Movie Stars Cafe: Food, Dancing Superheroes, Villains and More

Late last year, I bought vouchers for the Dino Buffet at Movie Stars Cafe. However, due to an epic fail of planning, we weren't able to use them earlier. And when we were already free to do so, all the days we can actually go were fully booked. Thank God someone on my Facebook page was happy to take and use the vouchers before they expire.

Movie Stars Cafe

Fast forward to April of 2014, the beau and I finally got around to trying this movie-themed restaurant and cafe that we've been dying to try ever since we first saw it last year. I have friends who've already been to Movie Stars Cafe, and most of them led me to believe that food is not the main thing you'd go for when you visit this movie memorabilia studio, cafe and restaurant in one... But the ambiance, eye-candies and live entertainment.

Movie Stars Cafe Mall of Asia Nightmare Before Christmas

Even from the outside, one can already tell Movie Stars Cafe isn't your ordinary American resto. At the entrance, there's a life-size Spider-Man figure ready to greet diners. There's also a Nightmare Before Christmas setup which I can't help but ogle at.

Movie Stars Cafe Inside

Inside the movie-themed restaurant, I can't help but notice how bright and happy the whole place looks. There are a ton of TV screens, movie posters, more life-size action figures, and even a stage with ramp. Movie Stars Cafe is definitely one lively restaurant!

The Eye-Candies

Normal people would become giddy and immediately take photos of the place, the action figures, and even the cosplayers. But being the reserved couple that we are, the beau and I first settled on a table before someone noticed us and very heartily welcomed us...

Creative Selfie with Spiderman at Movie Stars Cafe Spiderman posing with Spiderman
Who's excited for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? I know I am!
It's Spider-Man!!! He was super friendly and accommodating that it was him who actually went up to us to have photos taken! Super love the shot I took of him with his action figure twin on the background. He also insisted to do a creative selfie with his signature up-side-down pose. We really warmed up to the place and to the whole theme thanks to this fellow, who is actually our favorite Marvel superhero! (Spider-Man, you're awesome!)

When Spider-Man went around to entertain other diners, the beau and I happily went our separate ways roaming around Movie Stars Cafe and checking out the movie accents, action figures, cosplayers, other eye-candies of the place.

Alien VS Predator Predator
Alien vs. Predator
Terminator T-800 Batman Life-Size Action Figure
T-800 from Terminator and Batman
Star Trooper Shrek
Stormtrooper from Star Wars and Shrek
Atom V for Vendetta
Atom from Real Steel and V for Very Good (I mean, Vendetta)
Movie Stars Cafe Movie Studio Memorabilla
A wall full of movie memorabilias
Washroom at Movie Stars Cafe
Even the wash area has movie posters!
Movie Stars Cafe Program
April 25, Friday's Program
(Didn't get to take a photo of the 7PM to 9:30PM program, but that's what we got to watch.)
At Movie Stars Cafe, cosplayers don't just roam around the restaurant to get photos taken. There are also performances every 30 minutes -- dance, action skit, musical, etc.

The Dino Buffet

This was what the beau and I were supposed to be availing should we had the time to use our vouchers last year. And while we were going for a la carte during this visit, I didn't miss checking out (and snapping photos of) the buffet spread.

Movie Stars Cafe Dino Buffet

Dinner Buffet (6PM to 10PM)
  • Monday to Thursday - P699
  • 6 to 12 y/o P499; 3 to 5 y/o P299; 2 and below FREE
  • Friday to Sunday, holidays and day before holiday - Add P100
  • Drink-All-You-Can (soda, juice, coffee, tea, draft beer) - Add P99
Midnight Buffet (10PM onwards)
  • Fixed Rate with Drink-All-You-Can - P599

Salad Station
Salad Station
Fussilli Bolognese
Fussilli Bolognese
Mussel Garlic Cream Pasta
Mussel Garlic Cream Pasta
Pickles, relishes and whatnot
Kimchi, pickles and other relishes
Paella Fried Rice
Paella Fried Rice
Fried Fish Fillets, Pork Cutlets and Potato Wedges
Fish Fillet, Pork Cutlets, and Potato Wedges
Chili Con Carne
Chili Con Carne
Seared Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Chicken, and Roasted Porkloin
Seared Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Chicken, and Roasted Porkloin
Vegetable Gratin
Vegetable Gratin
Chicken Karaage
Chicken Karaage
Beef Patty and Onions
Caramelized Onions and Beef Patties
Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Cheese
Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Cheese
Hot Dogs
Hotdogs
Bread and Buns
Buns for the burgers and hotdogs
Watermelon Slices
Watermelon slices
Pineapple Slices
Pineapple slices
Mini Desserts
Mini Cakes
Chocolate Balls
Chocolate Balls
Mini Ube Cakes
Mini Ube Cakes
Chocolate Cuppies
Chocolate Cuppies
Mini Muffins
Mini Muffins
The buffet spread at Movie Stars Cafe is actually pretty good. Variety is very limited though, but this is definitely a good line-up of dishes for kids and kids-at-heart. The rate seems a little pricey, but just remember that you're not just paying for the buffet but also for the shows and the whole experience. (Something to justify the buffet rates.)

A la Carte + Our Experience

If you're not a hefty eater, I suggest ordering a la carte. You'll still get to enjoy the show anyway! And you even get to take home leftovers! *wink*

Movie Stars Cafe Dance Number

The show was already on when we started digging in. Gotta love how Spidey is moving to the groove! Even the kid who went on the stage seems to be having a good time. (Next time, we'll reserve a seat near the stage to get a better view of the performance.)



Ghostface from Scream seemed to had tons of fun dancing with the Barbie Girls too!

Jackson Five (P465)
Jackson Five (P465)
For starters, we had the Jackson Five which had chicken lollipops, buffalo chicken wings, chicken sate, 2 kinds of chicken tenders (plain and almond), vegetable crudites, and honey-mustard dressing, blue cheese, buffalo sauce and thousand island. Although a little pricey for what it is, the beau and I enjoyed this big platter for our appetizer. We especially loved the chicken lollies and buffalo wings, plus the blue cheese dip!

Hawaii Five O
✓ Hawaii Five O (P460)
For carbs, we had the Hawaii Five O which is a mixed seafood pasta with clams, fish, squid and prawns in spicy marinara sauce. Both the beau and I didn't expect much from this dish. However, upon first bite, we found ourselves hooked! Though we don't really watch the show Hawaii Five O, we'll definitely keep this order in mind the next time we visit the resto. It was flavorful and perfectly seasoned. The linguine was al dente too!

Stars BBQ Pork Ribs (P960)
✓ Stars BBQ Pork Ribs (P960)
Though I was a little sad this dish didn't get its name from a movie or TV show, the beau and I still found ourselves enjoying every mouthful of this fire-grilled, double-basted St. Louis-style pork ribs which comes with potato chips, some vegetable siding, coleslaw and apple-cinnamon relish. Just like how we want our ribs, these were tender and fall-off-the-bone. Every bite also gives off a smokey, sweet and savory flavor that's oh-so-addicting! I actually took home half of the serving, and my little sis was also hooked!

Spiderman, Venom and The Green Goblin Memory Lane (P240)
Memory Lane (P420) and a Spider-Man action skit
(with Venom and Green Goblin) for dessert!
To end our dinner on a sweet note, we had the Memory Lane which is a tall and big slice of layered cheesecake, Toblerone and vanilla, served with strawberry syrup. While the cheesecake is pretty good, it's the Toblerone part which I really really liked. The dessert can do away with the strawberry syrup too, as I actually found myself avoiding getting my cheesecake touched by the syrup.

Get a 10% Discount at Movie Stars Cafe!

Whether you dine a la carte or go for their Dino Buffet, you can get 10% discount from your total bill by just presenting this code to your server upon ordering.

Movie Stars Cafe Discount Coupon from The Purple Doll

You can print this coupon out, save it on your mobile phone or tablet, or just jot down the discount code. And oh, this doesn't have an expiration date, and can even be used over and over again. So if you're planning to bring your family, friends and other loved ones to Movie Stars Cafe, why not use this discount coupon code and save some ₱₱₱?

Tip: Make sure to call in for reservations (especially for weekends) since Movie Stars Cafe can easily get booked-up.

THE VERDICT

The beau and I went in with not-so-high expectations, but we definitely left impressed! First off, the food was far better than what we thought it would be. While we haven't tried the Dino Buffet yet, we can assure that their a la carte dishes are pretty good. We also can't ask anything more for service. Prompt and courteous servers, live entertainment every 30 minutes, and pictures and fun memories we can take home... Dining at Movie Stars Cafe is definitely an experience on its own. So if you have kids, are yourself a movie buff, or just want to have some fun, give this movie-themed resto a try!

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4.5/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Movie Stars Cafe, SM Mall of Asia
By The Bay (Beside Hooters), Seaside Blvd.,
Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay City,
Metro Manila, Philippines
(02) 550-1234; 0908-200-9999; 0905-277-9999
Official Website
Facebook Page

14 comments:

  1. What a cute place! I'll definitely try this place some time. :P

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  2. The food is kind of pricey, I guess it's because you're also paying for the show as you said. But they have a midnight buffet, I guess they have a niche for that :)

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  3. I have been wanting to try this resto ever since I heard of it!!! Waaah!!!

    I never know the store also has live entertainment and buffet offering! Most of the themed restaurants fail in the food department, so I am happy with the good ratings Movie Star got from your site :) I really need to try this place (soon!)

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  4. the place looks awesome,the kids would love take picture beside the action figures.

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  5. I shall visit this place wearing my Spider-Man shirt and eat! The food looks yummy!

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  6. We've seen this last Easter Sunday when we went to Vikings and I really can't wait to try it out..the place looks awesome!

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  7. the food looks delectable and the place seems cozy. an awesome place to bond with family and friends

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  8. the Mussel Garlic Cream Pasta seem so perfect! Would love to try it!

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  9. great place! may entertainment pa :) very unique concept (for me). love the photos!

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  10. Oh my.....where there is food? I want to be there! Great review...great place...definitely not only for adults but kids as well. We'll be checking this out!

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  11. This place seems interesting. I would definitely check it out when I'm in the area ( :

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  12. Wanna visit this resto. it brings back my childhood years, Star Wars!

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  13. I will invite my husband to at Movie Stars Cafe im sure he gonna love this resto!!!!

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  14. I must say its really a cool place, my friends and I together with my husband and daughter been here last year and we really had fun. The food is ok and my daughter loves spiderman. I also love the different acts, the sing and dance portion!

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