Fresh - The Solaire Buffet

Posted on Saturday, August 10, 2013 |
Solaire is one of the newest players in the gaming industry in Manila and the others are on its way here.  I've heard of some Hong Kong-based business tycoon is bringing in his money to build something that is as good as this.  I've also heard that these casinos are investing at least $1 Billion around the vicinity.  

This is not my first time here though because a friend showed me around here months ago right after its opening.  All I said was that the place was very lavish but I don't mind because  I believe that some of Filipinos deserve to see something as beautiful as this without having to leave the country.  

Let's shift focus on Fresh which is the buffet that's supposed to give Sofitel's Spirals and Shangri-la's Heat a run for its money.  

We brought our two-month old Baby Mayumi for dinner and her Mommy gamely posed for the camera.  Mayumi did not mind though because she was fast asleep.  The stairs with the red carpet on the photo below leads you to the VIP gaming area.  Just a random thought though, I don't think the VIP's will ever use the lavish stairs

I love the wavy jelly-fish inspired ceiling at Fresh and how spacious it is.  It feels like you're under the golden sea. 

The chefs in action.  I am so sure they're loving their own working space.  

First stop at the buffet - Lobsters and Oysters Section!  My friend Patty gave me a tip that I should start in this area because they ran out of lobsters at around eight in the evening.

I wanted my lobster with butter and garlic! I was so excited to eat it and it did not disappoint me.  No plating needed because this was gone in 30 seconds. 

Next stop was Lechon even if I had lechon for lunch at the Salcedo Market.  I just thought I had to give it a try too. 

I only got this much Lechon because I was being kind to myself.  Hahaha! 

Patty was so full and regretted the fact that she ate so much lobsters because she was not able to make room for all the other food.  

I had some break times because I had to make sure that I get to taste every single food on the buffet.  Of course I know it was impossible.  I tried the Cous-Cous.  The only carbohydrate-rich food I ate.  When in a buffet dinner, I always avoid rice and other carb-rich foods because it gives me that feeling of unsatisfied-fullness.  

Some more meat, please. 

Patty wants it bigger... Rawr! 

Going Japanese on these.

I got some good pesto which I did not get to finish even after sharing it with Patty.  

I am so happy that this one has a label.  I also shared this with Patty for food-tasting purposes.  

Risotto. The Italian version of our "lugaw". LOL! 

I forced myself to finish this mango-coconut dessert because it was too bland.  I am into mangoes and coconut meat but this one reminds me of  not so good experiences.  Maybe I was expecting that it would just taste something like a mango ice box cake but it had an after taste of uncooked egg yolk.  Eew! The one beside the mango was an "ok" dessert though but not a hands up. 

Good thing, the buko pandan ice cream which I topped with blueberries saved the dessert family.  It was really good.  I wanted to get more but stopped myself after regaining my sanity. Hahaha! 

Please say "Hello!" to our happy and satisfied faces! 

I am not a big fan of buffets though because I think its a lose-lose situation.  If you don't eat as much, you lose because you paid so much. If you eat more than what you're supposed to, you are adding some more numbers on your waistline which increases your risk of a cardiac arrest.  I'm just being morbid about it.  

I'd say it was a good buffet dinner because I get to speak a little German and I have convinced Tita Liza to download DuoLingo on her phone so she can brush up on her French. 

On a more serious note, I'd give Fresh a rating of 7 in a scale of 0 to 10 with 10 being the highest.  Not bad right? Its still value for your money. 

Dinner Buffet on Saturdays and Sundays cost Php 2,600  and Php 2,400 from Monday to Thursday. 

You have got to try it and tell me about your experience too! 

Xoxo ViVi oxoX


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