Monday, October 17, 2011

Marriott Cafe at Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott Cafe is a Marriott Hotel Manila's all-day, resident restaurant that serves a myriad of cuisines, from Italian, Japanese, Filipino, and Chinese dishes. It lodges in an internationally known 5-star hotel centered on designing a complete comfort for both business and leisure travelers.

I had myself reserved a week before, and i got into the place at around 12:30PM, buffet starts at 12:00PM. So a 30min latency was I thought to be forgivable since it's Monday, plus it's a lunch time. I was dead wrong. Marriott Cafe was literally full today, which only means that it's not only Filipinos who love buffet but other racial diversities as well. I guess staying guests also dined in as there were so many Caucasians around.

Last October 10th, in line with the anniversary celebration of Marriott Cafe Manila, they are slashing their lunch buffet price to 50% from a regular price of Php1,750, Mondays to Saturday until October 31st.

Sections stratified according to different spectrums of gastronome: Live Cooking station, Salad station, Seafood station, Pastries station, Desserts station, and main entrees station which includes pasta, chicken wings, braised pork, vegetables, and seafood skewer.

Other continental cuisines includes Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino among many others, like Beef stew, Kappa maki, Chicken Consommé, Miso Soup, Tuna hoso, Tuna Shahsimi, Sinigang, Chicken Inasal, Fish Curry, Guisadiong sitaw, Sweet and Sour Fish with Chilli Sauce, Peking Duck. Paneer Burji, Beef Triangle Samosa, White Chicken, Soyed Chicken, Chicken Shawarma, Pork Asado, Hodfan Dried Noodles, Fresh Egg Noodles, Vermicelli Noodles, and Siomai.

My graduated scale on a good buffet does not only lie on the wide array of food feast but on this statement: "a buffet without a steak or a lamb is not a buffet." So the star of the day(drumroll please)…. a US Topblade Steak prepared according to your doneness.

A dessert person that I am is always enamored by the plethora of the sweet varieties: Sugarfree Cheesecake, Bread & Butter Pudding, Chocolate Eclairs, Chocolate Desire, Fruit Tartlets, Opera Slice, Mango Cheesecake, Desire Cake, Brownies, Cream Puff, Kiwi Mousse, Triple Chocolate Mousse, Banana Cake, Raspberry Mousse, Carrot Cake, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Coconut Panacotta.

They also have a variety of fresh fruits and ice cream to feed your gluttonous tendencies.

Let's see what I have eaten. Oh, it's just a tip of the iceberg. There's a lot more I didn't bother taking a picture because I am so hungry.

It's an impressive array of gastronomic goodness. And if you're don't want to overindulge yourself, you can also try CRU Steakhouse.


  1. Rach and Charles, your comments wouldn't appear in the comment section so let me just write it verbatim.

    Yum!!!! are there crabs too???
    By RockNRach on Marriott Cafe at Marriott Hotel Manila at 7:25 AM

    DANG! that topblade steak calls my name! puro ka temptation bro hahaha! pics fr top to bottom ------>Awesum!
    By wickeRmoss on Marriott Cafe at Marriott Hotel Manila at 2:26 AM

  2. @Rach: Yes, there are crabs too. Try it here, they're only up to end of the month. Lunch only lang young promo ha. Mon to Sat.

    @Charles: Charles, this is your place, splendid and sumptuous.

  3. hmmnnn.. 50% off hanggang Oct 31st yan diba? Waah, sira ang diet.. I'm thinking baout going there...

  4. I do like the Marriott's buffet - good selection and quality. Their CRU steakhouse has a really great burger, possibly one of the best in Manila, as long as you tell them to grill it medium (the default is well-done "for health" but that just destroys the good-quality beef they use). CRU also does a nice steak, as you would expect, and the atmosphere is pretty good for a hotel restaurant.

  5. @Peach: diet ka nalang weekdays, but splurge on week ends.

  6. @Erik: yes, i believe they have a steak whisperer inside that's why they can prep the steak really good.

  7. ok naman po yung food nya? normally kasi pag buffet maganda ang presentation pero yung food di masaydo masarap :-)

  8. @Emerald: yeah, i was thinking of that too. sometimes the quantity would drown the taste of foods. pero with good hotels, especially the five star quality, there is less risk of having a quantity over quality ratio. so i must say, Marriott lived top to my expectation. i would recommend it.


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