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Being a mom is no walk in the park. That's why moms deserve all the love and appreciation on that one special day — Mother's Day. And, what better way to make her happy (apart from letting her sleep in, taking her to a spa, and doing all the chores for the day) than to take her to a buffet!
1. Bistro United Php375/head
Bistro United in Kapitolyo serves good food, has the perfect ambiance (a.k.a. Instagram-worthy), and reasonably within budget for any occasion. Mom can have the cuisine she likes best because they have buffet themes. Here's a guide to the schedule, according to Spot.ph: Pinoy Food Revivals on Tuesdays, Spanish Affair on Wednesdays, The Great Asian Invasion on Thursdays, Cheat Day on Fridays and Freestyle on the weekends.
Bistro United is at D-Strip Building, 20 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Call +632 706-1668 for reservations.
Here's something for the k-drama mamas! There are several Samgyupsalamat branches already up and running in Metro Manila. Prices start at Php399 for unlimited pork but for Php449 per head for lunch (it's Php499 for dinner), you get unlimited pickings from nine kinds of pork and beef plus unlimited rice, side dishes, and soup. Well worth it, right?
Here's something new and exciting in the Metro all the way from Japan. Osakatsu is a kushikatsu buffet. Kushikatsu are deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables. Hence, the buffet for Php490 per head gets you unlimited access to up to 20 kinds of skewers (from shrimps and beef strips to squid balls and eggplant), which you cook at your own table — roll in flour, dip in batter, coat with panko, and fry! They provide dipping sauces too. Every buffet order comes with rice, a half bowl of ramen, maki, and Japanese curry.
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Osakatsu is at 2/F ACCM Building, 102 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Call +632 838-7591 for reservations.
4. Shaburi Starts at Php549/head for adults Php350/head for kids
Shaburi is a Japanese all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu experience. With the prices above, you can already get unlimited meat plates of beef and pork. This already comes with unlimited fresh vegetables, side dishes, drinks and dessert. And, guess what — you don't have to share one pot either. Each family member gets their own hotpot to make as they please.
Shaburi is at 36th Street, Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Cal +63 917 708-3930 for reservations.
5. Guevarra's Php671/head
Mom will feel right at home at Guevarra's. The 1920s-house-turned-restaurant serves all-time favorite Filipino dishes like Angus Beef Kare-Kare, Crispy Pata, Sisig, and, for dessert, make-your-own halo-halo. If you need more convincing, they were awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor last year.
Guevarra's is at 387 P.Guevarra Street, San Juan, Addition Hills, San Juan. Call +632 705-1811 for reservations.
6. The Alley by Vikings Starts at Php688/head for adults Php188/head for kids between 3 to 4 feet
Think of a food court. Now, take it up several notches with unlimited delicious food in a cozy ambiance, and you've got The Alley by Vikings. It's a first-of-its kind food hall with 15 different stree-inspired food stations to choose from — everything from Filipino and Chinese to American and Spanish dishes. Tip: head for lunch on a weekday for the most affordable possible price.
The Alley is at 2/F, Phase 2, U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Central Diliman,Quezon City. Call +632 845-4647 for reservations.
7. Flavors Restaurant Php1,900(nett)/head
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Breakfast food gives comfort like no other. Take mom for a brunch buffet at Flavors Restaurant at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati for P1,900 (nett) per head. For every Sunday of May, they'll be bringing much loved Rustic Mornings by Isabelo to the restaurant. Look forward to the comfort of pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, smoothies, and more. There will be complimentary sparkling, white, and red wine too. Brunch is at 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Flavors Restaurant is at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, Palm Drive, Ayala Center, Makati. Call +632 909-0888 for reservations.