Our recent staycation at Bellevue Hotel in Alabang was inclusive of a Cafe d’ Asie buffet lunch. When I was younger I loved buffets because it meant being able to eat obscene amounts of food at a fixed price. I still like buffets, but the reason why has evolved. These days, it just means I can choose what I want to eat and decide which interesting stuff to try pronto. I really can’t eat as much as I used to. It has something to do with age I guess. The buffet area is markedly smaller compared to hotels like Sofitel and Shangri-la, but it also costs less per head compared to those two. At the very least I like how it’s set up because it’s very easy to go around and check out all the offerings.
The Cafe d’ Asie buffet has a modest sushi and sashimi selection.
Check out the Salmon Tataki.
There were two soups that day, this Cream of Spinach soup and Turkey Soup with Egg.
There were a few cheeses with the usual accompanying dried fruits, nuts, and honey. I love cheese, I always have some at buffet spreads that offer it.
There were the usual cold cut appetizers.
I noticed that the main dishes were mostly Chinese-inspired, because aside from the dimsum and noodle station there were short order dishes like this Yang Chow Fried Rice…
…Braised Pork with Mushroom…
Chicken Cacciatore seems Italian in origin, it’s actually pasta-ish with all the tomatoes and olives. There were several other dishes like Fish Curry but I just felt like having a slice of Prime Rib.
There were fresh raw seafood which you can ask the chef to cook for you on site.
I just went to the carving station and asked for a slice of Prime Rib. I thought it was too rare so I asked the chef to grill it so it’s well done.
I got some Roasted Marble Potatoes to go with it.
Here’s my main lunch plate. My other plate had cheese slices, nuts, some braised pork, and salad. I was happy with what I got.
There were several ready-made salads.
But you have the option of making one yourself.
There’s a pasta station for freshly prepared Carbonara, Pomodoro, Bolognese, Pesto Cream, or Marinara pasta.
For dessert, there are a dozen ice cream flavors to choose from.
You can top them with chocolate chips, cereals, dried fruit, and nuts.
This Belgian Chocolate Cake was a bestseller, my daughter was able to finish two slices!
There’s a selection of fresh fruits too. I had mostly pineapples for dessert.
There were lots of mini cakes and pastries as well.
Cafe d’ Asie buffet costs P1,390 net per head (same for lunch or dinner). Children 6-12 years old are half price at P695 per head while kids 5 years old and below eat for free. Reservations are recommended. Coffee or tea is included too.
Cafe d’ Asie @ The Bellevue Manila
North Bridgeway, Filinvest City,
Muntinlupa, Philippines 1781
771-8181 loc. 8020
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