With its 21 dining ateliers, this iconic restaurant offers an enticing journey of taste one simply cannot resist. By embodying its core values of authenticity, simplicity, tradition, innovation, connectivity and personalized service, Spiral has become the epitome of superior dining.
-From Sofitel Spiral Website
I had a chance to visit Sofitel Hotel Philippines on one of my company’s award night. Though I didn’t have the chance to try their buffet that night because our company held our event in one of their big function hall, I did manage to see the famous Sofitel Spiral staircase.
Reading reviews about Sofitel Spiral buffet, for the likes of me, I will not dare to spend Php 2,800 on any meal. Even if I manage to inherit a million dollars, I like to think I’m thrifty. But for the sake of this review, here’s a compilation of real reviews of people who visited Sofitel Spiral Buffet.
Waiting For Discounted Rate At Group Buying Sites
A great idea for thrifty people like me! Chyng Reyes, together with his friends, waited for an opportunity to buy discounted coupons on group buying sites. Unfortunately he didn’t mention where. In any case, here’s an excerpt of his review.
After the relaunch, my friends and I have been patiently waiting for some group buying sites that would offer Spiral discounted coupons. We wanted to experience Spiral, at a discounted rate if possible.
So imagine how delighted I was when I got invited to experience the new Spiral.
The Weekday dinner rate costs around P2,800. Buffet starts at 6:30PM and ends at 10:30PM.
Let me start with the most raved about, The Cheese Room. 35 kinds of cheese are available that particular night but there are more varieties which are served on different days. Local cheese, blue cheese from Davao to be specific, are available too.
See more of the reviews and photos at Chyng Reyes’ Blog
Not As Good As It Was Before The Typhoon Pedring Back In 2012
On the other hand, Hardwood a senior reviewer of TripAdvisor.com who visited Sofitel Spiral this July 2014 was disappointed. His second visit was not as good as his first. Here’s what he has to say.
Went to the Spiral the other evening with my wife and three of our four daughters and it was the first time that we had been back since the restaurant had been repaired and renovated following the extensive flooding caused by Typhoon Pedring back in 2012. We were promptly shown to our seats and as the wine trolley was passing by I ordered a glass of Sanigon Blanc that later turned out to be nearly USD 8 a glass. Looking for food we found the following; that the previous ice mountain of cooked jumbo shrimp and fresh oysters was no more and that the dessert station with three chocolate fountains was in its place. When we found the seafood section there was some shrimp, black mussels and some very sickly thin slipper lobster that we did not bother with. Leaving my wife to the boiled crabI went to my favourite the Indian food section and although the food was tasteful most of it was quite cold especially the Indian rice. The bread was great being freshly made but we had to ask for some butter to go with it as this was not available. The Cheese and cold cuts room is impressive but the cheese is an additional price adder on the buffet and this was confirmed by our server when I asked her which was a pity as being British I do like cheese. One thing that was most noticeable in that with almost all of the dining ateliers most of the previously prepared food was only scraps in the serving bowls and the chefs were not constantly topping up the bowls. All in all the Spiral is a unique dining experience but in all honesty with the cost per head plus the two hours and eight minutes driving time to get to the Sofitel due to Manila traffic and rainy weather there are cheaper and bigger buffet experiences nearby. The Spiral buffet experience before was a great and enjoyable experience but not so much now.