Ok. I know that brunch usually means you eat a meal some time between breakfast and lunch.
But I have had breakfast that goes all the way to lunch.
So does that count as brunch?
I think today it does.
Recently, Sabrina and I were invited to checkout the new offerings of the Breakfast Buffet at the High Street Cafe in Shangri-la The Fort.
It’s always a pleasure to have brekkie with the ladies and we were super excited that our friend Nikki could join us for this breakfast treat.
You know what the funny thing is about having breakfast with the ladies?
All of the different things that may or may not enter into the breakfast table conversation.
And this can only happen when the women sitting at the table are totally open…and totally game…and totally withhold judgement.
Actually, the conversation shifted from traveling in comfort, to parenting, to living alone, and even puberty. I kid you not. It was full of laughter. It was light. It was fun.
And of course as is always the case with the High Street Cafe, the food was fantastic.
High Street Cafe has nine culinary stations that always have their main staples that keep people coming back for more. Every now and then they change things up just a little to surprise us and treat us to something special.
If you are going to have breakfast in High Street Cafe any time soon with the ladies, be sure to look for the signs that show the different dishes that each Chef from their respective stations came up with as a new take on sometimes a classic dish.
Like take for instance Pares.
I never even knew what Pares was until recently. Here is where Chef Mike takes this simple dish and turns it into the kind of gourmet beef stew that you would enjoy with garlic rice. I didn’t even know that this was a way to cure a hangover?
Whenever Nino and I have traveled to Hong Kong one of the traditional breakfasts he always looks for is Congee. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of this dish. But I can totally get into arroz caldo with all the crunchy tofu, egg, and garlic toppings when it is served.
So for the Asian Station they have kicked up the traditional Congee with some fire power.
Someone can make fresh congee for you on the spot with all the different toppings you might want. You can choose from chicken or ground pork for your protein, pickled vegetables, and of course seaweed, too.
Now, for those of you who are in the know.
You know that you go to High Street Cafe for the Laksa.
You ask for extra broth.
You slurp away, and enjoy the rich spicy creamy coconutty Thai noodle soup, and you don’t feel guilty.
Well, there is a new noodle you can enjoy now, too!
All you have to do is ask for this Malasysian vegetarian noodle dish, and I am sure you will end up being satisfied as well.
I enjoy noodles. Really I do. But for this breakfast date, I passed on the noodles and went straight for the sous vide eggs.
YES. The Elusive Sous Vide Eggs.
Why can’t I get this right?
Well, probably because I can just go to High Street Cafe with the girls and enjoy it there.
Creamy truffled mash. Shredded Parmigiano. A perfectly coddled egg that was cooked to 60 degrees. Crispy Toasted Breadcrumbs. I must confess. I wanted to go back for seconds.
But my EGG intolerance.
Because breakfast is all about eggs, we were also able to try out a different take on the Filipino favorite, Pandesal.
This sweet and creamy take on egg with bread has a quail egg nestled into a cream cheese bacon filled pillowy soft pandesal served warm is perfect with coffee!
Want to know my favorite part of any brunch buffet?
The fact that you can go back and forth from sweet to savory and back to sweet again.
Here are two new sweets you can check out when you have the time.
I love pizza. I love flatbread. I love it even more when these carbolicious treats are made into something sweet. It’s dessert!
It’s even better when dessert and sweets can be made into something a little healthier.
Like CHIA PUDDING
I enjoy making this at home with Gigi. Actually, I think we have come up with a pretty good base recipe for our Chia Pudding, but something about enjoying it with the ladies, laughing, joking, and sharing even some of our horror stories, makes this particular chia pudding just a bit yummier.
Actually, I really do think it is that way.
When you eat with friends, and the conversation is good, everything else just tastes better. Doesn’t it?
Plus, when you’re done eating you can do a little Christmas shopping for the gourmet treats that Shangri-la Hotels are always known for.
Or, you can book your family time for a cause by reserving a slot in the cookie decorating workshops that will be offered every day for the kiddos.
By registering at the lobby counter and paying P400, your child can avail of the cookie decorating kit and help further the education with Shangri-la The Fort’s partner, Mini Park Daycare Center, in Taguig. This activity is available to walk ins and hotel guests from now until January 1st! Cookies na. Schools pa. YESSS.
Breakfast at High Street Cafe is available every day from 6AM to 10:30PM and is priced at PHP 1,200 nett per person. For reservations or inquiries, please contact (632) 820 0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.