The family rarely goes to the South so our wish list is barely accomplished.  Butamaru has long been on our list so imagine my excitement when I heard it has opened at Ortigas Home Depot.

butamaru ortigas home depot
I truly admire Butamaru for making its way from the South to North.  It gives us the chance to try their 16-hour tonkotsu broth and their special noodles.  I heard they learned the art of making noodles from Master Artisan Sugimura-san of Menko Noodle Company in Oita, Japan who had 40 years of experience as a noodle supplier for ramen shops.

butamaru ortigas home depot
Since I haven't been to their Alabang branch, I wouldn't dare to compare.  All I know is they have spacious dining area especially on the second floor.  And, they have bar on both floors as they wish to implement an izakaya concept to cater to Ortigas' night life loving people.  They are open until 1 am!

Curry Gyoza (150 php)
The Curry Gyoza is a must as a starter!  With or without dip, this is good!

I think what makes their gyoza really good is that they make them fresh upon order.  I got to try making some but my work isn't as masterful as their staffs.  I have to admit that the experience made me appreciate a gyoza more.

Katsu Gyozayaki (160 php)
This is my first time to try something like a Katsu Gyozayaki.  It's a hybrid between a gyoza and a katsu.  I still prefer the gyoza but I could have this instead of a katsu.

Buta Bara (120 php/2 sticks)
Buta Bara which is pork belly skewers is another well-executed dish.  You can tell by the looks that it is succulent and soft right?

curry tantanmen
Curry Tantanmen (370 php)
You can choose mild or spicy for the Curry Tantanmen.  I chose mild because I wanted to taste the flavor of their curry.  I wasn't impressed with it.  I kind of regret not having tried their 16-hour tonkotsu broth because I chose this.  But, it is true that their noodles are indeed good!

Kaisen (380 php)
On the other hand, the Kaisen or seafood which rich taste of bonito and other ingredients mixed in.  I find this reasonable because of the huge tiger prawn served on top.  It tastes sweet and fresh.

ajitsuke tamago
Ajitsuke Tamago (50 php)
If possible I always order the Ajitsuke Tamago to test the cooking skills of the chefs.  I would have to say that Butamaru's chef passed with flying colors!  This is the best Ajitsuke Tamago I've tried yet.  Ah the gelatinuous egg white and the wet, slightly grainy and mushy yellow egg yolk is to die for.

Chashu (150 php)
And since my order didn't have any Chashu or roast pork, I ordered one as an extra.  You can tell just by the nice greasy look at it has the nice amount of fats that melts as soon as you put it on your mouth.  And, the char and sesame brings a soothing fragrant flavor that complements the rich pork and fat goodness.

I can't have a verdict for this yet until I try their Tonkotsu based broths.

Butamaru Ortigas
Business Address Ortigas Technopoint One (Upper Deck Building), Ortigas Home Depot, 1 Doña Julia Vargas Ave, Ortigas, Pasig City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11am-1am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 350-650
Free WiFi Yes
Contact (02) 635-9246
Menu Appetizers | Kushiyaki | Ramen | Extras | Rice | Drinks | Dessert |
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Being a regular work day, I rushed home to change into a red outfit for a very important event - my uncle's 70th birthday at High Street Cafe.

high street cafe
You see, my mother side is a huge family.  We are so many that we rarely get together as a whole because then we would consume an entire restaurant. 

Fresh Seafood Station
seafood station
For most of us, it is our first time at High Street Cafe.  Because their buffet rate is high, we had high expectations.  Our expectations were already satisfied just by the sight of their Fresh Seafood Station.  It has huge lobsters!

Sushi Bar
And, it has the longest Sushi Bar.

sushi bar
It has a variety of rolls.  But, the rolls seem similar to one another.

sushi bar
Plus, fresh Salmon sashimi along with other sashimi options.  My only disappointment was that it didn't offer Mackarel that night. 

Bread Station
With so many choices, I'm not surprised that we all overlooked the Bread Station.  Although we didn't get to try their pastries, I'm happy to share that they have "gluten-free" options.

Cheese Station
cheese station
Cheese selections are not as grand as the other stations.  But well, it has one.

Deli Meat Station
la prudencia spain ham
It has the finest deli meat selections from La Prudencia of Spain

deli station
There are so many choices... I didn't get to try them though.

shangrila fort

Grill Station
high street cafe buffet
I think one station that distinguishes High Street Cafe from the rest is their Grill Station.

high street cafe buffet
On most eat all you can and hotel buffets I've tried, I usually find the grilled selections either cold, tough or dry.  But here, everything is cooked juicy, tender and still warm.  The marinade and sauces are a delicious and flavorful too.

The highlight is their ♥ Wagyu Steak!  You can have it cooked according to your preference.  I believe that some portions where better than the others.  I unfortunately got a really tough part and so did my celebrant uncle.

Main Course Station
There's a main course station with a mix of international cuisine.  During our visit, there's ♥ Mac and Cheese♥ Angus Belly and ♥ Angus Beef Cheeks and some sort of ♥ Mediterranean Chicken.  We loved all of those!

high street cafe buffet
There are also fusion dishes like the Steamed Bun with Lechon Kawali.

Noodles Station
high street cafe buffet
Although it has a lot of noodle soup variants, the Laksarap comes with a tempting image that lured us all to try it.

You can choose the ingredients you want for the Laksarap.  But, it comes in only 1 size - this huge bowl which I did not finish because it was tad too salty.  I felt like I was drinking salt with a hint of coconut milk.  I checked its ala carte menu, it charged 650 php for this.  If I ordered this for that price, I'd be very disappointed.

Chinese Station
high street cafe buffet fort
High Street Cafe's Chinese Station really stands out from the rest.  Although found at the far end portion of the restaurant, it is huge and circular. 

Chinese selection begins with its Dimsum Carousel.  I forgot the options.  I was just certain it didn't have Shrimp Har Gaw that night.

peking duck
Peking Duck Station
I believe the highlight should have been the Peking Duck Station.  But at around 8:00 PM, they already ran out of Peking Ducks with no refills through out the night. 

chinese dishes
You can skip these cooked dishes...

claypot rice
And, save room for the ♥ Claypot Rice which everyone was raving about throughout the night.

Fruit Stand
fresh fruits
For a healthy ending, you should pass by the Fruit Stand

Dessert Station
bread pudding
I don't think you'd be able to resist their dessert selections though.

It's a bit odd that there are tag prices on its Cake Selections

shangrila cakes
So my 10-year old nephew reasonably thought that they charge extra for those.  I had to go with him to clarify.  And, the staff pointed out that they only charge if you want to take out.

It offered Filipino desserts.  I didn't have the tummy space to try them.

The Gelato Station was noticeably more popular.  It even ran out of Vanilla Gelato.  Just like everything else that ran out for the night, this too was not replenished.  I don't understand why its system is like that.  Isn't refills expected from buffets? 

molten lava cake
 Molten Lava Cake
I wanted to have my Molten Lava Cake in ala mode style.  The usual flavor for ala mode is Vanilla but since it doesn't have that anymore, I opted for the ♥ Ricotta Orange Gelato.  The Ricotta Orange Gelato complemented their rich, dark and bitter sweet fudgy Molten Lava Cake well.

Remember the The Cafe of Hyatt City of Dreams' Chocolate Fondant I've happily shared before?   This is at par with that.

shangrila the fort

shangrila the fort
I didn't get to try many of their cakes because we were all full from the cooked dishes.  If I were to pick two of my favorites, it would be the  Green Tea Mousse and

berry cake
 Berry Cake
this beautiful Berry Cake.

high street cafe cappuccino
Cappuccino (160 php)
The Juices are free.  But, wine and coffee have an additional charge.  This is actually our first time to encounter a hotel buffet that charges additional for coffee.  This cup of Cappuccino is priced at 160 php.  According to the staff, the reason why it is excluded is because they now lowered their buffet rate.  It used to be 2,480++ php for a dinner buffet rate and that night we were priced at 1,980++ php only.  Do you think that's fair?  Well, my uncles' thought it was. 

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Based on majority feedback from the Tsinoy Foodies clan (around 50+ of us), our dinner at High Street Cafe is money well spent.  Service is good!  The servers are happy to abide with any requests.  They even prepared a birthday surprise for my uncle with a cake and a song.  However, I think they should really work on the refills.  It's a bit disappointing to find out that they run out of food half way through their buffet hours.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating High Street Cafe Rate
Ambiance Breakfast (6 am - 10 am) 1,200++ php
Lunch (11:30 am - 2:30 pm) Mon-Fri 1,550++ php
Lunch (12 pm - 3 pm) Mon-Fri 2,200++ php
Dinner  (6pm-10pm):
Mon-Fri: 1,980++ php
Sat-Sun: 2,200++ php
=Favorites or Recommended 
High Street Cafe
Business Address Second Level, Shangri-La at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Business Hours 6am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 1,500-2,500 php
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 820-0888
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