The reason for my skinny frame may be attributed to genes or fast metabolism, but definitely not to diet or exercise. If you ask me though, I believe it’s due to my stomach’s inability to contain a big amount of food. Nope, I never had a bariatric surgery, it’s just the way it is. Given this I am not the ideal person to hit buffet, especially an “all you can eat” one. But would I say no to a buffet? Of course not!
Last Saturday I went all the way to Quezon City in response to an invite by the sales and marketing manager of The Buffet International Cuisine, Cathy Sanchez. Joining me in this food trip are my friends/favorite travel companions, Rhoda, Paolo, and Alchris.
The Buffet started operating in March 2013. It caters to upper-class B and upper-class C patrons. It’s the strongest during weekdays and special occasions like father’s day, graduation day, etc. First thing I noticed about the place is the fact that it’s elegant and looks just like a hotel. Upon entering you will see these two staircases that meet on the second level and end as a balcony. There are big chandeliers and fine curtains on the wall.
Aside from the restaurant, The Buffet also offers venues for conferences and reception for baptismal, birthdays, weddings, and other occasions. According to Cathy, the use of their functions rooms is free of charge, including the sound system and the setup. One should only need to pay for the food (inclusive of VAT) and the additional cost for the lighting. The place has four function rooms; the grand ballroom can accommodate up to 200 people, the platinum room can take 100 people, the diamond room can sit 80 guests, and the smallest is the conference room, which has its own projector, screen, and audio system.
The buffet area can be found on the ground floor of the building. The wide array of food selection is divided into several sections; the sushi/sashimi, shabu-shabu, mongolian, noodles and dimsum, teppanyaki, bulgogi, and pasta. They also offer different kinds of bread and desserts.
Now let’s go to the best part of this visit, the food. Some food are cooked on the spot especially in the steak, pasta, crepe, and barbecue stations. Others you can pick right off the counters while some you can cook shabu-shabu style. For lunch, the bars closes at 2:30 in the afternoon. The dishes are different for dinner, which starts at 6:30 in the evening.
The only thing bad about the food is that I couldn’t eat all of them, that’s how big the selection is. The bread for one I wasn’t able to try, also the pasta. Now that I mentioned it, looking at their photos now makes me want to cry. As for my recommendation, do the shabu-shabu, because you can never go wrong with seafood, get the chicken and pork barbecue, salmon sushi, sashimi, steak, bacon-wrapped veggies, tempura, and for the desserts, the blueberry cheesecake on the spoon, dulce de leche, maja blanca, and yeah, make your own halo-halo with ice cream. For drinks try the blue lemonade and the oh so delicious watermelon shake.
Weekday lunch goes for PHP 538 per head, weekday dinner is Php 588. For weekends and holidays, it’s PHP688. There is a service charge of 5%.
It goes without saying that the four of us enjoyed this experience a damn lot. I like the interactive part of dining when food is cooked right before your eyes. Also, it didn’t feel like I was competing with other customers for food, which I sometimes feel in other buffets.
The ambiance was good, the food was great, and the staff was real friendly especially the very energetic waiter, Archie. Most of all, we shared great conversation with Cathy who was candid, warm, and treated us like old friends.
I say The Buffet is worth that long trip from Makati and I highly recommend that you guys visit it too.
41 Commonwealth Ave.,
Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone nos: (02) 351-5536/(02) 352-4075
Mobile no.: (63) 917-6277521