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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Spectrum Buffet @ Fairmont Makati

After having drinks at the Long Bar, we proceeded to Spectrum for the dinner buffet.

Spectrum is a spacious and elegant all-day dining restaurant offering dishes from from China, Middle East, India, Europe and the Philippines. The table reserved for us was near the dessert area (which is to my advantage.hehe)

What separates Spectrum from other hotel buffets is the interactive dining concept, wherein guests can freely interact with the chefs.

Here are the stations of Spectrum buffet:

Cheese and Cold Cuts Station

Cold Cuts

Salad Station

Caprese Salad

You can ask the chef to create a salad for you.

Bread Station

Seafood Station

Carving Station

Medium Rare Roasted Beef

We asked for a sampler dish of everything in the carving station, and it was served at our table. And of course, I had the Roasted Beef.

Tandoori Station

I wasn't able to get my own tandoori dish, but I got to try Sanju's lamb tandoori, which was really flavorful and tender.

Pizza Station

While we were taking photos, Richie was already giving this station a serious look.

You can order a personal pizza, like the ones we had. We had two different toppings for the pizza.

Cooked Dishes and Pasta Stations

I didn't really get cooked dishes because I don't want to stuff myself for the desserts. hehe. :)

I asked the pasta chef to create a pasta sampler (with different types of pasta and sauces) for me, and he came up with this:

our pasta sampler

Impressive, right?

Dimsum Station

I also got a dim sum sampler, which I finished alone. hahaha!

Noodle Station

Sushi and Sashimi Station

I wouldn't miss on my favorite buffet item, sushi!

my sushi plate

The sushi chefs are quite friendly in giving suggestions on the types of sushi that I should try. Aside from my usual California Maki, I liked the ones filled with the lechon.

Tempura Station

Instead of serving ready-made tempura, the chefs will cook tempura per request. :)

I was a little sad that they didn't use king prawns for my tempura.

Honey Station

Honeycomb on Chocolate Cup

The highlight of the Spectrum buffet is the Honey Station, and they have live honeybees! My fellow foodies particularly loved the Mascarpone topped with Pistachio and the Honeycomb on Chocolate Cup.

Dessert Station

And last but not the least: THE DESSERTS!!!

The dessert station was pretty extensive. Aside from the cakes and pastries, it also includes the Mango Station, Halo-halo and Ice Cream Station, and the Crepe Station.

Ice Cream and Sorbet Station
Mango Station

I shared some cakes with Yedy but I also got myself crepe, personally prepared by Executive Pastry Chef Didier Derouet.

my crepe :)

I had banana crepe with chocolate syrup, topped with flambeed marshmallows and English Toffee Ice Cream (as suggested by Chef Miko Aspiras, after seeing the confusion on my face. Choosing one ice cream flavor is a tough job, you know). 

Mango Cue

I also enjoyed the Mango-Cue, which was really sweet. I suppose they're using Guimaras mangoes for the Mango Station.

Chef Miko Aspiras also made us try his creation: White Chocolate-Covered Olives.

White Chocolate-Covered Olives

The taste of the olive surprisingly went well with the chocolate. :)

Spectrum is one of the best hotel buffets I have tried. The delicious food and impressive service was really worth its price. Spectrum has a dessert buffet option, which makes me a really happy kid. I see myself going back soon.

Overall, it was an awesome dinner with my fellow food bloggers. I was actually too shy to even approach some of them (too starstruck, I swear!). I'm looking forward to seeing all of them again soon.


*as of September 6, 2013

Breakfast - Php 1450 net
Lunch - Php 1675 net
Weekdays (Sunday to Thursday) - Php 1995 net
Weekends (Friday and Saturday) - Php 2285 net

- Buffet is inclusive of coffee and tea.
- Rates are inclusive of service charge and applicable taxes.
- Look forward to their Champagne Brunch on February 2013.

Thanks to Loni Balagtas & Monique Toda of Raffles Makati and Spanky Enriquez for organizing this event.


Lobby Level
Raffles and Fairmont Makati
1 Raffles Drive
Makati Avenue
Makati City
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 6:00AM - 10:00AM
Weekends and Holidays: 6:00AM - 11:00AM
Daily: 11:30AM to 2:30PM
Daily: 6:00PM to 10:00PM                                              
Facebook Page: Fairmont Makati / Raffles Makati
Twitter: @FairmontMakati


  1. grabe i love the buffet spread! bago to o ngayon ko lang narinig? hehe im so inggit!

    1. Hi Chyng! Bago lang to, last December lang nag-open ang hotel. :)

  2. Oh my God! This is like a million times better then Yakimix where I recently pigged out! The pizza! The desserts! Oh my haha :)

    I would try everything there except the carving station - I feel bad seeing how the duck looks like.

    Definitelt will have to try this really soon :)

  3. The pizza variants look very interesting and I want to try Mango cue! :D

  4. This is an ultimate foodgasm experience, I'm envious! A day won't be enough if I want to try everything they have to offer.

    The roasted beef had me! God I'm drooling! I'd love to try the personalized pizza too. And yeah the desserts, especially the mango cue.

    1. You should give this a try, Marge! The price is really worth it. :)

  5. Hello! thanks for visiting my Castle. 1st time ko din here :D

    1. Hello Archieviner! Thanks for dropping by! ;)

  6. Wow! I love everything you included in your blog post! I would definitely love to be near the seafood station - my ultimate fave!

  7. Like the personal pizza. Mukhang ayos. Nagutom ako. Makapag Fairmont nga. hehe

  8. First question! Can you eat the honeycomb?

    And i can't believe there's such a thing as a lechon maki. I want to try this buffet someday...someday when I'm finally able to develop a large stomach!

    I'd probably avoid the pizza and the pasta though .. what do you do to prepare for these buffets?

    I'm always lugi when it comes to buffet. The last breakfast buffet I tried, I lost my appetite right after eating a small pancake. :(

    1. I eat small meals throughout the day. And it would be better if you won't eat something filling like pancakes, it's starch. Nakakabusog talaga agad yun. :)

  9. wow.. their place looks so elegant!! :) I wanna try their buffet there too. Haven't tried any buffet here in Manila yet :3

    1. You should give this a try, Rhea Bue! It would be an awesome first time for you. :)

  10. Yum! Guess what is most appealing to me. The bread station and crepe station! :P

  11. I like the pizza and pasta station...

    Pero kapag andaming food, di mo na alam saan mag-uumpisa!

    I would have indulge myself in the sorbet sa desserts... Yum Yum!

    1. If I'm not too full, I'd also indulge myself with the ice cream.hahaha! ;)

  12. Oh wow. This looks ultra swanky. Not sure I'd feel at ease in a posh place like this. Hehe. But the food looks inviting. I hope they don't discriminate against the under dressed ;)

    1. Dress code is resort casual, caustica. :)

  13. i LOVE THE DIMSUM SECTION!!!!! :) I gotta try this buffet with bf on February. Hope it is perfectly fine with him.

  14. waaa I'm literally drooling now! everything looks tasty!

    1. It was, Hollie!!! Thanks for dropping by. :)

  15. It was nice to see you again during the dinner Michy! And thank you for allowing me to steal food on your plates haha! See you soon! :)

    1. It was fun dining with you guys. Thanks for sharing your dessert. :) See you again soon! ;)

  16. Everything looks appetizing, especially the dessert. I hope to visit this, I will enjoy for sure. ^_^

  17. ngayon ko lang talaga narinig yang mango cue na yan. meron din gabi que? hmmm...

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