Sunday Buffet Lunch at Spiral, Hotel Sofitel Manila

Spiral's chocolate chip cookies
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.

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There was a jazz trio which provided live music during Sunday lunch. I only heard it whenever I passed near the grand staircase. Maybe it’s because I was too busy stuffing my face.
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BREAD
My favorite was the crispy sesame and cheese topped lavash.
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THE CHEESE ROOM
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So many cheese and cured meats to choose from.
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I loved the Ferrari red meat slicer.
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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.
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JAPANESE  – TEPPANYAKI 
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There were several Japanese hot dishes including fried rice.
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sukiyaki

I only tried the soft shell crab tempura topped with ponzu sauce. Yum!!!
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tempura

FRENCH
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pasta made to order

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.

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seared foie gras

My favorite was the French stove section.
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There was a French chef there.
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The chef told me that the braised short ribs was cooked for 3 days.
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braised short ribs

The baked fish was fantastic. It was cooked perfectly and the flavors were so aromatic.
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baked fish

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.
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pork sausage

My dad loved the French food too specially the fish, frog’s legs and prawns.
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rack of lamb, frog’s legs, sautéed prawns

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.
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pizza

SUSHI & SASHIMI

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nigiri-zushi and spicy tuna sushi

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SALAD BAR
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FRESH SEAFOOD
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oysters

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shellfish

ROAST MEAT

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NORTH INDIAN
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CHINESE
My friend’s young son declared in a loud voice, “the roast pork is inedible.”

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made to order noodle soup station

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hot dishes and dim sum

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fried shrimp, crab

FILIPINO
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THAI
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KOREAN
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private room

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Spiral 2 Go goodies

Sunday buffet costs more because of the free flowing champagne and wine which we didn’t avail of.
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premium champagne and wine

DESSERT
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.
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cookies and 3 flavors of chocolate fountain

The French pastries were in this pull out drawer. Nice!
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truffles and chocolates

There were enough varieties of candies that would make kids of all ages go gaga.

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Filipino desserts were well represented with sapin sapin, puto bumbong, halo-halo and bibingka. The bibingka was excellent.
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Filipino desserts 

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fresh fruits

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 1 – cheese, liver terrine, fig paste, jamon, lavash.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Dessert plate 1 – Apple tart was good but apples were too sour so I didn’t finish it. The bibingka was sticky yet light. Really a must eat!!
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Dessert plate 2 – Very good chewy macaron with a jelly like filling, superb cheesecake. Chocolate chip cookies crisp and not bad. I liked their chewy cookies before better.
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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.
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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.

SPIRAL
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay City 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines
telephone: 832-6988 or 551-555 Loc. 6988
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Price of Spiral’s Buffet (As of November 2012): 
Breakfast:
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)

Lunch
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)

Dinner
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)

Comments

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  • Betty

    Leslie, great entry. You took good detail of photos for all to see. It good you did not eat steak you won’t pass at all to desserts. I love desserts sometime cut other food and head to desserts first.

  • Elodie Amora

    From the look of the sausage and your description, I think it is the French Sausage called Andouillette. It’s special and really……stinks! It’s an acquired taste.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HIRIW4OWEIHTILXO4IPYMKLOHE eric

    I THINK I PREFER VIKINGS NOW . WAS THERE LAST WEEK AND FOOD GREAT AT 1200 PER PERSON………… SPIRAL TOO EXPENSIVE NOW.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HIRIW4OWEIHTILXO4IPYMKLOHE eric

    JUST LIKE THE ILOKANO DISH CALLED PAPAITAN…………..

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    Thanks for giving the stinky sausage a name. :D

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    You’re right Betty! Dessert deserves equal space in the tummy.

  • Erin

    I’ve been seeing entries on the newly re-opened Spiral’s from a few bloggers now, and your entry is really timely, as I am curious if it’s that good. P3,000+ for each adult is the same price with HK 5-star hotel buffets already. Now, the question is, in your opinion is it value-for-money based on quality and food selection?

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    If you drink a lot and have a good appetite then it’s a good value. I would go back to eat on a weekday rather than on a Sunday. Each international station has it’s own chef representing that country. The food is really authentic and the quality is good. I’m just not a buffet person.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aarendal Albert Rendal

    I thought you’re on a diet Leslie?…. :)

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    Ha ha the diet is loooong gone Albert ;p

  • http://www.facebook.com/eileen.chiu.sio Eileen Chiu

    i miss the choco truffles… really yummmmmmy!

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    Yeah! I wonder if they sell it?

  • sam

    I been seeing some photo of foods like this. But this is probably the nice and beautiful to see. How I wish I could eat some foods in this pictures. Thank you for sharing it.

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  • janica

    This is such a perfect restaurants here
    in the Philippines
    that I had seen. The ambiance is so cool and the foods are yummy and delicious. Thanks for the share.

  • kiezia

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