Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fresh Buffet: Seafood and More at Solaire Resort and Casino

As much as the family wants to enjoy buffets as often as we can, we'd like to pace ourselvesSince my cousin recommended Fresh Buffet at Solaire Resorts and Casino upon its opening, it's long been on our hotel buffet list.

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Finally, we got to try it... not once but twice!  I'll just share both experience here if you don't mind.  Our first visit was on a Thursday night and the second was on a Monday night so it's the same weekday rate.  But, the former is way better than the latter.

Food 

Cheese Station
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Goat Cheese, Goat Cheese, Bleu Cheese, Jams, Honey and Preserves
This was constant on both visits.

Cold Cuts Station
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Cold Cuts with Pate
So are these...

Mediterranean Station
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I love their Mediterranean section.  They not only offer more than just the basic hummus, I noticed that some of the selections vary as well.

Fresh and Smoked Seafood Station and Japanese Sashimi, Sushi and Maki Station
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Fresh Seafood During Our First Visit
During our first visit, we were so delighted with their Seafood Station.  It has large King Crab.  Look at the size of those claws!  There's also huge Alaskan Crab LegsI had to come back for a second serving of those!  The Oysters were large and fresh so we ate them raw.  The Smoked Salmon, Smoked Mackarel and Smoked Tanigue were all great too.  The Shrimp Salad and Squid Salad were also satisfactory.  From the Japanese Sashimi, Sushi and Maki Station on the side, the Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Sashimi and Red Snapper were all so fresh as you can observe from their vibrant colors.

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Fresh and Smoked Seafood and Sashimi During Our Second Visit
We obviously had an excellent first dining experience so we came back with a party of over 20 and we ended up disappointed with the Fresh and Smoked Seafood and Sashimi offerings.  The Salmon Sashimi looked pale and frozen. The Fresh Oysters were not only small, they were slimy and tasted yucky.  We requested them to be baked in butter (they don't have cheese!) but the experience was just the same.  Only small Crabs and Mussels were offered along with the Squid Salad and Mussel Salad.  The Smoked Selections were the same.  

Prepared Salads
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Plate from Our First Visit and Offerings on Our Second Visit

During our first visit, we there was Lobster Salad!  It was prepared the same way as the Shrimp SaladIn addition, they offered the Tuna Nicoise Salad, really good Coleslaw and Potato and Ham Salad.  On our second visit, they had the Tuna Nicoise Salad, Beef Salad, Tomato Mozzarella Salad and Coleslaw.  Sadly, the delicious Lobster Salad and  Shrimp Salad was not offered.

Bread Station
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Bread Station
Lots of choices for pastry lovers!

Soup
During our first visit, they had a delicious Barley Soup.  The next visit, they had Curry Soup which was exactly the same as their Filipino Curry Chicken from the Filipino Station without the toppings.  I didn't like it.

Namul Station
They also offered variations of Namul such as Fresh Lettuce, Kimchi and Japchae plus Korean Sauces.

Main Dishes
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Main Dishes During Our First Visit
We loved the Truffle Macaroni and Cheese, Red Snapper, Arabic Style Lamb Shoulder with Cous Cous, Duck with Orange, Vegetable Gratin and wait for it... Sweet Chili Lobsters!

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Main Dishes During Our Second Visit
I didn't try much from our second visit except for the Roasted pork with Sauerkraut.  Other were pretty much like ordinary party catering dishes like the Tagliatelle Bolognaise, Pancetta Rissotto and Mini Beef Sliders.  Good thing they also offered the same Vegetable Gratin which my nephew indulged in.

Dimsum, Noodle Soup, Chinese Cold Cuts and Filipino Sections

They had the same offering on both visits.  The Dimsum Selections were pretty good.  They Pork Siomai was tasty.  The Noodles Station allows the Chinese chef (speaking English with a typical Chinese accent) to serve your Noodle Soup according to your preferred noodle type, vegetables, sauces and broth: beef, chicken or pork.    The Chinese Cold Cuts had two offerings: Hainanese Chicken and Peking Chicken.  From the Filipino Station, constant offerings are the Liempo and Chicken Inasal.  There are also variations of cooked Filipino dishes and soup like Sinigang.  I tried the Filipino Chicken Curry.   It was pretty good.

Fish Station
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Lapu Lapu in Sweet and Sour Sauce (first visit) and Tilapia in Sweet and Sour Sauce (second visit)
The delicious Lapu Lapu in Sweet and Sour Sauce was downgraded to Tilapia in Sweet and Sour Sauce on our second visit.

Grilled Station
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fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino

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fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino
Lamb Quesadilla and Prawns Pil-Pil
The Lamb Quesadilla and Prawns Pil-Pil were our favorites from the Grill Station.

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The items are pretty much the same on both visits even the Vegetarian Pizza.  I didn't mind trying that for the second time though because it was really good!  Also try the Chicken Teriyaki.


Roast Station
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The Roast Station does not disappoint!  On our first visit, there was Suckling Pig.  Our second visit there was Roast Beef which always had a waiting customer.

Fruits
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Fruits During Our First Visit
On our first visit, there were a lot of Fruits Selections.  Only Melons and Bananas were offered during our second visit. =(

Gelato Station
gelato station
Of course, I wouldn't miss the Gelato and had them on both visits.  I love the Mango flavor so I had it twice. 

Cake Station
dessert station
They have a lot of delicious cakes!  In this area, they are one of the top on my list amongst hotel buffetsOn both occasions, the offerings were essentially the same.  They even have Sugar-Free ones.  My favorites are the Signature Chocolate Cake, Pistachio Opera Cake, Tiramisu, Raspberry Cheesecake and Coconut and Mango Mousse.  


Chocolate Fondue and Candies Station
chocolate fondue
Aside from the Chocolate Fondue, they also have a Chocolate and Candies Station which was also impressive!  On our first visit, they have a Chocolate Lollipop Filled with Chocolate Ganache .  It was really good!  On our second visit, they offered Chocolate Bits.  They also have some candies like Polvoron and Ube.

After-Meal Coffee
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The buffet rate is inclusive of free hot drinks: Cappuccino, Latte or Tea.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I really can't conclude much on Fresh Buffet because of the great disparity between my two visits.  Since they offer them at the same rate, I'm expecting high standard of quality which they would maintain consistently especially since there were a lot of people dining and most of them were tourists. 

How about you?  How was your experience?

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Fresh Buffet Rate
Ambiance Breakfast: 
Adult: 1,100 ++
Child (7-12 yrs.old): 500 ++ 
Lunch: 
Mon-Sat: 
Adult:1,900 ++ 
Child (7-12 yrs.old): 950 ++ 
Sun & Holiday
Adult:2,400 ++ 
Child (7-12 yrs.old): 1,200 ++ 

Dinner: 
Sun-Thurs:
Adult:2,100 ++ 
Child (7-12 yrs.old): 1,050 ++
Fri & Sat:
 Adult:2,600 ++ 
Child (7-12 yrs.old): 1,300 ++
*Children 6 yrs. and below: FREE 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Fresh Buffet
Business Address 1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Tambo, 
Paranaque City, Metro Manila
Business Hours Breakfast: 6:30am - 11am
Lunch: 12pm-3:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 1,800-2,500
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 888-8888
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