An Australian Sojourn at Circles, Makati Shangri-La

G’day, blokes and sheilas.

Looking for some authentic dishes straight from the land down under? You’re all in luck!

All the gastronomic delights that best displays Australia’s wonderful culture can be wonderfully experienced at Circles Event Cafe in Makati Shangri-La during their currently ongoing food festival entitled, “An Australian Sojourn”.

An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La

During my recent visit to Circles a couple of days ago to taste the culinary treasures of Australia, I was blown away by the amazing dishes that were expertly prepared by the very “cool” Chef Matthew McCool (see what I did there?) who actually flew in straight from Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney.

An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La
Chef Matthew McCool

Anyways… without further ado, allow me to show you some of the impressive offerings of Circles, Makati Shangri-La’s “An Australian Sojourn” which you can partake of from now till October 2, 2014.

An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La

A gastronomic adventure at An Australian Sojourn

Tomato Soup Damper and Dukkah

An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La

I love dishes made with (or filled with) tomatoes. This particular starter is no exception. I love how the Tomato Soup was presented. And the taste was absolutely refreshing.

An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La
Finger (and image) courtesy of The Tummy Traveler (aka my wife)

While you’re at it, try some damper (an Australian bush loaf made with flour and water and cooked in a camp oven) and dip it into the olive oil and Dukkah (an Egyptian side dish consisting of toasted herbs, nuts and spices). Perfect!

Cold Dishes

Cheese Board

An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La

OMG. Cheese! I can live with cheese alone. The moment I saw the assortment of cheese brought in with dried fruits, I died. Wow.

Quinoa Salad

An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La

I fell in love with this dish not only because it was particularly unique, but also because of all the health benefits you can get out of it. Quinoa is highly regarded as a superfood. It is packed with protein yet you can enjoy it the same way you’d have risotto. Perfect also for individuals who want the texture of rice without the guilt of indulging in a lot of carbohydrates. A must try when you visit An Australian Sojourn.

Beetroot Salmon

An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La

Another highlight of An Australian Sojourn. Think sashimi with an Aussie twist. I think I had seconds of this flavorful dish. Very light and satisfying.

Hot Dishes

Roasted Lamb Rack

An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La

This is, in my opinion, one of the highlights of my meal at An Australian Sojourn. Lamb may be an acquired taste but I assure you, the preparation of this dish by Chef Matthew McCool has eliminated every trace of its natural gamey flavor using lemon myrtle which added a pleasant zest to this showstopper. You wouldn’t know it was lamb if you tried it out without asking what is was. Incredible.

Steam Snapper

An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La

Fish lovers won’t feel left out once they’ve realized that An Australian Sojourn also has wonderful dishes that cater to seafood enthusiasts. This particular dish consists of steamed red snapper with mussels, flavored with ginger and soy sauce.



An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La

Sponge cakes covered in chocolate icing and coconut, this Australian classic tastes just as good as it looks. Delectably sweet, light and quite fluffy. I love the texture that the coconut gives. If you have kids during your visit to An Australian Sojourn, this attractive delight will be a sure hit with them.


An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La

Another wonderful dessert to cap off an amazing “An Australian Sojourn” meal. Merengue and cream with a tinge of lime.

Experience the wonderful delights of An Australian Sojourn

Excited to try out “An Australian Sojourn” with friends and family? No doubt, you are. But you better hurry! As the title of the food festival clearly states, this event is merely a “sojourn”, which means a “temporary stay or visit”.

“An Australian Sojourn” is already ongoing and runs until October 2, 2014.

An Australian Sojourn - Makati Shangri-La

A lot more are in store during your visit since this food festival also includes the Circles International Buffet. I guarantee that you’ll leave Makati Shangri-La happily jumping like a Joey with great satisfaction.

So, head on over to Circles Event Place in Makati Shangri-La and enjoy some amazing tucker (that’s “food” in Aussie speak) at “An Australian Sojourn”.

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Friday and Saturday: Php2,272.00 nett/head
Sunday to Thursday: Php2,008.00 nett/head

Contact Details

Circles Event Cafe is located at the lobby level of Makati Shangri-La
Ayala Avenue cor. Makati Avenue
Makati City
T: (63 2) 813-8888
F: (63 2) 813-5499
Twitter and Instagram: @makatishangrila

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