In the 80s and early 90s, the Araneta Center was the place where you can find almost everything– a carnival, the best department stores, and restaurants and of course one of the biggest indoor venue for events, the Araneta Coliseum.
Thankfully, the ongoing redevelopment of the area, is taking Cubao back to its glory days, with the establishment of more BPO centers, mall renovations and the addition of high rise condominiums and Novotel Manila.
With the addition of Novotel Manila Araneta Center, tourists, both local and foreign now have a luxurious hotel with all the amenities without having to go to Ortigas or Makati.
The only thing missing was a place where you can enjoy a quiet night with a friend or two and catch up while having some wine and tapas.
Its for that reason that Novotel Manila is opening Sabor Bar de Vinos– the newest addition to the hotel’s exquisite dining and wining experience.
The place is perfect for discerning wine connoisseurs, enthusiasts and everyone who loves to savor the moment with friends are welcome to enjoy a wide range of reasonable to luxurious wines to unwind, mix and mingle.
We were invited to its soft opening last Friday night and we braved the rain and the floods to try out the place, and the food, wine and the company made it worth it. They even taught us how and let us create our own Sangria!
By its name Sabor, derived from the Latin word sapor or sapōrem, which means flavor, reflects that the bar itself, much like its interiors, serve bold, enticing and sensual delights. Sabor Bar de Vinos is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 5PM to 2AM.
The extensive list of wines includes the herbal and fruity Waterfalls Road Eddy Sauvignon Blanc, the premium Clarendelle by Haut Brion Bordeaux; the delicate Anna Codorniu Rosé, the dessert wine Cosecheros Y Criadores Infinitus and the Eclat de Rosé Perlant. For a momentous occasion, the Dom Perignon is ready for the party.
Available in the menu is the well-loved Gambas Al Jilloof plump sustainable prawn pieces enveloped in velvety rich sauce of garlic, butter and white wine, finished off with paprika and pepper flakes for a good hint of spice priced only at Php 360 nett; the comforting yet flavorful Galician Style Chicken Empanadastuffed with marinated chicken, herbs and aromatics married with olives and peppers for only Php 280 nett; and the ultimate bar nibble, the deep fried savory Bitter Ballenmade from imported veal meat mixed with parsley and onion at Php 280 nett.
Health conscious and vegetarian foodies are not to fret, with options such as the Greek Salad Skewersmade with fresh cucumbers and cherry tomatoes from Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s very own El Dorado farm; the Berenjenas Fritasmade of organic eggplant with homegrown basil and molasses deep fried to goodness and served with garlic dip; or the bold and earthy Beetroot Arancini with Goat Cheese.
Sabor Bar de Vinosis easily accessible at Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s ground floor where you are set up for an intimate and relaxed vibe extending to its al fresco area for guests who’d like to enjoy fresh air to accompany their glass of wine.
For the month of August, guests who will order a bottle of wine will get one free tapa or get another complimentary glass of sangria for every order of Sabor’s signature sangria by the glass!
Novotel Manila completes your gastronomic experience with its savory tapasto pair with your chosen glass.
Check out more photos from our FacebookPage and check out the Sabor’s complete menu (with prices!)
Discover more about Sabor Bar de Vinos on social media by using the #SABORtheMoment. For inquiries and reservations, please call (02) 990 7888 or email H7090@accor.com. More information about Novotel Manila Araneta Center, its facilities and services are available via www.novotel.com, www.accorhotels.com, or www.novotelmanilaaranetacenter.com.