Review: Kamay Kainan will always be a great Sunday buffet with family

Sunday is a great family day for buffet at Kamay Kainan.
For P299.99 with bottomless drinks (P249/without drinks), I had an eat-til-you-drop feast of my pinoy favorites - clams, crabs, fish, meat, vegetables and more with Cho-u, Noreen and Arpee Lazaro and I truly enjoyed it. I was always craving for food I never had a chance to cook every Sunday and it was surprising to discover Kamay Kainan at Trinoma served the best Filipino dishes for lunch buffet any day of the week.
Before lunch, the place is flocked with families on a usual Sunday and it is not surprising to realize why because the food is really delicious and served hot and freshly-made by their renowned chefs. I had four trips to the food counter and though my stomach can't bear anymore, I'm still itching to get back and try the other dishes served every 15 minutes.
My sole reason to dine out was to eat clams and shells and I didn't realize this restaurant also serves the best meat dishes, Kaldereta, Adobo, Curry, Pinapaitan, Sinigang, Sinampalukan and so much more. I thought I'd try all of them until my body gave up.
After the fourth trip sampling the dessert bar, I thought I have tried all but new batches of dishes were being set at the counter and it was frustrating to feel that flesh-is-weak-but-mind-is-willing experience. The bottomless iced tea served kept filling up everytime I'd go back to get more food at the counter and I'd have to say, I was that amateur in eat-all-you-can challenge because I've seen some of the senior citizens fill their plates more than 5 times.
Though I've been told not to eat rice and sample everything in small amounts so I can have more space for the other dishes in my stomach, I just can't help getting some to enjoy those delectable dishes - really yummy. I guess I need to visit this place more than twice in other branches as I was told to further appreciate those dishes I love to eat. 

So, how can we better enjoy eat-all-you-can at Kamay Kainan or other buffet restaurants?
Here are tips ganked from my epic friend  expert foodie Arpee Lazaro of
  1. Be patient. Buffets are not timed and there should be no mad rush to get to the food. Keep in mind that the food is replenished constantly, especially at Kamay Kainan. Take your sweet time so you can make the right choices and enjoy your money’s worth to the maximum.
  2. Always assist the children. When you are dining with your kids, teach them proper etiquette by setting a good example. Tell them to wait before the person in front is done getting food before they can get for themselves. Be on hand to assist them to prevent accidents, like spilling food on the table or on their clothes. Better yet, before leaving for the restaurant, explain to them that they have to be in their best behavior at all times. As a rule, it is not advisable to bring nursing babies to buffet restaurants. They can’t eat any of it anyway. Bring them when they are old enough to feed themselves.
  3. Do not leave the serving spoon in the food. This is a big no-no. Most buffet spreads have a small plate to hold the serving spoon after use. Put the serving spoon there rather than back on the chaffing dish.
  4. Be properly dressed. If you are wearing long sleeves, better roll them up before falling in line for the buffet. Your sleeves have a tendency to get on food while you are reaching for the serving spoon. If you are wearing a jacket, leave it at your table. Dropped sleeves tend to spread the mess on your clothes and contaminate the food.
  5. Do not pile food in your plate. Because it is a buffet, you are free to come back for seconds, thirds or as many times as you want. Try to not to put 7 or 10 different dishes in an eight-inch plate and make the noodles dangle from your plate. It’s uncool and unhygienic.
  6. Get only what you can eat, leaving the food spaced from each other so that the flavors do not mix.  You don’t want your spaghetti tasting like fish fillet in tartar sauce. This is also the reason why you should bring a clean plate to the buffet table when coming for seconds. Leave the dirty plate and expect the staff to have taken it out by the time you get back to your seat.
  7. Do not bring your cutlery while getting food at the buffet table. Not only will it be difficult for you to put food in your plate, consuming it while you’re in line is a complete no-no. It’s a little too savage, so better leave the forks and spoons on the table and dig in when you are properly seated.
  8. Treat the waiters with a little respect. They are decent employees who make our dining experience wonderful, but there is no need to treat them like slaves. Ask them nicely. Surely you will get the best service available.
  9. Avoid leftovers. Restaurants have rules that if there are leftovers, you will be charged double. Keep that in mind.
  10. Never touch the food. Food like rolls and breads, should not be touched with your bare hands. If in case you do, do the right thing and put them in your plate, rather than putting them back and touching the others while choosing.
  11. Wash your hands before eating.  This is for purposes of sanitation and disease prevention. I’m sure we’ve all been taught this since we were kids, so let’s practice it. Read more of his article here
I was so happy and definitely fully satisfied with the food, the service, the diners in the restaurant and most of all the company I was with. I'd definitely go back to eat buffet at Kamay Kainan again on Sunday or when I can.

For more information:
Kamay Kainan Buffet
 Market Market

Trinoma Mall, Quezon City

West Avenue, Quezon City

SM Southmall

SM Megamall

Robinsons Place-Manila

SM City Manila

Tutuban Center

SM Mall of Asia

Kalayaan Ave, QC

SM Marikina

Robinsons Galleria

SM City Fairview

SM City North EDSA

Sta Lucia East Grand Mall

SM Makati


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    If there's one restaurant in Manila that I truly miss,that is Kamay Kainan. The food is superb and the service is just as great!

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