The Philippine Government used to own the former Westin Philippine Plaza Hotel (one of the best hotels in the metropolis) until its stake and operations was disposed of to the private sector. Decades after, I've learned that the hotel's name has been changed to Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila under a foreign management operation.
|the lobby at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila|
|Sofitel's Spiral Staircase|
|Spiral dining area|
|assorted products for sale at Spiral 2 Go|
|huge water fountain at the center of Spiral|
Spiral's ambiance is superb compared to some other buffet restaurants I've been to. It has an almost full-scale food menu.
I super liked the fact that the restaurant has a Cheese and Cold Cuts Room. It looks like a huge freezer where one can just go inside and choose numerous types of cheese and various cured meats (bologna, salami, ham, etc.), capers and olives. Sad to say, I just had some small bits of it.
|cheese and cold cuts room|
|different kinds of cheeses|
The bread atelier staff served us newly baked bread placed in a basket and we liked it hot that we almost consumed it. It had a hard crust outside but very soft inside and just right for the carrot soup which we had.
|hot delicious bread|
One of the staff served us "Foie Gras", a known luxury food made of a fattened liver of a duck or goose, and "au gratin" in a unique way. Surprisingly, a group of foreign guests even requested the staff of the foie gras station to serve them more. But gosh, I realized that I have a simple palate for this kind of French opulent cuisine. Among the four of us, it was June who enjoyed the most. Foie Gras is a french word for "fatty liver".
June's HB asked one of the staff to give him an expensive gourmet delicacy called "UNI". It's a sea urchin roe commonly known by its Japanese name. I heard June describing that it tastes like an ocean and slimy. :) It was not on the buffet spread but you can ask for it. It's free!
|Uni (Sea Urchin)|
There are also amazing selection of desserts, from cakes, chocolates, ice creams, gelatos, candies and gummies, and native delicacies, etc. Beverages like soda and juice are not free except for unlimited coffee and tea.
Overall, we enjoyed our meal. The music from the live band above us was an added feature. Our generous sponsor for this memorable fine dining indeed experienced a "splurge" for the evening! He spent almost P12,990 for the night (P3,247 per person). Yes, Spiral Buffet is on the upper level of Spectrum. You have to gorge on the luxury food (e.g. foie gras, uni, lobsters, premium beef, etc.) to compensate for Spiral's pricey price tag! If you want a 50% discount you need to have an Accor Advantage Plus Card.
Spiral 2 Go also offers some homemade cakes and pralines, jams, tableya, macaroons, cookies, etc. where you can take it home for a few pesos.
Once again, an unforgettable Spiral Buffet night at a once upon a time memorable Westin Philippine Plaza, now Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila!
Sofitel Spiral Address:
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City 1300,
Metro Manila, Philippines
Till next time,
♥ Maven and June