Monday, October 27, 2014

List of Buffets in Manila by Price

Buffet prices of various buffet restaurants in Metro Manila

Prices and details should be considered indicative only and subject to change. Prices may vary among branches. Significant buffet discounts, sometimes very large discounts, are usually still applicable to published rates. Children are usually charged less. On the other hand prices on public holidays are usually different and tend to be higher. Some places charge extra for leftovers. No warranty is given regarding the accuracy of the following information. Contact the establishments you may be interested in directly to confirm details. Prices in the table are in Philippine pesos. If converting, 1 USD = PHP 44.50 or thereabouts.

Restaurant Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Spiral Mon.-Fri. 1719.55 net
Sat. & Sun. 1965.20 net
2431.94 net
Sun. 3377.69 net
Champagne 4092.53 net
Sun.-Thurs. 2880.25 net
Fri. & Sat. 3125.90 net
Cafe Ilang-Ilang
Mon.-Sat. 2644.50 net
Sun. 2952 net
Sat.-Wed. 3013.50 net
Thurs.-Fri. 3628.50 net
Impressions
Sun. 2741 net
Holiday 3289 net

Fresh
Sat. & Sun. 2614.29 net Sun.-Thurs. 2287.32 net
Fri. Sat. Holidays 2832.14 net
Spectrum 1450 net 2150 net
Sun. 2777 net
Champagne/Rosé 3888 net
Sun.-Thurs. 2300 net
Fri. & Sat. 2450 net
Inagiku
Sat. & Sun. 2075 net
Escolta
Mon.-Sat. 1878 net
Sun. 2701 net
Sun.-Thurs. 2149 net
Fri. & Sat. 2456 net
Cafe Jeepney
1810 net 1810 net
Market Cafe
1800 net 2200 net
Midas Cafe 915 net 1842 net 1842 net
Marriot Cafe
Mon.-Sat. 1800 net
Sun. 2400 net
Sun.-Thurs. 1950 net
Fri.-Sat. 2400 net
Cafe 1228
1799 net
Sun. 1899 net
Chandon 2199 net
2099 net
Heat
1787 net
Sun. 2500 net
Champagne 3888 net
2033 net
2280 net
Sage
Sat. 1720 net
Basix
Mon.-Sat. 1700 net
Sun. 2400 net
2050 net
Corniche
1680 net 1780 net
2150 net
2550 net
1950 net
Circles
1670 net
2027 net
2008 net
2272 net
7 Corners
Mon.-Sat. 1657 net
Sun. 1878 net
Sun.-Thurs. 1768
Fri. & Sat. 1878 net
Cucina
1650 net 1984 net
F Cafe
1500 net 1500 net
Yanagi
Fri. Sun. 1485 net
Flavors
1391 net
Sun. 1498 net
1391 net
Cafe d'Asie
1390 net
Fri. 1540 net
1390 net
Fri. 1540 net
Cafe in the Park
1360.62 net 1360.62 net
Xin Tian Di
1188 net
Niu by Vikings
Mon.-Fri. 1142.40 net
Sat. & Sun. 1457.40 net
1457.40 net
Shang Palace
Mon.-Sat. 1091 net
Acaci 888 net 995 net
Sun. 1288 net
1150 net
Fri. 1288 net
Annabel's
995 net
Red Lantern
968 net
Li Li
Mon.-Sat. 888 net
Sun. 1650 net

Latitude
888 net 1088 net
Jasmine
865 net
Food Club
840 net 1050 net
1247.40 net
Zensho
757 net 866 net
Passion
750 net
Banzai
Mon.-Fri. 699
Sat. & Sun. 1088
Mon.-Fri. 899
Sat. & Sun. 1088
Buffet 101
Mon.-Fri. 699
Sat. & Sun. 999
Mon.-Fri. 899
Sat. & Sun. 999
Alba
695++ 750++
Vikings
688
1088
888
1088
Dads
688
888
888
Phoenix Court
Tues.-Sun. 793 net
1037 net (with entrées)
Tues.-Sun. 793 net
1037 net (with entrées)
Prime Cafe
Fri. 650 net
Lola Maria 390 net Mon.-Fri. 650 net
Sat. & Sun. 480 net
Fri. 420 net
La Fiesta
Mon.-Fri. 599
Sat. 699
Sun. 869
Mon.-Thurs. 799
Fri.-Sun. 869
Sambo Kojin
Mon-Fri. 599
Sat. & Sun. 699
699
Somethin Fishy 199 net
Sat. & Sun. 179 net
Sat. & Sun. 599 599 net
Chinatown's Best Food
588 net 588 net
Bistropa
576 net (Promo 399 net) 576 net (Promo 399 net)
Yakimix (MoA)
Mon.-Fri. 558
Sat. 599
Sun. 699
Mon.-Sat. 658
Sun. 699
The Buffet
538
688
588
688
Strand Cafe 350 net Mon.-Fri. 499 net 250 net
Primero Casa Filipino
Mon.-Thurs. 498 net
Fri.-Sun. 598 net
Mon.-Thurs. 498 net
Fri.-Sun. 598 net
Tong Yang (Greenhills)
Mon.-Fri. 495 net
Sat. & Sun. 595 net
595 net
Mercado
Mon.-Thurs. 491 net
Fri.-Sun. 600 net
Mon Tues Thurs 710 net
Wed. 980 net
Fri.-Sun. 820 net
Guevarra's
Mon.-Fri. 446.88 net
Sat. & Sun. 670.88 net
Mon.-Thurs. 558.88 net
Fri.-Sun. 670.88 net
City Buffet (Fairview)
Mon.-Fri. 399
Sat. & Sun. 539
Mon.-Fri. 499
Sat. & Sun. 539
Red Box
399
Chocolate Kiss Cafe (Roces)
Sun. 395
Kamay-Kainan
323.86 323.86
Cafe Sweet Inspirations Fri.-Sun. 205 net 320 net 320 net
The Thai Kitchen
275 275
Tramway
218-248 218-248
Big Plate 198 228
Jade Valley
226 net 226 net

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Buffet Promos and Dining Deals in Manila

Eat-All-You-Can Restaurant Deals, Buffet Discounts, and Dining Promos 

Some of the significant advertised promotions such as credit card offers, birthday promos and daily deals at buffet restaurants giving discounts on regular buffet prices as well as 50% off discount offers, equivalents or better at other eateries. Deal details may vary or may not be offered at certain branches. Restrictions apply. For promos backed by credit card providers standard cardholders may be provided less benefits than premium cardholders or be excluded from an offer altogether. The following are provided to give possible leads and ideas. Accuracy of this list cannot be assured so make sure to check with the restaurant and sales agent for the particular promotion one is interested in ahead of time to confirm the details. 


Credit Card Offers


BDO Credit Cards

50% off on lunch and dinner buffet at Cafe 1228, New World Makati Hotel
October 22 to December 30, 2014

50% off on lunch and dinner at Circles Event Cafe
October 14 to November 30, 2014

50% off weekdays at Edsa Shangri-La Manila's Heat
October 15 to November 30, 2014

50% Off on Lunch Buffet and 2 + 1 FREE on Dinner at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria's Seven Corners
August 15 to November 15, 2014

50% Off on Lunch and Dinner at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria's Xin Tian Di
August 15 to November 30, 2014

40% off at Manila Hotel's Cafe Ilang-Ilang
(Call to verify details)

35% off on breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet at Cucina
September 1 to October 31, 2014

1+1 Mondays and Birthday Promo at Diamond Hotel's Corniche and Yurakuen
March 6, 2014 to March 4, 2015

20% off at Marriott
March 1 to December 31, 2014

30% off F Cafe buffet at F1 Hotel Manila
(Call to verify details)

2+1 dinner or 2+2 midnight buffet at Movie Stars Cafe
May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015

20% off lunch buffet at Annabel's from Friday to Monday
May 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014


BPI Credit Cards

50% off on Spectrum buffet every Monday (Lunch and Dinner) and Sunday (Dinner)
August 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014
 
25% off on weekday daily lunch buffet at Oakwood
May 19, 2014 to December 31, 2014


Citibank Credit Cards

50% off Spectrum Lunch and Dinner on Wednesdays and Dinner on Saturdays and 20% off on other days
August 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014

50% off lunch and dinner buffets at Hyatt's Market Cafe
October 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014

30% off at LiLi and other Hyatt restaurants
October 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014

10% off buffet at Dusit Thani's Basix
(Call to verify details)


Diners Club Security Bank Credit Cards

Buy 1 take 1 Spectrum buffet on Thursdays
September 15, 2014 to October 30, 2014


EastWest Bank Credit Cards

50% off at Intercontinental Manila with EastWest Premium Perks
August 1,2014 to October 31, 2014

30% off lunch and dinner buffets at the F1 Hotel Manila
February 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015


HSBC Credit Cards

50% off buffet at The Peninsula Manila's Escolta
until November 30, 2014 (call to verify details)

20%-30% off on buffets at F1 Hotel's F Restaurant
March 15, 2014 to December 31, 2014


PNB Credit Cards

50% discount for the 2nd person dining in buffet breakfast/ lunch/ dinner at Cafe in the Park
April 2, 2014 to December 31, 2014

10% discount at Bellevue's Café d’Asie and Phoenix Court
May 15, 2014 to December 31, 2014


RCBC Bankard


Php500 buffet at Ace Coffee Lounge
August 25, 2014 – February 12, 2015

2+1 at Dusit'Thani's Basix
June 20 – Dec 20, 2014

30% off buffet at F1 Hotel's F1 Cafe
June 20, 2014 – June 20, 2015

15% off at Acacia Hotel's Acaci
September 25, 2014 – February 25, 2015


Visa Cards

3+1 (buy 3 get 1 free) offer on all buffet lunch at Spiral Sofitel Philippine Plaza
until December 29, 2014


Restaurant Promos


Acacia Hotel

3+1 at Acaci


Diamond Hotel

50% off for senior citizens on weekend buffet at Corniche
(Call to verify details)


F1 Manila Hotel

30% off with BDO, Diners Club, EastWest, HSBC, Maybank, PNB, Security Bank, RCBC Cards
(Call to verify details)


Dimsum Discounts


50% Off Dim Sum Afternoon and/or Late Night

Causeway
Golden Bay
Golden Fortune
King Chef 
Tao Yuan


Birthday Promos


Banzai
The Buffet
Buffet 101
Dads
La Fiesta
The Food Club
Sambo Kojin
Vikings
Yakimix


Daily Deals


Cash Cash Pinoy

Le Amoretto Café - October 14, 2014 to January 14, 2015
Primero Casa Filipino - October 27, 2014 to January 31, 2015
Romulo Lounge - July 28, 2014 to October 28, 2014
Sodam - July 29, 2014 to October 29, 2014
Spiral - November 3, 2014 to February 27, 2015


Deal Grocer

Yanagi - until January 4 2015


Ensogo

Bear's Grill - October 9, 2014 to December 31, 2014
Cafe in the Park - October 12, 2014 to January 15, 2015
Dads - September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
El Prado - September 11, 2014 to November 30, 2014
The Food Club - August 4, 2014 to November 4, 2014
Hotel Rembrandt - October 21, 2014 to December 26, 2014
Lola Maria - October 3, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Sodam - August 4, 2014 to November 4, 2014
Wan Chai Tea House - July 31, 2014 to October 30, 2014


Groupon

Shabu One - October 28, 2014 - January 30, 2015


MetroDeal

Ba-Be-Q - September 28 until December 28, 2014
Banzai - September 8 until October 30, 2014
The Blackboard - October 16, 2014 until January 7, 2015
Bistropa - September 9 until December 9, 2014
Buffet 101 (Glorietta) - September 15 until November 30, 2014
Café Arquiza - July 30 until December 30, 2014
HwaRoRo -  November 10, 2014 until February 10, 2015
Shabu One - October 7, 2014 until February 7, 2015
Sodam - September 10 until November 30, 2014
Yakimix Prime - September 1 until December 1, 2014


Notes

Many of the popular buffet restaurants also have additional promos that are too numerous and change too frequently to list here including group rates and limited time voucher discounts. Check out the respective websites of buffet restaurants you are interested in and contact them directly to find out more. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Eat-All-You-Can Buffets in Manila

Where's the best buffet in Metro Manila?  There are many Metro Manila buffet restaurants or all-you-can-eat places to consider.  Many will say go to a hotel buffet and you won't be disappointed. Indeed the eat-all-you-can restaurant buffets Manila 5-star hotels offer are generally very good with some providing a spread that is likely to be more than one can comfortably sample entirely and expect to stay healthy.  Speculating if the Sofitel Philippine Plaza's Spiral buffet is the top buffet or if there is another that is even better can be fun.

If Spiral's vaunted 21 food stations—er, ateliers—covering a gamut of international cuisine and the accompanying premium price tag it commands sound like overkill the 5-star hotel buffets offered by Cafe 1228, Heat, and Market Cafe at Makati's New World, the Ortigas CBD's Edsa Shangri-La and Manila's Hyatt hotels respectively are respectable alternatives.  For dimsum lovers, Red Lantern at Solaire offers a slightly more interesting selection than others offering unlimited dimsum. If a Japanese buffet in a hotel restaurant is sought Inagiku's utage buffet at the Makati Shangri-La is the leading contender. Among the non-hotel buffet options the choices offered at Buffet 101, The Food Club, the predominantly Filipino buffet at La Fiesta, and the Vikings buffet can be a bit overwhelming too.

Chandeliers above the buffet at Buffet 101

But spread isn't the only consideration.  Taste, consistency, ambiance, and intangibles that are weighed uniquely by each individual are factors too. It can be disappointing for example that hotel buffets tend to focus on international, not local, cuisine.  One might need to order á la carte if one wants to sample local fare and the one or two offered by the buffet are not enough. Then there are those places that do not layout all their food out as a proper buffet at all but serve their food a la minute, a practice that has both its advantages and disadvantages.  One might also prefer to seek out a more intimate less busy atmosphere, especially if one finds the din of "Happy Birthday" sung for the umpteenth time,  the crush of people storming the buffet area, or simply the long line to get in the door of the restaurant in the first place too much to endure.

Dining tables at Escolta Restaurant

Of course there's also price to consider. Non-hotel restaurants usually cost less with the best of them making a stronger showing in terms of value.  But while there may be exceptions—both positive and negative—the general expectation that you get what you pay for usually holds.  Certain theme-oriented buffets or formats because of their focus tend to be more affordable. Popular eat-all-you-can themes include the smokeless grill, the Mongolian buffet, the dim sum buffet, the sushi buffet, the breakfast buffet and the merienda buffet.  Ultra-cheap buffets that impose time limits on seating on top of the almost standard no-leftover restriction for non-hotel buffets may cost less but will be a no-no for the more leisurely inclined or those entertaining guests.

Native Filipino theme on display at Cabalen buffet restaurant

It helps if the buffet is located nearby and not over an hour's drive away through traffic. The Mall of Asia area, Roxas Boulevard from Malate to Ermita, the Makati central business district, the Ortigas CBD, and areas surrounding the Quezon Memorial Circle seem to be buffet restaurant hotspots in Metro Manila.

Hotel Restaurant Buffet or Eat-All-You-Can in Metro Manila


Mainly Serving Breakfast Buffet in Manila

  • 1572 at Fernandina 88 Suites
  • Atrium Lounge at Atrium Hotel
  • Bayview Coffee Shop at Bayview Park Hotel
  • Bistro del Cielo at Parque España
  • Café Arquiza at the Best Western La Corona
  • Elan Cafe at the Greenhills Élan Hotel Modern
  • Fab at the Holiday Inn Galleria Manila

Chinese Buffet / Dimsum All-You-Can


Japanese Buffet / Eat-All-You-Can


Non-Hotel Restaurant Buffet or Eat-All-You-Can in Metro Manila


Notes

This list was composed to give a brief overview and some ideas.  The dining scene in the city is dynamic and changes occur frequently. Check with the restaurant itself ahead of time before going to make sure a buffet is still being served and when it is available.  Many offer buffets only at selected times or days of the week or at particular branches. Some of the places listed above do not have a buffet per se but an all-you-can-eat offer.

Although placing a reservation is usually unnecessary for most places, a reservation is a very good idea for some of the very popular ones to ensure being seated—especially on a weekend or holiday when prices are higher.  Even with a reservation seats may be reserved for only a limited time.  If one wants guaranteed seating but not the hassle of being at the mercy of the clock, one may wish to go to the restaurant at an earlier date and pay in advance.

In regards to price, breakfast buffets cost less than lunch buffets and lunch buffets usually cost less than dinner buffets. Smaller hotels are more likely to offer only a breakfast buffet and not one for lunch or dinner. Of course the more expensive holiday weekend lunch and dinner buffets are also when the more decadent dishes are brought out. Unlimited foie gras, uni or lobster when offered is usually available during dinner or Sunday brunch which is also when the option for free-flowing champagne at a high-end buffet is provided.

One may wish to look up special promotions with daily deal sites like Cash Cash Pinoy, Ensogo, Groupon, and MetroDeal, or inquire about credit card discounts. Hotels and restaurants occasionally have limited time discount coupons and vouchers available as well as providing loyalty cards and programs. Birthday buffet promos and group discounts are sometimes offered and something to look for.  But as with all promos pay attention to the restrictions.

Related


Do you know of other buffets in Metro Manila that are not yet listed?  Have you learned that a listed buffet or all-you-can-eat offer is no longer available?  Post a comment below.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Piattos Chips


    Flavors

    Piattos cheese flavored potato crisps.  Piattos chips also comes in other flavors: sour cream and onion, roadhouse barbecue, nacho pizza, and roast beef. 






    Shape

    Piattos chips are cut into distinctive small bite-size hexagonal potato wafers.


    Manufacturer

    They are sold under the Jack 'n Jill brand by Universal Robina Corporation the food arm of the holding firm J.G. Summit.

    Notes

    Prior to Piattos chips coming on the Philippine market one would have trouble recalling even a somewhat decent locally made potato chip.  Predecessors like V-Cut were very uneven products often with overcooked burnt chips filling half the bag .  To get edible potato chips one had to rely on imports—and shoestring potato snacks like Pik-Nik seemed to make up most of those.   Piattos was a distinct improvement and became a less expensive alternative to imported Frito-Lay or Pringles chips, although probably still not a satisfying substitute for those who like larger or rippled potato chips.  For them the newer potato chips from Oishi might be a better alternative.  Actually Spuds, which like Piattos are manufactured by Universal Robina, would be my first recommendation, but that line seems to have been phased out since I don't see them in supermarkets anymore.  It seems the premium potato chip market in the Philippines still isn't that large.

    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    MAXIMS TOWER - Hotel at Resorts World Manila

    Maxims Tower Hotel in Manila

    Maxims Tower hotel in Manila is an all suite luxury hotel that opened in late 2010 in the Newport City development next to Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines. Maxims Manila is integrated into the Resorts World Manila (RWManila) complex which has a popular casino and shopping arcades and is connected to the Manila Marriott Hotel.  (Update: The Remington Hotel has also opened next door.)  RWManila is a joint venture between Alliance Global a listed conglomerate associated with Andrew Tan probably known more for Megaworld and Genting Hong Kong (formerly Star Cruises).  RWManila was conceived as an integrated entertainment resort similar to Resorts World Genting in Malaysia and Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.


    Boutiques at Maxims Tower ground floor
    The Marriott hotel is connected to Maxims

    Maxims Tower Hotel Rates

    A Maxims Suite has a listed rack rate of $300 per night not including 12% VAT and 10% service charge but a discount of up to 40% might be availed of for elite Resorts World members, a designation determined by previous play at Resorts World casinos.  A discounted listing for as low as $170 has also been observed on a hotel travel site.  A tax exemption is granted to foreign guests upon presentation of a foreign passport on check in.  It might be worthwhile to call and check the rate at the neighboring Marriott for a comparison to make sure one is getting a reasonable rate.  If money is not a consideration, one also has a choice of DeLuxe, Corner, Executive, Signature, Ambassador, and Presidential suites or Royal Villa. Complimentary Wi-Fi, breakfast, and parking are included for all rooms.

    Restaurants and Food Outlets

    Common area
    Impressions
    Passion Restaurant

    Casino area

    Cameras are not allowed in the casino area.  More restaurants can be found in the integrated Newport Mall, Marriott hotel, and other nearby Newport City buildings.

    Contact Information

    Telephone: (+632) 908-8888 or (+632) 908-8000 loc. 8220
    Website: http://www.rwmanila.com/hotels-at-resorts-world-manila/maxims-tower
    Email: maximshotel@rwmanila.com


    Notes

    Is Maxims Tower one of the best hotels in Manila? The Department of Tourism hasn't given it yet an official hotel rating, but the facilities for the most part raise it to the level of a top class hotel.  On the other hand one gets the impression the Maxims hotel plays a largely complementary or secondary role in the Resorts World complex which mainly revolves around its casino. Indeed the Maxims Tower does not have much of a hotel lobby or reception area to speak of.  Rather the foyer doubles as an entrance for the mall.  A small desk on the side, manned by a kind but also very busy individual who is constantly on the phone, serves as reception (Update: replaced recently by a larger more formal and better staffed reception desk).  For a self-proclaimed six-star luxury hotel this is likely to make for a disappointing first impression.  Early hotel reviews also seem to indicate the staff aren't as polished as they could be.  Still the slightly larger rooms, new facilities, and touted butler service might go some way to make up for it.

    Casino at Maxims Tower Resorts World Manila

    The casino is reputed to be the largest casino in the country and hosts a leg of the Asian Poker Tour.  It's a lively venue with a live band or show of some sort usually performing at Bar 360 in the middle of the casino area with gaming tables to one end, slot machines on the other, and restaurants tucked away on one side.  People are encouraged to become members.  Upon membership they are given membership cards which allow them to earn points by gambling at the casino, the points can then be redeemed for rewards and discounts.  With such perks RWManila has become a popular gaming destination but it is likely to face stiff competition in the future when a planned casino development hub along Roxas Boulevard is completed. 



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    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Kanin Club

    Kanin Club photo
    Earlier Kanin Club Alabang location.  It has since moved to another building very close by.

    Kanin Club is a restaurant serving Filipino cuisine.  It was founded in 2005 by two couples, Anthony and Emely Mendoza, and Tony Cancio and Mariela Luna who are also the owners of Cafe Breton.  The story goes that Anthony and his friends after cycling around Laguna would regularly stop by the café owned by Tony, a fellow biking enthusiast, to rest and replenish but felt that the crepes on offer weren't enough to satisfy them.  Instead they wanted something heartier—rice.  Thus Kanin Club the Filipino restaurant was born.    

    For impressions and a restaurant review Kanin Club's branch at Westgate Alabang Muntinlupa was visited. Its other branch locations are its original branch in Santa Rosa, Laguna, UP-Technohub in Quezon City, F7 Building Scout Rallos Quezon City, Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati and The Hub Greenfield District in Mandaluyong.

    Contact Info and Schedule
    • Kanin Club Paseo de Sta. Rosa - Tel: (049) 544-0332 Weekdays: 11am-2:30pm 5-10pm Weekends, Holidays: 11am-10pm 
    • Kanin Club Westgate, Alabang - Tel: (02) 771-1400 Weekdays: 11am-2:30pm 5:30-10:30pm Weekends, Holidays: 11am-10:30pm 
    • Kanin Club UP-Technohub, QC - Tel: (02) 332-5978 Daily: 11am-10pm
    • Kanin Club Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati - Tel.: (02) 621-6109 Daily: 11am-10pm
    • Kanin Club The Hub Greenfield, Mandaluyong - Tel.: (02) 631-0081

    Notes

    Ambiance
    The Kanin Club Alabang branch is relatively small—cozy or cramped depending on one's mood and the number of other patrons.  Its interior evokes something between an Old Manila and a 70s retro chic with the capiz panels under the glass tabletops, wood tables and benches, colored stained glass windows, bright Filipino food-related expressionist paintings, and prominent wooden counter.

    Food
    Kanin Club's menu is composed mainly of Filipino food with a smattering of foreign inspired dishes that have become popular locally.  The food was good and a distinct interpretation usually with a twist on standard Filipino recipes was noticeable.  We ordered the crispy dinuguan, seafood kare-kare, tinapa rice, and a sago't gulaman shake.  The crispy dinuguan seems to be a popular choice, but while agreeable enough, I must confess a little disappointment with it.  The crispiness of the pork bits of dinuguan is novel but it brought to mind a comparison with chicharon, making me think of the dish as more appetizer than main course.  The mildness of the dark blood sauce was also perhaps too innocuous.  Dinuguan while standard Filipino fare could be seen as a little more on the daring side for those new to Filipino cuisine and I found myself missing the stronger sour and spicy taste of a standard interpretation of the dish.

    Kanin Club Kare-Kare
    Seafood Kare-Kare
    Kanin Club Dinuguan
    Dinuguan

    The seafood kare-kare was more impressive with a bolder flavor than what one often finds; the distinct taste of what seemed like coconut came off well.  I do wonder though if the rich sauce will stand up well to repeated tastings or become cloying if eaten too much too soon.  The tinapa rice was fine with the smoked flavor of the fish being delicately balanced with the aromatics in the fried rice.

    Kanin Club Tinapa Rice
    Tinapa Fried Rice

    Service and Value
    Service could have been more attentive but was otherwise okay.  The price of the meal was within a reasonable range.

    Other Filipino casual dining restaurants similar to Kanin Club in serving slightly more sophisticated Filipino dishes would be Abe, Crisostomo, and Serye.

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      Friday, August 19, 2011

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