Behind the fun and active lifestyle at Tivoli Royale Country Club is a food culture that openly embraces familiar and straightforward dishes. But what makes its banner restaurant, Royale Lounge, worth the trip is its latest array of new menu items designed to bring the whole family to the table.
From the comforting to the nostalgic, with something bright and cheerful in between, the new menu is all about collective experiences of “unforgettable food that we tried at some point in our lives, learned to love and regularly crave for” according to Tivoli Royale Country Club General Manager, Cherryl Go.
“Our new menu is a collaboration of our chefs and at the same time based on what diners are looking for. We don’t want our restaurant to remain a secret and patrons can surely expect the same consistency and quality in our banquet menu,” Go said.
For starters, the Louisiana-inspired Po’ Boy (P420) by Executive Chef Jonnel Roxas is a must-try. A hearty submarine sandwich with crispy chunks of deep-fried freshwater shrimp coated in the cajun spice blend, topped with pickle relish and remoulade sauce and encased in warm and crusty Pistolet bread.
The Beef Steak Sandwich (P400) is a Philly cheese steak-inspired recipe using crusty French bread that imparts the same comforting experience aptly adjusted to Filipino taste buds. Another favorite rendition of Chef Jonnel, the sirloin beef is smothered onions, pickles, and smoked cheese sauce.
Rice lovers will surely find Sous Chef Jomhar Marcial’s Nasi Goreng (P550) inspiring enough to propel anyone out of bed. Cooked in a wok, this Indonesian rice delicacy with chicken satay comes with a Filipino twist by adding pickled papaya as a side dish into the mix.
Chef Jonnel’s Mediterranean Lamb Stew (P1,050) is a milder version of the dish that involves a 3-hour stewing process. Finished with fresh spinach and fiber-rich chickpeas, it is best served with steamed rice.
There is also the Pan Seared Mahi-Mahi (P600), paired with mesclun greens, refreshing fruit chutney, and a slice of lemon for a clean-tasting spark of flavor without being calorie-laden.
Royal Lounge’s latest selection of family favorites include Country Fried Chicken (P600), Pork Dinuguan (P500) and Gising-Gising (P350). It also has the Cheesy Macaroni (P350) and Mozzarella Sticks (P320) fir kids and kids-at-heart.
For a sweet ending, there’s the Mango Tartlet (P380) and Choco Lava Cake (P380) is decadent but not cloying, with a warm and molten center and a topping liberally dusted with Bianca sugar.