New items at Señorita Sunae put the spotlight on sustainable seafood

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.

The newly rebranded Señorita Sunae Asian Kitchen introduces an array of Southeast Asian-inspired delights that promise an extraordinary culinary journey for diners. The menu expansion focuses on sustainable seafood and authentic flavors that capture the essence of the region.

The new dishes embody the Latin American adventures of Chef Christina Sunae, the woman the restaurant is named after, in promoting Southeast Asian cuisine. Continuously adding new items to the menu is a celebration of culinary heritage and a testament to her passion for crafting dishes that delight the tummy—and the heart.

Among the new items that patrons should look forward to are the Kinilaw Tahure, a blend of fresh tuna (sustainably sourced from Occidental Mindoro), tofu cream, seasonal fresh fruit, dill, chili oil, shallots, and crispy quinoa; as well as the Seafood Laksa, a Singaporean coconut noodle soup adorned with clams, squid balls, tofu, prawns, basil, and sambal.

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.

Formerly known as Sunae, the restaurant has undergone a rebranding, aligning its identity with Chef Christina’s roots and passions. The heart of the rebranding shines through in the new logo, which now features a likeness of Chef Christina, symbolizing her integral role in the restaurant’s success and evolution. 

Now based in Buenos Aires, Argentina (but coming back to the Philippines on a regular basis), Chef Christina moved to Pampanga when she was seven after her American father remarried a Filipina. The years she spent in the Philippines left a mark on her, as she dedicated herself to preserving Filipino flavors and exploring the diverse tastes of Asia.

The transformation of Señorita Sunae (at the One Bonifacio High Street Mall in BGC) isn’t just in aesthetics; it’s in the culinary treasures on the revamped menu.

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.

Other dishes that diners should look forward to in the expanded menu include the Korean-style Fried Chicken Bowl, which boasts of marinated free-range chicken thigh and cucumber salad; as well as the up-and-coming Penang Curry, which features fish of the day, Thai Penang curry, kaffir lime, and fried Thai basil leaves.

Also highly recommended is the Bangkok-style Crab and Prawn Omellete, which is stir-fried garlic fried rice with crab meat, prawn omelette, and aligue. The Chicken Inasal, on the other hand, offers a savory journey with its grilled free-range chicken thigh fillet marinated in lemongrass, ginger, lemon, and turmeric, served with steamed rice.

With the rebranding and the new items on the menu, Señorita Sunae is poised to deliver a gastronomic adventure that marries tradition with innovation.

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.
Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.
Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.
Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.
Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.
Kenneth M. del Rosario
Kenneth has been writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for more than 17 years, covering travel, food, motoring, technology, real estate, and business, among others.