July 11, 2020

Samba at Shangri-La The Fort, Manila

Fine Dining, Indoor Dining, Outdoor Dining, Alfresco Dining

Samba is a Peruvian restaurant located next to the pool deck of Shangri-La The Fort, Manila. Samba serves authentic Peruvian cuisine using ingredients sourced from South America as well as fresh ingredients from the Philippines. The restaurant has a festive vibe and offers both indoor and outdoor (alfresco) dining venues.

Operating Hours Monday-Friday from 11:00am to 10:00pm
Saturday-Sunday from 11:30am to 10:00pm
Reservation +63 (02) 8820-0888 | +639175363287
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Menu A la Carte, Beverage & Wine Menu

UPDATES as of June 1, 2021

Please note the following government-imposed restrictions while Metro Manila is placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from June 1-15, 2021:
  • limited seating capacity of 30% (indoor) and 50% (outdoor)*
  • only guests 18 to 65 years old are allowed to dine
Prior reservation is recommended.

Indoor Dining Venue

Samba has a spacious indoor dining area with tables well-spaced to observe social distancing. Tables are also arranged to avoid face-to-face dining.

Samba also has two private dining rooms which are ideal for working lunch meetings or intimate dinners. The two private dining rooms can accommodate two to three persons, and are available for reservation at a minimum consumable charge of ₱5,000 and ₱6,000 respectively.

Outdoor Dining Venue

Samba's outdoor dining venue is more spacious and well ventilated. The main outdoor dining area is mostly covered with a glass roof, allowing for natural light to brighten up the place. During lunchtime, the skylight roller shades can then be drawn to filter the intense sunlight.

The outdoor dining area is also available to host private functions such as family gatherings and corporate meetings. Please note that functions are currently limited to a maximum of 10 persons, in compliance with local quarantine regulations.

Pool-side cabanas are also available to guests looking for a more intimate dining experience. The pool-side dinig area can accommodate both hotel in-house guests as well as restaurant guests. The cabanas are available on a first-come-first served basis only.

Health & Safety

The tables were free of clutter. Paper placemats, cutlery wrapped in a napkin, and glasses with cover were set up on the table when we arrived. Plates were only provided upon request or when required. Mask sleeves and alcohol wipes were also provided to guests. Dishes were covered when served to the guests in order to protect the food from airborne contaminants.

From the A la Carte Menu

I learned to love Peruvian cuisine because of Samba. The comforting flavors and aroma are very close to Filipino cuisine because of our Hispanic heritage. Peruvian cuisine also has Chinese influences, making it very relatable to the Filipino palate. Here are some of the dishes I personally recommend here at Samba.

Empanadas de Lomo - These baked puff pastries are filled with chunks of braised US prime beef tenderloin. The puff pastry is moist and flaky while the beef is tender and rich in flavor. The rocoto chimichurri salsa brightens and balances all the flavors.

Arroz con Mariscos - This seafood rice dish is cooked in a rich tomato-pepper sauce seasoned with paprika creole. The dish comes with calamari, octopus, shrimps, and scallops, and finally garnished with parmesan cheese shavings and fresh cilantro. This dish can serve 2-3 persons.

Aji de Gallina - This classic Peruvian dish is made with chicken breast strips cooked in a cream sauce consisting of ají amarillo chili paste, milk, and grated parmesan cheese. The dish is then served on a bed of boiled potato wedges and topped with quail eggs and walnuts. The dish is very comforting and doesn't taste spicy at all.

Lomo Saltado - This is a signature Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) dish. It is made with chunks of US prime beef tenderloin stir-fried with tomatoes, onions, peppers, carrots, and potato wedges, and seasoned with soy sauce. The dish is best paired with steamed rice.

Payment Options

As of November 20, 2020, contactless payment via GCash and GrabPay, as well as WeChat Pay and Alipay, are already accepted at Samba. Cash, credit card, and debit card payments are still accepted. I was also able to pay for our bill using my Golden Circle Award Points.

The Table from Golden Circle

As a Golden Circle (GC) member, you can dine for free here at Samba by using the GC Award Points you earn whenever you stay or dine at any Shangri-La, Kerry Hotel, JEN Hotel, and Traders Hotel properties around the world.

Dining Benefit Gold
Earn: GC Award Point(s) per eligible
USD1.00 spent on dining or hotel stay
1 point 1.25 points 1.50 points
Redeem: 10 GC Award Points on dining at US Dollar value equivalent USD1.00 USD1.25 USD1.25

When earning GC Award Points, please expect the points to be credited to your account one to two weeks after the date of the transaction.

Level 8, Shangri-La The Fort, Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (BGC)
Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
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