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Priced at P244.00 (US$ 4.88) per person, Kamay Kainan is probably one of the cheapest buffet restaurants in Metro Manila. Down South, there are cheaper buffets, but Kamay Kainan is known for serving mostly Tagalog or Kapampangan delicacies. The name means to eat with your hands, a practice as common to ancient Filipinos as it is now. We love to eat with our hands because it makes you eat heartier, without inhibitions, never coy, though sometimes messy more so for those who have never tried it.
Everybody loves to eat at buffet restaurants. It gives us the freedom of eating as much as we want, whatever we want, however we want. However, let’s all remember that food is sacred and should be treated with respect. It is sustenance that we put in our mouths and nourish our bodies, thus we must be careful when handling it in a buffet spread. Beware of chaffing dishes tend to be too close to each other that sometimes food will fall from one container to the other.
Things to remember when eating buffet style:
- Be patient. Buffets are not timed and there should be no mad rush to get to the food. Keep in mind that the food is replenished constantly, especially at Kamay Kainan. Take your sweet time so you can make the right choices and enjoy your money’s worth to the maximum.
- Always assist the children. When you are dining with your kids, teach them proper etiquette by setting a good example. Tell them to wait before the person in front is done getting food before they can get for themselves. Be on hand to assist them to prevent accidents, like spilling food on the table or on their clothes. Better yet, before leaving for the restaurant, explain to them that they have to be in their best behavior at all times. As a rule, it is not advisable to bring nursing babies to buffet restaurants. They can’t eat any of it anyway. Bring them when they are old enough to feed themselves.
- Do not leave the serving spoon in the food. This is a big no-no. Most buffet spreads have a small plate to hold the serving spoon after use. Put the serving spoon there rather than back on the chaffing dish.
- Be properly dressed. If you are wearing long sleeves, better roll them up before falling in line for the buffet. Your sleeves have a tendency to get on food while you are reaching for the serving spoon. If you are wearing a jacket, leave it at your table. Dropped sleeves tend to spread the mess on your clothes and contaminate the food.
- Do not pile food in your plate. Because it is a buffet, you are free to come back for seconds, thirds or as many times as you want. Try to not to put 7 or 10 different dishes in an eight-inch plate and make the noodles dangle from your plate. It’s uncool and unhygienic.
- Get only what you can eat, leaving the food spaced from each other so that the flavors do not mix. You don’t want your spaghetti tasting like fish fillet in tartar sauce. This is also the reason why you should bring a clean plate to the buffet table when coming for seconds. Leave the dirty plate and expect the staff to have taken it out by the time you get back to your seat.
- Do not bring your cutlery while getting food at the buffet table. Not only will it be difficult for you to put food in your plate, consuming it while you’re in line is a complete no-no. It’s a little too savage, so better leave the forks and spoons on the table and dig in when you are properly seated.
- Treat the waiters with a little respect. They are decent employees who make our dining experience wonderful, but there is no need to treat them like slaves. Ask them nicely. Surely you will get the best service available.
- Avoid leftovers. Restaurants have rules that if there are leftovers, you will be charged double. Keep that in mind.
- Never touch the food. Food like rolls and breads, should not be touched with your bare hands. If in case you do, do the right thing and put them in your plate, rather than putting them back and touching the others while choosing.
- Wash your hands before eating. This is for purposes of sanitation and disease prevention. I’m sure we’ve all been taught this since we were kids, so let’s practice it.
Just remember that these tips will empower you to make the most out of your money and help you enjoy your buffet experience.