Event: Taste the world at Manila Hotel's New Cafe Ilang-Ilang

The historic walls of Manila Hotel unveiled a new cosmopolitan dining haven for foodies at the media launch of the new Cafe Ilang-Ilang today. I was so excited to participate since my last visit to this restaurant was two years ago with my son. We were treated to a welcome drink of Buko Lychee drink before the program.
While waiting, I can't help but stare in awe at the beautiful renovations in the lobby. The chandeliers classic and original of Manila Hotel's interiors made me reminisce the movie, "The Last Holiday"(2006) with the lines, "Don't that ceiling just make you want to cry?" It almost did until the rest of the pack started arguing about the famous Amorsolo painting on the wall beside the mini cafe.
We were trying to guess when the painting was made until the ladies started twirling with ribbons that signaled the start of our culinary journey.
Upon entrance at the Cafe Ilang-Ilang boasts its stunningly decorated walls and sections artfully themed to represent the nine live cooking stations. Breakfast Buffet is priced at P878.57net Lunch ranging from P1372.22net to P1647.32net and Dinner from P1647.32net to P1976.79net  Costs vary especially when seafood and special Japanese or Chinese served on specific days like Fridays and Dinner on Mondays and Wednesdays (check complete buffet price below). Considering the buffet prices in other hotels and restaurants, their new buffet prices are incomparable to what they offer. Here's what I've seen and tasted:
Oysters and Mussels
Salad Station
The Churrasco Station
Pate and other appetizers
The Lechon and Lumpia
More Filipino dishes
From the Mediterranean section
From the Asian section
More pictures of the buffet in my Facebook account
Unforgettable dishes for me were those served in the Churrasco station and the salads at the Appetizer section. I'd also love to go back for more of their dessert choices and those Mediterranean dishes.
And aside from their competitive prices, what would be those reasons to visit Manila Hotel's New Cafe Ilang-Ilang?
1. Their new interiors and decorations created more space and relaxing ambiance for diners. Each section is decorated with sculptures and designs to depict countries they represent.
2. They have nine live cooking stations where diners can interact with chefs to create dishes according to preference. From Asian, Mediterranean, European and Western dishes, diners can choose cuisines from China, Korea, Malaysia and of course, the Philippines. Their lechon and paella is a must-try.
3. They serve Spa food as part of the live cooking buffet.
4. Cafe Ilang-Ilang is also the only buffet restaurant that has an Italian kitchen with wood-fired pizza oven. This station offers rustic pizzas, thin crust pizzas made from all-natural ingredients and flavors only available at the restaurant.
5. Their Churrasco station will invite you to be a meat-lover. Their wide array of sauces and dips to go with your meat will allow you to experiment and enjoy the Western grill experience.I really loved the texture and the taste of their roasted beef.
6. The dessert station does not just offer fresh fruits, pralines, cakes, crepes, gelato. Their candies are displayed on a beverage dispenser more appealing and mouth-watering for the kids and the young-at-heart. I loved those small Pili Tarts and those sweet treats at the Sugar Free station
7. You can enjoy your meals now with a beautiful view of their well-maintained garden and pool area. Cafe Ilang-Ilang could seat up to 312 guests making sure that everyone is satiated and given only the best service by their courteous wait staff.
8. Children gets a 50% discount availing the buffet on Saturdays and Sundays.
9. You'd not want to miss sharing that history and culinary adventure-in-one experience with your family.
The event was hosted by Yssa Litton introducing the features of the new Cafe Ilang-Ilang. We were serenaded by outstanding vocal performances of Niko Maca followed by raffle prizes of dinner and lunch buffet for two gift certificates won by media participants. I was happy to meet Ms. Marichu Villanueva of Philippine Star again after our QCDSSPC contest two years ago and Executive Editor, Ms. Ana Marie Pamintuan.
For those hesitant because of the hotel buffet prices, Manila Hotel's Cafe Ilang-Ilang is not just about food. The buffet experience in this new restaurant will definitely leave a lasting memory to cherish for years. This may be one momentous family bonding and learning experience complete with gastronomic delights and also a chance to taste the world at one of the most historic places in the country- Manila Hotel.

Cafe Ilang-Ilang's Buffet Price
Breakfast Buffet Php800.00++/Php878.57net
Lunch                                                                                      Dinner
Monday-Php1,250++/Php1,372.77net       Php1,500++/Php1,647.32net (highlights on Japanese food)
Tuesday-Php1,250++/Php1,372.77net      Php1,350++/Php1,482.59net
Wednesday-Php1,250++/Php1,372.77net  Php1,500++/Php1,647.32net(highlights on Chinese food)
Thursday-Php1,250++/Php1,372.77net     Php1,350++/Php1,482.59net
Friday-Php1,250++/Php1,372.77net         Php1,800++/Php1,976.79net(Seafood Friday)
Saturday-Php1,500++/Php1,647.32net      Php1,350++/Php1,482.59net
50% discount on child buffet
Sunday-Php1,500++/Php1,647.32net(Filipino Brunch buffet)        Php1,350++/Php1,482.59net
50% discount on child buffet

For reservations please call the Manila Hotel at 5270011 local 1261.


  1. Ang sarap sarap naman nyan Jo! Nakaka-gutom!

  2. Talagang masarap...try it any day of the week..Thanks for the comment @Kat


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