Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cafe Ilang-Ilang of the Manila Hotel Blooms

There's a different feel the moment you step into the big wooden doors of Manila Hotel. The historical nostalgia that gives you a sense of the old yet with a touch of the new. I remember hanging out at the lobby with my family as we enjoy our tall glasses of Halo-halo on a warm summer day. I love walking into their big wooden bathroom doors and the fact that they're the only hotel back then that had a dispenser for disposable toilet covers.

It's amazing how Manila Hotel continues to keep up with time. I've witnessed this during my lunch at Cafe Ilang-Ilang a few days ago. While there are more and more hotels offering irresistible buffet choices, I believe that Cafe Ilang-Ilang is one hotel buffet that you should consider and here are some reasons why:

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They have 9 (yes counted them all!) stations to choose from. From kimchi, bulgogi and chap chae...You'd be transported to Seoul without having to ride an airplane.

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I love their Chinese station where I couldn't resist trying the dimsum and the Yang Chow Fried Rice

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Their sushi station was my first stop. Hello to my raw sashimi friends!

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Care for some cheese, anyone?

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I wanted to go Mediterranean and the Lamb Fajitas was pretty good. 
While I think the Hummus could still be improved.

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Pinoys will surely rejoice at the sight of this mouth-watering Lechon. 
Just a small piece of that crunchy skin, please. :)

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Crabs, King Prawns and Oysters! 
Fill your seafood-loving heart with delight as you enjoy the freshest catch of the day. 
I'm sure Paul would love this station the most.

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Don't forget to cap your meal with dessert! 
They also have sugar-free options for those watching their sugar level. 
I love the marshmallow fondue! Oh what a joy to feel like a kid again!

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Lastly, the highlight of my lunch was bumping into a fellow food blogger whom I truly admire and follow. Hello Jin (who loves to eat, just like me! haha)!

It was a delicious meal that I'm actually planning to go back with Paul soon. While the choices are not as extensive as that of other hotel buffets in the area, I think the Japanese, Korean and Chinese stations would make your visit worthwhile. Also, grab a table near the poolside and enjoy the marvelous view of the pool and out to the calm waters of Manila Bay.

Buffet Rates:
Breakfast Buffet: Php. 878.57 net
Lunch Buffet: Php. 1,372.99 net (M-F), Php. 1,647.32 net (Sat-Sun)
Dinner Buffet: Php. 1,647.32 net (MW), Php. 1,482.59 (T/Th/Sat/Sun), Php. 1,976.79 (Friday)

Check out Cafe Ilang-Ilang at the Ground Floor of the Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila.

6 comments:

  1. I haven't gone to Manila Hotel again for quite some time now. Would love to try all their choices without traveling by plane to one country to another.

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  2. Wow, Fran, I'm so flattered! Na-extra pa ako, hihihi! It was such a treat meeting you! Gong Hei Fat Choy! Here's to more happy eats! :)

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  3. Wow, looks like Manila Hotel is trying to catch up with the other hotels now. Napag-iwanan sila eh, but there have been renovations to some of their interiors. :D

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  4. @jin: it was super nice to finally meet you! I'm such a fan :)

    @skysenshi: yes and they're doing a good job i really enjoyed cafe ilang ilang :)

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  5. Oh crabs! I'll surely find time to visit Cafe Ilang Ilang soon. Thanks for sharing :)

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