Sofitel’s largest hotel debuts $11 million culinary marvel
Sofitel Philippine Plaza GM calls Spiral ‘a revolution in the art of interactive dining’
Manila, November 7, 2012 – A year after typhoon damage shut down Sofitel Philippine Plaza's flagship restaurant, Spiral opens tomorrow after an extensive USD 11 million investment, Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s legendary flagship restaurant – Spiral opens tomorrow and is set to earn a reputation as one of the most dynamic interactive dining destinations in Asia Pacific.
Making a splash when it first opened in 2006, Spiral’s dining innovations were a first in Asia and it became one of Manila’s most loved restaurants. Dining has never been the same again since. But the new Spiral proves that even a trailblazer can top itself with Sofitel once again taking destination dining to a whole new level.
The new Spiral measuring 2,500 sqm is divided into 21 dining ateliers. In France, an atelier is an artist’s special workshop, and in Spiral it is where secret recipes are masterfully prepared right before your very eyes. The range of cuisines is expansive and the attention and detail to each dish has the focus of an artisan.
Sofitel general manager Goran Aleks puts it best. “We are proud to announce the rebirth of Spiral which is set to revolutionize the art of interactive dining. This has never been seen before in Asia-Pacific and it can be found right here in Manila,” he states. “The 21 dining ateliers of the new Spiral reflect the best of the world’s cuisines in one magnificent destination. It is Sofitel’s vision to showcase not only the best of French culinary heritage but also combine it with the best of Eastern, Western and Filipino cuisine, produce and artistry.”
Running down the 21 ways Spiral diners will be dazzled, we go from salad and appetizer to l’écailler, sushi and sashimi, l’épicerie, hot Japanese, French stove, rotisserie, wood fired oven, churrasco, North Indian, Asian noodles, peking duck oven, steam basket, Chinese wok, Filipino, Thai, Korean, la boulangerie, la patisserie, chocolaterie and creamery. As the ‘piece de résistance”, the spotlight shines on Sofitel’s French gastronomical roots as showcased in their inimitable French ateliers.
The new Spiral’s look and feel springs from the hearts and minds of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s management team together with executive chef Eric Costille. The team travelled around Asia and Europe in search of the best dining concepts and came up with 21 different dining ateliers. The idea was to bring the authenticity and warmth of the traditional French markets and Asian hawker stalls into a five star hotel setting. At Spiral, a squad of seven international master chefs have been appointed, each of whom specializes in a different type of cuisine and adds a distinct flavor to the personnel mix.
“It's a diverse group from French, Chinese, Indian, Korean, Chinese to Filipino or from India to France,” said Eric Costille, who is also regional executive chef of Sofitel Asia-Pacific. “But I think we've blended everything in good balance.”
Spiral’s recipe for success also includes an interior conceived by Design Studio Spin, a Japanese firm responsible for the look and feel of some of Asia's most stylish hotels, residences and restaurants, such as the new outlets at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.
Interior designer Masakazu Koizumi defines his concept as nature and modern industrial elements in harmony, intertwined with the best of both Filipino and French design. Natural and mood lighting, the masterful use of space and height, and the fusion of natural elements such as water and fire, all come together in a striking interplay of aesthetics that’s uniquely Spiral, and distinctively Sofitel.
Appropriately, the signature design element is a majestic spiral staircase, which connects the 2,500-square-meter restaurant to the hotel's main lobby, one floor above.
Among Spiral’s other chief features are:
§ Twenty-one theatrical (dining was the term we used for all press releases) ateliers, a French word for “artist’s special workshop” and where the best of the world’s cuisines are masterfully prepared by the chefs before guests’ very eyes
§ La Veranda - an indoor lounge that opens to an outdoor terrace leading to the iconic lagoon-shaped pool the hotel is famous for. One can literally watch the sun, the moon and the stars in the sky from the comfort of a glass enclosed lounge while sitting in the 1930s Art deco Parisian style bar
§ Six spacious (luxurious) private rooms outfitted with plush leather sofas and large dining tables
§ Four outdoor dining gazebos flanked by water and fire features
§ Three-story-high, floor-to-ceiling windows providing breath taking views of Manila Bay and a tropical ambiance in the middle of the city.
Capiz fixtures, lustrous white marble, glowing glass counters and frosted glass doors combine to exude a comfortably bright and light aura.
“Spiral has been wildly successful since it launched in 2006, and I am confident that our guests will be extremely delighted with what the new Spiral has to offer,” said Goran Aleks, general manager of Sofitel Philippine Plaza. “There is simply nothing like it in the Asia-Pacific region and, dare I say, anywhere else in the world. It's a revolution in the art of interactive dining.”
Built in 1976 with input from the former President Ferdinand Marcos and his First Lady Imelda, Sofitel Philippine Plaza has long been the address of choice for guests of the country’s capital.
The only 5-star hotel with a resort setting in Manila is adjacent to the iconic Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and within 15 minutes of the international airport, Mall of Asia and historic Spanish walled city of Intramurous.
At 609 rooms, the property is the biggest in Sofitel’s portfolio and, in true Sofitel spirit, exudes a combination of French savoir faire and authentic local touches.
For more information about Sofitel Philippine Plaza or Spiral, visit www.sofitelmanila.com
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