I am definitely a man who’s after value for money.
So when my mom asked me whether I wanted to try having a buffet dinner at Market Cafe for about $50 per person, it was an understatement to say that I was skeptical about it. In fact, I wasn’t that thrilled. I wasn’t planning on spending $100 when I can dine at a great restaurant for a fraction of the cost.
But since we were in the area, (my mom tried her hands at the slots), we proceeded to have dinner at Market Cafe, located at the third floor of the Hyatt Hotel and Casino in Malate, Manila.
Now, being the food lover that I am, I am very much familiar with buffet dinners. I’ve tried having dinner at Spiral in Sofitel; Circles in Makati Shang; Heat in Edsa Shang; Escolta in Manila Pen; Cafe Ilang-Ilang in Manila Hotel and Paseo Uno in Mandarin Hotel. So you see, I had great expectations going into yet another buffet dinner. I wanted to see and taste what it is that makes this restaurant unique.
It turns out that my mom and I was in for a good surprise.
Market Cafe, while not as famous as other restaurants offering buffet dinners, probably because Hyatt Hotel and Casino is located in Malate, and not in posh Makati, offers a wide range of cuisines enough to satisfy its mostly foreign customers.
My mom and I were part of the few Filipinos dining on a Saturday night, with most of the customers being Caucasians, Japanese and Koreans.
They served authentic Oriental food and I loved their dimsum. I also loved their steaks and blue marlin placed raw at the meat section. They were big cuts that satisfied my appetite, and you can have it grilled anyway you like, medium rare or very well done. They had a wide range of meats to grill, you have your usual pork and chicken skewers, tanigue, lamb chops, and prawns.
The dessert section was quite interesting as well. Not only did they serve the usual cakes and sweets, but they also served Filipino delicacies you don’t usually see in buffet dinners. Have you tried nilupak and maja blanca?at any of the other restaurant in its category?
My mom particularly loved the Japanese section since you can have an unlimited number of tempura which the chef will gladly cook for your and have it served on your table.
I guess the best part the buffet is the unlimited soda and beer, which was a real treat. Of course, you can also order champagne and wines, but they are not included in the buffet.
Imagine, coming from a casino night, and you can enjoy your cold beer while overlooking the busy streets of Malate.
We were so full, that I didn’t even get to try their Thai section. But I guess, I was so full and contented that we decided to leave after several rounds of beer.
Now, if you’re wondering if I got my money’s worth at Market Cafe, I can safely say that it was one of the most satisfying buffet dinners I’ve ever had. The experience was made even more memorable by the chat I’ve shared with my mom.
And at the end of the evening, I had to thank her for recommending a great new restaurant that I’m sure we will visit very very soon.