La Fiesta: Largest Filipino Buffet (San Miguel By the Bay)

Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

I've tried so many eat you can or buffet places (47 at present according to my label count =p).  And, I can't stop being enticed to try more of the new concepts really.  I've heard so many raves about La Fiesta which claims to be the largest Filipino buffetI finally tried it during my uncle's Birthday Lunch Celebration one Sunday.

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It looks very luxurious with elegant interiors and lighting.  It is very spacious too.  It even has a stage area at the center (not visible for all diners though) where band play native Filipino songs or birthday songs.


Salad Station
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You can make your own or chose from ther prepared salads.

Japanese Station
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Sashimi, Nigiri Sushi, Maki, Green Salad Seaweeds and Ebi Tempura
I was expecting La Fiesta to be purely Filipino but I'm sure everybody is happy that they have a Japanese Station too as I noticed that the Sashimi and Ebi Tempura are quickly emptied.  I'm impressed that they have a lot in variety too.  For the Sashimi, selections includes Tako Sashimi, Kani Sashimi, Tamago, Salmon Sashimi and Tuna SashimiWhile the Maki selection includes Futo Maki, Roasted Salmon Maki, California Maki, Red Ham Maki, Kani Delight Maki, Tempura Maki, Tokyo Sunrise Maki, Tuna Maki and Tamago Maki.  For Nigiri Sushi, they have Tamago Sushi, Kani Sushi, Salmon Sushi, Takuan Sushi (pickled raddish), Ika Sushi and Tuna Sushi.

Chinese Dimsum Station
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Siomai, Siopao and Chicken Feet
I passed on this to try more Filipino options but according to my relatives, the quality is okay and I trust their judgment.  There's also my favorite mantao or Chinese fried buns by the American Station.

American Station
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Chicken Nuggets and Fish and Chips (Mantou on the right)
 They also have Chicken Nuggets and Fish and Chips which is American.

Filipino Main Dishes

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The bulk of the buffet is of course, the Filipino Main Dishes which really overwhelmed me.  There were so many to choose from.  Among the available ones during my visit were Lechon Paksiw, Bicol Express, Chicken Curry, Tahong, Pangat sa Gata na Tilapia, Grilled Liempo, Chopsuey, Adobo, Lechon Kawali, Pangga, Crispy Shrimp, Spare Ribs, Menudo, Pork Chop, Chicken Steak, Pork Loin, Crispy Tilapia, Bopis, Togue with Tofu, Pinakbet, Kangkong with Bagoong, Kalderetang Kambing, Sotanghon with Patola, Papaitan, Lon Hun Chay, Buttered Vegetables, Kuhol sa Gata, Seafood Paella, Pesang Hito and Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet

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Tuna Belly
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Angus Beef Belly

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Baby Back Ribs

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Boneless Lechon

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Some of What I Tried
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la fiesta san miguel by the bay

la fiesta san miguel by the bay
Beef Bulalo and Sinigang na Hipon
Both the Beef Bulalo and Sinigang na Hipon were delicious!  I like that they didn't scrimp on the bone marrow (it has the fatty ligaments I like) for the Beef Bulalo and they used big prawns for the Sinigang na Hipon.

Grilled Seafood
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That on the lower left is our Grilled Salmon Head ordered to be grilled and delivered to our table.

Goto, La Paz Batchoy and Mami Station
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Pizza Station
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Longa Mushroom Pizza and Garden Pizza
Sisig Station
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They have sisig varieties of Bangus Sisig, Tokwa Sisig, Chicken Sisig and Pork Sisig.  I was able to try all of them.  Unfortunately, I found them all tad too salty.  The reason why we ordered so much of this is because we found the small sizzling plate and the sisig being served with quail egg (instead of large chicken egg) to be so cute. LOL =p 

Pinoy Street Food
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Our favorite part of the buffet is the Pinoy Street Food.  I feel my cholesterol rose up with all the Balot I ate!  They also had Squid Balls, Chicken Balls, Fish Balls, Kikiam, Hot Dog, Grilled Large Intestine, Balun Balunan, Fiesta BBQ Chicken Wings, Tenga ng Baboy, 1-Day Old Chicken, Salted Peanuts, Kwek Kwek, Quail Egg, Pork BBQ, Tokwa and Isaw.

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They also have a really good Shawarma.  Good thing the serving is smaller than the conventional so you can spare some tummy space for it.


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The dessert is also another extensive station.  They have two kinds of ice cream.  I tried both.  The Magnolia Sorbetes (with optional toppings of mini mallows, Nips, chocolate sprinkles, sour apple o's and more - same as in Yakimix) is better than the Sorbetero in Cone from the Sorbetero cart although the latter gives a pinoy street ice cream nostalgia.  There are also ice drops like Nestle's Twin PopsThey have all sorts of pastillas: Ube Pastillas, Keso Pastillas and Pandan Pastillas.  They also have Yema.  There were also sugar-coated dried fruits like Dried Pineapple, Dried Guyabano and Dried Mangoes.  There were so many delicious and tasty kakanin too like Bibingka, Puto Bumbong, Pichi-Pichi, Sapin-Sapin, Biko, Pandan Biko, Ube Halaya, Maruya and Palitaw.  The Ginataan is also hearty!  There is also a Make-Your-Own Halo Halo Station and a Candy Station with mini mallows, Nips, chocolate shrinkles, sour apple o's and more.  If that's not enough, they also have a Crepe Station.  And, a chiller filled with cakes and jello (i.e. Blue Lemonade Jelly, Coffee Jelly and Blueberry Cheesecake) similar to the ones offered at YakimixFor health-concious, there's Fresh Fruits: banana, grapefruit, watermelon, papaya, melon and more.

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Skip the concentrated-based Tamarind Juice, Dalandan Juice, Mango Juice and Iced Tea and go for the Fresh Fruit Shakes: Kamias Shake, Banana Shake and Watermelon ShakeThen, have an after-meal Coffee or Tea.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
True to their claim, La Fiesta is certainly the largest Filipino buffet.  I'm very impressed with the variety and quality.  Service needs improvement but I understand the place is packed.  And, I also liked their birthday gimik with the Instagram frame. =)  This is highly recommended for those who want to explore Filipino cuisine for the first time and even those for the nth time.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating La Fiesta Menu
Ambiance Mon-Fri Lunch: 599 php
Mon-Thurs Dinner: 799 php
Saturday Lunch: 699 php
Fri-Sat Dinner, Sun & Holidays Lunch/Dinner: 839 php
Children Below 3.5 ft: FREE
Children Above 3.5 ft: 380
 Left Over Price: 950 php
=Favorites or Recommended 
La Fiesta
Business Address One Esplanade, Jose Diokno Boulevard, San Miguel By the Bay, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Business Hours Lunch: 11am-3pm
Dinner: 5:30pm-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 600-1,000
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 556-1111 | (02) 556-1222
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