A lot of my friends have been asking me for my suggestions to help them decide where to dine, buffet-style, this holiday season. Thus I have decided to write a post about some of the really good places where you can take your family for a nice Christmas lunch/dinner. Because I am budget-conscious, I will begin with the least expensive and work my way down to the most expensive.
1. Paul Calvin’s Deli - (Sorry, I didn’t take pictures when I was here.) The only thing that’s expensive here is how it sounds. You will be surprised that the lunch buffet in this quaint little restaurant will only cost you P275.00 (US$6.10) per person, inclusive of taxes and service charge. Surprised? So was I when I called the owner to ask for reservations. So I called the owner, (his name is Gerald) and I asked, “how much is your lunch buffet per person?” To which he nonchalantly answered, “P275.00″ So I asked again, “did I get it right? Could you say that again please? Did you say P1,275?” He replies, “No, I said two-seven-five per person, nett.” My officemate in the other cube stood up and said, “did you just say 2-7-5? Wow! That’s cheap! I’m in!” So I reserved for eight people and nine showed up. The people of Paul Calvin’s Deli are very accommodating, even to the most uncommon requests (Like this one time when Noreen called and asked, “can you extend your lunch buffet to 5.30 pm?” Believe it or not, they actually said yes to this one.) This is the best buffet I’ve had for it’s price. They provide free parking at the underground parking area.
Paul Calvin’s Deli
Manager: Weng Florentino
Unit F-111 Forbes Town Center, Rizal Drive, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
2. Brazil! Brazil! - Ah the signature skewered meat being sliced in front of you! To fully enjoy dining here, you must be a carnivore, like me. I love sausages and red meat galore! The chickens that they serve are mostly thigh parts and it’s all juicy and tender. The beef is unbelievably soft and the pork is so delicious. What else can I say? At Brazil! Brazil! each person gets to enjoy the wonderful Brazilian barbecue buffet and all the other good stuff in their salad bar for only P773.00 (US$17.20), but this price does not include drinks. Remember that this restaurant is purely buffet so don’t expect them to serve ala carte dishes. The only things in the menu are drinks and more drinks. They give you a yoyo which is red on one side and green on the other. If the red side is showing, the staff will stop bringing you meats from the grill. If it shows the green side, the sausages and the meats will not stop coming. Try the corn, I loved it as much as I loved the steaks.
The Piazza, One Serendra, Fort Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City, Metro Manila
3. Circles at the Shangri-la Hotel, Manila – The mother of all hotel buffets. In my opinion. Circles is still the grandmomma of them all. Nice of them to slash prices from last years hefty 2k something, it is now P1,640.00 (US$36.56) per person for dinner on weekdays and P1,903.40 (US$42.30) for dinner on weekends. They have everything from local cuisine to Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Mediterranean. They also have an extensive dessert lineup that has everything from cakes, fondues, crepes to gelato to TAHO (sweetened soy bean curd). However, a buffet lineup this extensive must be attacked intelligently. I personally chose to gorge mostly on the expensive treats like the seafood and the prime rib.
The pasta was too good to pass up and the desserts were just as overwhelming.
Get only what you can finish. Wasting food is no way of making the most out of what you paid for. So it’s kinda pricey but hey, it’s worth it! Plus, it’s Christmas and I’m sure your family will love you for it.
Circles Event Cafe
Lobby Level, Makati Shangri-La, Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Avenue
Makati City, Metro Manila
Remember that meals are best enjoyed with your loved ones. Depending on your budget, there is always a good place for you to dine and share laughs with your family. Christmas or not, it’s always good to have dinner and spend some quality time with your loved ones.