Niu by Vikings: Newly Opened Luxury Buffet in Podium (Mandaluyong City)

Ever since my siblings and I were little, we always had our differences but dining is one thing we all liked in common.  So for our sisterly bonding, I decided to bring my little sister to Niu By Vikings' Podium Branch.

Niu by Vikings Podium
I still recall our first time to try Niu by Vikings at their SM Aura Branch.  It was a fun experience and my siblings enjoyed their wine and beer on top of the food.

Aside from the bright and more modern appeal of this branch, we found the food to look more enticing.  We were told though that the chef is the same and each dish in SM Aura has a counterpart here.

Sushi Station
london roll, barcelona roll
 London Roll, ♥ Barcelona Roll
On the basis of visual appeal, may I suggest making a first stop with the Sushi Station.  Even if you think you're not hungry, I'm sure a sight of these rolls inspired from different parts of the world will whet your appetite and prepare you for the long food and drink buffet you have ahead.  I was already salivating over the vibrant colors of the fish meats, the composed shapes of the rolls formed by the superb stickiness of quality rice grains and the rich blended sauce concocted by the sushi masters.

This boat dish well symbolises Niu By Vikings as it brings to us a wide selections of worldly inspired dishes.

Take the Sushi Station for example.  There are lots of fresh and brimming choices!  From the basic sashimi to the most extravagant rolls and aburri.  All my favorites are there!  Yes, they have a lot of ♥ Salmon Sashimi!!!

Bread Station
niu bread station
Raisin Barb, Fruit and Nuts Bread, Foccacia, Load Bread and Croissant
The Bread Station looks, feels and smells like a luxury hotel bakeshop.  You can enjoy them with their soup and cheese and spreads.  They also have freshly baked pizza selections.

Cheese and Dips Station
niu cheese station
Bleu Cheese, Brie, Cheddar, Emmental, Grana Padano, Ham & Cheese Cream and Vegetable Terrine
Wandering around the Cheese and Dip Stations is a great exploratory experience as the offerings are diverse in terms of flavor, fragrance and texture.

Cold Cuts Station
niu cold cuts station
Blinis Caviar, Shrimp Cocktail, Bacon Leeks with Gorgonzola Tartlets, Parma Ham, Chorizo, Mushroom Lyoner, Pepperoni and Peppered Lyoner
The sample size portions is a good enough reason for a taste test.

Seafood Station
baked oysters with cheese
 Baked Oysters with Cheese
But, we Tsinoys always have our eyes on the "price" wanting to get our moneys worth.  And, we try to make our visit sulit with seafood selections!  So, its more Baked Oysters with Cheese please!

♥ Crayfish
Thus, we are guilty as charged for Crayfish hoarding!  We locally refer to these as ulang.

steamed scallop
 Steamed Scallop (Upon Request)
Based on experience, whatever needs requesting is a rare find.  So we knew that the Steamed Scallop must be ordered before the signage disappears.  Indeed, this sea treasure was so soft and succulent.  

niu dimsum
Diners of all ages, couldn't resist these cute dimsum selections!  Not only are they too cute to devour on, they are also as delicious as the best Chinese restaurants in the Metro.

Tempura and Katsu Station
If there's a part of a buffet that needs no introduction, it would be this!  Niu serves them freshly fried as the fryer is on standby by the station. 
Carving Station
angus beef belly
♥ Angus Beef Belly
No matter how big you belly at this point, be sure to save some space for the Angus Beef Belly.  I bet beef lovers will find this satisfying for their satiable beef-craving!

angus chuck eye
Angus Chuck Eye
Every steak lover knows that each part has its distinguished price.  Thus the Angus Chuck Eye is well-known to be a poor man's Rib Eye.  This part is near the rib eye so almost the same texture and taste but will offer a few peso savings.  

rib eye
 Rib Eye
Because Niu offers the Rib Eye just next to the Chuck Eye, I obviously passed on the latter.  As expected it was served so juicy and tender at medium. 

When you're over with beef, you also can have the Leg of Lamb next.  

Shawarma Station
It is also my first time to encounter a shawarma machine which was so cool!

Pasta Station
foie gras
♥ Foie Gras
I missed out on the Foie Gras when I visited Niu for the first time.  I've since learned to have this specialty served as soon as I arrive as the sign stated that it is only until supplies last.

foie gras
 Foie Gras
The Foie Gras is kind of shy but here it is.  This is so good!!!

truffled cacio e pepe
Truffled Cacio E Pepe
There were six other pasta selection offers as a consolation.  At least, that's how I see it.  As I found the Truffled Cacio E Pepe to be the only disappointment among the dishes I ordered.

Shabu-Shabu Station
shabu shabu station
The hot pot or shabu-shabu is a concept shared between Niu and Vikings.  I think its probably because the Vikings group also owns Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot.  So they ought to offer a bit of it with their other concepts.

Halo-Halo Station
halo halo station

niu desserts
To leave a lasting impression, Niu has a lot of decadent desserts to appease you sweet desires.

niu crepe station
Aside from freshly made crepes with fillings of you choice, you can order them to make our Filipino favorite Bibingka and ♥ Puto Bumbong.

niu cakes
They also have fresh fruits if you prefer a healthy and holistic meal.  What gave our feast a fine finish though is the ♥ Matcha and Chocolate Cake.  

niu drink station
Food is always paired with drinks.

niu cocktail station
And Niu has the widest range of drinks I have ever encountered.  They have beer, coffee, cocktails, juice, tea, sake, shakes, soft drinks and wine.  Do you agree that they didn't miss anything?

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Finally, my sister and I agreed on something.  We both agree that our dinner at Niu is one of the best meals we've ever had!  The service is good too!  Spend your birthday and see what awesome performance they have!

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Niu by Vikings Rates
Ambiance ★★★★ Adult
Weekday Lunch: 938 php
Weekday Dinner, Weekend and Holiday: 1,498 php
Below 3ft.: FREE
3-4ft, 3-7 years old Weekday Lunch: 308 php
3-4ft, 3-7 years old Weekday Dinner, Weekend and Holiday: 408 php
4.1-4.6ft, 8-10 years old Weekday Lunch: 618 php
4.1-4.6ft, 8-10 years old Weekday Dinner, Weekend and Holiday: 718 php
Senior: 50% off
Taste ★★★★
Service ★★★
Price ★★
=Favorites or Recommended 
Niu by Vikings
Business Address Fifth Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 1,000-1,600
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 845-4647
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