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Sabor Bar de Vinos: The Wine Bar at Novotel Manila Araneta Center

With the already strong main restaurant that is Food Exchange Manila and the popular snack bar that is The Gourmet Bar, Sabor Bar de Vinos is a perfect compliment to the outstanding F& D offerings of Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

I was at the place more than a week ago to check what they have on offering and I really enjoyed theie wine mixes especially Fortress Sangria for it's subtle taste thatt comes with a good punch. Their tapas are exquisite, thanks to The Gourmet Bar which is well known for their succulent tapas.
Sabor Bar Vinos is located at the lobby floor of Novotel Manila Araneta Center next to The Food Exchange Manila. This section used to be an extension of the latter and I like how they converted it into a wine bar. Also, the once smoking section is now part of the bar and this extends from the escalator section to the extreme end of the lobby following the glass walls.

The main bar is as classy as it could get and the other section hip with a Cubao-ex feels. Whether you are feeling fancy or you want a more casual mood, you can definitely find your perfect spot here. I like the way they transformed the smoking area with its main portion exhibiting a funky wall painting.
I was impressed at how extensive wines list is. You can go as low as 900 php and as high as 19,000 php per bottle. To me, a hotel wine bar with a 900 php wine is a surprise. That means you can frequent the place to chill and not worry about hurting the wallet and splurge if you feel like it.

The wine list includes the herbal and fruity Waterfalls Road Eddy Sauvignon Blanc, the premium Clarendelle by Haut Brion Bordeaux; the delicate Anna Codorniu Rosé, the dessert wine Cosecheros Y Criadores Infinitus and the Eclat de Rosé Perlant. For a momentous occasion, the Dom Perignon is ready for the party.

Available in the menu is the well-loved Gambas Al Jillo of plump sustainable prawn pieces enveloped in velvety rich sauce of garlic, butter and white wine, finished off with paprika and pepper flakes for a good hint of spice priced only at Php 360 nett; the comforting yet flavorful Galician Style Chicken Empanada stuffed with marinated chicken, herbs and aromatics married with olives and peppers for only Php 280 nett; and the ultimate bar nibble, the deep fried savory Bitter Ballen made from imported veal meat mixed with parsley and onion at Php 280 nett.

Health conscious and vegetarian foodies are not to fret, with options such as the Greek Salad Skewers made with fresh cucumbers and cherry tomatoes from Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s very own El Dorado farm; the Berenjenas Fritas made of organic eggplant with homegrown basil and molasses deep fried to goodness and served with garlic dip; or the bold and earthy Beetroot Arancini with Goat Cheese.
The cheese platter is perfect for a long night. Don't miss to try smoked salmon roulade, it is one of my favorites. I can't remember how much gambas I ate, I love shrimps and this is the perfect gambas for my palate.  The chorizo in red wine came as a surprise, it's chorizo with a kick, thanks to the perfect blend of red wine. Bitterballen is also nice. It comes with different dips that you will surely enjoy. Also make sure you don't miss Galician Empanada.
Unlimited Sangria for only Php 700!
This article came a little late but For the month of August, guests who will order a bottle of wine will get one free tapa or get another complimentary glass of sangria for every order of Sabor’s signature sangria by the glass! You may also enjoy unlimited sangria or unlimited wine from 6pm to 8pm for only Php 700 nett. You still have a few days to take advantage of this treat!
By its name Sabor, derived from the Latin word sapor or sapōrem, which means flavor, reflects that the bar itself, much like its interiors, serve bold, enticing and sensual delights. Sabor Bar de Vinos is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 3PM to 3AM.

Discover more about Sabor Bar de Vinos on social media by using the #SABORtheMoment. For inquiries and reservations, please call (02) 990 7888 or email

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