Islas Pinas All-Day Buffet Review

Last Monday, hubby, the kids, and I headed to Pasay City to check out Islas Pinas. It’s a Food and Heritage Village featuring an all-day buffet by renowned chef and restauranteur Margarita Fores. Islas Pinas opened around June last year, but it’s only February this year that they started offering an all-day buffet.

Islas PinasIslas Pinas is located at Double Dragon Plaza along EDSA. It’s a sprawling mall-like commercial complex that’s frequented by mostly Chinese nationals.

Islas PinasYou push the green button by the entrance to get a card in order to enter Islas Pinas.

Islas PinasYou use this card to enter Islas Pinas and log everything you buy or order in the premises.

Islas PinasThere’s a Pasalubong Center which carries Filipino-themed gift items — everything from dried mangoes to pastillas to shirts and keychains…

Islas PinasThe dining area can accommodate a lot of people. The cobblestone flooring and stone walls are reminiscent of Intramuros.

Islas PinasI love how the food stations are set up.

Islas PinasYou can get piping hot Batchoy from this station.

Islas PinasThen you can customize your Batchoy to your liking.

Islas PinasI liked the Vigan Longganisa.

Islas PinasThe Tocino was also pretty good. The Vigan Longganisa and Tocino went well with the Garlic Rice and Sinigang Rice. Of course they also have plain old-fashioned steamed rice.

Islas PinasThey had Ginataang Bilo Bilo too, although I would’ve preferred it to have more stuff in it. It was a tad too soupy for me.

Islas PinasThis is an assortment of Pinoy snack items / street food — Kikiam, Lumpiang Shanghai, Fish Balls, and Okoy. They even had a complete assortment of fish ball sauces.

Islas PinasThey had 2 kinds of noodle dishes — Pancit Batil Patung (shown above) and Pancit Puso. Hubby and the kids liked Pancit Batil Patung.

Islas PinasThe Lechon was surprisingly good too. Other dishes included in the buffet were Kare-Kare, Tinunuan (Kalabasa at Hipon), Balbacua, KBL (Kadios, Baboy, Langka), and Beef Rendang. There was also a salad bar which served Lumpiang Ubod aside from garden greens.

Islas PinasFor dessert, you can make your own Halo-Halo or Mais Con Hielo.

Islas PinasThere’s also an assortment of kakanin like Biko, Sapin Sapin, Cassava Cake, and Maja Blanca. Then there were other sweets like Leche Flan (shown above), Brazo De Mercedes, and Sansrival.

Islas PinasYou can borrow Pinoy games like Sungka, Game of the Generals, Jackstone, etc. from one of the booths, all you need to do is leave an ID. This is free of charge.

Islas PinasThere are a lot of photo-worthy spots at Islas Pinas.

Islas PinasAfter your visit, you present your cards to the cashier so you can pay for your purchases.

Aside from the buffet spread, Islas Pinas offers paluto on a pay-per-order basis. We only availed of the dinner buffet though. Drinks are not included in the buffet price but they do serve free service water. There’s a bar where you can order drinks and they’ll just swipe them onto your card.

While the buffet was not expensive, I felt that the selections were quite sparse. Food was okay but not exceptional in terms of quality and taste… certainly not what I expected knowing that the food is by Margarita Fores. I think the place has a lot of potential though. I like the style and the ambiance — it’s very casual and relaxing. There’s a lot of space for you to go around, take photos, perhaps shop for Pinoy treats. Service is exceptional. Everyone is extremely attentive, helpful, and accommodating. I think it’s a great place to bring balikbayans and/or foreign guests to, I just hope they improve the buffet selection.

Islas Pinas Buffet Rates:

  • Lunch – P488
  • Merienda – P198
  • Dinner – P488

Islas Pinas Food and Heritage Village
G/F Double Dragon Plaza, DD Meridian Park,
EDSA Ext cor. Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, Pasay City

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  • Reply Cris Vergara March 1, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Wow so far ito palang po ang nababasa ko sa blog ninyo na mura ang foods tapos buffet pa . Ang ganda din ng lugar. Need lang talaga ng meron kang card. Parang ang ganda din po mamili ng souvenir.

  • Reply Julieanne Francis Ugay March 1, 2019 at 12:32 am

    I like the honest review I visit to see the buffet food of Islas Pinas. Ganda ng name ng restaurant at pati ambiance, bawat sulok ay IG worthy. Hoping mas madami pa maialok sa hapag-kainan.
    IG: @amberryheavenly

    • Reply Aulie March 1, 2019 at 1:10 am

      The Leche flan looks yummy 🙂

  • Reply Love Compoc March 1, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Sabi ko na nakita ko na etong Dragon Plaza along Macapagal. Mganda pala sa loob at may buffet pa, the price is affordable too mostly Pinoy food ba yan Ms Rowena. Ganda din ng may pa- card when entering the premises.

  • Reply Michele de Guia Ereño March 1, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Wow! I’m amazed with their interiors ang ganda!! The card transaction they used is also something new specially in buffets. Sadly, thru your review the food is okay but not that A okay. Maybe they’ll improve it coming from bloggers like you who loves food.

  • Reply Luz Soriano March 3, 2019 at 10:57 am

    The interiors is good mapi-feel mo tlga na pinoy ka..gusto ko ma-try ito yta Ang first pinoy resto ni Chef Margarita …i will try this with my fam..Thanks for the review Ms. Ro..hoping to win in your 10th anniv.

    Ig: herlsey3126

  • Reply Carla Castro Perez March 3, 2019 at 11:21 am

    WOW! So happy I was able to see you blog, bagong tuklas na buffet. Actually antagal ko na gusto kumain dito but I was doubtful kasi ang alam ko noon hindi sya buffet style. Thank you po will definitely try this with my fam, super affordable sya at IG worthy pa.

  • Reply merelle27 March 4, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Wow. Kasasabi lang to ng father-in-law ko na recommended raw ng psahero nya. Maganda pala talaga. Nakakatakam pa mga foods

  • Reply Elvie Mae Balea March 11, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    This is a kind of place I would love to bring my mom when she comes home for a vacation from working overseas. Sobrang miss niya kasi ang Pinoy foods. The place looks cozy. I just hope when we get to visit they had improve the buffet selection.

  • Reply Jolly Carissa Francisco March 29, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Wow the place and the food is really good plus affordable ang buffet rates hopes makapunta dyan to try them all.

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