If it isn’t obvious already, I’ll say it again, I love food. I love eating out. From Facebook posts to Instagram stories and Snapchat videos, you’ll see me posting a lot about food.
Which is why I always find time to go to new restaurants and discover
what’s new in the neighborhood. For today’s post, I’m sharing my
experience at 7 Flavors Buffet & Ala Carte
at San Juan. 7 Flavors is a budget friendly buffet and ala cart dining
restaurant that uses the 7 flavors (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, spicy,
umami and astringent), and showcases cuisine from all over the world.
Ranked No. 7
Pinaka Patok na Buffet Restos 2016
by popular lifestyle show Ang Pinaka, 7 Flavors is helmed by celebrity chef and Kusina Master Chef Boy Logro.
The restaurant just opened last May, but it already has a steady stream of loyal clientele.
The restaurant is separated into two sections: the ala carte cafe is at the first floor, while the buffet is at the second floor.
I loved the ambiance of the first floor as it was really cozy, and the chalk board art + menu really stood out.
As for the second floor, the setup is a buffet area at one side of the room, then there’s a big general dining area, and a few function rooms you can reserve for special gatherings. From what I noticed, there are three rooms you can get depending on your need.
Now onto the food!
7 Flavors Buffet Food
The starters section was brimming with yummy options that can whet your appetite. From warm soft bread, soup, to crispy tacos, croquettes, and salads, there’s an option for everyone.
My favorite would be the taco station because the shell was really crispy, and the beef was seasoned well, plus I get to put a lot of cheese on mine!
Another favorite is these croquettes, brown and crispy on the outside, soft, fluffy, smooth, and savory on the inside.
There’s also a DIY salad bar if you don’t like the other options, so everyone is covered.
Lechon Al Horno – the lechon was good, the skin crispy and properly salted. The meat was juicy and tender, every bit what you would want from roast pork. The only issue for me was it took a long time for the crackle to be replenished, haha. The other buffet goers piled the crackle high on their plates, leaving little to our group.
Chicken Fricasse – chicken in cream sauce, it was good, but easily forgettable
Pork Medallion – I was very surprised that it was called pork medallion, because this isn’t what pork medallion looks like. Anyhow, it tastes more like an Asian pork stew
Thai Fish Curry – surprisingly yummy, the fish curry didn’t have any of that fishy smell, instead was fragrant and packed a lot of flavor in every bite
Soy Tofu – this reminded me so much of the tofu hot pot dishes served in clay pots at Chinese restaurants. It was good, but not a favorite
Beef Kare Kare – you actually have to dig through layers of vegetables before you get to the beef. It was your typical kare kare, not too creamy, but not soupy either.
Singaporean Mixed Seafood – surprisingly good as well. I didn’t think much of this one until I had a bite. It was an oriental stew of sorts, and had just the right amount chili for that extra kick
Korean Salmon Head – the star of the night. Everyone agreed that this was their favorite. It was the perfect harmony of salty and sweet
Baked Creamy Vegetable
Roast Beef – it wasn’t outstanding, but it was juicy and packed flavor.
DIY Pizza and Pasta Station- they also have this DIY pasta and pizza station where you could choose between sauces and toppings. I got to try the four cheese pasta and the pomodoro.
Assorted Sushi Plate – the sushi and rolls are nothing new, but they tasted great and made with quality ingredients.
Spotted this lobster carving on a pumpkin! Not sure if this is Chef Boy Logro’s creation but it does add a nice touch
They had cakes, cream puffs, cupcakes, brownies, mango sago, maja blanca, etc., for the dessert spread.
My personal favorite was the mango sago, but my friends also loved the maja blanca
They also have a DIY halo halo station, as well as ice cream!
They have juices for their unlimited drink options, but you can also order from their ala carte menu.
We tried the Elvis milkshake, as well as the fruit shakes and a matcha green tea latte. I liked the Elvis milkshake a lot because it had the peanut butter chocolate goodness I was craving for.
All in all, I had a great time at 7Flavors, it gives you great value for money while also giving a nice place for family gatherings and parties with friends. They actually aren’t competing with buffet bigwigs like Vikings, Buffet 101, Sambokojin, etc. because the price is lower, and they offer a more intimate dining experience. Considering what you get for their price, I’d think that’s a fair trade.
The 7Flavors Buffet Rates:
- Mondays to Thursdays: Lunch at Php 400, dinner at Php 500
- Fridays-Sundays, lunch at Php 600, dinner at Php 600
7Flavors Buffet & A la Carte
196 A. Mabini Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City
Opening Hours: 7am to 11pm Daily
For Reservations contact: 02-5036750 or 02-7210653
Facebook: 7 Flavors Buffet
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