Gabrielle R. Borromeo
The Daily Tribune |November 26, 2018
“As for the atmosphere, Sabor is casual but classy with warm lights to create a relaxing vibe…”
How can one unwind if booking a flight away or even just a staycation is too costly? Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s newest wine bar, Sabor (Spanish for “flavor”) Bar de Vinos is a good place for a much-needed me-time and to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, even just for a while.
Located at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, Sabor is conveniently found in what used to be a nook under one of the hotel’s escalators. The space was transformed into an intimate wine bar that extends all the way to the hotel’s smoking area. It allows one to loosen up in a corner or sway to modern Spanish music or to the beats of live samba entertainers.
Originally, the Novotel management decided to have a private wine cellar for their stock, but why hide away when their distinct collection of wines can be displayed? This was how the dream began with wine and signature tapas to offer.
Now, at Sabor, one can choose by the bottle or by the glass, or the sangria concoctions by Sabor’s expert mixologists. Sabor has a wide selection of wines.
The menu includes mushroom croquettes (P350), an earthy combination of porcini, button and portobello mushrooms, coupled with bleu cheese dip topped with caramelized onions; beetroot arancini with goat cheese (P350), which is a creamy beetroot risotto balls stuffed with marinated beet/root from El Dorado Farm, with goat cheese fondue;patatas bravas (P250), which are homemade deep fried organic potatoes from El Dorado Farm, tossed in smoked paprika and parsley, served with roasted spicy tomato and garlic aioli;berenjenas fritas, also known as deep fried eggplant (P250), breaded organic eggplant sticks paired with garlic, homegrown basil and molasses dip;and tomato bruschetta (P250), homemade ciabatta bread topped with tomato brunoise, chopped basil, garlic from El Dorado Farm, olive oil and parmesan cheese.
One can try the Greek salad skewers (P250) of marinated cucumber, cherry tomato from El Dorado Farm, olives, oregano and feta cheese; selection of cheeses (P650) with assorted crackers, sangria jelly, nuts, taggiasca olive and radish; and smoked kesong puti (P350), young goat’s cheese with dried fruits, crackers and grapes.
During the launch, Sabor served their version of the Filipino classic dinakdakan.
For the sweet tooth, creme brûlée and tiramisu offered and an ice cream store is just right at the corner.
As for the atmosphere, Sabor is casual but classy with warm lights to create a relaxing vibe. The beautiful murals are pleasant to the eyes. Sabor is not at all intimidating as one would expect from a hotel bar. Here, one can feel he is far from the heavy burden of work or daily cares.
Sabor is definitely one of the places in the metro that lets you unwind, pull yourself together and prepare for another big day.
Sabor Bar de Vinos, open Tuesday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., is located at the ground floor of Novotel Manila Araneta, General Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Quezon City.For inquiries, call 990-7888.
Gabe organizes what she sees around her and loves to put it into words. She has been contributing her articles for the Daily Tribune newspaper, Tinig ng Marino (maritime) newspaper, Cook magazine, Appetite magazine and F&B World magazine.
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