Sunday, November 4, 2012
SUNSTAR kasbah opening
Kasbah opening party Posted by admin On November - 4 - 2012Columns/Views, Lifestyle column, Wander Woman IF YOU have been to our very own Boracay island, touted to be one of the world’s best islands especially for partying, you have surely been to Kasbah, that exotic restaurant that serves Moroccan cuisine, and the island’s place to party and smoke sisha. And Manila welcomed Kasbah as it opened its doors to the country’s capital by opening a branch at the Fort Bonifacio. I am a firm believer in entrepreneurs and have loaded time and time again of courageous individuals who open businesses despite the high electricity costs, manpower and basically of doing businesses in the Philippines. Thus, when I heard they were opening a branch in Manila, I just had to give my support. It was a fabulous opening party at Kasbah as it showcased the best of Morocco’s flavors and vibrant culture, in its souk-inspired two-level Manila home. Managing Director Madonna English welcomed guests and well-wishers to the super packed affair. The interiors were designed by owner Martin English and Robin Da Roza, and you can see the attention to detail in every corner, as they really captured the North African décor in plush cushions and vibrant colors, a hideaway for savoring the unique flavors of Moroccan cuisine. A lavish dinner spread by Chef Fadi Zaidan featured crowd favorites like Tabbouleh, Tangier Calamares, Moroccan Cigars spring rolls, Lamb Tagine, Seafood Tagine, and for dessert, luscious Baklava and Panna Cotta. Drinks from Don Papa rum (made from our very own Negros sugar) and Moët & Chandon Hennessy VS kept guests happy while they enjoyed soulful music all night long, from Moroccan exotic sitar and table musicians, guitar players, funky percussions, the amazing vocal rock performances from the likes of Kasbah regular Noli Aurillio and the electric Kevin Roy. As if that wasn’t enough to keep us entertained, there was a surprise appearance from a belly dancer, who danced her way through the crowd, and even more impromptu musical performances as the night turned into morning. The energetic crowd was a wonderful mixture of discerning diners who are already loyal Kasbah fans, Manila’s party regulars and distinguished expats, who all seemed to love the place’s welcoming vibe and delicious fare. For updates on Wander Woman, follow twitter @iamheiding.