Many people patronize buffet-style restaurants because these dinners allow them to taste a wide variety of dishes. I love going to buffets as I get to have more of my food favorites and get to discover new ones at a very affordable price.
I usually go to Cabalen to satisfy my cravings for Filipino food. Cabalen's eat-all-you-can buffet is priced at P 298 per head on regular days ; P499 per head on weekend lunch. Cabalen buffet has expanded to include Japanese and Chinese food in Cabalen’s Mall of Asia, Megamall, and Ermita branches (P 398).
I went to SM Megamall branch this time for their Filipino-Asian Buffet. The place was jampacked with people.
Their salad station shines the spotlight on garden-fresh veggies, Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, watercress, onions, and parsley combine with your choice of drizzled dressings.
They even had different salad concoctions and offer a selection of vegetable tempura! The crispy kang-kong and okoy is a must try, I like the tartar dip that goes with it.
They also have great Filipino viand to choose from like Kare-Kare (tripe cooked in peanut sauce), Lechon (roasted pork), Pinakbet (sauteed mixed vegetables), Beringhe (Pampanga's version of paella), Ginataang Kuhol (golden apple snails are cooked in coconut milk), Sisig, Dinuguan (pork stew) and other Filipino trademark foods.
They have Tofu, Pork, Chicken and Bangus Sisig which they serve in small iron skillets upon order.
I had several servings of my favorite Kare-Kare. Cabalen makes it from scratch and I love how tender the tripe stew is! It goes well with their in-house bagoong, which has the right mix of saltiness and sweetness.
Filipino-Asian Buffet includes Maki sushi, vegetable rolls and california rolls. Chinese favorites, including siomai and steamed rice!
I also took fancy on their Lechon Kawali. The crispy pork cutlets that are tender and moist. Biting into these meat cracklings was heavenly!
They also have a handful of grilled fishes and the real Kapampangan burong hipon (shrimp with fermented rice) or burong aligue (crab fat with fermented rice) that gives texture to these dishes. A couple of steamed vegetables like eggplant, ampalaya, okra etc. completes the experience.
They have chocolate fondue, fruits, puto and kakanin for your sweet cravings.
If you like Halo-Halo, youshould try out their Guinumis selection, Guinumis is a Filipino dessert similar to Halo-Halo. It is a beverage mix made from coconut milk, toasted pinipig, sago and gulaman.
Overall, my buffet experience was good and satisfying. Now for the giveaway:
The Cabalen chain of restaurants has been the standard for excellent Filipino food. And as Cabalen celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and it is sponsoring a giveaway for my loyal followers! One loyal follower of Lucky Finds gets a chance to win Buffet Passes for Two
1. Like and tag Lucky Finds Facebook Page.
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4. Follow Lucky Finds account on G+.
5. Share this blog giveaway on Facebook using the hashtag #Cabalen3Dekada.
6. Post your link, email and username (Facebook and Instagram) in the comment section below.
This giveaway is open to Metro Manila residents and will end 12NN on April 10, 2017
The winner must claim their prizes at their head office located at #54 JP Rizal St. corner Aguado St., Project 4, Quezon City (near Katipunan LRT Station).
UPDATE: The guveaway has ended and JEDA was drawn as winner
3/F Bldg B, SM Megamall