Hyatt’s Market Café

I got DealGrocer vouchers for the Market Café buffet. Market Café is Hyatt Hotel and Casino, located at Pedro Gil corner M.H. del Pilar, Manila. I finally managed to snag a reservation for me and the Parental Units (PU) on Palm Sunday, 1 May 2012.

Hyatt Lobby

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Hyatt Lobby

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Hyatt Hotel and Casino is a deluxe 5-star hotel surrounded by attractions such as Intramuros, Luneta, Rizal Parks, Chinatown, Cultural Centre of the Philippines, and the Manila Bay. It has 376 guestrooms and suites, and boasts of several restaurants and lounges and bars: Market Cafe, Li Li, The Fireplace, Pastry Boutique, The Lounge, and Pool Bar. Parking is located at the basement level (100PhP flat rate, validation available). Market Café is at the same floor as the ballrooms, and just an escalator away from the lobby. We arrived at 1100hrs, a full 30 minutes away from our reservation. Nevertheless, we were welcomed at the door of the restaurant by Yssa, who graciously led us to our table. She informed us that the buffet will start at 1130hrs, and closes at 1430, and at that time, they were still preparing for the lunch buffet. She likewise told us that the voucher included bottomless drinks of soda and local beers. We were immediately offered water and drinks, and we simply settled down with the available newspapers. There was also complimentary wifi in the restaurant, so that was a real plus.

I took a look around the buffet stations at around 1120hrs. There was a carving station (roast beef, chicken and lamb); pasta station (tomato and basil sauce, and white sauce); pizza station (2 kinds of pizza); bread and cheese (blue, emmental, cheddar and port sart) and cold cuts; noodle station; dimsum; sushi and sashimi; tempura bar, Indian station; salad; fresh seafood; fruits; cakes and other pastries; and halo-halo station. There was also sea cucumber and other greens (like kailan), but I do not know how to classify them. 😀

Japanese station

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Mini-Tabasco bottles! I’m in heaven!

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The buffet started at 1130hrs. There were not many people in the restaurant, let’s say it was half full at that time, but already the place was abuzz with excitement. PU1 readily attacked the seafood station (as she always does), and PU2 went straight to the greens (as he always does). I went to the cheese station first and got for myself a slice of all the cheeses, some tomatoes with basil, 2 slices of bread and Parma ham. The ham was great, and the cheese standout was Port Salut and Emmental. I then went to the Japanese station, and got everything with salmon on it, and sampled also the red snapper sashimi.

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Salad station. I skipped this 😀

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I also sampled the Indian offerings and had some of the buttered chicken (which I think endeavours to be tikka masala), lamb biryani, prawn curry, and patha gobi. The Indian food made me miss New Bombay Restaurant. It was beside the miso soup, so I also got some of that. By this time (already my third trip around), I was already somewhat full. But I still went ahead and got some dimsum (seafood roll, pork siomai, and two others I can not name :))). I also got a can of Kirin Beer from the chiller, and split the same between me and PU2. initially, we agreed that it was just like light beer. After about 20 minutes, we changed our minds and also agreed that it had some substantial alcoholic content 😀 I also had some roast beef with mushroom gravy and ratatouille.

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To finish  it off, I got a small slice of tres leches cake, macarons, and my all-time favourite dessert, leche flan taken from the halo-halo station. I have to say, the best buffet leche flan goes to Market Café! I loved every bit of it, it was creamy, with just the right level of sweetness.

I did not get to sample everything, it was just too much for one stomach to handle, but all of the food was great. What was especially exceptional was the service. The servers were very attentive, very hospitable, and answered all my questions and catered to all requests (including PU1, who asked for baked oysters, buttered prawns, spinach noodles). Also, they all served with smiles, which is a definite plus. All in all, I was very satisfied with the Market Café buffet, and would definitely want to try it again.

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