Month: January 2015

GETTING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WEEKLYB1TE!


Weeklyb1te is a website made to evaluate the different buffet restaurants inside the Metro Manila. It was created on November 2014 by four (4) food/buffet enthusiasts named Xavier Anthony B. Brigoli (Xavier), Yllona Jamaica R. Camacam (Jam), Lavern C. Dimaandal (Lavern), and Stephanie Marie E. Guilalas (Steph) which will serve as the admins of the website. Furthermore, Weeklyb1te is highly dedicated in helping other food/buffet enthusiasts in picking or choosing the best buffet restaurant that will suffice their cravings by evaluating these buffet restaurants and by providing them an initial idea of what they will experience in that restaurant. Aside from that, Weeklyb1te is also dedicated in helping the different buffet restaurants to be discovered by people who are not aware of them.

Every week, Weeklyb1te will cater one buffet restaurant that the admins have personally tried, and every 12:00 PM of Saturday of the week, one of the admins will be posting a blog about his/her experience with a particular buffet restaurant. Food groups, specialties, quality of service, price range, location and other needed information will be included in the entry. From these entries, people can easily browse through different buffet restaurants with sumptuous meals that would fit their budget and will surely satisfy their guilty pleasures. In this site, the admins will be able to share to everyone their experiences in every buffet restaurant that they’ve tried for them to be able to have a bit idea into where they will dine in.

As of this week, Weeklyb1te have already posted four (4) blogs entitled, “OOH LA LOVE DESSERTS”, “CHEAT DAY SATURDAY AT CABALEN”, “DO SOMETHIN’ FISHY”, and “ASIAN FOOD TRIP AT THE BUFFET ASIA RESTOBAR” which was written by each of the admins. Moreover, as per the layout of the website itself, the admins are still working on everything that would help the three-month-old website improve and attract more readers – from the logo to the actual design of the website as well as its Facebook Page. For now, Weeklyb1te will keep on posting blogs that will surely make your mouths water and will surely satisfy your guilty pleasures.

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ASIAN FOOD TRIP AT THE BUFFET ASIA RESTOBAR!


Being a student, it is really hard to find time to relax because of the paper works and busy schedule. That’s why my friends and I always find time to have a short break from our paper works and busy schedules; we give ourselves a break like eating in a buffet restaurant.  They searched in different buffet restaurants and they found this buffet restaurant in West Ave., Quezon City, the Buffet Asia.

At first, I’m not the type of person that eats a lot. I’m just contented with small amount of food, that’s why I know to myself that I won’t enjoy eating in a buffet restaurant. As I’ve observed, people enjoy eating in a buffet restaurant because they can eat the food that they want. And because of my friends’ influence, I’ve enjoyed eating in a buffet restaurant. So here is my experience in Buffet Asia.

The first person who discovered Buffet Asia is one of my closest friends. He just invited us to eat there. Buffet Asia is a buffet restaurant that allows its customers to take out of their leftovers, and I think you guys may like it especially to those people who easily get bloated. I think they did that to be their advantage among other buffet restaurants, because some of the buffet restaurants around Manila and Quezon City do not allow their customers to have leftovers. And if it happens that their customers have leftovers, they are pressured to pay twice the amount that they’ll be paying. For only Php 399 you can eat what you want from their buffet table, including bottomless drinks.

The Buffet Asia offers Filipino, Japanese, Korean; Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai Cuisines and I think you guys will like it.

As I’ve said, Buffet Asia offers Filipino Cuisines. They have Sinigang, Bicol Express, Menudo, Kare Kare and Adobo Rice. When I was there, I was not able to taste their Bicol Express, Menudo and Adobo Rice, but I was able to taste their Kare-Kare instead. I like their Kare-Kare and I think it really tastes good.

Next is the Japanese Cuisine. They have different kinds of Sushi. I really like California Maki to the bones, that’s why I consider it as one of my favourite dishes among all the dishes on their buffet table. I was the only one who enjoyed eating Makis among our group, and my friends have the Dynamite instead.

They also have Korean Cuisine. We all know that Koreans are fond of eating Kimchi, so Buffet Asia wants its customers to experience what Kimchi tastes like (they also have Kimchi Rice). Moreover, Buffet Asia also has Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai Cuisines. They have Creamy Veggies for the Chinese Cuisine and Yellow Curry for the Vietnamese Cuisine. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to taste all of the food on their buffet table.

Lastly, Buffet Asia also offers desserts that obviously all of us will like. They have different varieties of desserts on their buffet table. They have salads, chocolates and some sugar-coated stuff there. I like most of their desserts. It tastes great!

Aside from being a buffet restaurant, Buffet Asia is also a RestoBar. Buffet Asia is the only buffet restaurant to have an Acoustic Live Band Entertainment that happens every Friday and Saturday from 6:00 pm onwards. Given the fact that Buffet Asia is also a RestoBar, it also serves alcoholic beverages to its customers.

I think that’s all for this week guys. Hope you guys could find time to drop by and taste the different cuisines in Buffet Asia RestoBar at a very reasonable price! You can eat all you want for only Php 399! Or maybe have some alcoholic beverages and listen to their acoustic live band guests every Friday and Saturday. It’s definitely a perfect place to chill with your friends! Until next Saturday! Have a good day!


Buffet Asia RestoBar

Address Unit 102, #77 Westria Residences, West Ave., Brgy. Paltok, Quezon City
Contact Number 09228983253 or 09088208108
Website http://buffetasia.ph/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/buffetasiaresto
Store Hours Mon – Sun: 6:30 am – 11:00 pm

Written by Admin Steph

DO SOMETHIN’ FISHY!


I am not a picky eater. In fact, my taste buds are really easy to please. I don’t know much about technicalities when it comes to food but nonetheless – allow me to share some of my thoughts whenever I dine somewhere new.

I’ve been to a number of places before which serves buffet, but I really haven’t tried such during midnight until I was invited by my friends to join them over for a midnight buffet in Somethin’ Fishy at Eastwood. The buffet is the restaurant’s promo from midnight to morning which serves Filipino dishes, breakfast meals and local desserts. I’ve tried eating on this restaurant before, but I haven’t really tried their buffet promo so when I was invited for this, I didn’t hesitate to join.

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Credits to: http://jhoweiyne.blogspot.com/ – Somethin’ Fishy is in Eastwood City Cyberpark, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Bagumbayan, Libis, Quezon City

I arrived at my friend’s place at around 1AM. We took a jeepney from where Pure Gold used to be in Cubao (which is now an SM). The jeepney sign board said Rosario Pasig. You can also just ask around where the jeepney going to Libis is if you’re looking for directions. From Cubao, it is about 15 minutes to get to Eastwood City in Libis on a Monday mornight.

When we got to Somethin’ Fishy Eastwood, I immediately liked how it didn’t look like your normal boxy restaurant. It was very well lit; the decoration was very minimal with just pictures of fishes, and it also had French doors, and a staircase leading to the bathrooms in a mezzanine. The buffet area wasn’t the usual buffet table. At Somethin’ Fishy, it was sort of a long kitchen counter with kitchen staff behind the counter. I really loved how there was somebody cooking waffles and French toast and carving ham behind the counter. Somethin’ Fishy looked like a very elegant restaurant with a very high ceiling and big windows and a bar.

For me, Somethin’ Fishy’s Midnight to Morning Buffet is one of the cheapest buffets, because at the price of Php 159, you can have unlimited Waffles, Mini Pancakes, French Toasts, Sliced Bananas, Sliced Apples, Pandesal (yeast raised bread), Sliced Bread, Baked Ham, Fried Spring Rolls (fried lumpia), Fried Rice, Hotdogs, Spams, Plain Scrambled Eggs, Spanish Omelette, Tapa (marinated beef strips), Tocino (sweetened cured pork), Spanish Sardines, Sardines in Tomato Sauce, Fish Fingers, Sweet and Sour Pork, Siomai (dimsum), Stir Fried Noodles, Pancit, Palabok, Fried Milkfish (bangus), Adobong Manok (marinated chicken), Adobong Baboy (marinated pork), Tokwa’t Baboy (tofu and pork), Lugaw (congee), Champorado (chocolate/cacao rice porridge), Mami (noodle soup), Puto Bumbong (steamed glutinous rice), Bibingka (rice cake), Maja (coconut cake), Jello, Palitaw (sweet rice cake), Biko (rice cake) and Sliced Banana Fritters. I bet you didn’t expect that much! I wasn’t able to taste everything, but it was okay since there was just so much on the menu that it wasn’t humanly possible to try everything.

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Plate Number 1 contains (I’m trying my best to guess their names, LOL!) Pansit Guisado, Longganisa (sweet, spicy, vigan), Bistek Tagalog, Tocino, Pork Adobo, Sweet Ham, Fish Fillet and Lumpiang Shanghai (spring rolls).

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Plate Number 2 contains the breakfast essentials – Waffles, Pancakes and well, that dessert (that’s left from the kakanin table) called Biko or sweetened rice cake. They still have Palitaw (rice dumplings) but I did not bother to get any.

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Plate Number 3 contains Omelet, Garlic Fried Rice, Sweet Ham and Stir Fried Tofu with Oyster Sauce.

Based on the empty spaces at the buffet table, I think we didn’t miss much. Too bad I didn’t get to try their pasta — I’m a big fan of pasta with lots and lots of meatballs. There’s also Pansit Palabok, but I’m not an advocate so I skipped it.

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It was a decent breakfast, the choices were great and varied but none that really made a huge impression. I recommend Somethin’ Fishy’s breakfast buffet to those diners who are budget conscious and to those who aren’t really particular with the ‘ambiance’. But if you are, go find another restaurant.  This is not a place for romantic dates, but I think would be awesome for family celebrations or group hang outs. In fact, I was overhearing happy family chatter and huge group of friends just exchanging stories over a hearty meal. They’re the ones who are making the place fun.

I’m not gonna try their lunch or dinner buffets because when I checked the menu, they are mostly sea foods. I’m not a fan of sea foods, sorry. Haha!  But if you are, check ’em out and tell me what you think.

By the way, the service is OK. I did not encounter any rudeness, they were polite and accommodating. They refill your iced tea promptly and the restroom was fine too.

Thanks for reading! Love Love Love!


Somethin’ Fishy

Address Unit B2 & B3 Eastwood Citywalk, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Contact Number 421-64-12 or 421-64-13 or 421-21-21
Website http://www.somethinfishy.net/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/SomethinFishy
Store Hours Midnight to Morning Buffet: 12:00 am – 10:00 am

Lunch Buffet: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Dinner Buffet: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


 Written by Admin Lavern

CHEAT DAY SATURDAY AT CABALEN!


Two weeks before September 11, 2013, I was thinking of a buffet restaurant where I can treat my friends for my eighteenth birthday. I ask suggestions from different people including my family, my classmates and my friends. One day, while I was strolling at the mall, I found Cabalen. I discovered that they offer full course meals composed of different Filipino dishes to choose from. I look up in the internet for feedbacks about this restaurant and found good comments about them so I decided to bring my friends there on my birthday.

Cabalen offers a wide range of Filipino-Asian dishes and is well known for their Capampangan style of cooking (Capampangan’s are famous for their sumptuous foods and delicacies because of their good taste and innate cooking talent) and an eat-all-you-can buffet for a very reasonable price. Cabalen buffet is available for only Php 298!

When we visited Cabalen Trinoma branch, we weren’t expecting that there would be a lot of people dining in there. There are group of students having a break from school, group of elder people catching up stories, families having their lunch, couples eating together, and groups of friends like us, celebrating special days.

From appetizers to desserts, every person can get to choose from over 50 dishes. Because my friends and I are certified food enthusiasts, we tried all of these dishes. We ate Tempuras for appetizers served with their sweet and spicy Tempura sauce.

For the main dish we enjoyed their famous Kare-Kare complemented by our favorite Bagoong Alamang (Fish Paste). When we talk about Filipino foods, who would forget our national food Lechon? Lechon is a well loved main dish during parties and other special occasions all over the Philippines. Their lechon is roasted with unique seasonings combined with their sweet and a bit spicy sarsa (sauce). Every chunk was juicy and yummy that it can compete with the best lechons in Cebu.

Other main dishes include sisig which we can choose from either pork or chicken. They also have Dinuguan, Adobong Kangkong, Bulalo, Pork Sinigang and a lot of native delicacies.

For the most awaited part of all, we end up this food trip trying all of their desserts. What we loved most in their dessert section is the mallows and stick-o dip in their chocolate fountain which satisfied our sweet tooth. On the other hand, it also includes healthy selection of fruits like banana, watermelon and pineapple. They also have special halo-halo where customers are the one who would choose their own toppings.

This kind of buffet is fit for people who have their own food preference, because in Cabalen they are the one who would choose their own food group as many as they can and as bizarre as they prefer.

After this experience, it is a no-wonder why Cabalen is one of the most-visited buffet restaurants in the Philippines for years. It has been a great experience for us to dine in there because it made us feel the authentic traditional home-cooked food. Cabalen is somewhere that one will surely come back to!

I guess that’s all for this week, folks! See you next Saturday (January 17, 2015) for another buffet story. Have a great day!


Cabalen

   

 

 

 

All Filipino Buffet

Branches

Adult

Kid

Harbor Point Subic

Php 298/head

All day Buffet

Php 149/head

All day Buffet

West Avenue

Robinsons Starmills

SM City Clark

Trinoma Mall

Alabang Town Center

SM City Cebu

Glorieta 2

SM City North Edsa

Php 298/head

All day Buffet

Php 166.85/head

All day Buffet

  

Filipino – Asian  Buffet

SM Mall of Asia

SM Megamall

Robinsons Place Manila

Php 350/head

All day Buffet

Php 270/head

All day Buffet

4 feet and Below


 Written by Admin Jam

OOH LA LOVE DESSERTS!


It all started in the year 2013 when me and my best friends became buffet enthusiasts. We go to different buffet restaurants around Manila and Quezon City almost every week after our Saturday class. One day, while planning where our group will be going after our Saturday class, I randomly searched for an unlimited dessert restaurant since we’ve been always eating in buffet restaurants that offer full course meals. Surprisingly, I’ve found this restaurant located at Banawe Q.C. that offers unlimited desserts for only Php 199!

Love Desserts offers a wide variety of desserts from cakes to pastries to crepes to ice creams to Halo-Halo. Almost everything is there, ready to satisfy your cravings and ready to put some glucose in your veins!

At first, we thought that Love Desserts is an unpopular place until we noticed that the tables were never empty. As a matter of fact, some people have to wait outside for their turn, including us. We’ve already been there 10 times and I’ll tell you we’re only able to eat without having to wait outside only thrice.

Love Desserts allow their customers to stay only for a maximum of 2 hours. Make sense, since the place could only fit about 20-30 persons and you’ll never really need more than 2 hours until the sugar gets in your head and kick you out.

There are two main stations inside Love Desserts; the first station was filled with different pastries and desserts as well as the “umay” relievers while the second station had the crepe, ice cream, Halo-Halo and the drinks station (includes Milk Tea with some black pearls which you can place on your drink and Iced tea).

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1st Stop: Cookies, Brownies, Egg Pie, Tuna and Chicken Empanada (which you may request to be reheated by the waiters), Champorado (Chocolate Rice Porridge), and other pastries.

They also offer Lugaw (Rice Porridge) as a substitute to their Champorado, but it’s very seldom.

We liked most of the pastries from the cookies to brownies to tuna and chicken empanada to the champorado. All of the pastries were tasteful except for the egg pie. It’s bland and doesn’t taste like an egg pie at all. It seems that they’ve used only 2 eggs in making the whole pie to lower their cost, but it’s okay since they still offer a lot more dessert.

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2nd Stop: Cakes of different flavors!

Love Desserts offers around 4-6 different flavors of cake per day. They usually display 2 different flavors of cakes and then another two different flavors of cakes if the first two set of cakes are already done.

We also liked their cakes just like the other pastries, but the only drawback to these cakes is its texture. Again, it seems that they’ve used few eggs to make the whole cake. The cakes easily turn into grains when you try to slice a small part of it. But what do we expect? We only pay just Php 199 for an unlimited dessert experience. Well, that’s just a drawback that we saw, but the cakes were still presentable and tasteful anyway.

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3rd Stop: Shot Glass Desserts!

These shot glass desserts were tasteful as well and also comes with different flavors.

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4th Stop: The “umay” relievers’ station! Nachos, Singkamas (Turnips) with Bagoong (Fish Paste), Dynamite, Macaroni and Fruit Salad, and Coffee Machine (which you may request to be prepared by the waiters).

They also offer Mangoes instead of Turnips, but if you are lucky, you could see both Mangoes and Turnips on their menu. And by the way, that seldom happens.

The macaroni and fruit salad tastes great, as well as the dynamite and the nachos. Even though they used fried lumpia wrappers instead of corn made nacho chips, the nachos still tastes great and we thought that it is a creative way of cutting cost.

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5th Stop: The Crepe station!

They have mangoes, bananas, peaches, blueberries, and strawberries. They also have syrup such as chocolate, strawberry, toffee and a chocolate spread to go along with it. The crepe as like with any other is best serve while hot.

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6th Stop: The Ice Cream Station!

Just beside the crepe station is their ice cream station where they serve Big Scoop Ice Cream with different toppings of your choice such as choco wafer sticks, gummies, sprinkles, chocolate chips, big and small marshmallows and some colorful rainbow nips.

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Last Stop: The Halo-Halo and the Iced Tea and Milk Tea Station!

You know that you’re buying a great deal when the least you or you don’t expect to be there is actually there! Usually in many buffet restaurants, drinks are not inclusive of what you regularly pay. You will surely love Love Desserts for their unlimited iced tea and milk tea.

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To top it all, we’re all satisfied with our experience in Love Desserts. It was something unique and new to try though there were hits and misses too. But for the given rate of Php 199, we couldn’t ask for more. It was definitely worth it!

Treat yourself some heaven in Love Desserts. For just Php 199 you will experience joy and happiness with sweets in front of you!

By the way, according to one of their posts in Facebook they will open a second branch in Fairview Q.C. this month.

That’s all for this week, folks! Don’t forget to tune in next Saturday (January 10, 2015) as we evaluate another buffet restaurant. Have a great day ahead!


Love Desserts

Address 915 Banawe St. cor. G. Roxas St. Quezon City
Contact Number 239-07-45 or 09232833339
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Desserts/332112096805039
Store Hours Mon – Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

*All pictures are enhanced via VSCO CAM.

Written by Admin Xavier