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Feast of Flavors in The Buffet International Cuisine, Quezon City

The Buffet International Cuisine in Quezon City
The Buffet International Cuisine in Quezon City
I was invited to check out a relatively new (i.e. operating for more than a year) buffet in Quezon City which has a name that you will never ever think of - The Buffet International Cuisine. Since, I really enjoy a great load of food (for the sake of exploring multiple cuisines and dishes), I decided to go check it out!

Thankfully, I really enjoyed what I had during my buffet experience in this place; hence, I'm going to share with you an extensive post full of photos! In this way, you will have an idea of 75% of what you can find here in The Buffet.

The Place


The Grand and Classy Interior of The Buffet International Cuisine
The Grand and Classy Interior of The Buffet International Cuisine
The Buffet features a classy interior that makes you feel like you are in an expensive restaurant (which isn't the case because in my opinion the prices of the buffet are within reach). The lights are dim, to make you feel cozy and comfy as you enjoy the food offered in the restaurant. In my estimate, the place can accommodate at least a hundred people.

Buffet Prices/Rates

Weekday Lunch || P538
Weekday Dinner || P588
Weekends & Holidays || P688
+5% service charge

Drinks are included except for alcholic ones

Now, shall we begin with the feast?

Note: I've subdivided this blog post into parts, so it will be more convenient for you! Also, I'll let the photos do more of the talking.

The Appetizers and Starters

The Bread Station
The Bread Station of The Buffet in Quezon City
The Bread Station of The Buffet in Quezon City
There aren't any wide selection for the cheese, but at least they are offering some. Other buffet places, within the same price range, do not offer anything like this, right?

The Cheese Selection
Cheese Selection - The Buffet
The limited cheese selection - 3 kinds of cheese
Refresh your taste buds by trying one of these, but why don't you try both?
Tomato Mozzarella Canape and Spring Rolls
Tomato Mozzarella Canape of The BuffetSpring Rolls of The Buffet International Cuisine

The Salad Bar
The Salad Corner of The Buffet International Cuisine
The Salad Corner of The Buffet International Cuisine
For the dressing, you may choose from these three: Thousand Island Dressing, Ranch Dressing and Balsamic Vinaigrette

The Mexican Station - Nachos and Tacos
Do it Your Own Tacos and Nachos here in The Buffet
Do it Your Own Tacos and Nachos here in The Buffet
Go Mexican with the Nachos and Tacos available here in The Buffet! Of course, you have the power to create your own nachos here! Be creative!

The Sushi and Sashimi

Now, let's head to one of my favorite corners in every buffet - The Sushi and Sashimi Section.
Sushi and Sashimi Collection of the The Buffet International Cuisine
Sushi and Sashimi Collection of the The Buffet International Cuisine
Alright, looking at the available sushi, I immediately realized that when comparing them with Yakimix, the selection is a bit narrow. However, dropping the benchmark, we can still say that the selection is fine!

Grilled Salmon Maki || Kani Ten Maki || Futo Maki
Grilled Salmon MakiKani Ten MakiFuto Maki

The available sushi were as follows: Las Vegas Maki, Grilled Salmon Maki, California Maki, Ebi Ten Maki, Kani Ten Maki, Katsuo Maki, Spicy Crab Maki, Green California Maki and Futo Maki

For the sashimi, they have only the Maguro or Tuna Sashimi, Ika (Squid) Aburi Sashimi and some other ones I forgot to list down. Sadly, they weren't serving any Salmon which is my ultimate favorite when it comes to sashimi. However, I didn't dwell on this anymore because the tuna was really good because of its freshness!

Maguro (Tuna) Sashimi of The Buffet
Maguro (Tuna) Sashimi of The Buffet
Now, I know I may have misplaced the Baked Oyster in this category, but I don't know where I should be putting this. Anyway, I really love oyster so much that I got extremely happy to see some here!
Baked Oyster in The Buffet International Cuisine
Awesome treasures of the sea - Baked Oyster

Cooked Dishes

There are some other usual dishes you may try featuring multiple cuisines such as Chinese, Filipino, Singaporean and a few Korean.

Kare-Kare Oxtripe || Seafood Hotpot || Tang Soo Yuk (Sweet and Sour Pork)
Bakme Goreng || Bopis
Kare-Kare Oxtripe - The BuffetSeafood Hotpot - The Buffet Tang Soo Yuk (Sweet and Sour Pork) - The BuffetBakme Goreng - The BuffetFilipino Bopis - The Buffet

The Chinese Selection

Noodles and Dimsum in The Buffet
The Chinese Cuisine starts with the Noodles & Dimsum!
Some of us can't get enough of Chinese food! Hence, The Buffet is granting your wish - Chinese cuisine overload! You may want to get yourself some noodles, or indulge on the dimsum such as the ones below:

Shark's Fin Dumplings
Shark's Fin Dumplings in The Buffet International Cuisine
Shark's Fin Dumplings in The Buffet International Cuisine
Steamed Siomai || Quail Egg Siomai || Chicken Feet
Chinese Siomai in The Buffet International CuisineQuail Egg Siomai in The BuffetChicken Feet in The Buffet International Cuisine

As a Filipino-Chinese foodie, I can say that I was able to enjoy the dimsum! Unfortunately, The Buffet isn't serving Shrimp Hakaw anymore, but that was just fine because I enjoyed the other ones available.

In case you want something else, you may want to go for some Mongolian rice dishes! You can choose from ready-to-be-made ones, but you can also choose your own ingredients.
Make Your Own Mongolian here in The Buffet
Make Your Own Mongolian here in The Buffet


Grilling, Teppanyaki and Yakiniku

One of the numerous reasons why you should try eating here in The Buffet is the Yakiniku & Teppanyaki station!
Yakiniku & Teppanyaki Station of The Buffet
Yakiniku & Teppanyaki Station of the Buffet
You have a lot of options to choose from; hence, you will really love it here:

Meat Loaf, Sliced Assorted Vegetables, Chicken Bulgogi, Spicy Chicken Bulgogi, Pork Bulgogi, Beef Bulgogi, Pork Mascara w/ BBQ Sauce, Pork Belly Fillet, Milk Fish in Vinegar, Fish Fillet in Lemon Grass, Squid Ballpen BBQ and Squid Curry


What I particularly enjoyed were the Beef Teriyaki, Chicken Teriyaki, Squid Ballpen BBQ and this one:
Samgyupsal here in The Buffet International Cuisine
Have your own Samgyupsal here in The Buffet International Cuisine!
Yes, you can enjoy some unlimited Samgyupsal here as well in The Buffet isn't it exciting?

Steak and Barbecue Station of The Buffet International Cuisine
Steak and Barbecue Station of The Buffet International Cuisine
Now, if you are a barbecue-type of person, The Buffet also has something for you!

Choose from a wide collection to be grilled!
Plus, you may also have some nice serving of steak, in case you are really into some meat!
Grilling the Beef Steak - The Buffet International Cuisine
Grilling the Beef Steak - The Buffet International Cuisine
Cajun Potato of The Buffet International
Cajun Potato to go with the Steak

Pizza and Pasta Station

She cooks with a smile - I love happy persons here in The Buffet
Aside from the Sushi and Sashimi, I also love the Pasta station in every buffet I go to. I find it always interesting how different methods of cooking and ingredients change the flavors of the pasta!

Sauces to choose from: White, Bolognese and Cheesy Meat

Check out what I asked the Nice Ate to cook for me:
The Pasta in The Buffet International Cuisine
Cooked Pasta with vegetable, mushroom and cheesy red sauce!
I have to admit that I totally loved this pasta! It was just full of jubilant flavors that suited my palate.

Oh, by the way, pizza is also available here in The Buffet, albeit only 1 type each refill.
Pizza of The Buffet International Cuisine
Supreme Pizza for those who just can't get enough of pizza

Shabu-Shabu

Here's something new for a Buffet restaurant -Shabu-Shabu! Name another restaurant that offers shabu-shabu in its buffet collection. Personally, I can't think of anything else.
Healthy Shabu-Shabu of The Buffet International Cuisine
Healthy Shabu-Shabu of The Buffet International Cuisine
Amazingly, there are a lot of ingredients to choose from for your Shabu-Shabu! Best of all, the fun in cooking the Shabu-Shabu is all on you!
Shabu-Shabu Collection - choose whatever you want!
Shabu-Shabu Collection - choose whatever you want!
Here's a simple one that I made with some basic ingredients such as lettuce, shrimp, tomato, bola-bola, radish, baby corn, tofu and shrimp ball:

Desserts

At last, we are already here in the last part! It was pretty much exhausting, right? This just means that there are a lot of things you can find here in The Buffet International Cuisine.
Crepe Station of The Buffet International Cuisine
Crepe Station of The Buffet International Cuisine
Here in this awesome buffet restaurant, you can ask for your own crepe, although the selection isn't too wide to have a lot to choose from.
Mango Crepe in the Making - The Buffet
Mango Crepe in the making - customize your own!
You can choose between mangoes, banana or blueberry. Of course, you may opt to include everything together, but I doubt if that will taste nice.

Here's most (but not all) the desserts available here in the The Buffet:

Pandan Jelly - The Buffet International CuisineBlueberry Cheesecake - The Buffet International CuisineCoffee Jelly - The Buffet International CuisineToffee Nut - The Buffet International CuisineChocolate Roll Cake - The Buffet International CuisineMaja Mais - The Buffet International CuisineMaja Ube - The Buffet International CuisineBrownies - The Buffet International Cuisine

The good thing about these is that they do not outsource the desserts, and instead bake them in-house! In this way, we are guaranteed of freshness!

Now, if you still want to craft something until the end, go to the Halo-halo station to create your ultimate shaved-ice dessert!
Make Your Own Halo-Halo for Desserts - The Buffet International Cuisine
Before I end this blog feature, I just want to highlight the Brazo de Mercedes! Sadly, I wasn't able to taste it, but my mom did, and she said it was awesome. For me, I just love Brazo de Mercedes, so just seeing it made me super happy!
Brazo de Mercedes of The Buffet
Brazo de Mercedes - beautifully made in-house

The Buffet - Ratings 
Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. Ratings pertain to this dining experience alone.
Place ★★
Taste ★★
Variety ★★
Service ★★
Value for Money ★★
Budget needed: at least P565 per person (service charge included) for weekday lunch

I have to admit it to you, The Buffet International Cuisine is one of those places I've been to that I wish could have been more popular! What I am practically sure of is that this place is better than what Yakimix can offer! Do share to me what you think by giving it a foodie vote below:


The Buffet International Cuisine
Location: #41 Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Q.C
Contact No.: (02) 351-5536 or 352-4075

Website: http://www.thebuffet.com.ph/


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9 comments:

  1. abegaill villacruzJune 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    looks delicious! hope to visit it soon. :)

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  2. Thanks for this very detailed post =) I can't wait to try The Buffet soon!

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  3. Great! Afterwards, you may want to share your insights to us by commenting here, and giving it some star ratings. :D

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  4. Thanks Stacy! Yup, I think you'll enjoy it! I'll wait for your blog post about it. :)

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  5. Karen Crystal Dizon-ZaragozaJune 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    We've tried it and their foods don't just look good they are lip-smacking good!! So we had them cater on our wedding too and they had a great set up and quality of food is exquisite. (Y)

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing your great experience Karen! And congrats to the wedding! Cheers!

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  7. it looks so good and sulit! it not being crowded's a good thing! shorter lines for the food haha

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  8. Tama! Thanks for dropping by Sheena! Hehe! :)
    I really love the collection here!

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  9. blog post already up =) http://www.tsinoyfoodies.com/2014/07/the-buffet-international-cuisine.html sad to say I wasn't able to reach the shabu shabu part

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