My friend, Cristina, invited me to experience The Peninsula Manila brunch buffet last week. It’s called The Ultimate Sunday Brunch – a crossover feast of Escolta’s international fare and Spices’ Asian flavors. This is the continuation of Part 1, where I featured Escolta.
I love the relaxed Balinese inspired interiors of Spices. Every Sunday, Spices sets up a buffet spread of Thai, Indian and other Southeast Asian favorites as part of the Ultimate Sunday brunch buffet. This is good reason for vegetarians to rejoice, since Spices has several vegetarian dishes.
Again, much thought is put into making sure everything is beautiful – from the fresh flowers and decor to the ice sculpture center piece.
The Vietnamese spring rolls and Asian salads at the Appetizers table are so refreshingly healthy.
My favorites here are the Seafood Curry (with naan on the side) and Tom Yum Goong (chili prawn soup with coriander and lime) – very authentic flavors. I made 2 trips back to this table. 😀 The Beef Rendang is also highly recommended, though I did not try it since I do not eat beef.
Due to the vastness of the buffet, Executive Sous Chef Sam Linder says they put stations in strategic locations so that diners have easy access. At Spices, there are Carving and Dessert Stations too. I like the simplicity of the fried whole grouper (lapu-lapu) at the Carving Station. The Filipino favorite Halo-halo was the main attraction at the Spices dessert table.
At last, dessert!
There should always be room for dessert. And at this Ultimate Buffet, there’s plenty of that.
A French cupcake table will greet you by the door, and entice you to have dessert first. The French theme, by the way, is a continuing theme throughout the hotel, in honor of The Peninsula Paris which just opened recently in August 1st (we share the same birthday!).
Muffins, danish pastries, doughnuts, croissants, and bagels are aplenty.
That’s a beautiful chocolate ganache mask centerpiece on the dessert table.
But what I really, truly enjoyed (and they came highly recommended by Cristina) were the Hot Smores Pudding with chocolate sauce and the Brioche Bread and Butter pudding with almond slivers and white vanilla sauce – oh so heavenly melt-in-your-mouth goodness! Let the photo speak for itself.
For those with little kids, the Peninsula converts the ballroom during daytime into a play room where kids can play so the adults can take their time enjoying brunch. Kid-friendly food is served there too.
A most enjoyable Manila brunch buffet for the family
The word “ultimate” is not in the buffet name without reason. It is an extensive buffet, with so many excellent food choices. For me, the authenticity of Spices makes this buffet different and definitely ahead of other hotel buffets.
Although it’s called brunch, the buffet opens from 12 noon with extended hours till 3 PM. This gives diners ample time to enjoy the vast buffet. Even so, you will not be able to taste everything. Now that’s the excuse to come back. 😀
I especially enjoyed the ultimate Peninsula Manila brunch buffet, not just because I spent it with good company, but also because the food was marvelous. This, plus the thought that goes into beautiful details, the impeccable service of the staff, and the overall relaxed atmosphere – all these come together for a beautiful Sunday brunch experience at The Peninsula Manila.
Thanks very much again, Cristina and Chef Sam, for the awesome time!
Rates for the Ultimate Champagne Sunday Brunch:
PHP 3,300 (inclusive of free-flowing Champagne, wines, local beers and soft drinks). PHP 3,000 (inclusive of free-flowing sparkling wines, wines, local beers and soft drinks).
PHP 2,200 (adults), PHP 1,200 (children under 12). Prices are subject to 10% service charge and applicable government taxes.