Angelica Panganiban spends birthday with John Lloyd Cruz in Tokyo; dines at famed Joël Robuchon restaurant

IMAGE (Main) Noel Orsal/ (Inset) Borrowed from Instagram

After opening up about her new relationship, Angelica Panganiban (left) spent the past weekend celebrating her birthday with boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz (right) in Japan. (Inset) This photo, which Angelica posted on her Instagram account, is a documentation of their dinner date at the famed Le Chateau de Joël Robuchon in Tokyo.

The tradition of fancy and extravagant gift-giving continues for celebrity couple Angelica Panganiban and John Lloyd Cruz.

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Angelica celebrated her 26th birthday this weekend together with her boyfriend John Lloyd in Tokyo, Japan.

The actress was obviously in good spirits as she kept tweeting messages during the trip, thanking friends and followers who greeted her through the social networking site.

She also posted several photos on her Instagram account, documenting her trip to the “land of the rising sun.”

On November 5, the morning after her actual birthday on November 4, Angelica posted a collage of photos from her dinner date with John Lloyd.

In the photo, Angelica is seen dressed in black. John Lloyd wore a black tie over a crisp white shirt.

“Nung kami ay binusog…. Happy birthday!! Indeed!!” the Banana Split star wrote as a caption to the photo.

JOËL ROBUCHON. Angelica and John Lloyd spent the evening dining at Le Chateau de Joël Robuchon, a famous Parisian eatery located in a lovely French Chateau at the heart of the modern Yebisu neighborhood.

The Robuchon chain of restaurants has an undisputed international reputation for its fine French dishes.

Its founder, French chef and restaurateur Joël Robuchon, was named “Chef of the Century” by the influential French restaurant guide Gault et Millau in 1989.

He currently holds the record for being the most Michelin-starred chef.

He has a total of 28, which are distributed among his restaurants in Paris, Monaco, London, Las Vegas, Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Macau.


The Tokyo branch alone has seven Michelin stars—two each for the L’Atelier and La Table dining halls, and three for Le Chateau, where John Lloyd and Angelica ate.

Le Chateau de Joël Robuchon is currently headed by French chef Alain Verzeroli.

MANGER DU CAVIAR! (EAT CAVIAR!). In the photo posted by Angelica, the couple appeared to be enjoying a luxurious dinner.

That includes a fabulous array of entrée, a special dessert decorated with a thin candle for the birthday girl, some candies, and Joël Robuchon’s famous Le Caviar.

Le Caviar is a dish served in a tin can, atop a rectangular plate.

It contains delicate jelly and cream of cauliflower topped with about a tablespoon of Imperial Ossetra caviar.

It is said that the Ossetra, which is obtained from sturgeon fishes, is the second most expensive variety of caviar, next only to the Beluga.

In the market, a half kilo of Imperial Ossetra can cost an average US$3,000, while a small two-ounce can is worth about US$300.

A full dégustation or tasting dinner at Le Chateau de Joël Robuchon can cost one person at least 15,000 to 20,000 Japanese Yen or about 7,000 to 10,000 in Philippine Peso.

Pretty fancy!





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