psx_20170101_173658To kick-start the New Year, I visited the Samba Restaurant at the Iconic landmark and luxury hotel at Shangri-La Fort with my family in tow. The restaurant impeccably immerses its patrons in Peruvian culture through the tantalizing flavors and rich colors of the nation’s traditional cuisine.

We started our lunch with Sangria and a Samba Capirinha. We all know you can never go wrong with these two classic summer cocktails but the Kenyan in me couldn’t wait to try their Hakuna Matata and of course the famous Pisco Sour; a staple in Peruvian and Chilean parties.psx_20170101_172000Being a lover of beans, I took a gamble and chose Tacu Tacu a lo macho. The entrée is a vibrant mélange of Rice, Beans, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sauteed Sea Food, Panca Pepper a lo Macho Sauce. The macho sauce was moderately spicy, and to my liking. I highly recommend. It is indicated on the menu as a sharing plate, but I think it is good enough for one. That, or maybe I was just famished!psx_20170101_173259Tacu tacu is a classic Peruvian recipe that originated as a way to use up the left over rice and beans. An interesting factoid about this dish is that African slaves invented it during colonial times as resourceful way of utilizing leftover dishes.psx_20170101_172356Samba also boasts of its immaculate service and keenness to detail. Visitors can either choose to dine indoors or an elegant and relaxing atmosphere outdoors. We loved it more outdoors admiring the sparkling waters of the swimming pool and a partial view of the fort’s cityscape.psx_20170101_173600psx_20170101_173903psx_20170101_174223psx_20170101_174458Leave some room for dessert because it will be such a pity not to try their Tres Leches; the famous cake with three milks.psx_20170101_172509psx_20170101_172607Needless to say, our experience at Samba was just a delight, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate our New Year’s here. We will definitely visit again, and recommend this lovely restaurant to anyone looking for a Peruvian cuisine experience.psx_20170101_170520Information
Shangri-la at the Fort Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
Tel: (63 2) 820 0888

Location {Level 8}
Weekdays (Monday to Friday)

Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Weekends (Saturday to Sunday)

Lunch: 12pm – 3pm
Monday to Sunday*

Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm

Samba bar and terrace area remains open until 12am from Sunday to Thursday and 1am from Friday to Saturday.


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