Vikings seems to be the default buffet resto for celebrations and family gatherings. Known for its lavish decor that display sumptuous spreads of mouth-watering dishes from various cuisines throughout the world, Vikings can generate long waiting lines of avid diners.
The fam, together with the in-laws, recently dined at Vikings at SM Megamall’s Mega Fashion Hall for bro-in-law’s birthday celebration.
With an all-you-can-eat arrangement at the rates below, the family is definitely in for a #lamonfest:
- Adults: Php738 (weekday lunch); Php938 (weekday dinner, weekends and holidays lunch and dinner)
- for kids below 3 feet: FREE!
- for kids 3 feet to 4 feet: Php208 (weekday lunch); Php938 (weekday dinner, weekends and holidays lunch and dinner)
- for kids 4 feet to 6 feet: Php418 (weekday lunch); Php618 (weekday dinner, weekends and holidays lunch and dinner)
Note: Rates not yet inclusive of the 5% service charge.
For this #lamonfest, I focused on some dishes that I don’t usually have the opportunity to taste that often: the Seafood Paella (I guess I’m going through a paella phase now), the Lengua Estofado (went so well with the paella for a great taste of Spain) and the Leg of Lamb. The Ebi Tempura is always a good bet (and always nearly depleted by the time I get there, hehehe!), but some of the meats in the carving station fell short of my expectations: the Stuffed Turkey was a bit dry and the Angus Beef was tough and chewy.
For dessert, no one can tear my away from my favorite Puto Bumbong (since it always reminds me of Christmas; I even went to the Cheese Station and sprinkled some grated premium cheddar on it) and Avocado Ice Cream (as it’s hard to find ice cream of this flavor in the supermarkets). I also tried the Caramel Dip for the Churros and the moist Carrot Bar.
Overall, it was a great dining experience for the family.
To make the most of your #lamonfest at Vikings, you might want to make sure you do the following:
- Make your reservation. This way, you avoid waiting outside and can just walk right in as soon as you arrive. To make your reservation, you can call +63 2 8454647 (this hotline covers all Vikings branches), book via the Booky app (you may get some discounts at selected branches), or book online via the Vikings website.
- Check out Vikings’ current promos. You just might get big savings. For example, birthday celebrants get to eat for free on the day of their birthday so long as they’re with one full-paying adult, or any day of their birth month if they’re accompanied four full paying adults. Until June 30, members of the graduating class of 2018 can eat for free as long as they’re with three full paying adults (which is why my daughter snapped a photo of her diploma before we left the house). Just make sure that you bring all the necessary documents. For more details on these promos, click here.
- Pace yourself. Scope out the spreads first and pick the ones you want for your gastronomic explorations, be they your tried-and-tested favorites or some new cuisines you want to sink your teeth into (literally and figuratively!). Sample a bit of of the food and just come back for seconds to avoid leftovers. There are an awful lot of food here and you don’t want to already be in a food coma just when you get to the stuff you want.
For tips on how to survive a buffet, check out my blog post: Buffet Survival Guide: All-You-Need-to-Know to Eat-All-You-Can.
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