Dusit Thani Hotel
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One of the perks of staying in Manila for the Holy Week holidays (especially Good Fridays) is that driving gets to be such a joy since there is hardly any delays in traffic to ruin one's leisure travel from point A to point B. It was also at this day that one of my auntie, who is on extended vacation from the US decided to treat me and my sister to an Eat-All-You-Can buffet brunch at one of the fine hotel chains in the metropolis. The only condition is that I pick her up at her place of residence in the binondo area.
I was quite excited since initial impressions seems to indicate that we might be dining at SPIRALS which is located inside SOFITEL Philippine Plaza and quite a good short distance from binondo. I was a tad dissappointed when I learned that my auntie is to treat us at BASIX located inside DUSIT Thani Hotel in Pasay Road, Makati....... Of course, who am I to complain anyway, a free meal is still a free meal (minus the gasoline. hehehehehehe). And Dusit Thani is not so bad at all. It actually is less crowded so there is a more relaxed feel to it.
Since it was Good Friday..... the buffet is predominantly seafood, but there are still the usual grilled meats and roast beef for those who are not into this holy week ritual of foregoing meat. (I can be considered one). I took my seat and told my auntie and sister to go ahead and start getting the food they like. I also volunteered that I will watch their bags for them........ While they were at the buffet tables, I sat back and observed how most of the other diners would be getting their food. And I guess in typical filipino style, they usually get a bowl of soup and on their other hand is a big plate loaded with lots and lots of food which they got from the buffet spread. Imagine the waste if one cannot finish all those food.
I have a somewhat quirkier way when I dine in buffet style restos...... much as the average person piles up on the food with the thinking that they have to eat the quantity equivalent to what they are paying for. I usually just go for the stuff that I like. And I usually just pick up some small quantity and go back for more later on.
An example of how I dine at "Eat-All-You-Cans"
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I always start out with some hot (or warm) soup. In this case, its some clear mixed seafood type (I forgot the name). There is another cauldron that serves shrimp bisque, but according to my sister, it has that strong fishy (or malansa) taste of which I am definitly not in favor of.
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Next on my agenda is some bread. I got me a soft roll and a bavarian roll. Spread some butter into the bread and this prepares my stomach for the next batch of food Im going to get.
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I just love fresh oysters !!! Over at the buffet table, there are loads of them lying in a bed of ice. The shells are not yet opened so one just picks out a few, hand it over to a waiting chef (or cook) who will crack open the shells, dip it in some clean water to wash away the residue from the shells and serve it to you on a nice clean plate. While waiting, I got myself some smoked salmon. In as much as I wanted to have more raw oysters, I ate only 3 pieces as having too many of them might give me a tummy ache.
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Normally, hotel buffet does not serve very good sushi or sashimi but I just couldn't resist seeing that they were serving lapu lapu sushi plus squid sushi. Since I was there, might as well take a few maguro sushi as well. hehehehehehe
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For someone who likes pastas, I also couldn't resist getting a few even if I risk the chance of eating less of the other foods since pastas tend to be heavy on the stomach. I just got me some spaghetti in marinara sauce and some twisted macaroni in meat sauce.
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I skipped the roast beef since I've been having beef noodle soup that past couple of days. Instead, I asked them to grill me some lamb chops with a spoonful of mint jelly. The flavor is not bad, except it was a bit overcooked for my taste.
What a shame that my cell phone cam suddenly went into shut down mode due to low batt so I couldn't take any more pictures. After the lamb chops, I also tried out some of their baked potatoes, seafood paella and went back to the sushi counter for more lapu lapu sushi.
The Dessert table was bursting with so many pastries and fruits of different colors. But I just opted for a scoop of chocolate ice cream and some strawberries dipped in the chocolate fountain.
I came out quite contended..... not extremely full but enough to keep me happy until dinner time which is 6 hours away. hahahahahahaha. I do hope that my auntie goes into triple extended vacation and PERHAPS!!! just perhaps, she would someday call us and ask us if we would like to dine in SPIRALS. haaaayz, I can dream can I ????
Edited by asmodeus, 15 April 2009 - 02:13 PM.