Every time my friends would share their fantabulous Vikings’ dining experience I always had to mollify these feelings of displeasure and envy like that of a kid who wasn’t allowed to go on a field trip (now you know the feelings I harbored in those years for not experiencing any of those goddamn field trips). The hype had me imagining Vikings as some sort of a Mecca for the foodies. Sure, there are many restaurants of the same concept, but nowhere else did I gather reviews as unanimous as the ones given for Vikings for being the best all-you-can-eat restaurant in the market.
The “best” tag comes with a hefty price tag though; on weekdays lunch is PHP688 and dinner is PHP888, on weekends and holidays it’s PHP888 for lunch or dinner, and it’s PHP1,088 at the MOA branch. This, and the fact I am the least ideal buffet customer wane my desire to try Vikings. But the universe has ways to make it happen. When Richie (The Pickiest Eater) extended the invite of Racquel Bartolome to try this restaurant, I immediately confirmed and blocked the date.
For this adventure, I took my favorite food buddy, Rhoda as my plus one. During our visit, we had a little bit of Vikings 101 with one of the managers, Ms. Lilibeth Ulit. Each Vikings branch she said, has a theme that sets them apart from each other. There are four other Vikings branches: SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, SM Marikina, and SM Megamall. Vikings Jazz Mall is their newest and fifth branch, which just opened last December 2014. This branch adapts the Italian theme, hence the Italian street signs, the huge paintings on the wall, the private rooms named after some key Italian cities, and the resto’s focal point, the grandiose Murano glass chandelier. Everything about this branch spells extravagance; the chairs for one are upholstered, the lighting fixtures especially the chandeliers are remarkable, and the walls are adorned with huge paintings that depict some Italian sceneries. Even the washroom is in tune with the theme, never did I see a sink as beautiful as the ones inside this restaurant.
Majority of Vikings patrons are families so kids running about the place is an ordinary sight. Normally I would be disturbed by this fact but the place is so big I wasn’t in the least bothered.
I was so very well pleased by the food I couldn’t pick a favorite. But if I have to make a recommendation I’d advise that you try the following: US beef entrecôte, spicy belly-chon, olive bread with the assorted cheese and hams, dynamite, Mexican tuna ceviche shots, tamarind juice, salmon sashimi, make-your-own shabu shabu, miso soup, brazo de mercedes, mango cake, strawberry cake, avocado ice cream, salmon tartare and caper bruschetta, and the Thai pomelo salad. It’s not even half of what you could eat in this place, but I think you’d have to live there forever to sample everything. The lunch closes at 2:30 PM. so I advise that you be there early to fully enjoy your stay.
The ultimate advice I could give though is to eat in small portions and to do so in intervals. Rest your tummy once in a while, and drink a cup of tea to help your digestion.
I’ve already been to four buffet restaurants (Tong Yang, The Buffet, Yakimix, City Buffet) and I am certain I would discover more of them in the future. For now, Vikings is my favorite because it seemed to have been built with the word “best” in mind. The ambiance is by far the most impressive out of all the buffet restaurants that I’ve been, it has the most extensive food selection, the service is top notch, and most of all the food tastes as marvelous as it looks.
Vikings Jazz Mall
Cor. Nicanor Garcia St., Makati
Telephone nos: (02) 891-3888/891-4888
Mobile nos: (63) 917-8271888/919-9997888
Facebook: Vikings Jazz Mall