Seats For Two celebrated New Year’s Eve in Macau a few months ago. Part of our itinerary was a first-timer’s visit to City of Dreams Macau. And back here in the Philippines, coincidentally, City of Dreams Manila just had it’s grand launch last February.
Our first visit to City of Dreams Manila was a launch party at Pangea hosted by PLDT SME Nation & Samsung. So imagine our excitement when Hyatt Hotel invited us over for an intimate lunch buffet at “The Cafe“.
Led by Executive Chef Michael Luedtke, the 315-seater Cafe is the 5-star hotel’s upscale buffet venue open for 24 hours serving freshly cooked Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, French, and Italian cuisines, among others.
The entire cafe resembles an ‘ocean wave‘, with the buffet stations as the shoreline splashing towards the guests’ dining area.
The Lunch Buffet
Upon arrival and after a short conversation with our host Joshua Leo Hernandez, we started our lunch buffet with the Asian Noodle station which was Hyatt COD‘s highlight in an “Asian Noodle Delights” promotion that was recently concluded.
We had a bowl of Char Shiu Ramen and Ba Khu Teh noodles each. It was both good and refreshing, but between the two, we preferred the lighter Ba Kuh Teh. We got news that two more noodle variants – the Szechuan and the Laksa – were a hit with the crowd. That is certainly something to look forward to.
The Comfort Food and Favorites Station offers the frequent-requested dishes – large cut fries, shrimp tempura, veggie tempura, and roast chicken, among others. The Italian station offers unique variations of famous Itallian cuisines such as pasta and pizza.
The Grill & Griddle station offers a selection of tender ribeye and your choice of meat, freshly grilled to your liking. The special stations for the cold cuts & cheeses, carving station, and dessert, are also note-worthy.
We also spotted pork adobo (definitely not a “yaya’s meal”), steak, sausages, and some dimsum. Moreover, we loved ‘The Cafe”s Pad Thai, so it deserves a special mention.
At the Deli & Pastry station, you’ll find various cheeses, nuts, cold cuts, pates and spreads for warm bread and the salad station. Slabs of tuna and salmon, sushi and sashimi are near this section as well.
We found the “Dessert Station“, our favorite part of the meal, at the inner part of the restaurant. Waiting for us were slices of Calamansi and Pecan tart, truffles, chocolates in different sizes and two flavors of special and silky soft-serve ice cream. Yes, you read that right – soft-serve – but it’s nowhere near your ordinary soft-serve ice cream.
And lastly, don’t forget to grab a few pieces of the colorful gummy bears. Get some more if you are with actual kids. 😛
In general, our lunch buffet at The Cafe was good and satisfying. They also offer breakfast buffet, dinner buffet, and ala carte meals in between.
Here’s a little-known secret – they have “midnight buffets” as well which runs during, well, midnights. 😛 This got us curious actually, and hopefully we can try that if ever we get the chance to have our first check-in Hyatt City of Dreams soon.
City of Dream Manila
Aseana Avenue, corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Paranaque
(+632) 691 1234
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