Pomelo dining with Marco Polo Hong Kong hotels

“There’s a Marco Polo Hotels exchange program wherein each property will serve a sister company’s unique food and beverage special,” said Chef Alex Destriza of the Davao property.

His menu is the Oh! Pomelo. The signature fruits-based set menu highlights the popular Davao fruit in all the courses of the meal. It will make its rounds in the different restaurants of Marco Polo.


The menu of the Oh! Pomelo dinner hosted by Marco Polo Hong Kong hotels

Oh! Pomelo dining hosted by Marco Polo Hong Kong hotels


Exciting? Yes, but you have to visit the other properties to enjoy it.

We, however, were lucky. When the Marco Polo Hong Kong hotels’ communication team flew to town they gathered the Davao and Cebu media for an exclusive fine-dining experience serving the Oh! Pomelo. We didn’t have to leave Davao to try it after all!


With the communications team of Marco Polo Hong Kong hotels in Davao

Cheers to great times ahead! With Angel Wong, Samantha Poon & Jeff Mondia


Cebu guests of Marco Polo Hong Hotels dinner in Davao

Samantha Poon with Cebu’s Joanna Cuenca of SunStar & Shari Quimbo of Zee Lifestyle


We started with the Ceviche of prawn and swordfish with grilled calamari and pomelo as appetizer. The tender and tasty pieces were quick to disappear from my plate.

The creamy seafood soup was heavenly—veloute of seafood with poached sea scallop, white fish, clams and pomelo tempura. I was tempted to ask for another bowl.


Pomelo-infused courses of Marco Polo

The appetizer & the creamy soup infused with pomelo


For the clear the palate we were served the pomelo and mini sorbet. It had this distinctive tangy pomelo flavor with the minty flavoring. It was delightful.


Pomelo sorbet of Oh! Pomelo set menu served by Marco Polo Hotels

Palate cleanser- Pomelo & Mint Sorbet


I relished my choice of main course— the slow-baked salmon fillet with pomelo mango kaffir lime salsa, saffron cream and pomelo hollandaise, while the others feasted on their braised beef short ribs with truffle mashed potato, pomelo salad and bee jus.


The main courses of Oh! Pomelo set menu of Marco Polo

A choice of salmon or steak for the main course


The dessert of pomelo chilled cheesecake, vodka pomelo jelly was just fine.

Oh! Pomelo, you’re so fine. You have to put that soup in your regular menu, Chef Alex.


Selfie with dinner guests & hosts of Marco Polo Hong Kong hotels in Davao

What else in new?


Email me at jinggoysalvador@yahoo.com. For more lifestyle & travel stories, visit ofapplesandlemons.com & jeepneyjinggoy.com

Also published at the SunStar Davao newspaper.