Last-Minute Christmas Potluck Ideas for Noche Buena

Uh oh. It's two days until Noche Buena and you still have no idea what to bring for your potluck party. Fret not, holiday crammers. We've rounded up the restaurants that have party trays available on short notice. You're welcome!

Appetizer

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Max’s Restaurant Lumpiang Shanghai Cater Tray (P808.50)

Good for 20 pax

Details: Ground pork and spices rolled in lumpia wrapper, deep-fried and served with atchara and sweet and sour sauce.

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Earle’s Delicatessen All-Deli Platter

Lead time: Order one day in advance

Details: Earle’s Delicatessen has branches in G/F Tower II, The Columns Condominium, Ayala Ave., Makati City (Tel. No. 901-8782) and G/F Unit G1-C, Wynsum Corporate Plaza, Ortigas Road, Ortigas Center Pasig City (Tel. No. 636-3354).

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Torch’s Sushi Platter (P2,300)

Lead time: 3 hours before pick-up

Good for 15-20 pax

Details: The tray has 24 pieces California Roll, 24 pieces Torch Roll, and 24 pieces Bacon Roll. Delivery is available (pay P500) within Metro Manila. Call 477-3771.

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Pasta / Noodles

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Goldilocks Party Fun Feast Lasagna (P750)

Good for 9-12 pax

Details: This lasagna has meaty tomato and creamy white sauce topped with grated cheese and dried parsley.

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Torch’s Meatball Pasta (P2,200)

Lead time: 3 hours before pick-up

Good for 15-20 pax

Details: Delivery is available (pay P500) within Metro Manila. Call 477-3771.

Pork

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Linguini Fini’s Crispy Roast Half-Slab Porchetta (P2,999)

Lead time: Order two days in advance

Good for 5-6 pax

Details: Served with Caramelized Onion Marmalata and Red Chili Mostarda. Linguini Fini is at 3/F SM Mega Fashion Hall Mandaluyong. Call (02) 531 3302, 0917 834 1493 to order.

Manam’s Slow Roasted Cochinillo with Lechon Sauce (P 4,850)

Lead time: Order one day ahead

Good for 10 pax

Details: Manam has branches in Greenbelt 2: (02) 6250515, 0917-5742852, South Wing, Mall of Asia: (02) 511 8401, and Ayala Fairview Terraces: (02) 6254719.

Poultry (Chicken, Duck, Turkey)

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KFC Singing Christmas Bucket Feast (P599)

Good for 4-5 pax

Details: KFC Singing Christmas Bucket Feast comes with 8 pieces of your favorite KFC fried chicken along with your choice of 4 signature fixins, 4 pieces steamed rice and Coke. The bucket comes with a singing device that is usually found in Christmas greeting cards. It lights up and plays a song when the button is pressed.

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P.H.A.T. PHO’s Chicken Satay (P 1,599)

Lead time: Order 2 hours in advance

Good for 12 pax

Details: P.H.A.T. PHO’s is at GF, Serendra, BGC. Call (02) 8430820 to order

Cue Modern Barbecue’s Roast Whole Turkey with Bread Stuffing (P4, 350)

Lead time: Order two days in advance

Good for 10-15 pax

Details: Served with giblet sauce, cranberry and roasted chestnuts, and (choice of starch) creamy mashed potato, spiced herbs potato wedges or herbs roasted garlic rustic marble potatoes. Cue Modern Barbecue is at Lower GF, Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC. Call (02) 621 4052, 0917 8992283 to order.

Beef / Lamb

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Max’s Restaurant Kare-Kare Cater Tray (P2,561)

Good for 20 pax

Details: A rich and exquisite meat-vegetable dish made of oxtail, ox tripe and chuck in a delicious peanut sauce served with sautéed shrimp paste.

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Beso’s Lamb Shanks Braised in Tomato (P695)

Good for 3-4 people

Details: Call in advance. For pick-up only.

Bizu Patisseries Ten-Hour Roast U.S. Beef Belly (P3,900)

Good for 10-12 pax

Details: Order is inclusive of vegetables and a creamy mushroom sauce. Call +(632) 845-0590 / 845-0591 / 845-05-92 / 845-02-93 to order.

Rice

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Beso Paella (P1,365)

Good for 6-8 pax

Details: Beso paella has pork, chorizo, bacon, prawns, squid, mussels, and clams

Salad

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Bizu Patisserie’s Waldorf Salad (P1,625)

Good for 10-12 pax

Details: Organic greens with Fresh Fruits, Walnuts, Alfalfa, and Grilled Chicken in Honey Orange Yogurt. Call +(632) 845-0590 / 845-0591 / 845-05-92 / 845-02-93 to order.

Vegetables

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Manam’s Crunchy Ubod and Sotanghon Lumpia  P405.00

Good for 12-15 pax

Order at least one hour ahead. Manam has branches in Greenbelt 2: (02) 6250515, 0917-5742852, South Wing, Mall of Asia: (02) 511 8401, Ayala Fairview Terraces: (02) 6254719.

Desserts

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Conti’s Mango Bravo Cake (P695 mini, P1250 regular)

Guests are advised to call the stores ahead of time, and reserve their cakes for pick-up at a future time or date. Check out this link for a complete listing of their branches.

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