(SPOT.ph) Is there anything better than eat-all-you-can places, you ask? Here’s our answer: Eat-all-you-can places that don’t break the bank! Buffets are great for people with big appetites—and even those who never know what they want to eat, since you can pretty much have anything you set your sights on. And if you and your friends are planning to spoil your stomachs silly one of these days, this list will help you get started. Here are some affordable buffet places under P1,000 to satisfy even the deepest of hankerings. Can we get a “hip, hip, buffet?”
You’ve heard of food halls and food parks, but we don’t think you’ve ever heard of one that lets you eat until you can’t. The Alley by Vikings is meant to be just that: A street-inspired joint with a whopping 15 specialty food concepts all in the same hall. You’ve got your pick from American burgers and pizzas and Chinese dim sum, to Italian pasta and salad, and so, so much more.
Rates: Adult Weekday Lunch (P688 + 5% service charge); Adult Weekday Dinner (P888 + 5% service charge); Adult Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner (P888 + 5% service charge)
The Alley by Vikings is at 2/F Phase 2, UP Town Center, Ayala Mall, Katipunan Avenue, Central Diliman, Quezon City.
We’re not kidding when we say the food neighborhood of Kapitolyo has it all, buffet spots included. Bistro United has countless irresistible dishes to keep you coming back for more—almost literally because their buffet theme changes every day, so there’s always something new to discover. Here’s a quick cheat sheet: For just P375, you can take part of one of their Pinoy Food Revival Tuesdays, Spanish Affair Wednesdays, The Great Asian Invasion Thursdays, Cheat Day Fridays, and Freestyle Weekends.
Rates: P375/head (exclusive of 10% service charge)
Bistro United is at D-Strip Building, 20 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot
Another brainchild of the Vikings group, Four Seasons is a new concept buffet that’s shining the spotlight on fresh and healthy ingredients that you can mix together in one steaming do-it-yourself pot of soup. Toss your favorite veggies and proteins into your chosen broth and soup paste, then wait for the magic to happen! And if you’re looking for other dishes to pair with your hotpot, you’ll be delighted to find that Four Seasons also serves many dishes from their original Vikings menu.
Rates: Adult Weekday Lunch (P688); Adult Weekday Dinner (P888); Adult Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner (P888); SM Southmall Rates: Adult Weekday Lunch: (P588); Adult Weekday Dinner (P788); Adult Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner (P888)
See a list of Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot branches.
The Food Club
You don’t need a membership to join this club. The Food Club dedicates itself to being a one-stop shop that brings the best of all your favorite cuisines under one roof, without any frills. The place has got huge stations that are all just waiting to be explored—each dedicated to Western or Asian cuisines, and a bar for refreshing drinks and indulgent desserts. Plus, you can see some kitchen action happening at each station, so you don’t just get fresh dishes but even a live cooking show to go with the experience.
Rates: Monday to Saturday Lunch (P650); Monday to Thursday Dinner (P780); Friday to Sunday Dinner (P880); Sunday/Holiday Lunch and Dinner (P880)
The Food Club is at Unit E Blue Bay Walk, President Diosdado Macapagal Avenue corner EDSA, Pasay City.
Sweet Inspirations is one of the longest-running establishments you’ll find at the bustling foodie strip that is Katipunan Avenue. If you haven’t paid a visit to any of their branches yet, we think this might persuade you: Their Create-All-You-Can Mongolian Rice Bowls! Only at P380, you can get unlimited access to their house-specialty Mongolian bar brimming with hot and fresh ingredients, which makes for a perfect, filling treat without burning a hole in your wallet.
Sweet Inspirations has branches at 3/F Hemady Square Building, E. Rodriquez Sr., Quezon City; and 311 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Tramway started out as a Cantonese tea house in Banawe, but it’s since expanded to become an all-you-can-eat Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino buffet restaurant, serving up sweet deals on their unlimited Asian dishes that can satisfy the biggest of cravings. Take your pick from their perfectly steamed dim sum, mouthwatering sushi, fried rice, and a whole lot more (or, you know, you can always try a little bit of everything off the menu!). Either way, no matter how much you take, for just under P300, this buffet already goes a long way.
Rates: P258/head (Timog, Roxas Boulevard, and Shaw branches); P238 (Banawe branch)
See a list of Tramway branches.
When you’re looking to feast like a king morning, noon, or night, Finio’s got you covered. It’s not every day you run into a buffet restaurant that’s open from 6:30 in the morning, so early birds looking to chow down an all-you-can-eat breakfast treat can always get their fix here—bottomless coffee included! And if you’re coming in later in the day, you’ll be thrilled to discover they’ve also got unlimited crispy pata just waiting to be devoured. There’s even a Mongolian bar during their dinner buffet, so no matter what time of day you visit, there’s always something special to hit all the right notes.
Rates: Breakfast Buffet (P135, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.); Lunch Buffet (P265, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.); Dinner Buffet (P295, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
Finio is at 220 Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City.
Quezon Buffet Restaurant
If your palate is constantly on the lookout for Filipino-Spanish cuisine, look no further than Quezon Buffet Restaurant—they’re dedicated to bringing out the best of both worlds. Serving up well-loved classic dishes from all around Spain and the Philippines like paella, sisig, and even boneless lechon belly, this buffet will have you chowing down like there’s no tomorrow.
Rates: Weekday Lunch and Dinner (P468); Weekend/Holiday Lunch and Dinner (P568)
Quezon Buffet Restaurant is at 2/F, Fisher Mall, Quezon Avenue corner Roosevelt Avenue, Quezon City.
Raise your hand if you can’t get enough of Japanese food! Here at Zensho, you’ll be sure to get your fill because this buffet in the middle of Tomas Morato boasts an all-you-can-eat Japanese feast! They have an assortment of sushi, teriyaki and curry meals, and even teppanyaki—just name it, Zensho probably has it. We’re particularly drooling at the thought of getting some unlimited fried rice and udon. And while you’re there, don’t miss their house specialties: Their salmon and oyster motoyaki (baked seafood served in oyster shells).
Rates: Lunch Buffet (P757); Dinner Buffet (P866)
Zensho is at 168 Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Ever since Gen Korean BBQ House opened their enormous first branch here in the Philippines last year, we can’t get enough of their tasty Korean-barbecue specialties—like Chadol and Samgyupsal—that make us feel like we’re in the middle of our favorite K-drama. Each plate that comes to your table will already have your mouth watering, even before you get to grilling and seasoning your choice cuts. And because this Korean buffet has just about every type of cut you can think of, you’ll be sure to come out of every visit with a very happy tummy.
Rates: Lunch Buffet (P798); Dinner Buffet (P1,288)
Gen Korean BBQ House is at Building J, Unit 1-16, SM By the Bay, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.