I’m actually not one who would immediately think of Chinese food when heading out to eat with friends or family. It’s not that I don’t enjoy Oriental dishes. It is perhaps because I’m more partial to Japanese and Continental fare.
That being said, who would’ve thought I’d have so much fun food tripping in Hong Kong?!
Just recently, my wife and I together with a couple of close foodie friends (The KTG!) and travel buddies were invited to join a fun and adventurous Hong Kong food tour courtesy of Philippines AirAsia and Vikings Luxury Buffet for their “Dine and Fly” promo – their first ever collaboration which just recently concluded. During this campaign, Philippines AirAsia and Vikings gave free trips to Hong Kong and Malaysia (including hotel accommodations) for three days and two nights to two (2) lucky winners. Incredible, right?!
So, this Hong Kong food tour meant trying out dishes – yes, including non-traditional fare – that have helped define this incredible city. And since I am one who never turns down an adventure or a challenge, for that matter, I was naturally all for it.
Who doesn’t know about one of the most well-known buffet restaurant chains in the country? Vikings is arguably the go-to place for family get togethers and various festive celebrations.
So, since Vikings is such a popular food destination, you’re probably wondering why I am still writing about them. Well, simply because one of their newest branches (which I recently visited) has very different ambiance compared to their other establishments.
Vikings at SM Jazz, Makati City has everything you’ve come to expect from this well-loved franchise… except for the maddening crowd. Yup! This particular branch has a quainter setting and a noticeably more quiet atmosphere. Hey, it doesn’t mean that mixing it up with other people while choosing your favorite dishes ain’t fun. Of course it is!
But if you happen to be looking for a place to hangout which offers the same vast selection of delicious dishes sans the noise and body bumping action as you make your way around the buffet spread, then Vikings at SM Jazz is your best bet.
When I visited Vikings at SM Jazz for the first time, its coziness was the first thing I noticed – the place was significantly more comfortable. I didn’t really have anything to say about their spread because… hey… it’s Vikings, after all! This particular branch may seem to be considerably smaller than other branches, but its space sure doesn’t compromise on the overwhelming selection of dishes being offered here.
Great food, just like great experiences, need to be revisited.
Because my first trip to Genji M was an astounding success for my taste buds, not to mention my belly, it was an absolute given that I would return for another round of delicious unlimited sushi, maki and rolls.
Lo and behold, upon arriving I immediately noticed that Genji M seemed to have souped up and improved its menu, service, manpower and ambiance since the last time I visited.
How much of an improvement you ask? Well… because of the establishment’s sudden rise and incredible success, Genji M made a couple of notable upgrades such as a change of management, a new head chef, a faster and better system and a whole slew of promo options. All this so you, the customer, may have a better dining experience. They also have a new menu with a whole slew of mouth watering items that I can’t wait to try. I’m actually excited to tell you all about it and get you raring to go back the same way I did.
Everybody knows Mario’s. It is one of the very few restaurants in the country that have stood the test of time and perhaps one of the more prominent establishments frequented by people, young and old, who know good food.
I was recently at the Tomas Morato branch of Mario’s and had the opportunity to enjoy their very popular Classic Sunday Lunch Buffet with good friends who also happen to be fellow foodies (Notice how I inserted the word, “fellow” in there? Yep… self-professed foodie here! Haha!). These guys are some of the best in the food blogging industry.
I knew that my wife and I were in for a treat given that any time the words “Mario’s” and “buffet” come together, it is always cause for a gastronomical celebration.