On our recent trip to the Philippines we stayed in the Makati area of Manila for a few days. Our first hotel pick was the Sofitel. This gorgeous hotel had a few minuses: no wifi in the rooms and a safe that was too small). Of course the gorgeous rooms, lovely pool and its buffet restaurant, called Spiral quickly made up for those small minuses.
I will start off by letting you know that I am not much of a fan of buffets. The only buffet I enjoyed prior to going to Manila was Churrascaria Plataforma in NYC. I would always rather have quality over quantity. At Spirals I got both. Although I stayed at the Sofitel for 3 days, I never made lunch. All the images you will be seeing are from their breakfast buffet.
Let’s start off with complimentary bubbly for brunch. Yup, bottles of all different types of sparkling wines including prosecco and cava open and ready for you to drink. I knew this was a great start. For those who don’t believe in starting the day off with a bellini or a mimosa, there are plenty of other choices. At the juice bar there was watermelon juice, aloe vera juice (which quickly became my favorite), orange juice, melon juices. The choices were outstanding.
For those who are a bit afraid of novel foods, the restaurant does provide safe choices; like cereal.
For a taste of something a little more traditional, you could have opted for Pancit Bihon, Filipino Fried Rice Noodles.
If you were in the mood for something a little healthier, not so carb heavy, you could have chosen the mixed vegetables in oyster sauce.
They also had an assortment of fish and cold cuts like mortadella for those who were looking for more of a protein kick.
For those into Dim Sum, there was a whole station filled with choices including Man Tau Buns.
More Dim Sum items included sweet and fried dim sum.
To get an idea of just how large this buffet was, keep in mind that this (not so small area) was dedicated only to Dim Sum.
Unsuspecting victims may pick up one of these salted duck eggs and be in for a surprise.
A little kalamansi to spritz on your broths or teas.
Soft lumpia as well.
The restaurant also had a gorgeous fruit bar with everything from watermelon, dragon fruit, honeydews, papayas; almost any fruit you could imagine. Next to this station were compotes and puddings as well as yogurts.
There was dried fish and poha; a flattened rice scented with turmeric and curry.
I would highly recommend the buffet at the Sofitel. I also experienced the buffet at the Makati Shangri La, which was nice, but not as impressive as Sofitel’s. Breakfast buffet was included with our room at the Sofitel. It was quality and quantity; after all the amount you eat is up to you.
The Sofitel Manila Makati is located at CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City, Manila, Luzon 1300, Philippines