Lobster Buffet at Corniche, Diamond Hotel Philippines

lobster with sauce
I’m not too keen on buffets because my tummy can’t catch up with everything my eyes devour. When Fran, who’s back in Manila for a short trip, texted me if I wanted to try a lobster buffet it didn’t take me a second to reply a resounding “YES!” You see, lobster is my favorite seafood. I would love to eat it everyday but it’s too expensive and I don’t even see it in markets.

 Corniche, Diamond Hotel Philippines

 Corniche, Diamond Hotel Philippines

The buffet included the usual salad bar, cold cuts, bread and an International selection like Chinese, Japanese, Indian and our own Filipino food. I will show you mostly all the lobster preparations as well as the dishes that intrigued me.
lobster buffet at  Corniche, Diamond Hotel Philippines

There were also raw oysters and cooked mussels on ice.
slipper lobster-001
slipper lobster

spiny lobster
spiny lobster

alimasag or blue crab
alimasag or blue crab

lobster pineapple salad
lobster pineapple salad

goat cheese soaked in red wine
goat cheese soaked in red wine

clams with sauteed bacon
clams with sauteed bacon

scrambled eggs with spicy lobster
scrambled eggs with spicy lobster

There was also a cooking station where they take lobsters like these and add any sauce you want to it.
slipper lobster
slipper lobster

The lobster thermidor looked dry and unappetizing but it was surprisingly delicious. Cubes of lobster topped with mustard chutney and béarnaise sauce. It was creamy without being too rich.
lobster thermidor
lobster thermidor

I was lucky to get the tandoori lobster when it was piping hot and freshly cooked. If you like strong, spicy Indian food then you will love this. It was a bit overpowering for me though.
tandoori lobster
tandoori lobster

Since I was seated with other bloggers and the PR manager of the hotel the lobsters just kept coming to our table and I appreciated the hot food.
lobster with four cheese, lobster thermidor
lobster with four cheese, lobster thermidor

lobster paella
lobster paella

My favorite section was the Japanese table. They had several kinds of sashimi and sushi too.
salmon sashimi
salmon sashimi

The salmon was very fresh and good.
salmon sashimi-001

okonomiyaki
okonomiyaki

salmon head teriyaki
salmon head teriyaki

tempura
tempura

If I’m not mistaken the fresh fruit juices, iced tea were included in the buffet as well as free flowing white and red wine.
fresh watermelon juice
fresh watermelon juice

Here’s what I ate. The first two were from the Japanese section.

Lobster pieces in a thick sweet soy based sauce. Quite interesting.
lobster gusukuni (light sweet soy sauce)
lobster gusukuni (light sweet soy sauce)

I really liked the miso soup with a touch of lobster flavor.
lobster miso soup
lobster miso soup

Even though the lobster fried rice was cold it was really delicious. The tuna chili sushi was super spicy and I wanted to eat more if not for the fear of my reflux acting up. Thumbs up to the okonomiyaki which reminded of a takoyaki in it’s similar flavor profile.
lobster fried rice, okonomiyaki, salmon sashimi, tuna chili sushi
lobster fried rice, okonomiyaki, salmon sashimi, tuna chili sushi

The paella wasn’t good at all but I enjoyed the mussels and the perfectly cooked lobster. After the paella all I ate was one lobster after another. Even if I didn’t like some of the preparations I have to give kudos to the chef for cooking the lobsters to the exact timing until it’s tender and succulent. I was pretty lucky until one of the last lobsters I ate was a bit overcooked.
lobster paella, lobster thermidor, loster tandoori
lobster paella, lobster thermidor, loster tandoori

Need I say anything more?
lobster with four cheese
lobster with four cheese

Initially I was disappointed when I saw the meager offerings of the dessert station. Sure there was the ubiquitous chocolate fountain, ice cream station, some Filipino desserts and just a few cakes that were quickly disappearing without indication of future refills.

Luckily I chose the right sweets on my first round. The marble cheesecake was light, tangy and quite good. I really liked the dark chocolate truffle filled with almond cream. I think I was the only one who was able to eat the truffles. It was all gone when I wanted more.

The chocolate creme brûlée was sooooooo decadent that I immediately alerted my dining mates to drop their lobster and immediately get their share before it runs out.
chocolate creme brulee, marble cheesecake, chocolate truffles
chocolate creme brûlée, marble cheesecake, chocolate truffles

As much as I liked the coffee mug and cream and sugar containers I hated their coffee. I wish they served Kohikan coffee from their lobby lounge.
coffee & chocolate creme brulee
coffee

It was so good I had to have a second one. They didn’t scrimp on good quality dark chocolate which they added to the thick and creamy custard.  The dark caramel flavor of the crust heightened the chocolate custard making it one unbelievably satisfying chocolate dessert. They can easily sell this and make tons of money. It’s the best dessert I’ve eaten so far this year.
chocolate creme brulee
chocolate creme brûlée

I thought I was done eating until I spotted the green tea ice cream. Another wonderful surprise! Strong matcha flavor and really creamy ice cream which I loved. I have to buy this ice cream soon. I think they sell it in The Cake Club.
green tea ice cream
green tea ice cream

It was great seeing you again Fran and Paul. Nice meeting you Abet and Joan. Thanks for the wonderful hospitality Melanie and Twinkle!!!
Lobster Night at Corniche


source: Diamond Hotel’s Facebook page

 

The lobster buffet costs P2,385 nett and includes free flowing red and white wine. It is available on Fridays only and is perfect for those who abstain from meat during the Lenten season.

Corniche
Diamond Hotel Philippines
Roxas Boulevard. cor Dr. J Quintos St. Manila, Philippines
telephone: 528-3000
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Comments

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  • Frances Lorraine

    we’re so happy to see you again Les!! Visit us soon!

    p.s. we love your camera!! the resolution is soooo nice!

    Love, Fran and Paul

  • Edna M

    I can do abstinence forever in exchange for this

  • Asado

    Sulit ba para sa price ate?

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

    Sulit naman basta you eat a lot of lobster and seafood.

  • Jones Lander

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this. My family loves seafood’s and we’ll absolutely pass by Diamon Hotel. Jones Lander of Hotel Management System, Jinisys Software Inc., Ground Floor Cebu Holdings, Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu City, Cebu 6000, (032) 415 8647

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

      Jones,
      This lobster buffet is over. The hotel keeps changing their buffet theme. Sorry for that.

      Leslie