Chef Laudico Guevarra's Buffet Restaurant Experience
Last Valentine's Day, M and I decided to celebrate the day over our favorite past time, FOOD. And what better way to devour (lots of) f...
Last Valentine's Day, M and I decided to celebrate the day over our favorite past time, FOOD. And what better way to devour (lots of) food than to experience it over buffet, the- Chef Laudico Guevarra's Buffet - way!
Why Chef Laudico Guevarra's Buffet Restaurant on Valentine's Day? First, we wanted to dine in a casual, homey, and intimate restaurant with a romantic ambiance. We all know how Victorian or in Chef Laudico Guevarra's case, old-Manila or Spanish-inspired ambiance could be romantic and nostalgic right? I like that, we wanted that dining feel for that beautiful afternoon, hence the venue deemed perfect for that special day. Plus, it's just a few minutes away from Manila, where we reside.
Now let's talk about what the important matter we came there for, their buffet food spread! Basically, Chef Laudico Guevarra's Buffet Restaurant offers six stations: APPETIZERS, MAIN COURSE, CARVING STATION, HOT & GRILLED, DESSERTS and BEVERAGES.
The buffet restaurant has over 50 Filipino delicious dishes to choose from. Yes, this is an all-Filipino buffet restaurant, so if you're expecting other dishes, you will not find it here. But we should all love our own and if you're up for true Pinoy dishes coupled with a Filipino-Spanish old house ambiance, one that will take you back in time, this buffet restaurant is for you.
For HOT & GRILLED, they offer the following dishes: Liempo, Grilled Chicken, Angus Beef Tapa, Seafood Pizza, Karnevorous Pizza, Vegetarian Pizza Lumpiang Shanghai, Crablets, Grilled Corn, Camote Croquettes, Gindara Fish and Grilled Squid to name a few.
You would be surprised that this re-purposed and renovated old Spanish-Filipino house just had minimum interventions. It seemed like the rooms and other parts of the house were preserved and the restaurant just worked around what is present.
The house's rooms were turned to different function rooms, good to fit small to large groups. You could even close a room for an hour for a private function. The restaurant is spacious and could fit a large number of diners at the same time.
There are 6 rooms in which may be used for intimate functions such as weddings, product launches, baptismal reception or birthday party.
|The area where the buffet spread is situated and tables for two are set-up. Here's my lovee Daddy M.|
|Guests were serenaded by this talented quartet. They sang Beautiful In My Eyes and All Of Me to us.|
|We got a little bit of everything. This was just Round 1! :)|
|Bulalo up close and personal. They serve Filipino Soup dishes, that day, it was this.|
|A plateful of desserts and an extra order of brewed coffee.|
|Rose petals on the staircase for their romantic touch on Valentine's Day.|
|Bamboo Trees stand tall to give a green, zen and relaxing ambiance outside.|
|Chef Laudico Guevarra's Buffet Restaurant from the other side of the house|
|Grabbed from Chef Laudico Guevarra's Facebook Page|
Here were our review of the following: Food, Ambiance, Cost and Service:
- FOOD - When we came to Chef Laudico Guevarra's Buffet Restaurant, we already know that we're in for an all-Filipino buffet spread, so there's no expectation to find something else. I enjoyed their Angus Beef Kare-Kare, their tasty Lechon, and my favorite Callos was to die for. Their desserts were just at the right level of sweetness. They had the right mix of everything. I must say, your craving for Filipino dishes will be satisfied at Guevarra's from Appetizers, Main Course, Grilled, Carving, and Dessert stations, you wouldn't be shortchanged. I just wish their beverage selection would offer more than sodas and Iced Tea.
- AMBIANCE - True to the very old-Filipino casa vibe. The whole house was preserved well which made guests feel very much at home. Since we came there at lunch time, there was enough natural light to where we were seated, however, in some rooms, it was a little dimmed. Every corner of the restaurant was clean including their restrooms. Overall, it was like coming home to your grandparents' house and sharing a meal with them.
- COST - I would say the most reasonable and most affordable buffet which offers quality and sumptuous food selection. Plus imagine! You are not dining just anywhere, you are devouring food creations of none other than the well-renowned, power couple, Chefs Roland and Jacqueline Laudico! Every peso spent is well-worth it!
- SERVICE - Reservation officers who answered my calls were polite and quick to give feedback on availability or otherwise. They even followed up my confirmation a week before via test message. That's good customer experience right there. During our dining day, their staff were courteous, quick to respond, helpful and pleasant-looking.