It’s the gem of a foodie. As you might as well know, buffet restaurants which have been cropping all over Metro Manila these days, offer a number of international cuisines and various amounts of dishes to choose from. Among these include Asian, Continental, Korean, Japanese and a host of other celebrated fare from all over the world. But do you know that there are already a couple of dining places in the metropolis riding the hype of these buffet restaurants?
These, and so much more, have already transcended from going set menu to “eat-all-you-can”.
It’s a different world when you enter Café Juanita. The Persian rugs and drapes, the Asian-inspired chandeliers and the eclectic mix of furniture scattered all over the place are indeed a stark example of different nations fused together. With showers of various colors and hues and the soothing music of a live pianist permeating throughout the whole atmosphere, you can be sure of a lively experience dining here.
When it comes to food, aside from the ever famous sinigang na corned beef, Café Juanita also gives ardent clients a taste of its own festive Filipino buffet. In its line-up include fried tilapia, lechon kawali, lumpiang shanghai, fried pork belly (lechon kawali), kare-kare, pork adobo, adobong pusit, fried and fresh lumpia, chicken inasal, pansit, among many others. For desserts, grab an assortment of Filipino delicacies such as puto and kutsinta.
Buffet Price: P535 (Lunch)
Branches: Kapitolyo, Pasig City; Burgos Circle, Taguig City.
Phone Number: (02) 632-0357
Facebook: Café Juanita
Howzat Sports Bar
Howzat Sports Bar is known for its bustle and hustle of customers and servers cheering for their favorite teams and players onscreen. Just like its namesake, it’s a sports bar which caters to mostly expats from the Makati area but you can still order some good food and some local beers here.
Although the main attractions of Howzat are its huge TV screen that showcases sports programs and important sporting events from all over the world (such as the FIFA World Cup and the UFC Championship), the food is also one of its most sought-after. The Indian Curry Buffet which has three stations – the Main Buffet Station, the Salad Station, and the Soup, Naan, and Samosa Station – offers a delight for those who want it hot and spicy.
Get the Tom Yam soup, the samosas and the papadums with freshly-rolled naans (which are pan grilled and served with butter) and curry. Also included in the menu are the Tandoori Chicken, the Lamb Curry, Palak Paneer, Potato Keema, Fish Curry and the Chicken Vindaloo. For desserts, check out the Mango Cheesecake.
Tapeo Tapas and Wine Bar
Tapeo Tapas and Wine Bar may seem like just your ordinary Spanish restaurant at the heart of the Fort Strip in Taguig City. Its high chairs and wood furniture – plus a celebrated Spanish acoustic guitar and a flamenco performance every Wednesday nights – speak volumes of a lively and eminent European atmosphere. The food in itself, the tapas in particular, can also get you grooving to the beat of the music in this part of town.
But behind all of these, Tapeo also offer Unlimited Tapas, or snacks or finger food that’s a choice of a chunk of tuna, hot meat served in a dish or just about anything in between. Among the food include a platter of Montados or stewed beans, lengua and callos. A plateful of paella is also to die for – and you wouldn’t resist taking in about two or three bowls of these.
Tapeo Tapas and Wine Bar
Buffet Price: P400 (Monday to Saturday, 2PM – 9PM)
Address: G/F The Fort Strip, 7th Ave cor 28th St, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Phone Number: (02) 556-2668
Facebook: Tapeo Tapas and Wine Bar
Marina Oysters Seafood Grill
For twenty-one years, Marina Oysters Seafood Grill has been serving Ilonggo cuisine to its loyal patrons. One of its bestsellers, the oysters (grilled, kinilaw, steamed, sizzling or baked) is considered as one of the freshest and tastiest and definitely a unique offering of its kind. Other food to eat in this joint includes the Native Chicken Roasted with Lemon Grass, the Grilled Managat or sea bass and the Prawns in Chili Sauce.
But you’d be surprised to know that Marina also offers a breakfast buffet for those who want to have their fill of eggs, hams and sausages. You can also order any of the following: pork tocino, chicken adobo, scrambled eggs with tomatoes and onions, danggit, hotdogs and longganisa, fried lumpia and rice. This eat-all-you-can also comes with unlimited juices and coffee.
Marina Oysters Seafood Grill
Buffet Price: P169
Branches: Market Market, Metrowalk, SM Mall of Asia, SM Sky Garden, Robinsons Forum, Timog-Panay, Magallanes
Facebook: Marina Oysters Seafood Grill
When you think of Don Henrico’s (also known as Don Hen to avid patrons), all you can think about are pizzas and pastas – and Buffalo wings which are chicken wings marinated with a classic sauce. Side dishes such as French Fries are also available.
But for those pizza and pasta lovers who crave for more, Don Henrico’s is created to bring you unlimited goodness and graciousness – via its eat-all-you-can scenario. Of course, you’d expect pizza with different flavors and pasta (with sauces of both red and white) to be present at the buffet table. The pizza place also has nachos and onion rings as appetizers and different kinds of salads such as Ceasar’s with different sauces.
When you want to taste some sampler dishes straight from the Land Down Under (for which this restaurant was named), then you better head on to Kangaroo Jack as the place offers you delectable steaks that include rib-eye, tenderloin, sizzling and T-bone. Aside from these mouth-watering and sumptuous meats, Kangaroo Jack also offers pizzas and burgers, and Mexican food such as quesadillas and nachos.
But if you are into snacks (or maybe a late lunch or an early dinner), Kangaroo Jack offers you more than its usual fare. It has its merienda buffet which includes cream of mushroom soup, garlic bread, nachos, macaroni salad, spaghetti in meat sauce, pesto pasta, fried chicken, spicy pork ribs, java rice, and plain rice. For desserts, you can also avail of the banana fritters and the coffee cream jelly. Bottomless iced tea is also ready for your taking.
Buffet Price: P220 (2PM – 5:30PM Monday to Saturday); P100 for children below 4 feet
Branches: SM North EDSA, Araneta Center, Robinsons Place Manila, SM City Manila, SM City Fairview
Facebook: Kangaroo Jack
Movie Stars Café
How would you like to step into a different time and place and mingle with your favorite movie stars? Movie Stars Café, a restaurant-café which showcases props from various local and international movies, allows you to get immersed with the life and style of the rich and the famous – even for just one setting. Experience the life in a movie set too. When it comes to the food, there is a wide array of international dishes to choose from – and interestingly, even inspired by some food in the movies.
When it comes to the buffet, there are three choices. The items on the menu include chicken pastel royale, porkloin with braised cabbage, fresh vegetables mélange, macaroni and cheese, oriental vegetables, savory chicken, beef tenderloin tips, chicken cordon bleu, roast beef with red wine sauce, roasted crispy pork with liver sauce, pan-fried fish fillet with pesto cream sauce, baked macaroni, and assorted mixed seafood, among others. Cakes, appetizers and salads are also available.
Probably the best part of ordering buffet at Movie Stars Café is that availing of the buffet also comes with a free Movie Stars Café bag and shirt.
Movie Stars Cafe
Buffet Price: P599, P799, P999 (Monday to Sunday 12PM to 6PM)
Address: Seaside Boulevard, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Phone Number: (02) 550-1234
Facebook: Movie Stars Cafe
Alfredo’s located at Tomas Morato is an ideal place for a romantic tryst, especially because it has a semi-fine dining environment with a fireplace and a ceiling designed with rustic woodwork. Various paintings and photographs hung on the walls, signifying a stark importance of old history and nations.
The restaurant offers an ala carte menu for those who can’t wait to dive on their steaks and all kinds of meat. But however you want your beef to be, Alfredo’s gives you an all-you-can-eat buffet with different kinds of meat to choose from. Simply work from the side dishes and make your way up to star of your buffet, the roast beef which are offered in two different slices: tender and a thicker cut. It also had a section for soup and the salads, mashed potatoes, buttered vegetables, and the rice. For desserts, grab the éclair and the sans rival. The buffet also comes with a fresh bread basket. Of course, the availability of the bottomless iced tea and the raspberry iced tea make this a soothing and a cool dining experience.
Buffet Price: P750 (Lunch and Dinner)
Address: Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout De Guia Street, Quezon City
Phone Number: (02) 2156756
Facebook: Alfredo’s Steaks
Caterings by Q Bistro
A contemporary and innovative restaurant, Caterings by Q Bistro signals a charming and warm accommodation to its loyal clients with its white and black tiles, homey interiors and pristine white furnishings. It has an extensive menu – from its signature dishes of Filipino comfort food to delicious starters such as a Spring Fresh Rolls that are designed to tickle the palate. Other dishes include the Norwegian Baked Salmon and the Braised Beef.
Those with happy tummies can get hold of the various buffets in store. First is the Roast Beef Buffet (P395) which stars, what else, but the roast beef and of course, with soups, salads, pastas and different entrees at the side. Meanwhile those who are into Mongolian can avail of the Mongolian Buffet (P295) that is thrown with rice, fresh vegetables and your options of pork, beef, chicken and fish. There are also sauces for you to choose from. Third, you can also avail of its all-you-can-drink cocktails (P295) which include glasses of Long Island Iced Tea, Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Tequila Sunrise, Screwdriver, and Basil Mojito.
Joey Pepperoni Pizzeria
When it comes to pizzas, pastas and Italian dishes and anything in between, there is probably no better restaurant that can host you other than Joey Pepperoni Pizzeria. Just the name alone of this pizza parlor is enough to make you want to go there. After all, you’d really want your pizzas to have that pepperoni tingle in them, do you?
So that more customers and avid fans of pizzas and pastas can indulge exquisitely into every bite, Joey Pepperoni has also launched its all-you-can-eat program. Among the dishes accessible include spaghetti al pesto, penne and cheese, pasta al arrabiata and beef and mushroom pasta. These all function to bring you to a satisfying delight no other restaurant may – or can – even do. -#EatsNowOrNever
Photo Credits: Cafe Juanita Foursquare User Antonio M, Marina Foursquare User Queen E, Don Henrico’s Foursquare User Jhoon M and Ian Felix A.Kangaroo Jack Foursquare User Kath S and Mau B, Movie Stars Cafe Foursquare User Jon Z and Julius Romil R, Alfredo’s Foursquare User Azizamm11 and Bogs B, Caterings Foursquare User Mia, CorbisImages.com
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