|10 Best Value-for-Money Buffets in
Manila is no stranger to good buffets--overflowing,
satisfying food that can fill platefuls to satisfy all kinds of cravings.
Whether you're on the lookout for variety, value-for-money price tag or
novelty, we give you a list of the best buffets you can find in the city
(listed in no particular order) without paying five-star-hotel prices:
Address: 2/F Forum Bldg. 270 Tomas
Morato, Quezon City (385-7500, 332-8073); Hobbies of Asia, Macapagal Boulevard,
Pasay City (387-8120, 387-8112); G/F SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City (385-7500)
How much to shell out: P580 eat-all-you
can on Saturdays and Sundays and P499 lunch-all-you-can from Mondays to
Fridays; add P55 for drinks; children below 4 feet will be charged P380
A new player in the buffet business, Yakimix,
which opened in 2009, gets a nod for its spacious dining area and their
variety of Chinese and Japanese dishes on the buffet spread. The place
gets extra points for the grilled meat choices and sushi selection, plus
smokeless table grills that lets you dine happily without smelling like
2. KingOne Rotary Hotpot
Address: M2-A Lower Hobbies of
Asia, #8 Macapagal Ave., Pasay City (556-1370)
How much to shell out: P479 for
an eat-all-you-can and drink-all-you-can from Monday to Saturday; P529
for dinners, Sundays and holidays (without drinks), upgrade to drink-all-you-can
for an additional P65
The appeal of KingOne Rotary Hotpot lies
in the hotpot ingredients that roll by on a conveyor belt right beside
your table. With over 90 ingredients to choose from, and six soup bases
available (Satay Soup, Century Egg Wansoy Soup, Spicy Szechuan Soup, Plain
Soup, Hong Kong Curry Soup, and Korean Kimchi Soup), hotpot fans will also
get a free dish for every two eat-all-you-can meals availed. Choose from
their Spare Ribs Salt and Pepper, Yang Chow Fried Rice, and the Oyster
Cake to go with your hotpot meal.
Remember: no sharing and no doggie bags,
they charge P100 for leftovers.
3. Kamay Kainan
Address: West Avenue, Quezon City
(371-4659) ; Kalayaan Avenue corner Malamig Street, Quezon City (921-5904
); Market! Market!, Taguig (889-9883); TriNoma Mall (435-0061, 916-7178)
How much to shell out: P248 per
person without drinks/ P295 per person with bottomless iced tea daily
If an all-Pinoy buffet spread is on the
agenda, you can't go wrong with the reasonably priced buffet at Kamay Kainan.
Their 2-hour maximum stay rule may sway those who like to have leisurely
meals, but the place still attracts those who love Filipino food classics:
Lechon paksiw, fried bangus, fried tilapia, binagoongang baboy, papaitan,
caldereta, menudo, beef steak, kare-kare, pork sinigang, beef nilaga, adobong
pusit, inihaw na liempo, and steamed oysters
Address: 67 West Avenue, Quezon
City (372-3515); 3/L, Bridge way SM Megamall (633-1761); G/L Robinsons
Place Manila (536-7987); 3/L Festival Mall, Muntinlupa (809-6698);
2/L TriNoma Mall, Quezon City (901-3602); G/L, Glorietta 3, Makati City
(893-9884); G/L SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City (556-4874)
How much to shell out: P298 per
person for lunch and dinner; P392 per person at the Glorietta, TriNoma
Mall and SM Mall of Asia branches (for its Filipino, Chinese, and Japanese
Appetizing Kapampangan food gets supersized
with the daily buffet spread which includes sisig, biringhe (subject to
availability), lechong paksiw, bopis, adobo, pancit bihon, grilled catfish
and the spicy kind of dinuguan.
5. Brazil! Brazil!
Address: Metrowalk, Meralco Avenue,
Pasig City (638-6318), 1st level Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive cor.
Estrella St., Makati City (899-0957); Serendra, Fort Bonifacio Global City,
How much to shell out: P628 per
person from Monday to Thursday; P777 per person from Fridays- Sundays.
Enjoy a Brazilian meat-all-you can party
at Brazil! Brazil! where, oddly, the only thing Brazilian is the barbeque
or the churrasco. The slightly pricey buffet charge gets you endless skewers
of barbeque which the servers bring to your table until you turn up the
red side of the yoyo on your table which indicates "stop."
If you've had enough of the pork belly
and tenderloin cuts, head to the central buffet area with appetizers, pasta,
rice, and desserts.
6. Cafe Sweet Inspirations
Address: 311 Katipunan Ave. Loyola
Heights, Quezon City (433-4200)
How much to shell out: P295 per
person (available from 10 a.m.-10:45 p.m. daily)
Known more for their pastries, this Katipunan
Avenue spot also serves one of the best Mongolian buffets around. The all-day,
eat-all-you-can spread indulges those who love to create their own stir-fry
bowls. Expect the sauce at Cafe Sweet Inspirations, mixed in with your
own concoction of meats, seafood and vegetables, to turn an ordinary hodgepodge
of ingredients into a satisfying meal.
7. Dads/ Saisaki/ Kamayan
Address: EDSA, San Juan; 2/F Glorietta
3, Ayala Center (892-8908); 4th level SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas
Ave., Mandaluyong City (636-3785)
How much to shell out: P520 per
person from Mondays to Thursdays for the lunch Crossover buffet (Dads,
Saisaki and Kamayan) and P620 from Friday to Sunday; P620 per person for
dinner; Saisaki lunch is at P480 from Mondays to Thursdays and P580 from
Fridays to Sunday; Kamayan lunch and dinner is P350.
For the selection and variety, the "ultimate
buffet" by the Triple V group still remains a reliable buffet choice. With
over 200 choices with Continental picks (Dads), Japanese food (Saisaki)
and Filipino favorites (Kamayan), the place enjoys a steady stream of buffet
eaters who love an all-out foodfest.
8. Tramway Tea House
Address: 76 Sct. Alcaraz Street
corner Banawe Street Quezon City (411-1565); Timog Avenue, Quezon City
How much to shell out: P160 person
on weekdays; P195 per person on weekends; P332 per person for Sunday lunch
The bargain buffet destination when it
comes to Chinese food, the P160 price tag is relatively cheap for endless
trips to the stations which include the staples: dimsum, dumplings, fried
chicken, sweet and sour pork and vegetable dishes. The buffet gets an upgrade
during Sunday lunch with Peking Duck, shrimp and roasted pork.
9. Somethin' Fishy
Address: Eastwood City, Libis,
Quezon City (421-6412, 421-4757)
How much to shell out: P129 per person
for breakfast (12 midnight to 10 a.m. daily); P325 per person for lunch
(11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.); P395 for dinner (5:30 p.m. —“ 11 p.m.)
Their popular breakfast buffet had many
call center employees, late-night owls and early risers lining up for their
spread of typical breakfast fare. Now, they've extended their buffet time
to lunch and dinner for the insatiable eat-all-you-can crowd.
10. Alba Restaurant
Address: Tomas Morato cor. Sct.
Lozano, Quezon City (925-1912, 411-7052); 38 Polaris St. Bel Air, Makati
How much to shell out: P595 per
person for lunch and P650 person for dinner.
The Jupiter and Westgate branch only offers
the lunch buffet.
Even just for the moist, saffron-perfumed
paella, the buffet Alba should be on every foodie's list. Serving an assortment
of Spanish dishes which include callos, chorizo, paella plus appetizers,
salad and dessert, this Spanish joint makes it easy to get stuffed with
savory Spanish treats.