One of the hotels in Makati that we have frequently been to is Holiday Inn. It’s not as grand as the older hotels in the vicinity but it holds its own charm primarily because of its sparkling new facilities. Promos are also always available so Holiday Inn is a convenient choice for celebrations and special gatherings. As such, when we were planning a dinner party with colleagues, Flavors Restaurant, the hotel’s signature restaurant, immediately came to mind.
Located at the sixth floor of the hotel, Flavors Restaurant is a surprisingly small restaurant; seemingly like a deviation from other similar outlets. With its limited size, it can host more or less 200 diners only. Nonetheless, it’s still perfect for an intimate dinner with friends, family or colleagues.
The buffet spread, as one would imagine, is not as extensive as that of Circle’s or Holiday Inn Ortigas’ Seven Corners but this is what exactly makes it good for an intimate meal. The choices are not overwhelming so guests can concentrate in choosing food that suits their fancy.
There is a salad and soup station for those who want starters. There is also a spread of cold cuts, olives, pickles and dried tomatoes; perfect for appetizers.
If one prefers to skip rice, there are loaves of bread that can be had with butter or jams. Or pasta, perhaps? There are a variety of sauces to choose from like pesto, Bolognese and Aglio Olio, to name a few.
There is also a good choice of seafood, beef, pork and chicken dishes cooked in various ways. I helped myself to some sticks of pork barbecue and chunks of grilled tanigue.
There is a carvery, which was good because I believe this is always the centerpiece of a good buffet. That night, it was a roll of pork lechon belly. It was good with its perfectly crisp skin and flavorful, juicy meat. I could not help but come back for seconds.
If one is craving for Japanese dishes, there are choices of cold Sashimi rolls that are on display. One may also opt for freshly-cooked sukiyaki soup for something to warm the belly.
The dessert station offers a satisfying selection of ice cream, pastries, and local desserts like leche flan and halo-halo. I particularly loved the warm pudding with vanilla sauce and leche flan. Again, these are more than enough to indulge one’s sweet tooth and cap a nice meal.
One of things that you would love in a small restaurant like this is service. It’s always fast and efficient. Good food and great service always make for an unforgettable meal. Flavors Restaurant should be in everyone’s must-visit list. Plus, it’s easily accessible because Holiday Inn is just behind Glorietta 3.