Cafe Ilang-Ilang, Manila Hotel

The Place

Café Ilang-Ilang is located inside the Manila Hotel, the country’s premier five-star and flagship hotel.  Upon entering Café Ilang-Ilang, their friendly and courteous lobby ladies will attend to you right away.  Café Ilang-Ilang has a very convoluted design and finish.  It has an ample amount of space and you can feel the Renaissance time through its ambiance.  They have at least nine (9) different stations, 5 of them are active buffet, wherein they can cook the food for you.  They offer a wide range of authentic Filipino and multinational food.  Some of the food they have are: Halal, Mongolian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Thai Foodand so much more.  They can take you to a different country just right on your plate.

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The Food

I ate a lot of their food and I don’t have enough space to tell you all about its taste, but here is a list the Top 5 foods that you need to try when you visit Café Ilang-Ilang.

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Cheese Cake

Their cheese cake is very creamy and has a little holes on it.  It means that the right amount of air is incorporated in the mixture.  The mango complements the sweetness of the cake. It gives a boost in taste and also aesthetically.

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Their Gyoza is really a food to die for, it has an ample amount of veggies and shrimps on it.  You can even eat it without any sauce.  It was fried in perfection and the temperature upon serving is exactly the heat applicable for dimsum.

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Kani Bacon

Their Kani Bacon is very piquant in taste and in my sight.  The bacon is very salty for me, but bacon isn’t bacon if its not salty.

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Assorted Macaroons

Their macaroons has no artificial flavoring.  It has abundant original flavors and it is not too sweet.  I love their UBE macaroons, it taste like “ubeng halaya”.  Compliments to the Chef for a job well done!Cafe ilang-IlangSinigang na Tadyang ng Baboy sa Gabi at Sampaloc
(Pork Sour Soup with Tamarind and Taro)

This is my favorite among them all.  Although it is just the sinigang which we usually eat at home, Café Ilang-Ilang gave a little twist on it.  It’s not too sour, a little bit sweet and has a really thick soup due to taro.  The pork is very tender and is easy to eat even if it is attach to the bone.  In addition, their sinigang has ginger on it, which is not usual to our staple sinigang at home.

* More photos of my gastronomic adventure? Click here.

The Server

Café Ilang-Ilang’s servers are courteous and very attentive.  They make sure to bus out immediately the plates and change your silverwares if needed.  They are very knowledgeable of the menu for the day and about the history of Café Ilang-Ilang.

The Price

Café Ilang-Ilang Buffet’s Price:

Breakfast Buffet
Monday – Sunday: P 1,450 NET

Lunch Buffet
Monday – Saturday: P 2,150 NET
Sunday Brunch: P 2,400 NET

Dinner Buffet
Saturday – Wednesday: P 2,450 NET
Thursday and Friday: P 2,950 NET

The Verdict

Overall, Café Ilang-Ilang is a must try buffet restaurant in the country.  Their price range is a bit high, but you can never replace the experience you will encounter through the food they are serving.  You can travel the world without getting out of your seat.  Almost all of their food is perfection and the way their chefs explain each food on how they do it is really an amazing experience.  They also suggest food that will surely set your palate in Nirvana.  It was really an amazing gastronomic journey for me and I have been in food coma again after my Café Ilang-Ilang gastronomic journey.

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Disclaimer:  The Satastefied Chef received the product(s) / service for free for evaluation/ review purposes. All opinions expressed here are solely from me (the author) and have not influenced by the sponsor.

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