If there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s that Filipinos enjoy eating. How else can one explain the proliferation of buffet restaurants all over the metro? While there are several kinds nothing beats a good ‘ol buffet in some of the best restaurants in Manila.
With food prepared by world class chefs and with only the finest ingredients, your taste buds are sure to embark on a gastronomical experience.
If the images of a fresh and crisp salad bar, hot mains and a sweet dessert spread have you salivating, then check out the following best restaurants in Manila with notable buffet spreads:
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Billing itself as “The Jewel by the Bay”, this five-star is the home of the Yunakuen and Corniche restaurants – both of which are part of Philippine Tatler’s list of 172 best restaurants. While both restaurants are exceptional, it’s the Corniche you want to visit if you’re looking for a buffet spread.
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If you’re in Makati and looking for food that’s organic and locally sourced, check out Dusit Thani’s The Pantry.
The spread is made up of Indian, Italian, Filipino, and Pan-Asian dishes from fair trade organic produce – so you can enjoy one dish after the other without feeling any guilt.
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The Grand Dame of Philippine Hotels is home to Cafe Ilang-Ilang, which has undergone a transformation over the years. It is now a restaurant that features an extensive buffet spread spanning Asian Mediterranean, European, and Western dishes.
The Cafe Ilang-Ilang also features a Pan-Asian kitchen, a Chirrasco station, a dessert station, and an Italian kitchen that boasts a wood-fired pizza oven.
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If you’re looking for a show to go along with your food, then The Cafe at the Hyatt City of Dreams is the restaurant for you. Its buffet spread is divided into six counters: Italian, Grill and Griddle, Deli, Asian, Comfort and Favorites, and Pastry.
But what makes the buffet extra special is that the dishes are prepared by the chefs right at the counter, so not only are you assured that your food is freshly made, you get to bask in displays of culinary brilliance as well.
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If you’re looking to try your luck at a casino and to take in a sumptuous feast afterwards, you can check out the Midas Cafe at Midas Hotel and Casino in Roxas Boulevard.
Cited by Asia Tatler Dining as one of the best restaurants of 2012, the Midas Cafe offers a spread that includes Western cuisine to classic Filipino dishes with a modern twist.
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The dining options at Ayala Avenue’s The Peninsula Manila are as memorable as its distinctive lobby. If you’re looking for the buffet spread, check out Escolta.
The restaurant has live cooking stations, home-baked bread, fresh pasta, hand-rolled sushi, artisanal ice creams, and a “farm-to-table” concept that puts the spotlight on fresh produce and Filipino dishes.
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Another hotel where you can try your luck with the food is the Manila Pavilion Hotel, located along UN Avenue.
The hotel has the Seasons restaurant and is right beside Casino Filipino. If you’re done at the Casino, you can head over to Seasons – known for its elegant interior and well-organized buffet setup.
The spread consists of Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, and Continental cuisine, as well as a dessert station.
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If you’re in Malate, check out the buffet spread at New World Manila Bay Hotel’s Market Cafe.
True to its name, the restaurant has food laid out like it would be in a market, while diners can enjoy watching the food being prepared in the open kitchen.
The cuisine ranges from Chinese, Japanese, Western, Korean, and Filipino.
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When you eat at the 9 spoons at The Bayleaf Intramuros, you’re in it for the view as much as the food.
Located in the hotel’s penthouse, dining at 9 Spoons comes with a view of the Intramuros Golf Course and the Manila cityscape.
The restaurant is also known for its heritage selection that includes its signature crispy bagnet and Callos Manileno.
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Residents in the South don’t need to head very far to get to a great buffet spread. The Crimson Hotel’s Cafe Eight has an international buffet that entails cuisine from Southern Europe to the Middle Eastern.
Cafe Eight can seat up to 110 people, but if you want some privacy you can get a private room that can accommodate up to eight people.
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The award-winning Spectrum buffet is best known for their innovative menu by their young team of highly-skilled chefs.
With a wide selection of delicacies from China, the Middle East, and everyone’s favorite, Japan, the 200-seater restaurant has become one of the top dining destinations for intimate meals with business partners and celebrations with the family.
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HEAT has been making waves in the culinary scene for years now and they hype hasn’t died down. Famous for their themed promos such as the highly successful Mad Lobster Fridays and Wagyu Saturdays, the popular buffet is set to welcome even more loyal patrons for years to come.
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The five-star Marco Polo Ortigas is home to Cucina, a chic all-day dining buffet located on the 24th floor of the hotel.
The selection isn’t as varied in comparison to the larger hotels, but Cucina’s dishes are always on point and as fresh as could be. Meals are best enjoyed at dusk as the sky turns pink over the Metro Manila skyline.
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Despite its significantly small space, Conrad Manila’s Brasserie on 3 is a destination in itself.
Serving well-curated feasts from breakfast until lunch, this intimate buffet features the freshest seafood, a seasonal “main station” that rotates based on the locally sourced ingredients available, and a one-of-a-kind sinigang station where diners are encouraged to customize their bowls.
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You can’t talk about hotel buffets without mentioning the luxurious Spirals in Sofitel Manila. With over 21 dining ateliers, from classic Pinoy to upscale French, and its very own cheese room, Spirals could very well be one of the grandest buffets in the country, perhaps even in Asia.
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