Lunch Buffet at Cucina in Marco Polo Ortigas

It’s no secret that we love buffets… especially when we dine in a posh restaurant. This is because we feel that buffet dining lets us sample a lot of different dishes without having to order stuff we can’t finish. Of course the fact that we pay a flat rate per head makes it the more practical way to go.

Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet

So the latest hotel buffet we tried was the lunch buffet at Cucina, Marco Polo Ortigas’ all-day restaurant. We went during the APEC week when everyone was busy trying to dodge traffic and drooling over the APEC hotties lol.

Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet

Cucina’s lunch buffet offers an eclectic mix of dishes from different parts of the globe. The time we visited, they were highlighting Spanish food — Catalan cuisine to be exact. I noticed there was a lot of seafood. I actually had a few big and fat crab claws from this section. I got tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, and coriander vinegar to go with them. You can actually have crabs and shrimps cooked the way you want them at the grilling area. Yum!

Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet

I also got to watch them cook a huge serving of paella. Imported rice from Spain is used to make this. We were served some freshly cooked paella later on and it was very very good. There wasn’t any crunchy toasted rice bits as it was a pretty moist and chewy kind of paella. If this were a pasta dish I’d describe it as al dente.

Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Steamed Sea Bass
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Seafood Thermidor
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Buttered Garlic Seafood
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Paella Negra
If you’re a seafood lover, Cucina’s lunch buffet is paradise.
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Breads, Cold Cuts, and Cheese
There’s a modest selection of breads, cold cuts, and cheeses.
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Roast Chicken
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Roast Beef
You can get roast chicken and roast beef at the Carving Station.
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Yang Chow Fried Rice

There are also Chinese dishes which include Yang Chow Fried Rice and dimsum like Siomai, Siopao, Steamed Spareribs with Tausi, Chicken Feet, etc.

Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Pasta Station

There’s a Pasta Station where you can have a custom-cooked dish with your choice of pasta, sauce, and garnishings. There’s also a Salad Station where you can DIY your own salad.

Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Chicken Tinola
I was surprised to find Filipino dishes incorporated into the buffet.
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Pork Sisig
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Beef Kare-Kare
Salmon in Lemon Butter Sauce
Like I said earlier, lots of seafood in this buffet!
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Chicken Biryani

Wow they even have Indian dishes! I like Biryani because it’s flavorful but not greasy like the usual fried rice.

Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
King Prawns Curry
Yup, still seafood at the Indian section!
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Dessert Selection

Now comes my favorite part — dessert! There are two areas for dessert. One is where the Ice Cream Station is along with these assorted pastries and fresh fruit.

Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Bonnet

And then there’s kind of like an alcove in the middle of the buffet where all kinds of cakes are displayed.

Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Ricotta Cheese Tart
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Cassatta a la Siciliana
Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Buffet
Tiramisu and Red Velvet Cakes

Buffet dining at Cucina in Marco Polo Ortigas starts at P1,500++ per head (P1,850 nett). Kids ages 0-6 get to dine for free while kids 7-12 years old pay half price. While it’s not cheap, it is a bit less expensive compared to other posh hotels’ buffets (most will set you back over P2k per adult head). You can add P320 net per head for unlimited sodas and juices or P850 net per head for unlimited wines.

Cucina
24/F Sky Lobby Marco Polo Ortigas
Meralco Ave. cor. Sapphire St.,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
720-7720

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