Warning there are lots of pictures on this post. It may take time to load. Be patient and you will be rewarded. My problem with buffets is I take too much pictures and I can’t bear not posting all of them. Well almost all of them. From 268 pictures I’m posting only 61.
Just outside the entrance of Cafe Ilang-Ilang were these two life sized people that I didn’t even notice when I first entered. It was later on when they attracted attention that I realized they were real people.
The restaurant had several seating options. From comfy couches to elevated tables (middle picture) which were my favorite.
We sat in a beautiful private room called the wine and cheese room. I was so tempted to bring home the sausages and cheese stored in the chillers in the room.
I tried the rice in squid ink and it was totally flavorless. The chicken empanada was just ok but the pork tapa was very, very good. If you eat that you will need a whole cup of rice. It was salty but very flavorful.
Zamboanga rice, chicken mushroom empanada,
tapang baboy ramo (sic)
You can order any kind of coffee you want- latte, cappucino or just espresso. The guy in charge of making coffee told me the huge espresso machine cost P1.6 million. I googled it and it was worth $15,000. So I guess the real price is somewhere in between. It did make really good coffee.
I’m not really a big fan of buffets because I easily get overwhelmed and believe it or not I get full fast. That’s why buffets aren’t a good deal for me.
Here’s what I ate. I really, really loved the paté maison. It was so rich and creamy. I really wanted a crisp cracker like a lavash for my cheese and paté but they only had soda crackers and bread.
cheese and paté plate
My downfall was the chicken shawarma. After I ate this I was full. I did enjoy it very much though. I ate half of it and just the chicken filling for the remainder. I loved the taste of the marinated chicken and the garlic sauce.
The only thing I ate on this plate was the beef bulgogi, kalbi, fried squid and pork tapa. Both rice, sweet potato tempura and tokwa’t baboy were not worthy of their calories and precious space in my stomach.
my main plate
My real main course was the dessert. I had bites of the regular and ube ensaymadas. Not bad but a little dense and bread-y. The bibingka was dry on the outside but really dense and gooey with the texture of sticky mochi. I loved it.
I had 5 small scoops of gelato – tiramisu, walnut, mocha & mixed berries. They were all good but the best was the tiramisu gelato.
The slice of cake of the top right hand of the picture which I thought was cheesecake was horrible, tasteless gelatin like layers with a chocolate cake base that didn’t taste like chocolate at all.
Did the pictures make you drool? I leave it to you to judge if this is the best buffet in town. For me my favorite is still Inagiku.
Buffet price: (now you know why we bought a lot of newspapers)
Weekday – P1,372++
Weekend – P 1,647++
kids below 12 half price
One Rizal Park, Manila