UPDATED: Spiral Is Reopening Sooner Than You Think

Here's what we know so far.

(SPOT.ph) The Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila's resident buffet Spiral is a favorite dining destination for many—not least because of its wide selection of topnotch eats. While we've had to put our eat-all-you-can fantasies on hold in light of the pandemic, we've got good news: Spiral is finally reopening on October 2—just a little over two weeks from now. 

Spiral will be operational during the first three weekends of October for Thursday dinner, Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday brunch with free-flowing champagne. You can book a seat for P2,850 for lunch, P3,500 for dinner, and P4,350 for brunch. Newly appointed Executive Chef Bettina Arguelles will be at the helm of the buffet restaurant.

There's no word yet on whether there would be changes in the buffet setup or if there would be guidelines on top of the government-mandated ones to be enforced, but Spiral assures us that the health and well-being of their guests remain their top priority.

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Sofitel's parent company Accor has launched the ALLSAFE Cleanliness and Prevention Label, a set of global cleanliness and prevention criteria developed with and vetted by Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspections, and certification. "Integrating its benchmarks with the guidelines of the Department of Tourism, Sofitel goes beyond its norm of stringent safety and hygiene measures towards a new standard in the world of hospitality," the hotel says in a statement.

The seating capacity will be limited to 30%, with a one-meter spacing between guests. You'll find transparent dividers installed on reception desks and culinary ateliers, but you can also rent private dining rooms if you wish. The Spiral staff will be equipped with safety apparel, and there will be strict one-way route as you go around the different ateliers.

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For safety purposes, each plate will only be in contact with the guest, apart from the chefs serving the dish from their ateliers. Spiral will also be implementing a one-dish-per-plate policy to avoid cross-contamination. For made-to-order dishes, you'll be provided with order numbers for claiming. Moreover, there will be an online beverage menu accessible through a QR code on each table, and they'll be accepting payments through contactless methods like GCash, Alipay, WeChatPay, and GrabPay.

Note that in accordance with government protocols, guests below 21 years old and above 60 years old won't be permitted to dine in the restaurant during general community quarantine.

Spiral is an all-you-can-eat buffet famous for its vast selection of food, spread throughout 21 different ateliers (a.k.a. stations)—including their winning cheese room. The buffet underwent a major renovation and reopened in 2012, following the damage caused by typhoon Pedring in September 2011. The buffet restaurant temporarily closed beginning March 16, as the government raised the COVID-19 Alert System to Code Red sublevel 2 given the spread of the coronavirus.

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Spiral is at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, check out Spiral Manila's Facebook page.

UPDATE (October 2, 11:30 a.m.): Sofitel has released more details on the specific safety measures they'll be implementing. The article has been updated to include these.

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