Restaurant Review: The Buffet, Commonwealth

22 Jul

For the relaunch of my food blog I would like to review one of the newest restaurants along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. The Buffet is, as the name suggests, mainly a buffet restaurant that serves Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Western cuisines, and is headed by Chef Park Gi Won. The Man and I decided to celebrate our anniversary here at The Buffet and we chose a weekday lunch.

It was a sweltering day and high noon at that. The venue wasn’t exactly full, but at that time there were no available parking slots in front of the restaurant. It was a very good thing that The Buffet provides free valet service. Upon entrance we were greeted by the hostess, got seated immediately and was offered a choice of fruit shakes for drinks. While they were preparing the drinks we went exploring the buffet line.

The section that immediately interested us was the Japanese section, specifically the sushi/maki/sashimi. We got ourselves a plate each of these. Unashamed, I even grabbed those last two pieces of inarizushi (sushi rice in a fried tofu pouch). It’s pretty rare! We made several trips to this sushi station.

thebuffet10 thebuffet11We took a look at the other sections. There as a salad area and a fruit area. I had a bit of salad for starters and some fruit for dessert.

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There was a bread section, with a toaster if you wish to toast your bread. There is a bowl of butter, as well as cheese and crackers at the far end. I think we didn’t have any of these, as we really were concentrating on the sushi.

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Near this area there was a section where you could get calamares and vegetable sticks, as well as a pizza area. I got none of these but The Man did. The pizza were thin and crisp and quite good, he said.

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Here is a view of some Chinese dishes (spicy crab and seafood hotpot). Beside it are slices of char siu, century egg, and soy chicken. I tried the char siu and it was good.

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Beyond the Chinese dishes sat the Filipino dishes. I was taken by this huge bowl of ginataang kuhol (snails!). I wanted badly to try it, but I wasn’t very sure if I’m allergic so I erred on the safe side. I couldn’t remember what the dish beside it was, but it looks like steamed fish.


Let’s go back to some Japanese dishes. There were some nice tonkatsu slices, and curry sauce that you can dip it in. Beside it is roasted ham slices, and beyond is some more sliced meat. There was also a dedicated tempura station, where you can get a variety of stuff dipped in tempura batter and fried to a nice crisp.

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On the Korean side of things, there is an area where you can get the usual Korean side dishes (kimchi, etc). Nearby you can also get some nice pajeon (seafood pancake), and freshly grilled bulgogi. Check out that variety of things you can have grilled.

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Check out one of The Man’s plates. He’s pretty good at presentation, and this plate really looks awesome. From the top going clockwise there’s four assorted sushi, a pizza roll slice (the one with what looks like wheatgrass garnish), tonkatsu slices with curry sauce, two pieces of hakao, and several pieces of pre-dipped tuna and salmon sashimi. In the corner is a tiny cup of fudge dessert.


I neglected to take a photo of the dessert stations.

We were able to catch their promotional prices, so we each paid only Php599 each which also included the drinks. Weekday dinner is Php799, weekend lunch is Php699, and weekend dinner is Php899. The full prices are Php200 more expensive.

The Buffet is open on weekdays for lunch at 11:30am-2pm and for dinner at 6pm-10pm, and on weekends for lunch at 11am-2:30pm and for dinner at 5:30pm-10pm. They also accept reservations and events. For more information you can check out their website here.

Summary: A great buffet place for northerners, with amazing selections (especially the sushi!). Drinks are also unlimited. Parking is readily available, and they even offer free valet service. They will soon be graduating from their introductory prices so you might want to try them out before that happens.

Food: 9.5
Service: 10
Ambiance: 9.5


Posted by on July 22, 2013 in reviews


14 responses to “Restaurant Review: The Buffet, Commonwealth

  1. Mark Joel Cajeta

    December 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM


  2. Jayson Villones

    December 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    The Venue is really beautiful, it will suit in any kind of event. Specially the Grand Ballroom Function Room, it will accommodate variety of persons!
    Great experience here in The Buffet International Cuisine!

  3. Sharmaine Monteza

    December 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    When my boyfriend and i decided to eat in the Buffet International Cuisine.
    The Ambiance is beautiful and the foods are really fantastic!
    Its was a great experience here and hesitate to come back.

    More power to The Buffet International Cuisine!

  4. Erwin Francisco

    December 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    So GOOD! We had to come back a second time on our last night.
    The menu were great. The Buffet provided the best service and the view its totally amazing!

    More power to THE BUFFET International Cuisine!

    Hope to come back soon!

  5. Mj Florido

    December 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    The FOODs are really Great!

    Keep up the good work!

  6. The BUFFET International Cuisine

    December 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Warmest greetings from The Buffet International Cuisine!

    It was a pleasure to have you dined in THE BUFFET International Cuisine and had an enriching culinary experience with our selection of Buffet lunch.

    Thank you for your positive feedback and we will surely share with the team whom I am sure will be pleased to learn that they have contributed in some small way to make your experience an enjoyable one.

    Once again, thank you for dining with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to experience buffet in the near future.


  7. The BUFFET International Cuisine

    December 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Wonderful Service and Delightful Foods

  8. The BUFFET International Cuisine

    December 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Thanks for this FEEDBACK!

  9. Mj Florido

    December 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    “Hi, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the business lunch that you provided to us today. It really set the right tone with our visitors, was very enjoyable and great value for money. I will be recommending your services from now on. Kind regards”

  10. Stephanie Gomez

    December 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    “Just wanted to let u know that we were very impressed with the buffet provided today. Many thanks and kind regards”

  11. sakura

    January 6, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    the place is beautiful but the food is not. they serve very few foods during our event. it was a disaster.

    • Pat

      February 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      That’s pretty sad to hear. I’m not sure if the food quality has declined. We haven’t been back since they went to full price sometime in December.

  12. Zoe Tuazon

    September 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    The buffet International Cuisine is one of my favorite restaurant in qc. the food wassss sooooo GOOD! my favorite is the Mongolian and the Shabu- Shabu! i will recommend this to all of my friends!

  13. Chris Grefal

    December 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Ambiance – 9
    Food – 6.5
    Service – 6
    Price – 5

    Nice place to dine but food is very average tasting. No very exciting on the tongue. Japanese food, especially sashimi runs out quickly and they are very slow at replenishing. Average taste of sushis. Soft drinks and beer not free. Mongolian too oily when they cook.

    I like the ice cream and halo halo, and plenty of cookies and brownies. Bread section is good too.

    The lechon de leche tasted blunt.

    Baby back ribs and steak were NOT available during my visit on Dec 27, Saturday.

    Service is a bit slow especially during the night when the crews are busy.

    There is a band that sings to you until you give them money.

    The price is NOT WORTH the dining.


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