Café in the Park: Century Park Hotel's 36th Anniversary Treat

Aside from mall sales here and there marking the start of the country's holiday season, the most-awaited "ber" months also begin the series of feasts for most foodies. To help you decide where to bring your family and friends, Century Park Hotel has prepared a yummy treat for the whole month of September in celebration of their 36th anniversary.
Cafe in the Park

If you remembered back in June, I was able to dine at Century Park Hotel's eat-all-you-can destination, Café in the Park. And after almost three months, I've found myself yet again in the same cozy and dimly-lit dining space. Only this time around, buffet rates come with a 36% discount from September 1 to 30 as part of the hotel's 36th anniversary treat, chopping off the regular lunch and dinner rate of P1,475 down to only P944 nett.

Like my first trip to Café in the Park, my eyes were delighted to see an abundance of Japanese sushi and sashimi. Of course, there's also a section for meal starters such as salads, cold cuts, breads and assorted hors d'oeuvres. I also saw the same selection of cold seafood and meats for grilling, as well as an Asian noodles and dimsum section. As a big carnivore, I didn't miss checking out the carving station for roasted prime ribs by the cooked food counter. And to cap off a filling meal, it never hurts to have some desserts.

Chef Loteria's Wednesday Italian Specials

Although the buffet spread at Café in the Park is truly enticing, I found more interest in the new executive chef's personal creations. Having been awarded with 2 Michelin stars, Chef Ritchie Loteria has 10 years of extensive experience in Rome, Italy, and has also worked with Chateu 1771 Group of Restaurants, Shangri-La Hotel Boracay, Aria Cucina Italiana, Rustan's Supercenters, Vikings Luxury Buffet, Hotel Celeste, Centara Hotels and Restaurants, Grappa's Ristorante, and The Establishment. With such a solid credential in the culinary field, I was more than excited to try his Italian gustatory masterpieces.

Linguine with Black Truffle
Linguine with Black Truffle Sauce
Italian Roasted Beef
Italian Roast Beef
Rosemary Chicken
Rosemary Chicken
Risotto ai Funghi Porcini
Porcini Mushroom Risotto
Italian Sausage Skewers
Grilled Sausage and Meat Skewers

If you love Italian food or want to explore more of Italian cuisine, then make sure to visit Café in the Park on a Wednesday to catch their Italian Special. We definitely enjoyed a taste of Chef Loteria's fine Italian dishes, and will be sure to get some more!

What I Got (My Plates)

Even if I always start my meals with some light-tasting, appetite-whetting food, I deviated on this trip and headed straight to grab me some of Chef Loteria's Italian creations.

My Plate of Italian Goodies

I got each and every one of the Italian dishes available that day, and I got to say that all these tasted great. All the meat items were cooked to a perfect tender with just the right amount of flavor. Nothing too weird or out of place. However, my favorites were the Linguine with Black Truffle Sauce -- al dente-cooked pasta smothered with a creamy and earthy black truffle-infused sauce, and the Porcini Mushroom Risotto -- rich and creamy risotto dish cooked with fragrant gourmet mushrooms.

Salad, Mussels and Cold Ham

Since I can't help but get tempted with these light meal starters, I decided to grab some cold mussels, cold ham, turnip, pomelo salad and macaroni salad. Although I don't normally get salads when I eat in a buffet, I quite liked the refreshing flavors of this plate.

Salmon Sashimi

Of course, I also didn't miss getting a few slices of my favorite salmon sashimi which tasted fresh, sweet and just wonderful. I actually got another helping of this Japanese treat, and I swear I can salmon slices every single day if only it's possible.

Fish Crackers, Fried Squid, Siomai and Dumpling

I then got a plate of pork rind (chicharon), fried dried squid, and some dumplings. Honestly, I was quite surprised when I saw that they have chicharon and dried pusit, but they were good treats to munch on. The dumplings were also very meaty and packed with tasty filling. No scrimping here.

Grilled Sausages and Cuttlefish

After another trip to the buffet table, I got myself some grilled sausages and cuttlefish. These items can be found in the cold meats and seafood section and are brought to the grilling counter for cooking. Since they were freshly-grilled, they were very juicy and tasty. I especially liked the spicy cuttlefish, and the paler sausage which I believe is bratwurst.

New York Cheesecake with Baked Apple Papaya Shake

For dessert, we got to sample the New York Cheesecake with Baked Apple. And seriously, this plate of sweet treat is as good as it looks! The cheesecake was soft, smooth and creamy with just the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Even the beau who isn't a fan of cheesecakes in general raved when he got a spoonful of this beautiful creation. And if the cheesecake wasn't enough, it's also topped with a gold sparkly frosting which spelled nothing short of luxury. As for my beverage for this trip, I got myself a glass of fruity, refreshing and healthy Papaya Shake.

Lunch and Dinner Buffet and Anniversary Merienda Special Beer by the Bucket and Unlimited White Wine Buffet

Aside from the 36% discount at Café in the Park's lunch and dinner buffet, you can also catch the Anniversary Merienda Special (P336) from 3PM to 6PM every Mondays to Fridays, and enjoy unlimited guinataang halo-halo, arroz caldo and special pancit canton.

Century Park Hotel also offers Eat-All-You-Can-Sushi (P888) at Century Tsukiji inclusive of miso soup and a plate of fruits. You can also party with your buddies at the 19th floor, Top of the Century while enjoying the Beer by the Bucket (P300) promo of 6 bottles of any among Manila Beer, Coors, Tanduay Ice, Beer na Beer and Ginger Root Beer. And if you're more of a wine aficionado, enjoy Unlimited White Wine (P595) at the Atrium Lounge from 5PM to 8PM.

For those who are planning a staycation, Century Park Hotel is also offering its Classic Superior room at a fabulous anniversary room rate of only P3,600 nett. This is already inclusive of breakfast for two, as well as additional discounts when dining at Café in the Park and Century Tsukiji, or when availing of the laundry and business center services.

THE VERDICT

Although I was already left very satisfied the last time I've been to Café in the Park, this visit proved that there's always something new, worthy of trying out in Century Park Hotel's eat-all-you-can restaurant. I may have already lost my fascination to the dishes I got to try on my first visit, but Chef Loteria's Italian creations have really captured my palate's interest. The cheesecake was also one of the main highlights of this trip, so I'll definitely be looking forward to having it again on my next visit to Century Park Hotel.

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3/5
Overall Value - 4/5

September Buffet Rates:
Anniversary Rate - P944++
Regular Rate - P1,475++
(Buffet is exclusive of beverages.)


Café in the Park, Century Park Hotel
599 Pablo Ocampo Cor. Vito Cruz St., Malate
Metroa, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 528-5829
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13 comments:

  1. Haven't tried hotel buffets around Manila. I'm going to try this one of these days. :)

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  2. Oh thank goodness I stumbled upon this post! Coming back in Pinas mid-Sept and our condo is just around the block. Woohoo! Taking my mom with me.

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  3. I admire Italian resto who goes out of their way to serve risotto. People may go gaga on Italian faves like pasta and pizza but really, the best they serve in Rome is risotto and roast pork. absolutely marvelous. Glad you tried them =)

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  4. wow! love to try this one :) looks so yummy sumi!!


    Rovie, The Bargain Doll

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  5. I wonder how the Italian Roast Beef and Rosemary Chicken taste like! The grilled sausage and cuttlefish are tempting, too!

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  6. My stomach grumbled as soon as I saw the pasta photos. Great shots, Sumi! :)

    Century Park / Cafe in the Park is one of our must-visit restaurants, and I think this just moved them up our list. :)

    That Risotto looks lovely and delicious. Can't wait to go! :)

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  7. Visiting your blog is always a feast! My favorite is the Linguine with Black Truffle sauce, who wouldn't like truffles?

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  8. The slice of New York Cheesecake with Baked Apple looks tempting! BTW, I want to try Century Park Hotel's Anniversary Merienda Special ; p

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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  9. Wow I've never tried Century Park Hotel's buffet yet. And the food looks amazing! :) I hope I get to try this soon. I'm eyeing the roast beef :))

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  10. You are so mean ! Your take good pictures of food that makes me drool waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah I hate you! hahaha! JOKE! But really those photos of the food you had looks so good! I want!

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  11. i have only tried those buffet once + i really had a wonderful time trying all the yummy treats i can fill my tummy with. all the photos you shared makes me want to go to yet another buffer adventure ;)

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  12. We had our wedding reception here last Saturday and all the guests loved the food :) I didn't get to see the desserts though kasi inuna ata nila ubusin sa buffet hehe. We stayed for 2 more days and even the breakfast buffet is really good :) I have yet to try Century Tsukiji kasi ang mahal talaga haha! Btw, I love all your posts! Keep them coming, you're making me drool! Haha!

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