Got invited to the launch of Flavors of Asia at the Manila – Marriott Hotel. Their having an all-Asian theme for their buffet at Marriott Cafe and they amassed four different chefs for this wonderful offering.
They officially launched Flavors of Asia at The Den of Marriott Manila. There the four chefs were introduced with their signature dishes. Chef Thanatorn Krobsuay of JW Marriott Bangkok with his Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad), Chef Dadang Wahyudi of JW Marriott Jakarta, Indonesia and his Aneka Sate (Assorted Satay), Chef Ruhizad Muri of Renaissance Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and his Beef Rendang, and finally Chef Phan Tien Hoa of Renaissance Riverside and his Cha Gio (Fried Spring Roll).
After the event, we got the chance to try and experience Flavors of Asia at Marriott Cafe and it was definitely a nice dinner!
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take a decent picture of the whole place and the buffet spread. I’m really having a hard time covering buffets since I have a short telephoto lens 🙁 Marriott Cafe in terms of ambiance, was nothing short of great; with really simple and tasteful interiors love the light pillars that constantly changes color. 😀
I don’t know why, but most of the buffet places I’ve tried have the dessert section at the front side. Literally we stumbled upon these yummy pastries first in the buffet spread. And it’s quite grueling really, as much as I want to skip the other stuff and move on to dessert. I had to control myself and try the other stuff first 🙁
So this was my first plate; had some duck a piece of their freshly baked bread and bhan xeo. (shrimp omelet) Really liked the omelet that had this slight hint of curry taste. The duck was simple, lightly seasoned and nice.
Seafood lovers will love these, their crabs are really nice and packed with its awesome aligue. (crab fat) You can have these cooked anyway you like.
This was my second plate, got a few stuff from their selection of cold cuts. We shared and feasted with these beef pastrami, lyoner, smoked salmon, and it’s really nice starter dish.
It’s no secret that I’m a definite meat lover so I did enjoyed their beef cooked in medium well done-ness their red wine reduction sauce went well with it, a classic and awesome combination. Really enjoyed their satay too, the hint of spiciness and the nuts gave it a more interesting texture and flavor, left me wanting for more.
One thing that you shouldn’t miss at their buffet spread are the curry dishes, they were all good!! This is their Masaman curry with beef, really nice aroma and definitely packed with flavor, paired it with their shrimp fried rice (kao pad goong) and some pork canape. (kanom pong na moo)
For desserts I tried a bunch of stuff 😀
Oh don’t you just wish your fridge is like this?! Filled with yummy pastries, I would be in utter bliss 😀 😀
This is my first dessert plate 😀 They were all nice and the first two in the picture had this thin layer of tamarind jelly, really nice contrast of flavors and a really interesting twist that would delight the sweet tooth. Loved the tiramisu and the chocolate mousse.
I also tried their fudge brownies and it was awesome, chocolate-y goodness that would appeal to anyone. I also got the White chocolate mocha variant from their wide selection of home made ice cream. It was good and is not too sweet.
Buffet Rates: P2,300 net from Sundays to Thursdays and P2,500 net for Friday and Saturday dinners.
UPDATE: Marriott Cafe Buffet (Lunch) at 50% off this October.
VERDICT: Really enjoyed the Flavors of Asia at Marriott Cafe. The buffet spread is fairly small compared to other hotel buffets I tried, but the quality is good. We had a wonderful dining experience here and the place really deserves a return trip 😀
VALUE FOR MONEY: Their buffet rates are well within the usual rates for hotel buffets and I say you’d get good value for money since the quality of the food in the buffet spread is good.
Manila Marriot Hotel
Newport City Complex, 10 Newport Blvd.
Domestic Airport, Pasay