The Cafe at Hyatt City of Dreams Manila

There is a difference between a buffet restaurant that can satisfy the standard ravenous binging and the ones that you'll place on your hit list. The Cafe at Hyatt City of Dreams, as I discovered yesterday, is the latter. The mood is good, the food is great, the service is ideal, and the price is fair. How fair? It starts at PhP 1,188. Not bad. Not bad at all.

From June 14-19, 2016, The Cafe will be focusing on Cantonese cuisine. Visiting Cantonese chefs, Xi Qin Hui and Zhao Pan Fei, will showcase their delicious creations such as the Deep-Fried Parrot Fish, Crispy Pork Belly Macau Style, and the Wok Fried Prawns and Asparagus with Black Fungus in XO Sauce to name a few. 

The Cafe's buffet stations have live culinary theaters decked with fresh produce. Everything is created right before your eyes. The upside: you're guaranteed of freshly cooked food all the time. The downside: You have to wait a little for the popular dishes. I'm always willing to wait for good food, so no qualms about that one.

There are 6 stations to date - The Italian, The Grill and Griddle, The Deli, The Comfort and Favorites, The Pastry, and The Asian {above and below}. 

The Crispy Crab Claw with Asian Cream Sauce is my favorite! The light coating gives way to a flavorful, meaty interior. I suspect that others find it just as perfect because every single fresh batch is gone in a couple of seconds. I had it with fried rice, with noodles, and with salmon gnocchi {beats me}. It's excellent!

You may wanna go for the Laksa here. It's satisfying! You can go for the mild version, medium, and the tongue scorcher.

The Cafe's range of dim sum is something to look forward to. They're not extensive, but they are really tasty. The Deep-Fried Snapper is also a must try. Just like the crab claws, this one is lightly coated and laced with just the right amount of seasoning. 

The Deli Station {above} has a fine selection of charcuteries, cheese, bread, terrines, chilled seafood, and pâtés. The prosciutto alone made me very happy!

Sashimi, Nigiri, Sushi, and Chilled Seafood. The Cafe's salmon and tuna sashimi are faultless! Those two are some of the things I consistently binge on whenever I hit the buffet. I skipped the octopus because I can't digest anything with tentacles. My friend vouched for its goodness, though. 

Carvings are a staple in a buffet. No surprise there. The surprise element lies in the taste. These two, fortunately, are both winners. A little to the left of these is the grill and griddle area. I thought I took a photo of it, but it turns out I didn't. It was a monumental lapse in judgment due to hunger.

Anyway, that's where you want to hang out. The teppanyaki and yakitori are wonderful! There's kebab, satay, and grilled everything, too!

Fruits and Prosciutto. Prosciutto alone is fantastic. Prosciutto strips with melon chunks are better. Prosciutto with burrata is, of course, best.

Homegrown hits are served at The Comfort and Favorites Station. A very apt name, yeah? The Aligue Rice is a rich concoction done nicely here. 

The Pastry has a great spread of sweets! There's soft serve ice cream, churros, waffles, crêpes, cakes, pancakes, and of course, various pastries.

The 315-seat dining hall is open from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. with extended hours on weekends. Lunch starts at 12 noon while dinner starts at 6 p.m.


Breakfast (6 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)        PhP 1,188 net
Lunch (Mon-Wed)                           PhP 1,388 net
Lunch (Thu-Sat)                              PhP 1,488 net
Lunch (Sun)                                     PhP  1,988 net
Dinner (Mom-Wed)                         PhP 1,888 net
Dinner (Thu-Sun)                            PhP 1,988 net

The Cafe at Hyatt City of Dreams
Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, 
Entertainment City, Parañaque, Manila
Tel. No. (+632) 691.12.34 
Facebook: Hyatt City of Dreams Manila
Twitter: @HyattCODManila
Instagram: @hytattcityofdreamsmanila

Onward and Upward!


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