Apr 22, 2013

Sofitel Manila's Spiral Buffet.

Two years ago, Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila was submerged in waist-deep flood because of a strong typhoon.  To everyone's shock, the swimming pool and the famous Spiral buffet area were both wrecked.   Since then, everyone has been waiting for the re-opening of those areas. 



Finally, Spiral opened late last year.  I was able to dine there but not with T.  So, when I was given Spiral Restaurant vouchers (thank you Senator Pia!), I immediately asked T out on a date ;)




Good to see that the famous Spiral staircase is back in all its glory.




There's a newly-constructed indoor veranda which wasn't there before.  I believe this used to be an open space.




The buffet area is now divided into twenty-one (21) ateliers --- Salad and Appetizer, L'Ecailler, Sushi Sashimi, L'Epicerie, Hot Japanese, French Stove, Rotisserie, Wood Fired Oven, Churrasco, North Indian, Asian Noodles, Peking Duck Oven, Steam Basket, Chinese Wok, Filipino, Thai, Korean, La Boulangerie, La Patisserie, Chocolaterie, Creamery.




This is Spiral's lobby.  I love the uniforms of the hotel staff.  They have matching earrings, too!  So chic.




We were seated at that table that looks like it has a letter H stamped on it because of the placemats.


Top view of our table.

It was Holy Week so the buffet rate was almost double but it was perfectly fine because...




...their special Holy Week buffet includes bottomless champagne (Moet Chandon!) and...




...unlimited mojitos!  I ordered the Strawberry Mojito while T got the Pineapple Ginger one.




However, T and I ordered Mango Shakes before we knew about this.




During buffets, T and I go our separate ways.  Facing the buffet area, I started from left to right.  Apologies if the photos are a bit blurry because I just took stolen shots while getting food. The last time I was here, I was told that taking of photos was prohibited.  


Hot Japanese

My first stop was the Japanese section.  I just got the usual tempura and tonkatsu.  I wanted to get more but I didn't want to consume all of my stomach space in just one atelier.
"From a delectable choice of fresh natural ingredients, Japanese cuisine never ceases to amaze one with its simplicity and distinct artistry. Enjoy a selection of traditional grilled sea food, meat and vegetables cooked at the robata or at the teppanyaki."

I didn't see the takoyakis! :(

This caught my eye.  Salt with urchin flavor?  Interesting.




The Teppan station has everything --- beef, pork, chicken, shrimps, scallops.







French Stove

"With every dish meticulously prepared to perfection, authentic French dishes are undoubtedly a labor of love. Savour home-made seared foie gras, luscious roasted meat and carving, seafood, grilled food and regional French cuisines that will surely impress every gourmand."

Check this out!  Escargot with mushrooms.  Totally French.








Wood Fired Oven

Look-wise, this is one of my favorite ateliers.

"Pizza with pizzazz – just as the Italian “Mama” makes it at the traditional wood-fired oven with fresh ingredients."



It even has real wood on its surrounding walls.




L'Epicerie

"Meat and Cheese lovers will be on seventh heaven as they feast on a wide variety of premium aged hams, charcuterie, smoked fish, artisanal cheese from France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. Pair them with olives, herbs, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, sauces and condiments for an outstanding gourmet experience."

Can I just say?  OMG.  Cheese is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world!  I eat all kinds of cheese, even those gross-smelling ones that T hates.    That was why I got all giddy when I saw that Spiral has a whole room devoted only to cheese!  And yes it's true.  I felt like I was on seventh heaven.






La Boulangerie

"Follow the smell of warm and freshly baked baguettes, pain au chocolat, croissants and you will end up at the La Boulangerie of Spiral. Choose from a wide selection of freshly baked, hand rolled creations and delight in healthy choices such as rye and gluten free breads."

Another love of mine, bread!  This is conveniently located beside the Cheese Room.




Sushi and Sashimi

"A raw bar where all the fresh sushis, sashimis, temakis, and nigiris are delicately prepared by our master sushi chefs. Various Japanese culinary rituals abound at this cold stone counter."

This is just opposite the bread section.   I found it unusual though that this is far from the Hot Japanese atelier.




L'Ecalier

"Explore the wonders of the seven seas by indulging in sea jewels such as oysters, salmons, prawns, and crabs prepared with fresh organic vegetables and your choice of sauces from white wine, vinegar or zesty lemons. Indeed, the world is your oyster, but this time, its freshly shucked oyster by the l’ecalier."

If you've read my previous buffet posts, you'd know lobsters are our weakness.




T had the lobsters grilled and cooked in lemon butter sauce.  We still weren't able to beat our lobster record though (read about our lobster record on my blog post about 7 Corners).




Salad and Appetizer

"Fresh locally grown produce and organic colorful vegetables freshly picked from our garden will be tossed for you by our chefs with your choice of homemade salad dressings." -Sofitel




Rotiserrie

"The aroma of roasted meats will trigger one’s sense of taste and bring back the time honored rotisserie traditions in Paris. Taste the goodness of slow cooked lamb, chicken and pork with its rich natural juices blended with various marinades and herbs from the secret recipes of our chefs."

I always look for this atelier in buffets.  One slice of prime rib, please.







Asian Noodles

"Enjoy hand pulled Asian noodles drenched in your choice of broth, sauce, soup stock, and condiments. If that is not enough, ask the chef to make your own noodle recipe."



North Indian

I'm not really fond of this cuisine so I just took a snapshot of the area.

"Inspired by maharajah of Northern India, your taste buds are in for a fiery and spicy treat. Discover the pomp and pageantry of Indian cuisine – North (naan and tandoori) and South Indian cuisine (dosa and chutneys) at its best. Lavish and homemade dishes include tandoori-spiced meats with Indian and Asian breads and sauces. Vegetarians will surely have a feast with a selection of dal, paneers and chutney."




Other Ateliers

Here's a view of the other stations.




Creamery, La Patiserrie and Chocolaterie

And finally, dessert!  Three ateliers are devoted to this course. 

"Imagine sweet temptations – all types of ice cream at the tip of your tongue from your favourite fruity and citrus flavors along with dark chocolates and toppings."



"Sweet endings are the perfect way to conclude a memorable dining experience. Succumb to the temptation of freshly baked French pastries of all shapes, fillings, textures and sizes."

 There's so much to choose from, I didn't know what to get and where to start!






"Chocolates are what sweet dreams are made of. Indulge in artisanal chocolates, truffles and pralines intricately designed and made fresh everyday for you by our chocolatiers. One bite of these devilishly good chocolates will surely make you euphoric with its intense flavors and colors."

Truffles are my absolute favorite (after Chocnut and Ferrero) that's why I went gaga over this tray.



There's also a cute island full of gummies (read my blog post on Acacia Hotel) for kids and kids at heart.. Like me! ;)




A station for halo-halo.




And of course, there are also, not one, but two fondue fountains!




Then before leaving, our server came with a basket full of goodies.  I chose a monkey (for T!) and a lion (for me!)




T and I really enjoyed our Spiral buffet experience.  After lunch, we went to Solaire to check what the buzz was all about since it was in the area any way (read my blog post on Solaire Resort and Casino) :)

Happy Monday everyone!


Spiral Restaurant
Dining Date: 30 March 2013

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex
Roxas Boulevard 
Pasay City 1300 
Philippines
Tel No.: (632) 551-5555




10 comments:

  1. I still haven't been there. huhuhu. I think I shouldn't eat the day before I visit.hahaha! :)

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  2. level up na talaga ang Spiral after the Typhoon. Parang gusto kong umuwi at mag Spiral! :))

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  4. Oh my! I think I'd go gaga on the cheese! Just thinking about blue cheese and brie makes me drool hahaha Hope I can finally try Spiral this year.

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  5. This is on my bucket list. I am just waiting for someone to go with me. KKB (kanya-kanyang bayad) hehe

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  6. Now I can't wait to go there because of this post. :D Di rin ako kakain the day before para sulit.

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  7. oh.em.gee. Super classy buffet ah. Next time instead of Dad's Imma make it a point to visit Spiral :P

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  8. Looks awesome. This is something my mom would like. We both like buffets. :)

    The staircase is stunning, btw.

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  9. This post made me hungry! (Most of your posts do, actually hehe)

    I loooove the Spiral buffet! But you have to "plan" your meals so you don't overeat and you get to taste all cuisines!

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  10. I have been meaning to come by since they've opened but haven't gotten the chance to. I noticed your outfit pala more than the food shots lol. Nice combination haha.

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