Dusit Thani's revamped buffet will make you feel right at home
Say goodbye to Basix and hello to The Pantry!
Lobby Level, Dusit Thani Manila, EDSA corner Pasay Road, Makati City
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) Many of us may balk at the idea of change, but in the case of Dusit Thani Manila's new all-day buffet, this is a facelift our appetites will gladly welcome. What was once known as Basix is now The Pantry, a buffet that is much larger in terms of both space and food selection.
You don't have to walk very far to get to the good stuff: A bright blue sign quickly leads to a wide, open space with decor that is a stark contrast to the elegant yet stiff vibe that hotel buffets often have. Its new name mirrors its relaxed atmosphere, with warm lighting, vibrant and cheerful colors, and comfy couches that beckon diners to sit back and enjoy a meal with friends. Each of the nine food stations are punctuated with colorful typography, adding a youthful vibe to an already mouthwatering display of dishes.
Sit back and relax!
Chef Nicholas Issel is a new addition to the Dusit Thani team, previously working as executive sous chef of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Singapore and chef de cuisine of Shangri-La Hotel in North America and Australia.
We love the typography!
His hands-on style is evident in the way he runs the kitchen. On some days, you might just catch him behind one of the open kitchens or personally greeting diners as they walk in. He also carefully curated a wide selection of cuisines, from Italian to Chinese and Indian.
The salad bar
A wide deli and cheese selection
Chef Nicholas applies that same hands-on approach when it comes to The Pantry's organic farm-to-fork concept by personally traveling to different parts of the Philippines and speaking with farmers who will source their ingredients. Whether it's seafood from Roxas City or prime beef flown in from Mindoro, The Pantry promises only freshness for its discerning diners.
They'd gladly cook your pasta any way you like.
The ramen selection is right beside the sushi.
The spit-roasted pigs are sourced directly from farms.
It's hard to pick favorites when everything sounds delicious, but the staff tells us that the crowd-favorites are the Indian fare (don't forget the naan bread!) and the smoked ribs. The latter is part of a live lechon pit and carving station at the center of the hall, and you can taste the meticulous work that has gone into each delightfully juicy and tender forkful. Carnivores will also love the lechon Cubano sandwich and the piri-piri rotisserie chicken.
Pastries and chocolates as far as the eye can see
You'll want to save room for dessert, especially when you see their decadent selection of pastries and cakes. The dessert station also has homemade gelato with eight ice cream flavors to sate your sweet cravings.
For the folks who are on the go, they also have a Grab & Go takeaway counter that will soon have a drive-in option. Then again, why hurry? Sit back, order a drink from their beverage station, and eat...a lot. You'll thank us later.
Daily breakfast is priced at P1,450 per person. Lunch is at P1,850 (Monday to Friday) and P2,300 (Saturday and Sunday). Dinner is at P2,100 (Monday to Thursday), P2,350 (Friday and Satuday), and P1,900 (Sunday).