CHECK IT OUT: Brunch Buffet at Impressions, Resorts World Manila
Buffet and breakfast, taken up a notch.
3/F Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City
Brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) It might be a cop out to describe this buffet as impressive, but that's what it is. L-shaped counters make up a small yet well-curated selection; yellow spotlights shining over glossy baby back ribs, golden whole chickens, glistening rib roasts, button-sized scallops, and blushing sashimi.
The caviar is obviously very popular.
If you're familiar with Chef Cyrille Soenen and his work, however, you should know to exploit the free-flowing foie gras. His oversized, pin cushion of a foie-gras-stuffed ravioli in Brasserie Cicou has converted customers to loyal patrons, and he offers a similar albeit thumb-sized version for his buffet. This, along with flavorful slivers served only seared and lacquered might make you forget the rest of the buffet.
Modest but delicious Japanese buffet
The highlight of the Impressions experience is first, flavor, then service. You can tell that Chef Cyrille, being French, emphasizes the latter with great finesse. You can fill up your plate with the tempura, sushi, or desserts, but several of the dishes are re-fried or baked on the spot. They call it "a la minute." Order a slice (or five) of the prime rib with your preferred doneness, and they'll bring it straight to your table painted with sauce and completed by a side dish.
One of the ways they cook scallops
Lobsters on the fly
The foie gras comes with a much-required salad; the scallops are on a stage of shells; the lobster daubed with cheese and garlic. Then you can enjoy the skewers of salmon and chicken, taste the salty prosciutto with roquefort, or sip the creamy mushroom soup as you wait.
Gold leaves on the cake
The scaled-down selection allows the culinary team to focus. The desserts aren't the usual tartlets or fresh fruit that could easily be replicated in a mass scale. The good chefs have carefully stacked mouthwatering mille feuilles into delicate sculptures; cakes are embellished with geometric chocolate and gold leaves. A good finish is a shot of rich chocolate sauce that blissfully caps the luxurious flavors put together by Impressions.
The brunch buffet is only available once a week-Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.-but it only takes one visit for it to leave a lasting impression.
Impressions’ Sunday brunch buffet is P2,100.