Red Pepper Rouille Bruschetta,



filling Torta con Patata y Chorizo,


this easy and light Salad with Beans, Sausage and Peppers,



a few Gazpacho Shots (with Tiger Prawns) which caused my mouth to burst (in pure bliss),


THE BEST Paella Mixta that I've had so far, with all the toasty bits underneath (I highly advise you to spritz some lemon before eating this),


and some sweet endings such as:

Cheese filled Churros paired with thick Tsokolate de Batirol (made with only Valrhona Chocolate because why not). Dipping the churros in tsokolate before putting them in your mouth makes life so much better, right?


Lolo's Maja Delight is simple yet sophisticated, thanks to this marriage of Maja Blanca and Leche Flan and topped with freshly cooked latik. To Chef Chin, I say, Padre Pio should be proud up there in heaven, indeed. 


Indulge in this Spanish fiesta at PHP 2,150 per person for lunch. Upgrade with an additional PHP 895 to pair this gourmet feast with unlimited, special Spanish-themed cocktails. 

Guests opting for a night out can also enjoy the buffet featuring modern Spanish cuisine for dinner at PHP 2,380 per person. On Sundays, families looking to enjoy a Hispanic dining experience may delight in at PHP 3,077 per person.

Prices are inclusive of service charge and applicable government charges. For more information and reservations, please call 795 1840 or email dining.makati@fairmont.com.

About Fairmont Makati
Fairmont Makati is located in the country’s prestigious financial and leisure entertainment center. It is the perfect destination for the sophisticated business traveler with shopping centers, quaint cafes, and one-of-a-kind boutiques within walking distance. Top corporate addresses and embassies are merely a few minutes car ride away. Fairmont Makati is comprised of 280 rooms and suites, including the exclusive Fairmont Gold, a hotel within a hotel. The property has seven vibrant and lively food and beverage outlets, the signature Willow Stream spa, a recreational fitness center and swimming pool, flexible meeting rooms, and one of the city’s largest ballrooms. Fairmont Makati is housed within a sleek 30-story tower that also includes the 32 all-suite Raffles Makati and 237 Raffles Residences. 

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,100 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 10 000 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com. 

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