High ceiling, crystal chandeliers, marble floors, opulent furnishings and a smorgasbord of over 300 Asian and Western dishes, Buffet 101 Cebu puts self-service dining in a five-star hotel setting.
Cebu’s newest buffet restaurant, located at City Time Square in Mandaue City, has the widest selection of Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Japanese and Western cuisine and the grandest dining space in Cebu, said Buffet 101 Cebu owner Robert Chua.
“We have the biggest buffet spread in Cebu and we are the biggest in the Philippines in terms of area. Our dining space is comparable to that of any five-star hotel and we’ve introduced affordability to the buffet,” he said. Buffet 101 has total restaurant area of 1,500 square meters.
According to Chua, the restaurant has a food spread that measures a total of 145 meters and dining area that can accommodate 580 persons. It has two function rooms good for a small group of 24 and a bigger crowd of 70 diners.
Buffet 101 Cebu menu
The all-meat carving station carries roast beef, pork belly, and prime ribs and there’s spicy salmon, white pepper crab, fresh live suahe, and various types of sushi at the Chinese and Japanese sections.
Seafood comes fresh and hot off the grill and delivered to your table. All you need to do is make your selection.
Sisig, kare-kare, chicken inasal, and crispy pata – those signature local dishes Cebuanos are so fond of – are also available.
With its dessert station offering an extensive list, from kakanins like maja, cuchinta, and palitaw to make-your-own halo-halo and a foundation oozing with chocolate, the restaurant more than satisfies any person’s sweet cravings.
All these come with unlimited soda, tea, juice drinks and even coffee plus draft beer and red wine during dinner at an affordable buffet price.
The buffet rate is P599 for lunch and P799 for dinner from Monday to Friday, and the same P799 rate for both lunch and dinner the rest of the week and on holidays. The restaurant imposes service charge of 5%. Senior citizens 70 years old and above pay half the price.
Executive chefs Mark Lo and Wilson Wong said they follow a four-day menu cycle, which means they come up with new dishes every four days.
Access to Buffet 101 is through City Time Square though it is located adjacent to the already existing building. Tan said the building was custom-built for Buffet 101 as they wanted a big, high-ceilinged space.
Chito Manlapaz, regional manager, said the number 101 in the restaurant’s name is actually a representation of a plate flanked by utensils on both sides.
Buffet 101 is under Grand Resto, the mother company that is also behind the chain of Yakimix restaurants in the country. Chua is the Cebu partner for both the Yakimix and Buffet 101 branches here.
The restaurant currently overflows with diners and walk-in guests have to wait a long time for their turn at the buffet. Since it is the festive Christmas season, reservations also now have to be called in two days in advance.