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Inside Town & Country's First Theatrical Dine Around at Solaire

After cocktails and dinner at a fine dining establishment, a few of T&C's millennial friends enjoyed The Phantom of the Opera.
IMAGE PAU GUEVARRA/COLLAGE BY JP MENESES
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Town&Country recently held its first Theatrical Dine Around at the Solaire Resort and Casino. An offshoot of T&C’s signature concept, the affair combined great company, fine dining, and a main musical attraction.

In partnership with Solaire, our select guests were treated to a showing of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, which is currently in production until April 7. 

The night kicked off with cocktails at its recently opened Cigar Bar and Poker Room, where guests gathered around Phantom of the Opera-themed cocktails and the house’s signature concoctions. After, the guests were escorted to their respective restaurants, where a specially prepared dinner awaited them at Finestra, Red Lantern, and Yakumi. The night ended at the Theatre at Solaire, and after the two-hour production, the surprises did not stop. Our guests enjoyed an exclusive backstage tour, where they met illusive Phantom himself. 

See what happened throughout the night:

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A level under the main casino floor sits the secluded and quiet Cigar Bar and Poker Room.


The entryway was lined with bottles and bottles of wine. 

The lounge was accented by Art Deco elements and a warm palette.


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Perfect for an intimate gathering, the lounge is outfitted with plush sitting areas.


For a limited time only, the bar offers a selection of Phantom-themed cocktails.


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These go by playful names like Music of the Night, Beneath the Mask, and Secret of Darkness.

More: Peek Inside Solaire’s Newly Opened Underground Cigar Bar

Our first guests of the night. T&C February cover girls Camille and Angelique Lhuillier chat with Solaire’s Tim Torres, Solaire senior beverage manager Michael O’Shea, Alicia Sy, and Yvette Fernandez.


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Alex Eduque


Mariel Bitanga


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Isabel Payabyab


Apollo Lara and Natalia Peña


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Rick Yupangco and Mikkel Puyat


Mikko and Sambie Tung


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Meagan Ong, Melody Ong, and Maxine Ong


May and Jordy Navarra


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Anna Yulo, Yvette Fernandez, Tim Torres, Samantha Sewell


 

Some of our guests dined at Japanese restaurant Yakumi.


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One of Yakumi’s greatest draws is its fresh seafood selection, which is flown in from the Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo.


 

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Guests also had a hand in grating their own wasabi.



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The second course for the meal was a green tea batter tempura.

 

But what really filled the diners at Yakumi was the U.S. beef rib eye robatayaki served with a yakiniku sauce.


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This was followed by a tempting dessert


Camille Lhuillier and Angelique Lhuillier


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Julian Aboitiz and Selina Ocampo


Pie Alvarez, Sambie Rodriguez Tung, Mikko Tung, and Neil Mercado


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Melody Ong, Maxine Ong, and Meagan Ong 


Nearby, some of our guests enjoyed a Chinese feast at Red Lantern.


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There was dim sum to start, of course.

 

This one is a steamed scallop dumpling.

A dish of poached Hong Kong chicken with spring onion was served before it.


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Entreés included delectable “Shanghai Style” pan-fried king prawns with chili and minced pork.


This was followed by “Dong Po Style” pork belly pyramid, which guests sandwiched in mantou.


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Also for sharing was the steamed green garoupa.


Marion and Martin de Guzman


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Carlos Otermin and Sam Hiranand


Moritz Gastl, Jess Wilson, Miggy Rodriguez, Arthur Novak, Natalia Peña, and Apollo Lara


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Some of our guests savored an Italian menu at Finestra.

 

Chef Alan Marchetti and his team prepared a mushroom-themed degustation.


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The meal commenced with beef carpaccio, pickled chanterelle, shallot, and taleggio.


After the wild mushroom cream, a morel carbonara was served.


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The chef de cuisine outdid himself with a top blade steak served with chanterelle, morel, porcini, and bernaise.

 

To round up the meal, dessert came in the form of a chocolate garden with forest berries.


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Mariel Bitanga, Alex Eduque, Mikkel Puyat, and Isabel Payabyab



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Raisa and Miguel Vargas



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Jordy and May Navarra


After dinner, our guests headed to the Theatre at Solaire, one level up.

 

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There, they capped off the night with Andre Lloyd Webber’s musical achievement.


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Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
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