Buffet 101, Glorietta

To be honest, I have dined-in to buffet a quite few but never blogs about it not unless it’s sponsored by the restaurant. The selection of food shocks me, then there comes the bewilderment of the food to choose. The next thing I know I’m in food coma and I can’t move because my tummy is so full. Now, I decided to try writing about buffet to get used to it. Please spare me this very informal blog with how my dining in Buffet 101 went.

The cuisine that Buffet 101 serves are mostly lined with Asian cuisines – Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and the local Philippine dishes. However, in wherever buffet restaurant I got to try, the roasted beef never comes off the list. See that chunk of meat on my plate below? There it’s there!
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Also, if you love shrimps, Buffet 101 has tons of dishes with it. (or maybe it was just the time when we dined-in). I happen not to have photos of shrimps in the chafing dish because it was already empty!
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Go scroll to drool!
For the soup
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My officemates said the seafood chowder (picture below) is yummy!
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Salad
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Bread

 

Rice
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Sushi and sashimi will always have a place for a buffet!

 

Chinese
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Meat

 

Sauce-based

 

Veggies

 

The dessert has a wide array of selections and it was heavenly good! At the back of my mind I was thinking if this was their specialty.

 

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Lastly, what I like about Buffet 101 is the herbal tea they offer. It’s not in the tea bags but the real deal, love it. Ang lakas maka-TEAtas of Manila! See the picture below what certain herbal leaves can do to your wellness.
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VERDICT!
Apparently, if we were to compare the food that Buffet 101 offers to Vikings, we know who would have won. Buffet 101 caters to class B & class C diners so we could not expect more but it’s good. My officemates and I ate at Dad’s, also a buffet restaurant, a few months ago but we all agreed that the food quality and so the selections are much better there than here. As for the ambiance, Buffet 101 has good interior and it’s roomy. It is well ventilated and their powder room is also classy! The waitstaff courteously cleared our table and attended to our needs as much as they can. The commis also served me with undivided attention.

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 4/5
Taste: 3.5/5

Buffet 101, Glorietta
Glorietta BPO 2 Building, Palm Dr, Makati City

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Piñac, UP Town Center

A Capampangan cuisine, Piñac, has been one of the comfort food for diners who want to have a taste of home-cooked meal in the midst of bustling Katipunan Avenue.p_20161019_205605-01

Most of Piñac’s ingredients are sourced from Candaba, Pampanga where the swampland is dry for one half of the year and submerged in water during the other half. No wonder that the restaurant name is a Capampangan term for “bukid” or farm.

At the start of the meal is the best appetizer. The crunchiness of Deep Fried Chicken Skin (P325) is a perfect beginning.image-0-02-06-f6304b365fab601f786adb68ea745ebbd1fc859add38852d5fee187eeecaa18b-v-01

The Overloaded Pinoy Paella (P645) is satisfying even on its own but of course, I won’t be totally contented without trying the food that’s presented in front of me.image-0-02-03-1847917560598e3fbe1f3cdae457be009fcdbdb98cc57116fbff941b0b56f0c6-v-01

The deep fried Crispy Pata (P645) is very calorific, tender, rich!image-0-02-03-3e1da572dfaaeb3312a02bf43af5ffb0c1cf7bc89449dc9e89f1db53a3a4a8eb-v-01

Tortang Balasenas (P145) is an eggplant dish soaked in a beaten egg flavored in sweet tomato sauce topped with cheese. It’s almost like a taste of lasagna. Worth a try!image-0-02-03-1d89207bdf9b2a60b7c803a7f8109d61309b0a03de55f3c254a5b2da8cbf2948-v-01

Chicken a la King (P295) is blanketed in a creamy sauce while the Callos (P365) has a delightful kick of saltiness.image-0-02-03-6fdffa61fa94809399d5f2b6c9e3ced1ad4eee9d6a26cf615e4df280366ee2f0-v-01

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The Beef Kare-Kare (P395) is bathed in peanut butter sauce with abundant vegetables begging for its rightful partner, bagooooong!image-0-02-03-08735962fe65cb73461fdbd961aa9835d19622ded32f273bdcc4f0c701f468c8-v-01

Our dear dessert, smores (P255), tastes heavenly just like how it looked like – clouds.image-0-02-03-d0f201d27ca02a586de208e1965594d4972fc0f546af0d69bbadc05ea4422766-v-01

As I have tasted the Pinac’s menu has to offer, I can say that they can outshine the other Capampangan restos we’ve known for a long while because of its taste. While we can say that we are not a stranger to the dishes they offer, it is the balance of flavors that stands out while trying it. The interiors are homey so just sit back, relax and enjoy the food!

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Taste: 4.5/5
Interior: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5

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2/F UP Town Center
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Disclaimer: This review was sponsored but not swayed to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Aldous! Credits to Jen of www.sandundermyfeet.com for letting me borrow some of her photos. 

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7Flavors, San Juan

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.

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A little strange but upon my research…14075229_10202087417903347_69286865_oOkay, 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.7 Flavors (23)

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.7 Flavors (11)

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!7 Flavors (12)

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!7 Flavors (5)

The main courses are all in stainless steel warmer. The food I loved the most is Seafood Creole and Fried Fish Escabeche.7 Flavors (10)

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. 7 Flavors (14)

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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.7 Flavors (7)

The fruit section does not have much selection.7 Flavors (4)

The desserts were not that exceptional except for Mango Panna Cotta. Oh mangoes, I love.7 Flavors (6)

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.7 Flavors (17)

The color combination describes one word: chill.7 Flavors (16)

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.7 Flavors (19)

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.7 Flavors (22)

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.

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Buffet rates are as follows:

Monday-Thursday: Lunch – P400 Dinner – PhP 500

Friday-Sunday: Lunch and Dinner – P600

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7Flavors, San Juan

196 A. Mabini St, San Juan, 1556 Metro Manila

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