Wednesday, December 28, 2011

International Cuisine Overload at Buffet 101

During our Christmas dinner with relatives, we've heard a lot of good comments about Buffet 101 so we finally decided to try it out.  The place was already packed when we arrived at the time for our reservation with many seated at the waiting area.


Glancing from the outside, one can already see through its crystal clear glass walls the beautiful and elegant ambiance that Buffet 101 has to offer.  It's modernistic and luxurious interiors with chandeliers, crystal curtains and soft leatherette seating makes your feel like you are in a five star hotel.   
Live Suahe Station
A distinguishing feature at Buffet 101 is their Live Suahe Station, where you could watch as the chef gathers live Suahe (greasyback shrimp) and dips in boiling water.  Although I've always been hesitant with dishes with shells on, I am very glad that I did not miss this!  The freshly cooked Suahe was so soft, juicy and naturally sweet. 
Chinese Fried Buns on the Lower Right
Chinese Cold Cuts
Buffet 101 offers a lot of Chinese selections.  In the just along the same lane as the Live Suahe Station, you can find the Dimsum Section, Chinese Cold Cuts, Hot Pot (Shabu-Shabu) Section, Pecking Duck Section and Roasted Duck Section.  I'm glad they had my favorite Chinese Fried Buns too!
Pecking Duck
Their Pecking Duck is so succulent, you certainly can't miss it!  I don't want to stuff myself over the same kind of food but I couldn't resist having second and thirds of this.
Salmon Maki
Temaki
Pork Chazu and Katsu Hanna
Beef Teriyaki and Chicken Teppanyaki
They also have a wide range of Japanese selections especially for appetizers such as sushi, makis and temakis. They also had Japanese dishes like Beef Teriyaki, Chicken Teppanyaki, Pork Chazu, Katsu Hanna and Tempura Shrimp

Buffet 101 also has a live grilling station where you can order Lamb ChopsRib Eye Steak, Sirloin Steak, barbecue or liempo to be grilled for you.  You have to wait or come back at about 5-10 minutes before you can have it since it was not delivered to your table.  They also had grilled turkey and roast beef which they said was delicious.  I suggest you try the Rib Eye Steak instead of the Sirloin Steak because the Sirloin Steak is tougher to chew. 
Seafood Grilling By Order
Aside from the meat, you can also have your choice of seafood to be grilled.  Just give your table number and have them delivered at your table.  If you don't want grilled, they have a selection of baked cheesy oysters and mussels.  
There have a pastry section with a limited choice of dips and cheese.  I didn't mind.  I actually skipped this section because there were better options.

Grilled Tuna Mix
Smoked Salmon

They had more appetizers and side dishes to offer.  They had Chinese cold cuts again with the Century Egg and Seaweeds.  There was smoked salmon and salad mixes like Grilled tuna mix. Aside from ready-to-eat salads, there was a salad bar too.  
Seafood Chowder with Pastry
Buffet 101 offered around three or four soup variants.  We all loved the Seafood chowder with pastry among the rest.
French Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken
Pata
Italian Pizza
Buffet 101 offers a wide range of international dishes which includes French, American, Filipino and Italian.

Desserts

Buffet 101 has a make your own halo-halo section, candy section, chocolate fondue, ice cream station and crepe station.  They also offer fresh fruits.  





Buffet 101 has a lot of sweet treats to offer.  There were two glass display coolers full of samplers and around five whole cakes more.

Drinks
Pineapple ShakeWatermelon Shake and Mango Shake
The buffet price is inclusive of the unlimited drinks.  They offered fresh fruits shakes, fruit juices, iced tea, draft beer and coffee.

What we had
So here's what we had.  How about you?

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Overall, we were very satisfied with the meal.  We came home stuffed to our hearts content.  For the price, it is very affordable since it includes expensive dishes such as Pecking Duck, Steak and more!  


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating
Ambiance
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Buffet 101 Price
Mon-Fri lunch P699
Sat Lunch P799
Mon-Fri Dinner P950
Sat Dinner,Sun/Holidays Lunch and Dinner P1050
For children; 3.5 and below FREE; 3.6ft to 4.5ft P499


Buffet 101
Business Address
Bldg K, Seaside Blvd, San Miguel by the Bay, 
SM Mall of Asia Complex, 
Pasay City
Business Hours Mon - Fri
Lunch: 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Dinner: 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Sat-Sun
Lunch:11:00 am-2:30 pm
Dinner: 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 499 - 869
Contact (02) 556-2888, 556-3888
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Buffet 101 Map 

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