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Triple V reinvents the buffet
(SPOT.ph) Since the late 1970s, Vic Vic Villavicencio has been known in the local restaurant industry for introducing concepts and ideas that usually end up becoming standard practice. His first restaurant, Kamayan, made eating with one’s hand fashionable again. Saisaki was where many Filipinos first learned to love sushi and tempura. He may not have been the one to introduce the concept of the buffet to Manila, but Dad’s certainly made many of us appreciate the beauty of being able to eat all you can—with no leftovers, of course.
These days, Cara and Mara Villavicencio have been proving themselves as innovative as their father, developing the now-popular Korean-Japanese grill, Sambo Kojin. Recently, they’ve taken to tweaking the old-school buffet concept, introducing a new service at Triple V restaurants that would save diners from having to line up for a sushi or tempura fix. Servers dressed in specific costumes—a kimono for the one carrying the temaki rolls, for example, or a huge prawn hat for the tempura guy—will be walking around the restaurant, ready to come to your table to bring the food to you.
It’s a different take on the usual buffet, and it wouldn't be too far-fetched to think that it just might be a hit among those who like unlimited everything.
Photos by Anson Yu