Leyte - A Culinary Adventure at "The Jasmine Restaurant" at The Oriental Leyte Hotels and Resorts

The Oriental Leyte Hotels and Resorts is known as the finest and first class resort hotel in Eastern Visayas region. During my recent trip in Tacloban City for the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival, we were invited by The Oriental Leyte to try their local and international cuisines at their in-house restaurant - Jasmine Restaurant. It's my first time here, but I must say, I am quite impressed. Let me tell you why by taking you into a culinary adventure in Leyte!

Upon arrival at the hotel lobby, we were greeted with genuine smiles and hospitality of their staff. It's quite an awesome treat after braving the rains in covering Eastern Visayas' biggest festival.

Photo from www.leyte.theorientalhotels.com

Jasmine Restaurant is known for their scrumptious home-grown favorites, as well as delectable international cuisines. Located at the hotel's ground floor, the dining area is quite huge, it could actually sit up to 110 guests. It is also well lit and presents a very cozy and luxurious feel featuring modern fixtures and amenities.

First we were served with their special concoction of cucumber lemonade juice. It is really good, I even asked for another glass of it. A very refreshing drink!

Cucumber Lemonade Juice

Then dinner was served. First on the menu is the Seafood Chowder Soup, a cream-based soup mixed with fish, clams and crab meat.

Seafood Chowder Soup

Then the main dishes.

First is Kilawin na Tanigue, freshly prepared raw Tanigue fish mixed with vinegar, chili and coconut milk.

Kilawin na Tanigue

Next is Pinakbet, a Filipino favorite made from sauteed vegetables with special shrimp paste and toppings of pork bits. I love it as it doesn't tastes too salty.


Followed by Beef Kaldereta made of stewed beef sauteed in olive oil, garlic, fresh tomatoes and slow cooked to perfection. Very tender and tasty!

Beef Kaldereta

Then finally, one of Leyte's specialty dishes, Hinatukan Na Manok. It is made of native chicken cooked in thick coconut milk and lemon grass sauce. So yummy! This is definitely a must-try!

Hinatukan Na Manok

We also had, fresh green mango with onions, tomatoes and shrimp paste on the side. (Sorry, I forgot to take a photo of this one). :)

For dessert, we had Pannacotta, an Italian dessert made with simmered cream milk, sugar and mixed with gelatin.


The superb culinary treats served to us at the Jasmine Restaurant is an experience worth repeating, "I shall return!". -Pinoy Adventurista

Book at The Oriental and discover the Philippines like never before. You may call the following numbers:

Manila Sales Office: +63(2) 994-5644 / 856-4116
The Oriental Leyte: +63(53) 323-3881 to 84.

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The Oriental Leyte

Baras, Palo, Leyte
Philippines 6501

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The Oriental Leyte Hotels and Resorts is a member of LKY Group of Companies, they also have properties in Legaspi Albay, Manila, Bacolod and soon in Pagsanjan, Laguna and Iloilo.


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