Chef Laudico Guevarra’s (387 P Guevarra St. cor Argone St., Bgy Addition Hills, San Juan)

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Date visited: October 2013

What we ate:

A lot

 

Taste = 4/5

–          Chef Laudico has been made famous because of his involvement in a reality TV show. That’s probably why booking a reservation at a convenient time was very difficult. What we were able to sample from the buffet spread was Dinuguan (meat stew in pig’s blood), Lechon (roasted pig), Pancit (stir-fried egg noodles), Seafood Paella, Hilabos na Hipon (shrips sautéed in butter and garlic), Fish Dory in Mango Sauce, Angus Beef Tapa (tapa means cured/marinated meat), Shanghai (spring rolls), US Angus Beef, Seafood a la Pobre (a la Pobre means cooked in thick brown sauce with garlic), Roasted Vegetables, Ginataang Mais (corn in coconut milk), Maja Blanca (coconut pudding), Suman Balls (steamed glutinous rice) with Latik (sweetened coconut sauce) Sauce. The “misses” were Hilabos na Hipon (shrimp overcooked), Seafood Paella (seafood not fresh) and Seafood a la Pobre (too fishy).  The highlights include the Angus Beef Tapa. It was so tender and was salty, sweet and deliciously fatty. The Angus Beef was likewise great, you could really tell that the quality of the beef was superior. I love roasted veggies and they cooked it very well. The Lechon had a very crispy skin and the meat was so tender – one of the better lechon I’ve tasted in a buffet setting. The “OK” dishes were the Pancit, Fish Dory, Shanghai and the desserts. But the interesting part was that they had what initially appeared as a chocolate fountain. When we got closer to it, it was actually a Latik fountain, which I thought was a very nice little twist.

 

Service = 4/5

–          The people at the reception area weren’t really the nicest ones and there was an aura of chaos among the servers. Nevertheless, they were able to give fast service and were attentive enough.

 

Ambience = 5/5

–          The restaurant looked very homey and was most likely because the interior of the restaurant was not radically changed from the house where it had been converted from. It was really like eating at a family reuinion.

 

Value for money = 4/5

–          There were hits and misses in the food and this restaurant has still not solved the problem encountered by all buffets – some of the food were cold and stale. The price of their buffet is also above average considering the relatively limited choices compared to others.

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Dads, Kamayan and Saisaki (15 West Avenue, Quezon City)

PhotoGrid_1369493853249Date visited: May 2013

What we ate:

A lot

 

Taste = 4/5

–          It’s kind of hard to judge a buffet experience since there could be good dishes and bad dishes on the same buffet spread and it could be a very different experience the next time we eat there. I think it was a good day when we ate there since the taste of the food was good overall. Lyn and I were able to taste lamb, lechon, ham, roast beef, assorted maki, salmon sashimi, biko, leche flan, grilled beef with enoki mushroom, grilled squid, crab, mussels, shrimp, stuffed squid, chicken bbq, bopis, lumpiang shanghai. There was a Japanese chef carefully looking after the sushi bar and the result was great maki and sashimi. The lamb needs special mention since it was really served hot and it tasted so good. Imagine freshly roasted lamb leg being sliced in front of you, then being able to take a bite out of the very tender lamb meat and crunchy skin after spreading good mint jelly on it. Mmm … yummy!

 

Service = 4.5/5

–          The servers were quick to attend to the guests’ requests even though they were jam-packed. The empty dishes were also filled with new ones fast enough.

 

Ambience = 4.5/5

–          The buffet area had a good flow that made the customers freely go to any dish without crowding too much. The spacing of the food and tables were very good. The restaurant was also clean and tidy and the restrooms were well-maintained.

 

Value for money = 4.5/5

–          The price of buffet is very fair considering the wide range of food you could choose from and the quality of the dishes. We weren’t even able to try the pasta bar, salad bar and the crepes.

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