Review: New Five-Star Buffet! The Food Club Manila at Blue Baywalk, Pasay City

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The Food Club: Your Lifestyle Buffet


Recognized as “The Most Anticipated Buffet Restaurant of 2014″, The Food Club has finally opened its doors to the public last January 24, for its soft opening. Scheduled to have their Grand Opening on the 30th of January, they’re giving more foodies a chance to try out their buffet at a hefty discount of 50% off their regular buffet rates. The question everyone’s asking now is, “Is it sulit?” (“Is it worth it?”) Allow me to walk you through the Food Club and show you what makes it different from the many other buffet restaurants we’ve tried so far.

Warning: Photo-heavy blog post.

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Reception Area

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The Food Club, Blue Baywalk, Macapagal cor EDSA, Pasay City

Ambiance

Upon entering The Food Club, you will be greeted by friendly receptionists at the reception area, where you can confirm your previous reservation, or let the receptionists know that you are a walk-in customer, and the number of seats you’d like reserved. Comfy couches are made available for guests waiting to be seated.

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From surveying the dining area, you’ll see that the buffet restaurant can probably seat 200-300 guests, or maybe even more. Everything about the ambiance, from the chairs, to the fixtures, makes you feel as if you were in a hotel buffet restaurant.

At the end of the hall farthest to the buffet area are these round tables for a small group of four diners. I loved the tall, lush purple couches and the inspiring lighting fixtures above the tables. Normally, people don’t really want to be seated too far from the buffet area because it makes it difficult to go back and forth for seconds and thirds. But with these posh setup, makes you think it’s not so bad after all. Plus, you get a little privacy away from the busy diners walking around the buffet area.

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Even The Food Club’s comfort rooms won’t disappoint. It looks like a space straight out of a hotel. Plus, it’s well-maintained, and has a number of soap dispensers available, which comes in handy for when you decide to eat seafood with your hands.

Food

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The buffet offerings, in the simplest way I can describe it, is divided into two: Asian and Western. You yourself would be able to see  that the buffet area is divided into two, with the Asian buffet on the left side, and the Western on the right. There are two stand-alone buffet areas for the Japanese/Fresh Greens and Seafood and the Desserts Bar.

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Jellyfish and Pork Knuckles

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Pork Ear

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Chinese Buffet at The Food Club Manila

 

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Tempura and other fried Japanese dishes

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Fried Japanese dishes

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Fried Japanese dishes

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Seafood Bar

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Sushi on a giant wooden boat display

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A closer look at the sushi! ♥

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The Food Club Manila’s Salad Bar

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A variety of breads, jams, and spreads

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Italian: Six different kids of pasta for the picky noodle eater

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Desserts section featuring a White Chocolate Fondue

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Stick-os, cookies, and other sweet snack items to go with the fondue

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The various desserts available at The Food Club Manila’s Desserts Section

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Beverage section

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Dilmah Tea

At the farthest end of the buffet, five juice dispensers, a coffee machine, and a box of Dilmah tea with a number of flavors are made available to the guests. The Beverage Section has two servers stationed nearby to assist diners with their choice of drinks.

Buffet restaurants such as The Food Club Manila are not only exclusively enjoyed by those with big appetites, or those that refuse to drop even after their nth plate. Like me, for example. I don’t do well in buffets because, as much as I would love to eat all of them, my stomach is not an infinite space. This is where your good judgment and critical decision making are required. Among the hundreds of dishes served in front of you, which would you prioritize to eat?

Here’s what I went for:

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First plate: Tempura and other fried Japanese dishes. I loved their Tempura sauce, which goes well with everything!

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Second plate: Assorted sushi and salmon sashimi, and two rinds of lemon

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Third plate: Crabs, Prawns, and Lobsters cooked in Garlic Butter, and two Baked Oysters

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Fourth: Hakao

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Fifth Plate: Dessert Time!

I guess my battle plan that night was to go for the ones I don’t normally get to enjoy because of the price. Go for quality over quantity, so I went for the expensive seafood like oysters and lobsters, as well as the hakao which costs Php70-80 for three pieces in Binondo.

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Kids also get to enjoy the buffet at The Food Cub Manila with the Kid’s Menu

One of the things I personally liked about The Food Club Manila is their personalized service. During my visit, I’ve seen chefs come out of the kitchen and reach out to guests, personally asking them how the food is and how they can help make the experience a memorable one. It’s the first time I’ve seen it in a buffet, since usually, chefs are restricted to the kitchen.

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With blogger friends at The Food Club Manila

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The Food Club Manila’s Buffet Price:

Mondays – Thursdays:
*Lunch – P800.00 + 5% service charge (Total of P840/head)
*Dinner – P1,000.00 + 5% service charge (Total of P1050/head)
*Kids above 3.5 ft. – P580.00 + 5% service charge (Total of P609/head)
**Kids 3.5 ft. and below – FREE

Fridays – Sundays:
*Lunch / Dinner – P1,188.00 + 5% service charge (Total of P1247.40/head)
*Kids above 3.5 ft. – P600.00 + 5% service charge (Total of P630/head)
**Kids 3.5 ft. and below – FREE

Lunch: 12 PM- 2:30 PM
Dinner: 6 PM – 10:30 PM

So far, it’s only their soft opening, and there’s much to look forward to from The Food Club Manila. I’m still expecting that they have more dishes to offer. They have yet to make wi-fi connection and power outlets available to the guests, but it’s totally understandable at this point why they haven’t yet. The attendants and staff are very friendly and approachable as well.

Other than that, the only issue I’ve had was with their published rates. We already brought up our concern of the 5% service charge not included in the published rates, which might be confusing and problematic to the guests who’d only expect to pay Php 800 or Php 1000 per head if they failed to compute for the 5% service charge prior to the visit. A bit misleading, even if it’s already stated. I took the liberty of computing and mentioning the all-in buffet rates, inclusive of service charge, above, enclosed in parentheses.

Overall, I liked The Food Club Manila, and I can definitely imagine it becoming one of the destination buffets in the area. The Food Club goes beyond dining. It embodies a lifestyle.

Finally, The Food Club Manila has an ongoing promo of 50% off their usual buffet rates until their Grand Opening on January 30. But from January 27-29, The Food Club will only be open for dinner, and will resume their lunch buffet on the 30th.

The Food Club Manila
Unit E Bluebaywalk, President Diosdado Macapagal corner EDSA
Pasay City, Philippines
Open from 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Call (02) 736 8001 for Reservations or Inquiries
Email info@thefoodclub.com.ph
Visit http://www.thefoodclub.com.ph/ or LIKE The Food Club Manila on Facebook for updates on their Promos

81 comments to Review: New Five-Star Buffet! The Food Club Manila at Blue Baywalk, Pasay City

  • […] winner of this giveaway gets a Dinner Buffet for two worth Php 2500! And if you haven’t read my review of The Food Club, go check it and see why it is the most anticipated buffet restaurant for […]

    • Daisy Villadores  says:

      wow so inlove to the place

  • sherry ann gole cruz  says:

    wow,great place for a valentines date,hope my husband can bring me here..

  • Eilynn Charm M. Quiros  says:

    Would love to try this buffet!

  • Bernadette Zareno-Balino  says:

    A wide varieties to choose from… so yummy… I’m so excited to win. This would be a great dinner date and experience together with my hubby.

  • Laila Hermosa Mercado  says:

    very nice place and the looks of the foods are very yummy hoping that my husband and i can try the experience to eat there.

  • Lawrence Andrew Fernandez  says:

    It seems like when you eat here once, you’ll have a full stomach for three days. :) But that Chinese buffet and the pasta offerings look tempting. Might as well visit The Food Club soon to satisfy my cravings.

  • Marinela Diaz  says:

    The place is cozy and inviting. The food choices are limited but that’s fine with me, as long as they have lots of Japanese food and desserts.

  • Kat Maranda  says:

    Homey and elegant interior design plus mouthwatering dishes! :)

  • Shekinah  says:

    Wow! There’s a lot of food to choose from and the place looks nice. I hope I can visit and dine at The Food Club soon.

  • stacy |crumpylicious  says:

    wanna try this too

  • Tel Balita  says:

    Wow! Love all your photos <3 Definitely a new place to visit!

  • Frances Janina Baluyan  says:

    I would really want to try this place. By the looks of it, they offer a variety of food choices and the ambiance is just perfect for Valentines.

  • Sheryl An Mungcal  says:

    wow,. this place is nice,. nakakatakam ang mga food,.

  • Janice Que  says:

    five star dining experience without the hefty price tag :)I so wanna try this place!

  • Girlie Camungay  says:

    Wow! What a wide array of food and nice place! I hope to bring my Mom here because we’re fond of eating different cuisine.

  • Mara Galang  says:

    Wow! I love to have a bday celebration there! Lots of different cuisine. Btw, You look so pretty on the last photo. :)

  • Rain Gatdula  says:

    Aww! Good place, good ambiance and conducive to eat and leave no more! hehehehe! Love the gastronomic food! I wanna try it all, plus good and justifiable price hehehehe :))) I remember my first buffet experience in Solaire it was good way back then.. Hope to win Ms. Hana! :)))

  • leo rances garcia  says:

    ang sarap ng mga food

  • Liezel Salem  says:

    wow! as in wow! ang ganda nung place and elegant tignan tsaka ung foods nakakalaway! picture pa lang yan panu pa kaya pag nandyan na ko ..hihih

  • Karen Ang  says:

    Wow. I want to try their buffet. The Japanese section looks really good

  • Neil John Ocampo  says:

    I would love to try this <3 looks yummy!

  • Roseben Somido  says:

    I would love to eat here so many choices and I soo love japanese dishes :) thanks for the awesome review maam :)

  • Steve del Castillo  says:

    Wow so many food to choose from! i like the crepe and pastry stations!

  • Rhozallino Ramones  says:

    I would Love to eat in The Food Club Manila and try their delicious Food. Hope to try it soon.

  • Kathy Racaido  says:

    I would love to try the newest buffet on town, The Food Club Buffet. I hope to win this giveaway contest.

  • Basel Santos  says:

    I just dropped by Bluebay last week and it is vast, airy and from the things I saw, a new place to chill relax and especially dine. The Food Club is the Gem in the Area. The Seafood selections. the dessert bar, and the sushi bar were all clean, bountiful and looked delicious. I can’t wait to try their buffet.

  • Shakirizza Cabrera  says:

    My ultimate buffet restaurant! hope i win!

  • Allan Reyes  says:

    I would Love to eat in The Food Club Manila. hope i win!

  • Ariel Abella  says:

    WOW,what a food? all I want is there, plus the super elegant dining table, someday I will taste the food that i want to eat, just wishing God is watching me now.

  • Ria Ramirez  says:

    I really would love to try this with my hubby and my kid. The place is great, nice ambiance and there are a lot of food choice. Can’t wait to go there.

  • Mona Verdida  says:

    Wow, looks like this is a great place to dine in. I’ll definitely take my family here someday to eat. Thanks for posting! :)

  • Darwin Verdida  says:

    Nice blog post! My wife recommended the Food Club Manila after reading it and the place looks awesome.

  • Mona Verdida  says:

    I will definitely put Food Club Manila in my go-to places this year. :) Thanks for posting!

  • JM  says:

    I’ve just tried the buffet last night Feb.7,2014 together with my boss and friends..one word for them sosyal..we even compared it to Solaire..the best!from appetizer,main course,desserts,..heaven,,i almost forgot my boss leave a comment to the owner,” your wine is the best so far here in Manila,.dadag.sain ka ng mga tao”.. :) <3

  • Cel Fajardo  says:

    Awesome place, I for wish to bring my husband and family here and savor the food.. Wishing to win

  • arra odeza  says:

    the foods looks mouth watering :) im hoping to win the buffet for two cause i would love to bring my hubby and my baby there :)

  • Jelo Manongsong  says:

    Super many foods in the table. I love to see and taste all their delicious foods there. :)

  • Chona Gomba  says:

    Great, unbiased post. I’d really love to try TFC with my Mom. I’m sure that she’ll love it. I even made her read this blog post to “tease” her :)

  • Krystal Coronel  says:

    Yummy foodies! Nakakatakam yung mga desserts… Nakakalito cguro pag pipili ka ng food kasi gusto mo lahat ilagay sa plate..

  • caryn  says:

    the food display is so yummy it makes me drool just by looking at it.

  • Elinor Semira  says:

    wow, nice ambiance and the food looks delectable. would really ♥ to check this out.

  • shaz gepana  says:

    wow! awesome food and place. i wanna try this!
    hoping to win that gc para ma experience ito hehe.

  • Yna Bronozo (@yns023)  says:

    Whenever I eat in “eat all you can buffets” I always get excited to grab my favorites that I forget to taste other foods that I rarely eat on a regular basis, but if I’ll be given a chance to visit “The Food Club Manila” I will be having a plan for me to be able to taste everything hahaha It will be in stages so that I get to enjoy all the foods. I’m sure it will be an experience I’ll never forget. Thanks for the review makes me more excited to visit them.

  • liza marie valenzuela  says:

    The place is so inviting! And I wanna try all their foods! I hope I can go there with my husband!

  • Jenny Esplana  says:

    The restaurant looks prestigious. If I am the one who will win this, I’m going to enjoy every single moment of looking and eating to this kind of resto :D

  • shandie  says:

    pansin ko lang, halos pareho pareho po ata mga eat all you can no? (if di ako nagkakamali) pero dito mas marami akong bet na makakain ko talaga lalo na sa sweets <3

  • Keemji  says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about The Food Club and I am so excited to be given even a chance to try! This would be a wonderful gift to my mom who will be celebrating her birthday soon! :)

    She loves to eat as much as I do and looking at your pictures, she’ll definitely enjoy the ambiance (especially the furnitures!).

    Thanks hana!

  • Jim Marlon A. Macaraeg  says:

    Awesome. Great foods and Ambience combined!

  • agnes dc  says:

    food is associated with one’s culture and what a way to enjoy different culture is to dig into some of the mouth watering food they offer and you can have this in a buffet style. I would love to dine here and experience different arrays of food specially with my food buddy and self-proclaimed food critique… my hubby. I love how the interior matches the mood.

  • Margaret Chan  says:

    another 5 star hotel like buffet to try and they are the first to offer kid’s menu

  • Lorena Vicedo  says:

    It looks classy! I wanna experience it too!

  • Trinket Bulseco  says:

    Thanks for posting about a new buffet destination!! Based on your post, The Food Club, indeed, is at par with 5-star hotel buffets! They would even have more choices than other hotels! Excited to try this place.

  • Grace Nelly B. Milambilin  says:

    The place looks cozy and I think it’s worth the price!Me and my food buddy (hubby) loves trying new foods and looking at your photos, this is one of a helluva place!

  • Jose Ma. C. Enriquez  says:

    This place is soooo interesting and the food looks sooo yummy

  • Aegeane Brioso  says:

    That was a super deluxe resto place to eat and have some fun! There are wide varieties of food to choose from! :)

  • Cliff  says:

    I can’t wait to eat at The Food Club!

  • Mich Sy  says:

    Great food and place. A must try.

  • Theo Musni  says:

    The food club looks very satisfying not only for the tummy but also for the eyes. I love how classy and elegant it looks- just like a five-star hotel. I hope to be able to visit them soon for a post-Valentine’s date.

  • Joy Rebleza  says:

    Since I don’t eat Pork and my favorite is seafood, seeing your post makes me hungry. Now I’m sure that I will enjoy Food Club Manila and it’s really cool that they have Kid’s menu. Thank you the review can’t wait to experience it first hand.

  • Karla  says:

    i wanna try this. :D

  • Genevieve Lacsa  says:

    I love eating especially when it’s buffet. The place is great and the food looks yummy. A MUST TRY!

  • jorayma salvan  says:

    nice review… i enjoyed the pictures very much… more power and more eats!

  • Ma. Clarice Lao - Itumay  says:

    I really really want to try the Food Club! Awesome review. Makes me want to eat there so bad.

  • Mary Joy  says:

    I really want to visit the Food Club. I think it was a nice place..

  • Maria May Ochea  says:

    OMG! The are so tempting! Makes me crave more now.. The place, the environment is cool. huhu I want to try dining at The food Club soon with hubby. <3

  • Remedios Ventura  says:

    Wow! I really would love to try this!!

  • RaymondCrisostomo  says:

    very nice review hana, im thinking about going to the food club now!

  • Aileen Sambas  says:

    Very good review of the place. Will try The Food Club soon! :)

  • Camille Quiambao  says:

    i want to try this. yummy!

  • Jam Castro  says:

    OMG drooool!!! Those salmon sashimi and seafoods! I wanna try them! Thank you for the review! :)

  • Biboy  says:

    I hope I win.

  • Ramil  says:

    Good comprehensive review.

  • Isabel Calleja  says:

    What a perfect place to indulge yourself with delicious food!

  • Istin Dizon Paigna  says:

    nice ambiance and the best part is that they have awesome food set up and varieties! can’t wait to experience The Food Club with my loved ones. :)

  • Alston  says:

    A lot of these buffet places keep on springing up lately, not complaining though.

  • tinky guanez  says:

    I love this article, very detailed. I love trying new places. This is a must try.

  • Lynwil  says:

    The place is nice but the food was worst especially the seafoods. Just came from this fancy restaurant with my family and friends and terrible thing happened to me…FOOD Poisoning!!!! My sister ate a rotten lobster too. Food is not delightful at all !!!! It’s not worth of your money. Sad to say but this is the reality.. I was really disappointed.

    • dollhana  says:

      Hi Lynwil! Sorry to hear you suffered from food poisoning :( I hope you’re feeling better now, and that the management did something about your complaint so that no one else will suffer from the same bad experience you had.

  • Lina  says:

    The place is classy, but the food…MY GOD!!! its not worth P1000 per head..with a very limited menu..and not all are freshly cooked.!! some were not in good taste. And the desserts..they seemed to be toasted cakes,cup cakes,puto,etc..etc. Honestly, I could not recommend your place to my friends coz it is not worth the price..I dont want them to be DECIEVED.

    • Sheryl Basa  says:

      I reserved for 4 adults when we went there the reception staff said we dont have any reservation…. Cool! Food limited cold steak like rubber band

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