When we think of flavors, the usual things we know are sweet, salty, bitter, sour and spicy. Then when I was in grade school, I learned about umami flavor. However, there is a restaurant in San Juan named 7Flavors. Just what could the 7th be? Aha! Astringent.
A little strange but upon my research…Okay, convinced.
Anyway, what’s more convincing with the existence of 7 flavors is because the menu in 7Flavors is crafted by a celebrity chef, Chef Boy Logro.
7Flavors is a go-to place whenever you want to have a buffet, a cafe, and a bakery. Yes, it brings us the convenience because it’s all set in one place. I went straight to the second floor, in the buffet area, where my colleagues were already eating.
The second floor can cover 150 pax. It looked spacious and classy. There are three function rooms available; one can hold 30 pax, while the other two can each hold 15 pax. It’s funny that there’s a surprise birthday party when we dined there. Roses, cake, and boys are overflowing!
Anyway, let’s start the real good stuff – food! To start, there’s a salad area.
What’s the common favorite of the crowd is the resto’s tacos. I did not try it because I’m the messy diner for that kind of food. I wish I could take it home. Teehee!
The main courses are all in stainless steel warmer. The food I loved the most is Seafood Creole and Fried Fish Escabeche.
On the carving section, I tried the roast beef and it is tender and flavorful.
There’s also a selection of maki which is displayed in a nice presentation in a wooden boat.
What I particularly like are these three.
There’s also halo-halo. I’m a fan of halo-halo but the weather made me to decide to let it pass. There’s also an ice cream but you have to ask to the chefs first.
The fruit section does not have much selection.
The desserts were not that exceptional except for Mango Panna Cotta. Oh mangoes, I love.
On the first floor, where the cafe and the bakery are located, the ambience is homey and rustic. Just look how beautiful this art is.
The color combination describes one word: chill.
It is definitely a place to hang out with friends or family.
While you do chitchats, have this colorful ensaymada for P50 with seven distinctive flavors – ube, pandan, butter, cheese, coconut, flan and bacon. While the presentation is interesting, wait until you taste its moist and fluffy bread. They also have 7Flavors Cheesecake. Too bad, all were out.
We are fortunate enough that we are able to have an access inside the kitchen where Bea Alonzo had her shoot in How to be Yours movie.
Rate: 4.5/5 The staff were friendly in assisting guest and bus out the plates right away to avoid having many plates on the dining table. At an affordable price, you can have a variety of food choices so why won’t you recommend this one? The only missing 0.5 here is the location. It’s a bit hard to find if you won’t t catch a cab to get there. Also to Waze, big thanks. You don’t have to worry though for parking space if you are bringing a car with you.
Buffet rates are as follows:
Monday-Thursday: Lunch – P400 Dinner – PhP 500
Friday-Sunday: Lunch and Dinner – P600
7Flavors, San Juan
196 A. Mabini St, San Juan, 1556 Metro Manila