“Maybe I’ve been California dreaming”, Rihanna expresses sorrow about drifting away from her lover in her hit song California King Bed. But you shouldn’t fret if you feel like going on a trip to the West Coast of the United States. No need to fly, just to take a bite into a dish from Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu‘s new California Dreamin’ menu.
Mövenpick Cebu joins the brand’s global food offering, California Dreamin’, and Executive Chef Jean Louis Leon with his team, will serve Californian-inspired culinary creations at The Sails Restaurant throughout the months of March and April 2019.
This time around, Executive Chef Jean Louis Leon, backed by his team, join the brand’s global food and beverage campaign of Califonia Dreamin’, a menu that serves up flavors from America’s West Coast.
Hollywood, Venice Beach and Napa Valley. California is a model of American lifestyle. Healthy, positive, creative and sporty, its personality seduces and fascinates all the way to the plate. In the ’70s, it reached its hour of glory when US chef Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse in Berkeley, introducing a new focus organic and locally grown ingredients.
Since then, entrepreneurial California chefs have never shied away from mixing unexpected combinations of ingredients and food styles, while making the most of the abundant sun-kissed produce for which the state is known.
For lunch and dinner, Mövenpick’s California Dreamin’ à la carte menu features 7 dishes of classic California fusion cuisine. Seafood, fruit, vegetables and fresh herbs figure prominently in a medley of bold flavors, surprising combinations and unpretentious style. You can choose your favorite dishes from the following delicious selections below. I got to try each one, and I didn’t have a clear favorite as each dish had a distinct flavor, so I suggest you just try all of them (bring a companion or two). *wink
Crab cakes : Freshly-caught local stone crabs are a menu staple in the Santa Barbara region. Accompanied by a spicy Asian remoulade and crisp salad, these crunchy crab bites are an ideal first course or a tasty protein-rich snack, California style.
Flowered tuna: Anyone who has visited the American Riviera will have fallen in love – with the sea, the mountains and of course, the Pacific coastline’s irresistible culinary specialties. Fresh tuna garnished with flowers, vegetables and orange relish might just be love at first sight, or rather, bite?
Beef carpaccio formaggi: The cows of Santa Rita Hills are famed for producing outstanding organic beef. Mövenpick’s version of the classic carpaccio combines the multicultural influences of Californian cuisine with Mediterranean charm, featuring cow, goat and sheep cheese, tomatoes and olive tapenade.
Label Rouge salmon: The Golden State’s Farmers Markets are legendary for their wonderful varieties of freshly-harvested vegetables. Mövenpick mixes a colorful bouquet of baby vegetables in refreshing lemon vinaigrette to complement glazed salmon, lightly cooked in olive oil.
Lemon poultry: Guests may be familiar with the sweet lemons of the Italian Amalfi coast, but they might not know California remains ahead of Italy on the list of top 10 citrus-growing countries. Naturally, Mövenpick’s spin on classic lemon chicken features a zesty Californian twist.
Oven-roasted rack of lamb: California proudly supports its passionate farmers who are committed to animal welfare in order to sustainably and naturally produce the best quality meat possible. Mövenpick’s lamb is crusted with fresh herbs, roasted to a delicate pink and paired with boldly flavored bush beans.
Lemon & avocado cheesecake: Every October, Carpinteria’s Avocado Festival attracts tens of thousands of foodies. They flock to the oceanside city to sample creative avocado delights, from guacamole and avocado beer to sweet desserts such as this vegan cheesecake with lemon and avocado curd.
See what Chef Jean and his team did there? Glorious! For more information on Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu’s California Dreamin’ menu, please visit: movenpick.com/California.