‘Ensaymadness’ and more at Winford Manila
Like thousands of other hotels here and around the world, Winford cannot resume full operations until health authorities downgrade the metro’s current lockdown status from “general community quarantine (GCQ)” to “modified general community quarantine (MGCQ)”. In the meantime, Winford’s food and beverage team, spearheaded by Chef Fatima “Patty” Libre, has been cooking up a storm for its loyal patrons who continue to enjoy a taste of the luxury hotel, either through a food delivery service dubbed Winford on Wheels (WOW), as dine-in guests, or for take-out orders. Launched in August, WOW started as a food delivery-cum-catering service that serves up home-cooked-style rice toppings. Its primary target market consists of corporate groups and employees of 20 or more, looking for variations on their usual canteen meal or packed lunch, with a value proposition summarized as “luxury hotel comfort food at an affordable price”. At only P180 nett per order, WOW delivers on its promise, as well as delivering comfort food favorites anywhere in Metro Manila. On top of the diverse international cuisine like beef stroganoff and chicken schnitzel with coleslaw already on the WOW menu, new Chinese, Italian, and Filipino dishes were recently added to the mix. This month of October saw bestselling Chinese WOW meals such as soyed chicken, fish fillet with tofu, and salt & pepper ribs become available for dine-in and take-out guests. Also, hot on the heels of last month’s successful bibingka ‘Merienda of the Month’ is Winford’s new offering dubbed Ensaymadness. A quartet of the perennial Filipino favorite, each ensaymada is given an exciting new twist, such as queso de bola topped with crispy bacon bits and served with a cup of hot tablea chocolate. Foodies are also invited to choose between other variants like classic, ube, and dulce de leche, all of which are freshly-baked daily in Winford’s kitchen.