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These Hotel Restaurants Are Now Open For Your Buffet Cravings

Go around the world...through cuisines, at least.
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Who doesn’t love unlimited food? Now that Metro Manila is on Alert Level 2 with lesser restrictions, more establishments are opening for the general public. However, most of them still require customers to present vaccination cards as proof that they come fully vaccinated for maximum safety. The pandemic is far from over so social distancing when dining in restaurants still applies. If you’re looking for a good feast, their world-class buffet selections are back. We rounded up some of the best hotel buffets around the Metro if you’re looking for your next date night option, family outing, or special event.

Medley Buffet 

Okada Manila

There's plenty to explore at Okada, but one thing to try is Medley Buffet. The restaurant boasts its local and international gastronomy curated in seven buffet stations. The open kitchen design showcases highly trained chefs, giving you a front seat in how they prepare your food with the freshest ingredients. The interiors are reminiscent of Parisian design with the comfiest chairs, and you can satisfy your cravings with any cuisine of choice: Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Italian. Make sure to make room for their in-house cooked meats and a wide array of desserts.

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Medley’s still operating at a reduced capacity, so it’s best to reserve your seats. Only fully vaccinated guests are allowed in the meantime. They open for lunch from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM and then dinner starts at 6:00 PM until 11:00 PM only. No special promos for now, but they accept reservations through +632 855 5799 and [email protected]

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Fresh

Solaire

Your ultimate buffet experience, redefined is the phrase that Fresh at Solaire welcomes you with when you visit their website. For the new normal of buffet dining, Fresh is prioritizing the safety of its patrons above all else. They’ve equipped their place with plexiglass shields over food stations, committed to frequent sanitizing, and implemented a social distancing protocol for dine-in. They specialize in rotisserie carvings and seafood selections, while everything else is made fresh every day, even as soon as you order. They apparently have the world’s finest cuisines so you can expect a wide range of food you can choose from.

One thing we love? Free-flowing drinks all day. They’re open from Monday to Thursday for lunch at 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM (Php 1,499+) and dinner at 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM (Php 1,999+). Weekend rates start from Friday to Sunday, same time slots but lunch and dinner are priced at Php 2,299+. They have special offers like the Italian Momento Aperitivo, Japanese Yakumi Sunday Brunch, and a lot more. You may reach them at [email protected]

Café Ilang-Ilang

Manila Hotel

Café Ilang-Ilang has been around for a while now and is defined as the epicenter of Manila’s power dining. Generations upon generations have been here, making it an easy favorite for hotel buffet connoisseurs. While their breakfast buffet is temporarily suspended (a la carte is available at The Lobby Lounge), their lunch and dinner courses will fill that void, at least. They have live cooking stations and offer Asian, Mediterranean, European, and Western dishes. If you’re looking for authentic Italian wood-fired pizza, different Chinese dumplings, or a Churrasco station, they have everything. 

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Café Ilang-Ilang now accepts fully vaccinated diners 18 and above with a valid vaccination ID, as well as diners 17 and below with no need to present anything. It’s a gastronomic family affair in the making. Unlimited drinks, too. They’re open from Monday to Sunday for lunch (11:30 AM  to 2:30 PM) and dinner (5:30 PM to 9:00 PM) with varying rates for children and adults. Dinner nights are themed. Thursday is Surf & Turf, Friday is Seafood, and Saturday is American. You may reserve your table through 85270011 local 1262-1264.

Marriott Cafe

Manila Marriott

The Marriott Café describes itself as a bright, bold, and modern all-day dining restaurant. In the vast selection of restaurants in Resorts World Manila, this buffet restaurant also has a bakery inside that features grab-and-go items you can take home to loved ones. Their buffet spread is both local and international, and for the light eaters, an equally satisfying ala carte menu is available. They also have open-theatre kitchens so curious diners could see how the food is made. The idea of inspired dining is what Marriott Café aspires to bring forward to its customers.

They’re open daily for lunch (12:00 NN - 3:00 PM) and dinner (6:00 PM to 9:00 PM) for Php 1,950+. Sunday lunch is a little more special, priced at Php 2,250+. To book your reservation you may call +63 (2) 8988 9999.

S Kitchen

Sheraton Manila Hotel

Another Resorts World Manila destination for good eats, S Kitchen at the Sheraton Manila Hotel boasts of making casual dining a luxury. They have elevated Filipino cuisine made with proudly local produce, the traditional techniques sealing the deal. Of course, a buffet is not complete without international dishes prepared to perfection. They also have vegan-friendly options for those striving for a sustainable lifestyle change. The interiors are sleek and the lighting is great, making a perfect venue for celebrations, family gatherings, or dinners. 

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The buffet stations are uncluttered and oddly satisfying. If you’re a Marriott Bonvoy Member, there are benefits available. S Kitchen is open daily from 12 PM to 9 PM. You may reserve or inquire about their food through +63 (2) 7902-1800 or their page.

Spiral

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Spiral at Sofitel is well-known to frequent hotel restaurant diners, and because Spiral is French-inspired, it is divided into 21 dining ateliers. It’s a multi-awarded dining destination, simply because they have secret recipes that go into making their range of cuisine. They also have culinary artisans making sure the quality of food is top-notch. If the interior doesn’t speak for itself, the food will. Booking a table might even become a hassle with all the loyal diners, so it’s best to reserve your seats as early as possible. Fully vaccinated adults are welcome, and the new Alert Level 2 also means that children are, too. They have special offers like the Four Hands dinner on the 24th featuring master chefs, Chef Bettina Arguelles and Chef Miko Calo, a champagne tasting masterclass on the 14th, or the November 2021 month-long Filipino Fiesta at Spiral called “A Nose to Tail Affair,” among others. 

Lunch and dinner are served from Thursday to Saturday while Sunday is exclusively for brunch, you may book your table here.

Kusina Sea Kitchens

Hilton Manila 

If you love “dampa style” restaurants with the freshest seafood and want to elevate the experience, Kusina at Hilton Sea Kitchens is your best bet. It’s an all-day interactive buffet that’s open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their breakfast buffet has Asian and Western options you can choose from. Meanwhile, lunch and dinner are more Filipino with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Local and international favorites are also available, of course. They have open kitchens so you can feel the interactive atmosphere with their buffet counters. Ala carte dining is no problem, and they have a list of local drinks to complete the experience.

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For their prices and reservations, you may visit this site and also view the other restaurants they have at the hotel like Hua Yuan, Freestyle Pool Bar, Madison Lounge & Bar, and Port.  

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