Located right smack in the bustling city of Makati, Spectrum is the newest all-day dining and eat-all-you-can hotel buffet destination at the lobby level of the Fairmont portion of twin hotels Raffles and Fairmont Makati. As expected from a classy hotel restaurant, Spectrum boasts of a sophisticated and modern yet cozy dining space with earthy colors, bewitching drop lights, big glass windows, golden room dividers and comfy cushioned seats -- the perfect place for a laid-back afternoon or night of good food.
And while Spectrum's dining area is quite spacious, there aren't really a whole lot of tables to ensure guests will have their much-needed dining privacy. That's good news for me too so not a lot of diners have to see me hoarding food on our table. Tee-hee!
Before we start the virtual tour inside Spectrum, let me share with you that this eat-all-you-can destination doesn't offer just plain water. Available during lunch is a unique feat at Spectrum -- flavored water. For our visit, we were offered some green apple-flavored water which was the perfect light and refreshing drink for a hot summer day. I've heard there are also other flavors like strawberry, cucumber-kiwi and even rose!
The Buffet Spread
I got to check Spectrum's buffet offerings in one ago, and I'm pretty sure you will too. As Chef Gregory Georges whom we met while taking photos of the food, had shared, Spectrum doesn't really specialize in certain dishes but they give utter importance to freshness and quality. So in short, here in Spectrum it's not really the quantity that matters but the quality. And without further ado, here are the drool-worthy foods I spotted.
|Cold Cuts and Cheese Station and Salad Bar|
|Assorted Sashimi and Sushi|
|Some soups and noodles from the Chinese Station|
|Assorted Dimsum at the Chinese Station|
For main entrées, there weren't a whole lot of items but they all looked really good. They were also a mix of Filipino, Japanese, Korean, American, Spanish and even Mediterranean cuisine which give diners good diversity when it comes to flavors.
|Chicken Inasal and Beef Teriyaki|
|Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette) and Steamed Mussels in Ginger Broth|
|Kimchi Bokumbap (Korean-Style Fried Rice) and Pork Binagoongan|
|Gambas al Ajilo and Brocolli Gratin|
|Orange Maple-Glazed Pork|
|Chicken Sautée with Onion & Basil and Grilled Zucchini|
|Chicken Curry and Mixed Vegetable Couscous|
Next, let's go to one of my most favorite sections in Spectrum.
|Salmon Quiche and Roast Beef at the Carving Station|
|Pizza Station and Tandoori Station|
|Babaganoush and Hummus|
As for desserts, Spectrum definitely has aplenty. They even have a Honey Station for all you fellow crazy honey lovers! Read: Do NOT ever miss this section.
|Spectrum's Honey Station with live buzzing bees|
|Mousse, Cakes, Mini Cakes, Tarts and More!|
|Special Mango Station at the Desserts Section|
|Local Favorites Suman & Kutsinta and the Crepe Station|
|Spectrum's New Zealand Ice Cream|
The offerings at Spectrum may not be as many as those from other major hotel buffets. However, I actually like it this way since guests can be assured that every item is freshly-prepared. It's also more realistic to attempt trying everything from the buffet spread.
What We Got
Now, let me share with you the servings we had. Stacy and I decided we'd be sharing each plate so we'll be able to try more kinds of food. *wink*
We started off with these beautiful, huge, thick slices of salmon sashimi with some pieces of tako sashimi (octopus). Even if I always eat these Japanese favorites, I have to admit that biting through every piece was such a joy. With or without dipping them into the wasabi-soy sauce, we surely took pleasure in their fresh, subtle sweetness. Yum!
|✓ Salmon Sashimi, and ✓ Tako Sashimi|
After the sashimi, of course it follows that we'll have some maki rolls. We got to try a few kinds and I can say with conviction that every flavor, every piece we had was awesome. They were at par, or even better, than most sushi rolls I've had. I especially love the Spicy Tuna Maki as it's really spicy and not just pretending to be one. The Crunchy Salmon Skin Maki was really enjoyable too, as well as the juicy Salmon Belly Maki. However, among all the maki items, our overall favorite was the unique Maki Special of the Day which has an interesting fusion of flavors and even had figs!
|✓ Spicy Tuna Maki, Spicy Salmon Maki, ✓ Crunchy Salmon Skin Maki, ✓ Salmon Belly Maki, Salmon California Roll, and ✓ Maki Special of the Day|
To further whet the appetite, we got some Mediterranean dips with pita bread. We also didn't dare miss the assorted cheeses and cold cuts with dried fruits and nuts, which will definitely satisfy a hard-core cheese lover's desire as the servings are generous. We specifically instructed to only have a teeny-tiny bit for every cheese variant, but just look at the portion sizes! These are definitely not teeny-tiny. Now, it got me thinking just how big will the slices be if we were to ask for big servings.
|Pita with Babaganoush and Hummus|
|Assorted Cheeses: Brie, Blue Cheese, Blue Pepato, Truffle Gouda, Port Salut and Saint Nectaire|
Assorted Cold Cuts: Salami, Air-Dried Beef and Prosciutto
Being seafood lovers, we also tried some items at the cold seafood section. We had some fresh scallops, shrimps and smoked salmon. Everything we got were good, but it was the smoked salmon with creamy dill sauce that won me over. We also wished there were fresh oysters in the lot, but I'm not so sure if they have oysters for dinner service. Nevertheless though, all the seafood were fresh and very enjoyable.
|Fresh Scallops, Shrimps with Cocktail Sauce, and ✓ Smoked Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce|
For some Chinese cold cuts, we had these great items. The perfectly-cooked Braised Suckling Pig had a beautiful crispiness that crackles with every bite. Its meat was also very tender and juicy. The Pecking Duck on the other hand, was so moist and so succulent that you can enjoy it even without the sauce. Tip: You can ask the chef to make you Peking Duck Sushi. We didn't get to try it, but we'll do for sure next time.
|✓ Braised Suckling Pig, and ✓ Peking Duck with Hoisin Sauce|
Remember the brick oven at the pizza station? It's where pizzas at Spectrum are freshly cooked. You can choose to have one flavor of a whole pizza, or have multiple flavors in one pizza. They even have personal sizes like what we got!
And aside from the really neat customization feat, the pizza flavors are all really good! My most favorite was the Seafood Carbonara Pizza which was coincidentally the pizza flavor of that day. I also really liked their Four Cheese Pizza which was definitely cheesy and so enjoyable. And of course, the Margharita Pizza, Salmon & Capers Pizza, Parmaham & Capsicum Pizza, and Anchovies & Olives Pizza deserve a mention too. Oh, and aside from the fact that they don't scrimp on the pizza toppings, the pizza dough itself was enjoyable too - soft, chewy and slightly crispy, just the way I like it.
|✓ Seafood Carbonara Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, ✓ Four Cheese Pizza, and ✓ Margharita Pizza|
|✓ Salmon & Capers Pizza, ✓ Parmaham & Capsicum Pizza, ✓ Anchovies & Olives Pizza,|
and Bacon & Parmesan Pizza
It's the beau who's crazy for pasta even in hotel buffets, but since we're curious, we still decided to try one of the Pasta of the Day offerings, the Spaghetti with Brocolli, Tomatoes and Almonds (the other item was Penne with Salmon Teriyaki Sauce). This oil-based, vegan pasta option reminded me of Corner Tree Cafe's vegan pasta for its light, aromatic and nutty notes. The veggies and almonds also added not just beautiful bright colors, but also an enjoyable crunchy texture to the al dente-cooked spaghetti.
|✓ Spaghetti with Brocolli, Tomatoes and Almonds|
From the carving station, we got a slice of the moist, chunky, savory and simply flavorful Salmon Quiche. And of course, how can we not get some Roast Beef while we're at it? We had our beef cooked further to medium doneness. Served with some mushroom sauce, we thoroughly enjoyed this moist, succulent and scrumptious serving.
|Salmon Quiche and ✓ Roast Beef|
As much as we want to try all the main entrées, it was just impossible as we were already feeling almost full. (And we had still had to save space for desserts!) However, we actually enjoyed these items we got. My personal favorites were the Orange Maple-Glazed Pork, Kimchi Bokumbap, and Gambas Al Ajillo in that order.
|✓ Gambas Al Ajillo, Mixed Vegetable Couscous, ✓ Orange Maple-Glazed Pork, ✓ Kimchi Bokumbap, and Asparagus Gratin|
Although we already ate a lot, we strategically paced ourselves to get to the most exciting part -- desserts. While Spectrum is praised for having a fresh and high quality selection of food, I've heard and read that their desserts section is one of the most raved.
The first dessert we had was this freshly-made crepe with tons of fruit and nut toppings, as well as a scoop of yummy White Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream. You can either let the chef recommend you a flavor combo, or follow your palate's desire. But whatever combination of toppings you go for, I'm sure you'll love the whole ensemble as much as we loved ours. The crepe itself is light, soft and creamy yet slightly fluffy. It's as good as crepes from my favorite crepe destinations, Crepes & Cream and Cafe Breton.
|✓ Freshly-Made Crepe with Banana, Mangoes and Mixed Berries topped with White Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream, Pistachios and Almonds|
|✓ Mango Sago with Pandan Ice, ✓ Coffee Taho, Black Sesame Pudding,|
Mango Cheesecake, and ✓ Chocolate Cheesecake
From the honey station, we tried the Mascarpone with Pistachio and Honey which isn't exactly just a dessert item. I'm a sucker for honey, and having it fresh with my other favorites -- mascarpone and pistachio, sent me straight to a foodgasm. The blend of subtle flavors and soft, silky textures with bits of crunch here and there was enough to mark this as one of my all-time favorite food items ever! (No exaggeration here.)
|✓ Mascarpone with Pistachio and Honey|
|✓ Strawberry Mouse Cake, Tiramisu, ✓ Chocolate Calamansi Mousse, and Mango Crumble|
For drinks, one can opt to enjoy the complimentary flavored water, or the coffee and tea that comes with the buffet, or order some refreshing blends like a Mango Ginger No'jito which I oh-so-love, or a Grapefruit Lemonade which is a sharp, citrus-y drink perfect for summer. They also have other fresh juices, cocktails and a selection of wines.
|Mango Ginger No'jito (P300) and Grapefruit Lemonade (P300)|
Spectrum has sure proved that it's not all about quantity. With the freshness and high-quality food items they offer, they sure left not just my stomach but also my palate in pure bliss. Almost every dish we had was rave-worthy. And with courteous, friendly and prompt service, along with the classy yet homey ambiance, dining here for breakfast, lunch or dinner will surely be an experience worth remembering. In fact, after this trip, Spectrum has already made my favorite hotel restaurants' list, and I highly recommend everyone to give Spectrum at Fairmont Makati a visit soon!
Taste - 5/5
Ambiance - 4.5/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4.5/5
Ambiance - 4.5/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4.5/5
Breakfast (6AM to 10AM Weekdays, to 11AM Weekends & Holidays) - P1,450 net
Lunch (11:30AM to 2:30PM Daily) - P1,675 net
Dinner (6PM to 10PM Sunday to Thursday) - P1,995 net
Dinner (6PM to 10PM Friday & Saturday) - P2,285 net
Sunday Brunch (12PM to 3PM Sundays) - P2,777 net
Sunday Champagne Brunch (12PM to 3PM Sundays) - P3,888 net
Spectrum, Fairmont Makati
Lobby Level Fairmont Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Ave.
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
(02) 555-9888 ext. 6840
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