Food is life, and with the Philippines being a deeply food-centric country, this is especially true in our shores. Whether it’s a love for our very own Filipino food (that has a plethora of sub-categories on its own) or a passion for food from different parts of the world, Filipinos have a limitless appetite for culinary delights—cooking them, eating them, sharing them, and everything else in between. We even go as far as to celebrate food with food, a truly delicious concept, through the different festivals centered on specific dishes or produce, such as the Lechon Festival in Batangas and the Manggahan Festival in Guimaras.
Some people love to eat, but Filipinos love to feast. From your typical unli-siomai joints in street corners to grand five-star hotel buffets, we don’t hold back on indulging our tummies and caving in to our constant cravings. Need ideas on your next eating spree? Here are some all-you-can places in Metro Manila that are certified bang for the buck.
Xin Tian Di
Located at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, and rated as one of the top restaurants in Quezon City on TripAdvisor, Xin Tian Di is where you can find hotel-quality service, exquisite ambience, and excellent dimsum and impeccable Chinese dishes such as Peking duck and hot prawn salad. Their unlimited dimsum is served daily, and they offer an expansive selection of authentic Chinese fare. From your favorite siomai and xiao long bao to more unique delicacies like chicken feet, they truly have something for everyone. They also have you covered with noodles, rice, and vegetables to go with your dimsum. Try the fried hakao for a different take on the well-loved dumpling!
Their overwhelming menu may give you quite a shock at first and you might not know what to order, but the helpful and friendly staff will guide you every step of the way. Once you’ve filled yourself with all the dimsum that you can stomach, cap off the meal with their ever-so popular (and feared) Ampalaya Buchi whose name deceives almost everyone. If you are brave enough to take a bite, you’ll experience a warm crispy shell and an ooze of dark belgian chocolate filling your mouth and blessing your taste buds. Even with just desserts, the Xin Tian Di dimsum buffet is already 100% worth it.
4/F Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
(02) 8633 7222
Shaburi Japanese Shabu-Shabu and Kintan Buffet
Found in the new Japantown at the Top of the Glo in Ayala Center, Shaburi and Kintan are best experienced with friends. Shaburi is the way to go when you’re having a rough day, or just need to be wrapped in the comfort of a nice warm hug—in the form of unlimited hot pot. And when you’re in the mood for barbeque but tired of the usual samgyup, Kintan’s unlimited yakiniku will hit the spot.
Both Shaburi and Kintan offer an array of different meats such as chicken, pork, and beef. While Kintan offers a greater variety including sausages and differently seasoned meats, Shaburi has a lineup of fresh vegetables, noodles, and other hot pot toppings at its disposal. What makes Kintan stand out among other yakiniku or barbeque places is their selection of dipping sauces that make the experience a great ride for your palate. Shaburi has its choices of soups that are sure to match any mood, and you can also get twin pots to get the best of two soups at once. Cap things off with their delicious soft-serve ice cream for dessert!
4/L Japantown, Top of the Glo
Glorietta 2, Ayala Ave., Makati
(0956) 244 2688
The Manila Hotel
If you’re celebrating something big, need to impress on a first date, or maybe just feeling a bit fancier than usual, The Manila Hotel’s Cafe Ilang-Ilang is the perfect place to indulge in both sophisticated, timeless architecture and exceptional food.
The century-old hotel has been kept in prime condition and will certainly be worth your visit. Be transported back in time and experience the royal treatment from the moment you step in until you step out. Enjoy food from all around the world at the very best of quality in their buffet that’s fit for kings and queens. Unlimited lobster? Check. Unlimited steaks? Check. Unlimited lechon? Check. Unlimited Japanese food? Check again! You’ll never run out of options with all that they have to offer. Make sure to make room for the brick-oven pizzas (made fresh at your command), the hummus bar and shawarma, and their famous puto bumbong.
One Rizal Park, Manila
(02) 8527 0011
Far from a passing trend, the Japanese food craze is here to stay. From places that offer ramen, katsu, curry, sushi, tempura, soba, and even stalls hawking gyoza, there will always be a spot that will cater to your specific Jap craving. Want to hit all those birds with a single stone? Ogetsu Hime now offers Oget and Enjoy All You Can where you can choose from over 100 Japanese specialties, with free-flowing drinks to boot.
At a little over a thousand pesos, you can already enjoy an unlimited amount of premium sushi and sashimi that includes salmon, maguro, uni, unagi, and even hamachi. Go ahead and order endless chirashi bowls and sashimi moriawase plates, plus take your pick from a variety of noodle dishes that include beef sukiyaki and cold soba. A must-try is their uni tempura that gives a nice crunchy twist to the soft buttery texture of the uni. If you have a craving for red meat, they also serve unlimited Angus Tenderloin Teppan, and if you’re feeling a little bit more baller, you can add ₱100 more for Angus Rib Eye Teppan. They serve most of the dishes in small portions, which allows you to feast on everything without worrying about leftovers.
If there’s something big to celebrate, or maybe even if you just want to reward yourself for surviving another week at work, go and get a teppanyaki table with friends or family and enjoy the experience of watching your food being prepared right in front of you. While you’re at it, might as well enjoy a cold one—it’s free-flowing anyway.
3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall
(02) 8470 8241
(02) 8637 7510
(0917) 576 2377
5/F SM Aura Premier
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(02) 8519 9840
(02) 8519 9740
(0917) 809 6585
Katipunan Avenue has changed drastically over the years, with many establishments and buildings coming and going. However, one restaurant has managed to stand the test of time: Sweet Inspirations. Graduations, birthdays, Sunday dinners, first dates, and even the mundane college student lunch breaks—this place has seen it all and people still come in fleets every day to enjoy their super sulit (no other word can give justice) Unlimited Mongolian Rice Bowls.
At the price of ₱420, enjoy an endless amount of rice bowl permutations—you can choose your own protein ranging from chicken, beef, pork, and seafood, while experimenting with seasoning and spice via the multitude of condiments and vegetables available. Feel like a masterchef with whatever rice or noodle bowl you cook up, but be careful because leftovers have consequences!
311 Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, QC
(02) 3433 4200
Store hours: 6:30am-11pm
Chinatown’s Best Food
At one of the longest-standing restaurants in Banawe with the humblest of beginnings, you can experience a wide selection of oriental fare at ₱688 or less, which includes premium items like crab, Peking duck, lechon Macau, pata tim (a crowd fave!), and even fresh sashimi.
Originally a small noodle house, Chinatown’s Best Food has now evolved into one of the city’s most loved buffets, famous for their generous selection of food. It’s also the perfect setting for parties and gatherings, as their banquet hall can fit over 200 people and their buffet spread is just delectable.
589 Banawe cor. Don Manuel St., QC
(0917) 528 0731
(0908) 886 2168
Isla Sugbu Seafood City
If you like your food with a side of culture, Isla Sugbu Seafood City is a great place to enjoy a Cebu sutukil experience. The sutukil way of dining gets its name from the three ways your chosen seafood (or meat) is offered to be cooked for you: sugba, tuwa, and kilaw. Sugba is to grill, tuwa is to cook in a form of soup or broth, while kilaw is similar to ceviche wherein the cooking process is reliant on vinegar and acidity.
The process of sutukil starts with choosing your desired meat or seafood product, then deciding how you want it to be prepared. All their seafood is certified fresh, as you can even pick them out straight from the water. For a truly unique (but not for the faint of heart) experience, try their fresh king fish sashimi that is served literally fresh, as in alive and kicking. The fish is presented freshly sliced on top of ice, a memorable experience that you can’t get anywhere else. Other must-tries are the calamares with their signature pinakurat vinegar, and the baked scallops in cheese.
2/F The Venice Grand Canal Mall
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(0998) 966 2990
Hogs & Cattle Steak House
Unlisurf & unliturf for ₱899? Nope, that’s not a phone plan promo—it’s a dream come true for all steak and shrimp lovers! At Hogs & Cattle Steak House, you can enjoy unlimited wagyu steaks and prawns, along with unlimited bread, unlimited soups, and some side dishes, too.
Each steak is cooking according to your preference, and are seasoned well with herbs and garlic. Though affordable, the meat is tender and perfectly textured, especially when paired with the signature steak sauce for an added kick. Get ready to meat your heart out, because not trying this meat lovers’ spot would be a great missed steak!
Entertainment Hall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay
(0917) 370 1239
Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico
When you’re in the mood for an all-out Filipino feast and want the perfect ambiance to match, head to Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico. For as low as ₱499, you can enjoy a full Filipino buffet spread from appetizers to desserts in a beautifully kept heritage home dating back to the 1920s. The place often fills up with family and friends, adding a festiveness to the overall vibe.
Have the complete Filipino salu-salo experience complete with lechon, sorbetes, kakanin, and their famous bacon bagnet. Apart from the lovely buffet spread, what’s even more gorgeous is the traditional Filipino architecture and art seen in every nook and cranny of the restaurant. The sprawling structure is perfectly surrounded by an expanse of garden space that gives Guevarra’s its signature classic Filipino charm. For an even more picturesque experience, dine at night time to witness the soft warmth of the interior lighting, and the glow of the fairy lights cascading from the surrounding trees. At Guevarra’s, you’re sure to have a full tummy, a happy heart, and a feast for the eyes as well.
387 P. Guevarra Street, San Juan
(0917) 311 2222
The Gin Library at the Gilmari Lounge
Not in the mood for unlimited food? Maybe some free-flowing drinks at a 5-star hotel will tickle your fancy. At the Discovery Primea Hotel, you can enjoy free-flowing G&T’s from Mondays to Fridays at 5-9 PM, priced at ₱1,000++ for the Premium bottles and ₱1,500++ for the Deluxe bottles. Their collection of over 100 labels will help you find your perfect mix, and you can keep mixing and matching until you get just the right buzz. It’s great for breaking the ice on first dates, spicing up a long-term relationship, catching up with long-time friends, impressing some big clients, and maybe even just spending some quality G&T time with your own fancy self.
Discovery Primea Hotel, 6749 Ayala Ave., Makati
(02) 7955 8888
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