Vegan options for dinner at Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa
There are two really good options for dinner at Shangri La Mactan Resort and Spa and of all the various dining outlets in the resort, Acqua and Tea of Spring offered the best choices for us as vegans; our dinner at Acqua was nothing short of a wonderful adventure in food; it was a perfect combination of deliciousness and imagination.
A truly impressive dish
We began with ‘Ajo Blanco and Tomato Tartare’ which made us want to go away and learn how to make this traditional Spanish soup so we could attempt to recreate this dish at home. There were so many layers of flavour and texture; sweetness from the onion confit, juicy tomatoes, freshness from the mint leaves and the creamy, smooth, irresistible thick ajo blanco soup with a subtle hint of vinegar.
Comforting, moreish, totally delicious
Next the ‘Risotto Asparagi e Arancia’ took a classic Italian risotto, richly flavoured with olive oil, and added a twist of candied orange to give an intense sweet and aromatic citrus hit with every mouthful of warm, perfectly cooked rice.
A true masterpiece
The main course ‘Parmigiana di Verdure e Tofu’ managed to replicate all the sensations of the non-vegan version of this dish by using tofu. It was intensely tomatoey and flavourful with a crunchy vegetable caponata filling, exquisite with decadent oil rich eggplant slices and had the added bonus of the texture of firm spongy (almost chewy) tofu pieces inside.
Dessert came in the shape of ‘Bavarese Cocco and Calamansi e Coulis ai Frutti Rosso’ which was a light, smooth set coconut cream combined with zesty flavours from the calamansi. A wild forrest berry coulis topping added a wonderfully tart fruitiness. It was a delight to eat and the perfect end to a meal which we’re sure will be on our favourites list by the end of the year.