Located in Ortigas, the Oakroom Restaurant and Bar nestled at the 6th floor of Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila, is the hotel's signature restaurant. And unlike other hotel buffets, there are different themes and specials at the Oakroom every single day. For our visit though, since it was a Saturday night, we got to try out the Saturday Night Fever Dinner Buffet which doesn't only feature Filipino and Pan-Asian favorites, but also a station dedicated to cronuts. Yup, you read it right. CRONUTS!
Normally, I don't like eating at hotel buffets for dinner because my shots always look like crap. However, you've got to believe me that Oakroom's dining space looks so nice at night. I loved the warm ambient lighting that sets a romantic mood. The table setup's also more laid-back compared to other hotel restaurants I've been to.
The Buffet Offerings
Variety at the Oakroom's Saturday Night Fever Dinner Buffet isn't as extensive as those of other hotel buffets. This didn't discourage me and my partner though, as we've seen really promising items on the spread. Just take a look at these!
|Salads and Sandwiches|
|Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Sandwich|
|Chicken Tortillas and Shrimp Cocktails|
|Salad Dressings: Roasted Pumpkin, Walnut Vinaigrette, Basil Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic and Shallot|
|Pre-made Salads: Cobb Salad, Waldorf Salad,|
N.Y. Style Cheesedog Salad, and Caesar Salad
|The beau's kind of salads: Pulled Pork and Pulled Chicken Salad|
The meal starters are pretty basic, but these are the kinds the beau and I look for in buffets. Not the little hors d' oeuvres that people barely get. As for the main dishes, Oakroom has a good line-up, and everything tasted as good as a la carte dishes in hotel restaurants. Definitely a far cry from dull and bland -- two adjectives I usually associate with main dishes in many buffets.
|Rib Eye Steak -- juicy and definitely round two-worthy|
|Fried Chicken and Buffalo Wings|
|Italian Meatball Pasta -- flavorful and cooked perfectly; definitely made me think otherwise|
of most pre-cooked pastas on chafing dishes at other buffets
|Mashed Potato and Pork Ribs Barbecue -- soft, tender, succulent and very flavorful;|
another round two-worthy
|Chuletas de Cordero (Grilled Lamb) and Corn on the Cob|
|Fritto Misto and Hotdogs|
Most of the main dishes tasted great, but what really caught our attention was this section -- The Cronuts Station. Unlike bakeries and cafes you can get other cronuts from, the Oakroom made their Savory Cronuts customizable!
|Choose from these 4 kinds of savory cronut, or invent your very own!|
- Cronut Benedict
- poached egg, smoked ham, drizzled with Hollandaise
- Cronut de Pinoy
- pulled adobo, cheddar, topped with crackling
- Cronut de France
- foie gras (duck liver) with balsamic glaze
- Cronut Philly
- shredded beef, onions, topped with cheese sauce
To complete the buffet spread is of course the dessert section.
|Chocolate Fondue with fruits, mallows and candies|
|Red Velvet Cake|
|More cakes at the Oakroom|
|Unlimited Magnum ice cream bar FTW!|
What I Got
I know this blog entry is already pretty long, so I won't delve much into the taste of each and every item I got. Rest assured though that all of them tasted good!
|First plate: Shrimp cocktail, chicken tortilla, pastrami, smoked turkey, smoked salmon|
and cream cheese, and ruben sandwich
|Shrimp chowder to warm up the tummy|
|Second plate: Pork ribs barbecue, buffalo wings, fried fish, hotdog,|
Italian meatball pasta, and grilled lamb
The beau and I then took a trip to the Savory Cronuts station and made our very own cronuts! (Or asked the chef to assemble our cronuts rather.)
|Can you guess what kind of savory cronuts we got?|
My glutton of a beau asked if he can combine the Cronut Philly and Cronut de France for his savory cronut. (He said he wanted to hit two birds with one stone.)
|The beau's savory cronut with shredded beef and onions, cheese|
sauce, foie gras, and balsamic glaze
As for me, I decided to take the more minimalistic approach...
|His and her savory cronuts|
Yup, I had the Cronut de France which was soooooooo good! I swear, I would've eaten a dozen of these if only I wasn't super full yet! (Okay, so maybe 3 and not a dozen.)
|Third plate: My cronut de France, corn, rib eye steak, mashed potato and jambalaya rice|
|Last plate: watermelon slices, blueberry cheesecake, red velvet cake, and apple crumble|
To end our dinner, I had some sweets and of course, a bar of Magnum ice cream!
Oakroom's Saturday Night Fever Dinner Buffet really surprised me. When I first checked out the buffet spread, I was a little disappointed that they didn't have my favorite meal starter -- sashimi. However, upon trying out the dishes they do have, I can say that what they offer is quality. They may not have an extensive array, but each and every single one of the items was nothing short of great. And of course, how can I not mention the awesomazing Savory Cronut Station? The Cronut de France was my most favorite dish out of everything I had from the spread. And that alone (Unlimited foie gras anyone?) is enough reason to make me come back again and again!
Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5
Saturday Night Fever Buffet (6PM to 10PM Saturdays) - P1,290++
Spectacular Sunday Selections Brunch Buffet (12PM to 3PM Sundays) - P1,190++
Sizzling Hot Wednesday Dinner Buffet (6PM to 10PM Wednesdays) - P990++
Oakroom, Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila
6/F Oakwood Premier, 17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center,
Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
(02) 637-7888; 910-8888
So another thing that separates Oakroom from other hotel restaurants that offer buffets, is how they change themes every quarter. And while what I've tried was their Saturday Night Fever Dinner Buffet, the good folks from Oakwood are generous enough to let one of my readers (plus his/her date) try out their upcoming Chinoy Brunch Buffet!
Prize: (1) winner of Chinoy Brunch Buffet for 2 at Oakroom Restaurant & Bar
Valid every Sunday from 12nn to 3pm.
Guidelines to enter the giveaway raffle:
- Be a Metro Manila resident or someone (even not within Metro Manila) who can actually use the prize. (Don't join please, if you know you can't use the GC.)
- Follow the Rafflecopter mechanics below to join.
- Make sure you do all the first six mandatory steps to be eligible.
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The giveaway raffle will run from today until May 9, 2014. The winner will be drawn, announced and contacted a few days after. So join now and get a taste of the Chinoy Brunch Buffet at Oakroom Restaurant & Bar!
Disclaimer: The prize was sponsored by the good folks from Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila.
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