Three awesome hotel buffets in Manila that re-opened this year

The Riviera Cafe. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.

Most hotels were forced to become quarantine facilities during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This meant that their respective buffet offerings were also put on hold to lessen the chances of spreading the virus amongst diners.

Thankfully, with the global pandemic appearing to be on its tail end, most buffet offerings have re-opened to cater once more to the sophisticated gastronomic needs of their guests. 

Here are some of the more exciting dining destinations in Manila that you simply must try on the merit of their awesome selections and reasonable prices.

  1. Riviera Café at The Heritage Hotel Manila

When the Riviera Café closed its doors to its patrons for several months, the hotel used the opportunity to give the beloved restaurant a facelift. Now that it has reopened, its ambiance is more welcoming, cozy, and light. They also revamped the menu, keeping the old favorites that guests have come to love while adding new ones. Today, it has a wide range of different food stations that offer a bountiful selection of rich textures, fine flavors, and elegant Eastern and Western cuisine. Must-try dishes include Malaysian-Singaporean dishes like Laksa, Chicken Hainanese, Beef Rendang, and Nasi Goreng. They also have a Halal-Certified station. The buffet is available every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (for dinner) and Sunday (lunch).

The Market Cafe. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.

2. The Market Cafe Buffet at the New Coast Hotel Manila

The Market Cafe Buffet welcomed back its patrons earlier this year. Months into its opening, The Market Cafe continues to offer an outstanding culinary experience, thanks in large part to its sumptuous weekend offerings that are fronted by freshly-cooked selections from themed buffets. On Fridays, there’s Friday Seafood Nights, to satisfy one’s seafood cravings. The spotlight is on premium choices such as lobster, mud crabs, scallops, and New Zealand oysters. Then there’s Saturday Steak Nights the next day, which is highlighted by US prime-grade ribs and roasts. The following day features Sunday Lunches that are perfect for families to enjoy, with a wide selection of Filipino, Asian, and Continental cuisine favorites. Some of the imaginative dishes to look forward to are the kare-kare made with shortribs and dried bagoong flakes, as well as the brisket adobo.

Cafe Belmont.

3. Cafe Belmont at the Belmont Hotel Manila

Cafe Belmont offers a fantastic Sunday Brunch Buffet. Already the go-to airport hotel for travelers staying in Newport City, the hotel also wows with its impressive spread at Cafe Belmont. Earlier this year, Cafe Belmont welcomed its new Executive Chef Francis Tugnao, who has since been whipping up mouth-watering culinary creations. Must-try dishes include the Cajun Smoked Salmon, hot off the grill Mongolian Bowl, tempura, US Prime Rib, lechon kawali, and Chef Francis’ signature dish, the Laing Espesyal. Oh, the dessert spread is quite the treat as well with an assortment of home-baked pastries, the irresistible halo-halo station, fondue station and so much more.

Kenneth M. del Rosario
Kenneth has been writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for more than 17 years, covering travel, food, motoring, technology, real estate, and business, among others.