CORNICHE of Diamond Hotel launched a Norwegian Salmon themed buffet with the premise that “one can be healthy and indulgent at the same time”. For the love of its fatty meat and fine texture, I was curious to see the well-loved fish in various permutations so I went there with a very empty stomach, excited to try their succulent spread.
This is their Czech Baked Salmon, an eye candy at their carving station, you’ll be happy to know that it’s as good as it looks. Gorgeous succulent piece of salmon baked til really tender and oozing with all those glorious fatty juices topped with some spices to provide that kick of savory flavor and a bit of spiciness as well. Took a bite and I loved how it was tender and moist then you hit the spice crust and some slaw and it gives a nice tinge of crunch to the bite, hit it with some of their dill sauce and its creamy goodness balances all the flavors, really good!
Another dish that got raves from all of us was their Sous Vide Salmon. Pieces of salmon sealed in airtight plastic bags bathed in water at an accurately regulated temperature for a long time. Slow cooked, melt-in-your-mouth goodness that can only be described as ethereal. With a hint of truffle oil and dill with all the fatty, succulent goodness of the fish, I mean what’s not to like?! Took a bite and I love how the piece of salmon was so light and tender it almost melts in my mouth, got a few traces of the truffle oil and dill just enough to highlight the flavor of the fish. It was amazing, a definite must-try.
Salmon seasoned with the usual salt and pepper grilled beautifully and served with a bed of spicy mango salsa. Gorgeous piece of fish, light and tender with a side of salsa that’s a right balance of sweet, tart, and spice.
A very simple dish that highlights the taste of the fish. Simple seasoning then grilled nicely so that the outer bits develop the slightest bit of crunch, tried it and I like how the salmon was lightly seasoned a bit peppery then I hit it with the spicy mango salsa, a right balance between the fruity mango bits and a nice hint of spiciness that awakens your palate and leaves you wanting for more.
Salmon Kebab – Chunks of fatty salmon grilled beautifully, kebab-style. A savory spice rub with a distinct flavor, not overwhelming as you can still appreciate the natural flavor of the fish. Chunks of salmon meat skewered with the usual onions, bell peppers, and olives that further influences its flavor and aroma. Another dish with somewhat similar flavor profile was their Salmon Fish Fry (Indian Style) .
A warm, comforting soup with salmon and lobster as its base, very rich, creamy and velvety, then you hit some of that salmon bits, it’s really simple but really good.
Another interesting appetizer dish was the Ricotta Pasta Salad. Light in flavor, just pasta coated with ricotta cheese and all its light and creamy goodness then you hit the salmon bits and the slaw for a bit of crunch.
Their Steamed Salmon with Mayonnaise was good too! Succulent salmon with a creamy mayonnaise to give it a more interesting flavor, it’s a really simple dish that just works.
How can you make four cheese pizza more awesome? Throw in some smoked salmon pieces and you have a winner! A bed of four cheeses then you hit the smoked salmon bits giving you anice contrast in flavor. I wish there’s more smoked salmon bits though, but it’s still nice nevertheless.
Salmon slow roasted til really, really tender then you hit the slaw of various veggies for some crunch and the really creamy dill sauce with the right amount of tartness to highlight the flavor of the fish.
The paksiw na salmon was surprisingly nice, I’m not really a fan of paksiw but the acidity of the base was just right, a bright and sour flavor that doesn’t overpower the natural flavor of the fish.
Their Salmon Canelloni got me really excited because I really like this kind of pasta dish, having tried it though, left me quite disappointed. Though I like the texture of the pasta, a little bit chewy and cooked al dente, a bit more seasoning would easily do the trick.
Some other notable dishes are their Kinilaw na Salmon, Vodka Salmon Sashimi, and Salmon Meat Balls. For desserts I gorged on their awesome ice cream selections reminiscent to the ones I tried at Cake Club. The Norwegian Salmon Buffet will run for three months every Fridays and is priced at P2,385 nett.
For reservations you can call Diamond Hotel at (02) 528 – 3000 local 1121. The buffet promotion is not available in conjuction with other discounts or offers.
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