Vikings Luxury Buffet at SM Jazz: always a festive dining experience

Saturday, 10 August 2019

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Vikings Luxury Buffet at SM Jazz is a name that Khris and I have come to associate with happy occasions and delightful buffet experiences. 

This is mainly our go-to restaurant if we are celebrating birthdays of important people – where it is a friend or a relative. In particular, we love Vikings Luxury Buffet at SM Jazz because of its location as well as the quality of food that they serve.

Vikings Luxury Buffet: chef preparing meats

Vikings Luxury Buffet at SM Jazz: always a festive dining experience


    We have been going back to Vikings Luxury Buffet on many different occasions since 2016 and have enjoyed consistently good service and the quality of food has remained the same.

    Vikings Luxury Buffet's Location


    Vikings Luxury Buffet is located inside Jazz Mall, just below Jazz Condominium and along N. Garcia Street in Makati City. It is very near our office, not to mention that we are also currently renting a unit at Jazz Condominium so it is really a convenient location for us.


    Vikings Luxury Buffet: bread station
    Bread Station

    Depending on the location where you are coming from and the time when you are traveling, traffic around Gil Puyat Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue can get really heavy. As such, I would advise you to come here earlier or book a reservation on a weekend.

    Ambiance


    Vikings Luxury Buffet: cheese station
    Cheese station

    The ambiance is another plus point for Vikings Luxury Buffet. The bright lights, the big windows, the sparkling chandeliers, the large tables, and the attractive seats all exude a festive mood. Of course, the many different cuisines, the aroma of food, and free-flowing drinks all add to the wonderful ambiance that one may enjoy at Vikings Luxury Buffet.

    Food Selection


    Of course, the highlight of any Vikings experience is its food selection. Nothing beats NIU by Vikings, its premium luxury buffet outlet, but I think Vikings Luxury Buffet at SM Jazz comes decently close when it comes to food and drink choices. The medley of international buffet at Vikings Luxury Buffet leaves an unforgettable impression, especially to first-time diners. In fact, I think Vikings Luxury Buffet is offers of the best unlimited food selections among similar restaurants in Metro Manila. 


    Vikings Luxury Buffet: roast beef, lamb, and turkey at the carving station
    Roast beef, lamb shoulders, and turkey at the carving station

    As with any buffet restaurants, I usually start by visiting the carving station. There are always three meat selections at Vikings Luxury Buffets carving station – roast beef, lamb, and either turkey or roast chicken. What I also like about this station is that stuffed lechon belly (or binusog na lechon) is perennially present here. During previous occasions that I was here, I always make sure to get a second serving of roast beef. However, the last time that we were here, I was not too happy the roast beef because it was not as tender as I hoped it would be.

    If you love grilled seafood and meats, Vikings Luxury Buffet has a grilling station although the selection is not too many. Take your pick among the various choices of fresh shrimps, mussels, salmon belly, squid, and some vegetables on skewers, have it grilled by any of the chefs on duty, and your plate of delicious and aromatic barbecue will be delivered straight to your table.


    Vikings Luxury Buffet: Filipino food station
    Pinakbet and seafood kare-kare at the Filipino food station

    One particular station that I also do like to visit whenever I am at Vikings Luxury Buffet is the Filipino food station. The menu changes regularly, so you really would not know what to expect, but some of the dishes that I look forward to is paella, grilled fish, and kare-kare (with bagoong, of course).


    Vikings Luxury Buffet: ebi tempura at the Japanese food station
    Ebi tempura


    Vikings Luxury Buffet: Japanese food station
    Japanese food station

    One dish that seems to be always a hit at Vikings Luxury Buffet is ebi (shrimp) tempura because the queue of people waiting for the tempura to cook is always long. I personally have tried it only once but I do not recall how it tasted like. However, if ever you get to try eating here at Vikings, try the ebi tempura for yourself.


    Vikings Luxury Buffet: sashimi and maki at the Japanese food station
    Maki and sashimi

    Aside from shrimp and vegetable tempura, you can also satisfy your Japanese food craving with various fresh sashimi and maki.

    Vikings Luxury Buffet: friend bean curd skin
    Fried bean curd skin at the Japanese food station

    Another station at Vikings Luxury Buffet that I like to always check is the Chinese food section. Here, you can satisfy your palate with delicious steamed and fried dumplings. I do like it when there is kikiam and fried bean curd skin on offer. I think these are two of the most flavorful dumplings offered by Vikings Luxury Buffet and I take advantage of them when they are around. On our last visit at Vikings, I enjoyed the fried bean curd skin to my heart's content with glasses of ice-cold beer.

    Vikings Luxury Buffet: Korean food station
    Korean food

    Vikings Luxury Buffet: samgyeopsal or Korean barbecue
    Samgyeopsal

    If you love Korean food, there is a small station offering Korean barbecue and kimchi. I usually do not get anything here because I would rather go to a Korean barbecue buffet restaurant and have a good time grilling meats and eating kimchi.

    Drinks at Vikings Luxury Buffet are also unlimited. There are flavored iced teas, sago at gulaman, chocolate drinks, water infusions, milk tea, coffee, as well as local and imported beers.


    Vikings Luxury Buffet: dessert station
    Dessert station


    Vikings Luxury Buffet: sapin sapin or native cakes
    Sapin-sapin

    Vikings Luxury Buffet: bibingka and puto bumbong
    Bibingka and puto bumbong

    After having your fill of all the delicious savory goodies, have something sweet from the dessert station to balance your taste buds. There is ice cream, frozen yogurt, cakes and pastries, as well as fresh sliced fruits. My favorites though are bibingka and puto bumbong, two native cakes that are mostly available only during the Christmas season but I do love to eat them anytime of the year.

    Our verdict


    All in all, the experience at Vikings Luxury Buffet at SM Jazz is highly-recommended if you are looking for an indulgent buffet meal. It is one of our favorite buffet restaurants in Metro Manila. Service is good, and food and drinks are always superb.

    Price


    As for the price, here is the list of rates of Vikings Luxury Buffet, which are updated as of this writing:


    Adults

    • Lunch (11 AM to 2:30 PM), Monday to Friday, Php 774.90
    • Dinner (5:30 PM to 10 PM), Monday to Friday, Php 984.90
    • Lunch and Dinner; including Holidays (11 AM to 10 PM), Saturday and Sunday, Php 984.90


    Kids between 3.1 ft to 4 ft

    • Lunch (11 AM to 2:30 PM), Monday to Friday,  Php 218.40
    • Dinner (5:30 PM to 10 PM), Monday to Friday, Php 323.40
    • Lunch and Dinner; including Holidays (11 AM to 10 PM), Saturday and Sunday,  Php 323.40


    Kids between 4.1 ft to 4.6 ft

    • Lunch (11 AM to 2:30 PM), Monday to Friday, Php 438.90
    • Dinner (5:30 PM to 10 PM), Monday to Friday, Php 648.90
    • Lunch and Dinner; including Holidays (11 AM to 10 PM), Saturday and Sunday, Php 648.90

    As with any buffet restaurant, reservation is recommended. To reserve a table at Vikings Luxury Buffet, you may call these numbers: (02) 8454647 and (02) 8913888.


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