Spend This Weekend with Chefs from Michelin-Starred Restaurants at Solaire, Chill-Out Fridays at Nobu


Already making plans for Saturday and Sunday? Here are some Esquire recommendations to make the most of your weekend (March 18-19).


How time flies. Solaire Resort and Casino marks its first decade this week with a fabulous gastronomic celebration as five chefs from five Michelin-starred restaurants around the world take the helm at Solaire’s signature restaurants.

And what is food without drink? The chefs will be joined by master sommeliers and mixologists to make a perfect evening.

Enrico Bartolini

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Enrico Bartolini, whose namesake restaurant in Milan has three Michelin stars, takes charge of the kitchen at Finestra with a seven-course Italian dinner. He’ll be joined by master sommelier Luis de Santos and mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, known as “The Maestro.”

Tohru Nakamura

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Tohru Nakamura, whose restaurant Schreiberei in Munich has two Michelin stars, will be at Yakumi, with an eight-course dinner that melds East and West, traditional and modern. Sake Samurai Akihiro Igarashi will enhance the menu with sake variants from the Kagamiyama Sake Brewery founded in 1875.

Alvin Leung

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Alvin Leung, known for the two-Michelin starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong brings his bold, “X-Treme Chinese” style of cooking to Red Lantern. Master Sommelier Elyse Lambert will curate wines to match the chef’s unconventional cuisine.

Rene Frank

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Rene Frank, chef and owner of two-Michelin star dessert restaurant CODA in Berlin wows with dishes inspired by desserts at Solaire’s Oasis Garden Cafe. The World’s Best Pastry Chef of 2022 declares dessert is more than just a final course; rather, it can be a meal on its own. His dishes focus on natural sweetness and are more savory than sugary. 

Rui Silvestre

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Rui Silvestre, of Michelin-starred Vistas in Vila Nova de Cacela, Portugal, uses French techniques combined with local ingredients, which he will showcase at Waterside at Solaire. Sommelier Eanglebert Guina, who represented the Philippines at the 2018 World Best Sommelier competition will curate the wine selection.

March 16 to 19 at Solaire Resort and Casino.


The patio at Nobu Manila

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The best deal in town is the half-price special Friday Chill-Out menu on the patio of Nobu Manila with music by various DJs. Our favorite Nobu signature classics such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, rock shrimp tempura, and black cod with butter lettuce are all part of the menu, as well as heady cocktails and drinks that relax us at the end of a hectic week.

Hamachi sushi with jalapeño at Nobu Manila

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Nobu tacos

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Every Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through March 31.


The Sound of Music has charmed generations of viewers everywhere in the world Hollywood reigns supreme. Who hasn’t grown up with its Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic soundtrack?

Karylle Tatlonghari

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Markki Stroem

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The brand-new international production stars Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria, Trevor Martin as Captain von Trapp, and Lauren Kidwell as Mother Abbess. Joining the touring company for the Manila season are Karylle Tatlonghari as Baroness Elsa von Schraeder and Markki Stroem as Rolf. 

Through March 26 at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater in Circuit Makati. 


Jo Malone London Myrrh and Tonka Cologne Intense

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No matter where we’re off to, a spritz of Jo Malone Intense Cologne sets us right on track. The collection of fragrances evokes the mystique of exotic lands. India, Namibia, Madagascar. Our companions are always captivated with scents that include alluring ingredients such as oud, jasmine sambac, tuberose, dark amber, and vetiver.

Jo Malone London Vetiver and Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense

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CHI the Spa at Shangri-La Edsa

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If you prefer some pampering me time, The CHI Spa at Shangri-La is back. We quickly forget we’re in the city as soon as we step into the silent oasis and soak in one of its pools as a prelude to a massage to iron out all the kinks. From traditional Filipino hilot to shiatsu to Swedish, or a facial or body scrub, perhaps, we just revel in the moments of silent pleasure.


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Yvette Fernandez has written over a dozen books. Previously, she was editor in chief of Esquire Philippines and Town&Country Philippines.
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