It used to be that buffets would be reserved for celebrations and other special occasions. A ticket to unlimited enjoyment at a smorgasbord fetched for a hefty price tag. Not anymore. If your health allows it, you can have it every day, in fact.
You may have your favorite mall or hotel buffet, but when money's a little tight, here are options around Manila that will cost you less than P300 per head!
Finio is a cozy 70-seater all-day buffet restaurant that serves eat- and drink-all-you-can Asian-Filipino cuisine. Most of their customers arebalikbayans, families, professionals, andbarkadaswho are out to have a feast for an affordable price.
Price: P135 (breakfast, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.); P265 (lunch, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.); P295 (dinner + Mongolian Bar, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
Buffet Picks:Crispy Pata and Mongolian cuisine!
Other Deals: Bring 10 regular-paying guests on your birthday and the celebrator gets to eat either lunch or dinner for free!
Finio Restaurant is at 220 Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City (415-1278); open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Proud to be the first dessert buffet in the Metro, Love Desserts has been satisfying the cravings of dessert lovers since 2011. Aside from their sweet treats, they also have snacks likelugawandsingkamaswithbagoong—because you need a little break to fully unleash your sweet tooth on their selection!
Price:P199. Customers are only allowed two hours in the restaurant. It comes with unlimited drinks, like milk tea and ice-blended coffee.
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Buffet Picks:Mille Crepe Cake, Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, Peach Bavarian Cream, Cream Puffs, Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mangoes and Blueberries
Other Deals: Birthday celebrators should present a valid ID (with a birth date, obviously) to get a free meal...so long as you bring at least one full-paying adult.
Love Desserts has branches at 915 Banawe Street, Quezon City (239-0745) and Pearl Drive Commercial Center, Commonwealth Avenue, Fairview, Quezon City (427-1204 ); open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
GPoint Smorgasbord and Bar
GPoint looks like a pub more than anything else. Their affordable buffet features 13 cold dishes and 18 hot dishes, with American, British, Korean, Arab, Japanese, and Scandinavian pretty well represented. Customers who want to work up an appetite (or take a little break) can play pool for free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price:P299 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Saturday; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday). This fee excludes drinks. Customers are expected to be done after two hours, but they're pretty relaxed about this unless there's a huge crowd.
Buffet Picks:Roast Pork, Meat Loaf and Bacon, Fish Kimchi, imported sausages, Buttered Shrimp, Fried Chicken
Other Deals:Crazy Hours are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and get your drinks for low, low prices. A bottle of Tanduay Ice costs only P25 and their special drink for the day only costs P65.
GPoint Smorgasbord and Bar is at 510 Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila (310-2174); open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. (Monday to Saturday) and 1 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Sunday).
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Café Sweet Inspirations
The restaurant has been around for over 22 years and has remained steadfast in satisfying their customers with great food for good value. It's one of the oldest institutions along Katipunan Avenue, but the dessert-oriented name may lead people to forget that this place serves a mean breakfast buffet.
Price:P230 (6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Friday to Sunday). This is inclusive of drinks. Shared plates will be charged accordingly! There's a no-sharing, no-leftover rule.
Café Sweet Inspirations is at 311 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City (928-2557, 433-4200, 0917-705-7943); open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Mediterranean-styled Somethin’ Fishy at Easwood City Walk is something of a legend amond students and working night owls for its midnight buffet. When it opened in August 2003, it was mainly an a la carte seafood restaurant, offering fresh seafood items. It has since expanded its menu to include lechon pork belly, beef tapa, andcrispypata, to name a few.
Price:P199 (Midnight and Morning Buffet, 12 a.m. to 10 a.m.); P299 (Lunch Buffet, Monday to Friday). Customers have over 40 dishes to choose from. Drinks cost an extra P60 for the Midnight and Morning Buffet.
Other Deals:Drop by with at least one friend during your birthday week. You can dine for free with a valid ID.
Somethin’ Fishy is at Unit B2 and B3 Eastwood Citywalk, Bagumbayan, Quezon City. They’re open daily, from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For inquiries and table reservations, contact 0917-822-3283, 421-6412, 421-6413, 421-2121.
This story originally appeared on SPOT.ph. You can read the rest of the list here.