I’m not fond of buffets. Why? Two words – FOOD COMA. There’s too much food which confuses me to no end. I always promise myself not to overeat but even just a little taste of SOME food leaves me with a belly about to explode. My lunch at Spiral yesterday was the perfect case.
I’ve only eaten at Sprial once several years ago before the pre-flood renovation. I was curious what what $11,000,000 spent on renovations looked like.
There was a huge of wheel Comté Marcel Petite by the exit of the cheese room. Spiral, please give me a call when you cut up this baby.
There was unlimited foie gras served with stewed pineapple and balsamic cream. Just tell the chef how many pieces you want and he will cook it for you. I asked for three pieces. Some asked for 6 and more.
seared foie gras
I got half a pork sausage and it was horrible. It tasted like rotten meat and the smelled like putrid and decaying meat. I told the girl behind the counter and I guess she was expecting it. She said it was made with intestines. I don’t think intestines smell that bad.
Our table had 3 kids and the pizza (located near the French section) was the most popular food. I thought eating pizza at at an expensive buffet was silly but it turned out to be my favorite too specially the one pictured on top. It had finely chopped bacon and onions.
SUSHI & SASHIMI
nigiri-zushi and spicy tuna sushi
My friend’s young son declared in a loud voice, “the roast pork is inedible.”
Spiral 2 Go goodies
One of the most popular items from Spirals are their mini chocolate chip cookies. They’re still good but I liked the version before. They used to bake it in front of you. Demand was high and the cookies come out a little under baked and warm. It was so chewy and melted in your mouth before. Now the cookies are aplenty and crunchy.
cookies and 3 flavors of chocolate fountain
There were enough varieties of candies that would make kids of all ages go gaga.
These are what I ate. Eating buffet is not worth it for me since I don’t eat steak and I get full really fast. I made an effort to try more food.
Plate 2 – French station: lamb chop, pizza square, braised beef, baked fish and super stinky yucky sausage. The lamb was tender, loved the super melt-in-your mouth braised beef, fantastic fish and pizza. SKIP THE SAUSAGE.
Plate 3 – seared foie gras, soft shell crab & miso cream tempura. The tempura was good and well fried and not oily. The foie gras wasn’t good as others I’ve eaten. Not bad but not swoon worthy. If it were good I wouldn’t have stopped at 3 pieces.
Plate 4 – spicy tuna sushi, bean curd roll dim sum, Korean ribs and lobster. Everything on this small plate was wonderful. The lobster was succulent and perfectly steamed.
Plate 5 – gorgonzola pizza and more spicy tuna sushi. I loved the first slice of pizza I ate a second one. No tomato sauce just thick white cheese topped with gorgonzola cheese and herb. Crust was thin and crisp. Love, love, love their pizza.
Dessert plate 3 – OMG the best chocolate truffles ever!! Tasted like 70% dark chocolate and the quality of Belgian chocolate used was so good that it tasted like quite exotic. The chocolate macaron was yummy and not too sweet.
The service was good except our coffee took more than 30 minutes to arrive and we had to ask for it more than 3 times. The coffee was strong but not aromatic.
I was so full from lunch that I didn’t have dinner anymore. From what little variety I was able to try I must admit the food was very good. The dessert was even better. Do go try it yourself.
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay City 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines
telephone: 832-6988 or 551-555 Loc. 6988
Price of Spiral’s Buffet (As of November 2012):
Monday to Friday: P1,719.55 (Adult), P982.60 (Kids 5-12 yrs.)
Saturday & Sunday: P1,965.20 (Adult), P1,105.43 (Kids 5-12 yrs)
Monday to Saturday: P2,431.94 (Adult), P1,351.08 (Kids 5-12 yrs)
Sunday: P3,046.06 (Adult), P1,596.73 (Kids 5-12 yrs)
Sunday to Thursday: P2,800.41 (Adult), P1,596.73 (Kids 5-12 yrs)
Friday & Saturday: P3,046.06 (Adult), P1,596.73 (Kids 5-12 yrs)