Amazing Amazing Buffet Bonanza at 7Flavors Philippines

I’m a huge buffet person and quality is one of the most important aspect I usually expect. I’ve been to most of the popular ones in the Metro, but this place definitely made it to my top ten list. Not only is the quality there, I’m loving the beautiful presentation and excellent customer service. Not to mention that they are still on a soft opening. This newly conceptualized restaurant bring much-needed class and spunk to the buffet genre, with eclectic offering combined with minimal and slick ambiance.

A fresh and casual dining spot, nestled within the lush urban confines of San Juan.

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Primero Casa Filipino’s Classy and Affordable Filipino Buffet

Honestly, just seeing the word buffet in a restaurant name is enough to send me scurrying away, evoking of a horde of diners pawing at trays of microwaved food purchased at a warehouse club store.

But when I finally decided to visit Primero Casa Filipino, this didn’t happen. This newly conceptualized restaurant bring much-needed class and spunk to the buffet genre, with its eclectic offering, slick ambiance and snappy service.

For a reasonable price of Php498.00 on a weekend dinner, me and my Grumpy got all-you-can eat to more than 10 Filipino dishes, mouth-watering roasted pork and chicken, a selection of very good appetizers, a well-stocked desserts bar.

Primero Casa Filipino offers all the trappings of typical restaurant service. Here, there’s no trying to flag down one server who is racing to clean 10 tables. Instead, drinks are refilled quickly. Used plates are snapped up in seconds. Custom preparations are offered in the roasted chicken and pork section. The minute we arrived at the place, from the Security Guard who assisted us in parking from the Waiter who greeted us right in front of the door, accompanied us to our table, then happily introduced us to their buffet section, we were just all smiles. I liked what I am experiencing! 🙂

The restaurant’s decor of polished brown hard wood, recessed lighting and dark brown tables, giving this area the feel of a classy place. On the opposite side are longer tables nicely spaced out for groups and families who want to make repeat trips for seconds (and thirds and fourths). Haha!

We were pleased with the huge selection of good-looking Filipino dishes. Highlights include the Zubuchon, Chili Crabs, Buttered Shrimps, Seafood Kare-Kare, Fried Tilapia Escabeche, Chicken Fricassee and Sisig Shooters.

Zubuchon

Zubuchon

Chili Crabs

Chili Crabs

Buttered Shrimp

Buttered Shrimp

Seafood Kare-Kare

Seafood Kare-Kare

Fried Tilapia Escabeche

Fried Tilapia Escabeche

Chicken Fricassee

Chicken Fricassee

Sisig Shooters

Sisig Shooters

Having our stomachs sufficiently filled by these Filipino dishes, we made our way to the rest of the buffet, and found more. 🙂

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

Spaghetti Marinara

Spaghetti Marinara

Steamed Vegetables

Steamed Vegetables

Bagoong Rice

Bagoong Rice

Moving along, we got to the other part of the buffet section. Yes, we were just on the first part. Haha! Toward the end of the buffet is an assortment of another set of appetizers.

Fried Dumplings

Fried Dumplings

Fried Siomai

Vegetable Siomai

Fried Lumpiang Shanghai

Fried Lumpiang Shanghai

Fish Fillet Canape

Fish Fillet Canape

Pizza with Pesto

Pizza with Pesto

Mustasa Wrap

Mustasa Wrap

Paella Roll

Paella Roll

Vegetable Canape

Vegetable Canape

Teriyaki Sauce, Toyo-mansi and Honey Mustard

Teriyaki Sauce, Toyo-mansi and Honey Mustard

At this point, we were slumping into our seats in a hushed, satisfying stupor. Our intrepid crew recovered and ventured on us to try the fun and exciting part of the buffet — DESSERTS! And so, we politely obliged and got ourselves a plate and started to fill it with those sinful slices of chocolate cakes and sweets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s also a home-made chocolate and strawberry ice cream. Too bad, we weren’t able to try them anymore. Haha!

Gauging the size of the crowd and the restaurant’s only having this new concept for few months, it seems that Primero Casa Filipino is finding a market of its hip yet classy and affordable buffet concept. Me and my Grumpy vowed to return with our family and friends. I’m sure they will also be satisfied by the eclectic piles of Filipino dishes. 🙂

My Own Ratings:

Taste: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5
Ambiance: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5
Service: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5
Price: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5

Primero Casa Filipino

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Location: 26 Scout Torillo St., Quezon City
Contact: 09178512272

Mode of Payment: Cash, Credit Card (Mastercard, Visa)

Wi-Fi: Yes
Parking: Yes

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Re-opens ‘Spiral’ on Nov 8

After an extensive USD 11 million investment, Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s legendary flagship restaurant – Spiral will officially open on 8 November 2012 and is set to earn a reputation as one of the most dynamic interactive dining destinations in Asia Pacific.

Sofitel’s flagship restaurant, Spiral, is a foodies’ favorite in the metro for its famous 6 p.m. buffet that serves refined French fare matched with contemporary fusion dishes from around the globe. Sunset Bar, which showcases nightly cultural shows, also features a nightly poolside barbecue of marinated meats and fresh seafood, which are paired with native desserts and tropical fruits.

Spiral now features a universe of culinary delights in a breathtaking food market setting. Travel the world with your taste buds as you stop over our Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Filipino and Korean kitchens; marvel at our showstopping epicerie, patisserie, boulangerie, traditional French stove, wood fire oven, churasco, rotisserie, noodle and pasta stations. Our very own chocolate room, cheese, and dessert showcase are sure to capture your wildest imaginings.

Be one of the firsts to experience Spiral. Book a table in advance at http://www.sofitelmanila.com/en/spiral.html.

Revisiting Kulinarya Festival Lunch Buffet at Bayview Park Hotel

Once again, I was in Bayview Park Hotel in Manila with my friends to celebrate this years Kulinarya Festival. If you read my previous post, it was an awesome experience. The lunch buffet was so worth it, really affordable and you will never go wrong with those traditional Filipino fiesta dishes. 

Bayview Park Hotel is true to its mandate: “Your Home By The Bay“. Nothing beats the comfort and hospitality that it provides to their guests.

When I arrived at the hotel, it was already lunch time and the food is waiting for me. 🙂 I can sense that the tables will be very busy because almost all of them were reserved already. Whoah! More and more guests will be raving about the awesome Filipino dishes served by Bayview Park Hotel. True enough, I just realized that all tables were already busy because I can hear lots of laughters and story-telling sessions by the guests. 🙂

This time, I started with their desserts. Not sure why, but I just felt of having desserts first. The leche flan and halo-halo really caught my eyes. Cherry on top of the leche flan and a generous sweet beans and evaporated milk on my halo-halo. How’s that for a start, huh? 😛

Leche Flan is a Filipino Custard is a very popular dessert in the Philippines. It’s very similar to creme bruleè. The dessert is traditionally cooked sans cream but adding it makes it a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth, heavenly custard.

Halo-Halo is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served in a tall glass or bowl.

Ingredients include boiled kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains caramelized in sugar, jackfruit (langkâ), gulaman, tapioca, nata de coco, sweet potato (kamote), pounded crushed young rice (pinipig). In terms of arrangement, most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are first placed inside the tall glass, followed by the shaved ice. This is then sprinkled with sugar, and topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, purple yam (ubeng pula), or ice cream. Evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving.

When my taste buds were already contented, I headed to get a new plate and filled it those dishes that has been waiting for me. The Filipino fiesta setup really added to my excitement. It’s so nice to see those food in native “palayok” and even the serving spoons are all made of wood. I remember when I was a kid with my lola watching her prepare our favorite vegetable dish. 🙂

Here’s what I got:

Pansit Bihon Guisado is a Filipino noodle dish and is a staple second to rice.  This was brought by the chinese and was localized since then. This dish uses “Bihon” or rice sticks mixed with either seafood, pork, chicken, and vegetebles.

Pancit Bihon Guisado (Stir-fried Bihon Noodles w/ Mixed Seafood & Vegetables)

Tortang talong is eggplant omelet. Meatless tortang talong can be served as a side dish or even as a main dish. To make tortang talong, the eggplants must be pre-cooked. They can be steamed, broiled, grilled or boiled in a little water. The batter, usually a plain mixture of flour and water, can be made even better by substituting seasoned bread crumbs for the flour or by using flour but adding spices and herbs. In the photo above, I used the plain egg-and-flour mixture with a dash of salt and pepper. Hence, how to season your tortang talong depends on how you intend to serve them.

Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

Kalderetang Baka (Beef Caldereta) is one of the top Filipino recipes cooked during Fiesta and birthdays. A classic Filipino dish. It can be cooked with beef, pork or chicken. This is one of those Filipino dishes that become more flavorful as you keep reheating it. I remember when I was growing up, my dad used to purposely cook more of this delicious dish so he can have leftovers and he would keep reheating it until the meat would fall apart.  He would then use bread to mop the sauce with it.  Let me tell you, my dad ate very well. Haha! 🙂

Kalderetang Baka (Beef Caldereta)

Ginataang Tanigue (Spanish Mackerel in Coconut Milk) Coconut milk is used in various Filipino dishes. We oftentimes cook ginataan in meat, chicken and fish. One fish that I think best cooked in coconut milk is tanigue.

Ginataang Tanigue (Spanish Mackerel in Coconut Milk)

Chicken Sotanghon – Chicken and shiitake mushrooms simmer in chicken broth with bean thread noodles in this Filipino noodle soup.

Chicken Sotanghon

It’s really fun to be a Filipino. I love all the food that were in the buffet table. I can’t remember how many plates I used. Haha! 🙂

While having a good conversation with my friends, I finish my lunch with green salad. Very refreshing! 🙂

Berdeng Gulay na may Kamatis, Sili at Pipino (Mixed Green Salad)

From the very time I was in Bayview Park Hotel, I already invited some of my other friends to try their buffet lunch too and experience being home away from their home. It was truly an awesome bonding moments with my friends and I am sure it’ll also be with families.

For only Php450, this is super worth it. From Monday to Friday every 11am-2pm and will continue until July 31, 2012.

Bayview Park Hotel

Address: 1118 Roxas Blvd., cor United Nations Ave., Manila
Telephone: 02 247 9000 and 02 526 1555
Email: bookings@bayviewparkhotel.com
Website: www.bookings@bayviewparkhotel.com

 

Marriott Manila Celebrates Flavors of Asia

Marriott Manila is one of the highly acclaimed hotels in the metro. Being internationally renowned, it boasts a grand ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations. Marriott Cafe is one of the several features of the hotel. 

Last June 2, 2012, I was invited to this sumptuous and extravagant event in where I was able to celebrate the feast of having the Asia’s four most famous dishes all at the same time! It started with a short and fun gathering of the guests in the hotel’s President Den room. 

The 4 drinks: Representing the Flavors of Asia

L-R: Chef Dadang Wahyudi (Indonesia) ; Chef Thanathorn Krobsuay (Thailand) ; Chef Ruhizad Muri (Malaysia) ; Chef Phan Tien Hoa (Vietnam)

After the fun bloggers event, we headed to our way to Marriott Cafe. Bright, bold and upbeat, this modern all-day dining restaurant captivates food lovers with its engaging open-theater kitchens. Indulge from the vast sumptuous buffet of local and international favorites or order from the equally irresistible a la carte menu.

Tables were adorned with stunning arrangements of elegant flowers. Service is impeccable. The waiters and waitresses, all wearing their smiles, all moves in a well–orchestrated dance. 

I began with delicately and generous pieces of my favorite sea foods. Steamed crabs and shrimps sauteed in butter and garlic made me go back to this station several times. 

I followed these with different barbeques, maki, sushi and tempura. Next on my plate was the heavenly Malaysian dishes. 🙂 The taste of curry and chili were just right for me. 🙂

And of course, who doesn’t like a steak in their plate? Here’s the leader of the band! Yum!!

The desserts includes a nice and excellent set of fresh fruits, gelato, ice cream cakes and chocolate fondue.  

Overall experience was superb. The restaurant is mainly about having a good experience  while enjoying good food from the moment you walk inside the cafe. There is a sense that, price aside, you will get more than you expected, or deserved, probably. 🙂

My own ratings: 

Service: 4 out of 5
Price: 4 out of 5
Place: 4 out of 5
Ambiance: 5 out of 5
Cleanliness: 5 out of 5
Taste: 5 out of 5

Snapshot: A truly convivial restaurant with exceptional staff and management, and excellent food and overall experience. 

Marriott Hotel Manila
No. 10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex
Pasay City Manila, 1309 Philippines

For inquiries and reservations, please contact the following:
63-2-9889999 (Phone)
63-2-8369998 (Fax)
63-2-9889999 ext. 8014 (Sales)
63-2-9889946 (Sales fax)

Marriott Café at 988-9999

Website: http://www.rwmanila.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marriotthotelmanila
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marriottmanila

ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA:

An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City . Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations.

Bayview Park Hotel Joins Kulinarya Kalayaan 2012 Festival

Bayview Park Hotel in Manila is known to be Your Home by the Bay. It is also a place of endearing contrast. Budget friendly yet first-class accommodations along with their facilities and amenities elevated to modern and international boutique of hotel standards. Romantic but sensibly pragmatic and practical. Serene. Venerable. Hospitable and comfortable. Tucked in several historical places around the Metro, truly, with Bayview Park Hotel you will never go wrong.

This year, 2012, Bayview Park Hotel joins “Kulinarya Kalayaan Food Festival“. In cooperation with Philippines’ Department of Tourism and Restaurant Associations of the Philippines, this aims to provide people the chance to savor, have a very sumptuous and indulge in the finest flavors of Filipino Buffet Cuisine.

This month-long event which started last May 24, 2012 and will last until July 31, 2012 will allow anybody who has the penchant for delectable Philippine dishes will enjoy a competitively priced buffet for only Php450/person from 11:00am to 2:00pm, Monday to Friday. 

Last week, I was able to try the dishes served by Bayview Park Hotel. The place is super accessible to my house so I didn’t have a hard time going there. When I arrived, was greeted by thee friendly guards and was immediately amazed with how vibrant the interiors of the hotel is. Then, a little over to the left side, I saw a coffee shop which was brilliantly decorated with a Filipina motif to match the festivity. The staff were also in their Filipino outfit. 🙂

When we got the green light that we can start with our sumptuous buffet, it was overwhelming. Another thing that made this event more exciting is that Bayview’s in-house chef formulate the Filipino dishes himself, highlighting the specialty of our national heroes’ favorites. 

Even before we started, I already had 2 glasses of their fresh fruit juice. Mango and orange juice 🙂

Mango and Orange Juice

Kare-Kare is a Philippine stew. It is made from peanut sauce with a variety of vegetables, stewed oxtail, beef, and occasionally offal or tripe. Meat variants may include goat meat or (rarely) chicken. It is often eaten with bagoong (shrimp paste), sometimes spiced with chili. Traditionally, Filipino fiesta is not complete without kare-kare.

This is actually the first time I like kare-kare. This one served by Bayview Park Hotel has a really mild peanut sauce tha’s I liked it. 🙂

Kare-Kare

Relyenong Pusit (Stuffed Squid) is basically a squid made to be succulent by generously filling each with chopped tomatoes, onions and ginger. 

Stuffed Squid

Pansit Canton is also part of the dishes served to us. This originally is a Spanish dish which eventually became one of Filipino favorites and part of every Filipino fiesta. 

Pansit Canton

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa (String Beans and Squash in Coconut Cream) is a very simple, delicious, and nutritious vegetable recipe. The dish is a combination of string beans and squash simmered in coconut milk.

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa

Sinigang na Maya-Maya (Red Snapper in Sour Broth) this dish tastes so good, you don’t need to buy expensive fish belly to have a satisfying meal.

Sinigang na Maya-Maya

Lumpiang Toge (Deep Fried Bean Sprout). This is a variation of of the spring roll. Instead of meat, toge is used as the main ingredient. 

Lumpiang Toge

These dishes made my tummy really really full. I love all of ’em! Got my 2nd round of plate. How’s that?! 😛

This didn’t stop there. Desserts are still waiting for us. Oh gosh! But, I didn’t mind. My tummy always have a room for sweets whatever happens. Haha!  So… shall we? Of course the favorite desserts of Filipino fiesta will be included in the feast. 

Maja Blanca, Sapin-Sapin, Kutsinta and Biko are the stars of the dessert table. While enjoying my traditional rice cakes of the Filipinos, I am having a very refreshing Sago’t-Gulaman. 🙂

Sago’t Gulaman

I won’t leave the buffet without the taste of that Halo-Halo topped with smooth and super sweet Leche Flan. This is just so refreshing while enjoying times with my friends. 

Leche Flan

Halo-Halo

And while having laughters and fun times with my blogger friends, fresh fruits is the right way to go with it. 

This was a wonderful experience. I mean, I love food, I love eating. 🙂 This event was also extra special because of my blogger friends. Thanks to Leirs for inviting me for this sumptuous event. With this I was able to discover the illuminating insights of the Philippines’ widely diverse classic recipes amidst the romantic and historical corners of Bayview Park Hotel Manila. 

This event has also been made successful by the wonderful and authentic taste of the dishes with Bayview Park Hotel’s Chef. 

I hope to be able to go back, soon! 🙂

Bayview Park Hotel

Address: 1118 Roxas Blvd., cor United Nations Ave., Manila
Telephone: 02 247 9000 and 02 526 1555
Email: bookings@bayviewparkhotel.com
Website: www.bookings@bayviewparkhotel.com