You’ve been re-directed from my review of Zabs Buffet on DavaoMommy.com.
The original plan was to celebrate my birthday at Vikings. However, we had already tried it, and while we had a pleasant experience, I didn’t get to enjoy it fully because I was busy running after Yuri. Vikings is big, and my toddler was all over the place!
So I decided to look for another restaurant that is a lot smaller. I am willing to sacrifice the amount of food to save my sanity. Hahaha!
Another thing: being the big eaters that we are, it needs to be a buffet.
We have already tried most known buffet restaurants and hotels in the city. We haven’t tried Yakimix yet, but it’s out of the question, since the folks are not fans of Japanese food. However, during my preggy and newborn-mom days, a buffet restaurant opened and was popular among students and yuppies. I didn’t get to try it then, so we decided to try it now.
The place is not easy to miss. It’s just along Roxas Avenue and very near Aldevinco in front of Ateneo. The signage is also big, in-your-face-ish.
Zabs Buffet is a small restaurant; thus, do not expect to see a large variety of food. You will see the usual: salads, rice cooked differently, savory dishes, soup, lechon kawali (my and dad’s favorite haha), raw meat and fish that you can request to be cooked, and lots of dessert. In the center, near where we were seated, was the counter where food was cooked. There was a pizza station, crepe station, and takoyaki station (that’s what I remember).
To “review” the restaurant, let’s begin with the cons because I think naman the pros can make up for them. Here we go:
Like what I mentioned, the place is small. Therefore, do not expect couch seating. The seats, while comfortable, are plain and made for eating, not lounging.
Again, there is no “huge” selection of food. Given its price, it is acceptable. However, I also noticed there is little variety of dishes. For example, there were almost no fish-based dishes. Also no pasta. I was almost sad.
During the time we were there, we felt just a little of the air-conditioning. Okay, that’s putting it mildly. We weren’t sweating naman; it only felt as if we were just at home. Or maybe it’s because we were so near the cooking area.
Food Taste and Quality
While the food selection is not huge, I’m proud to report that there was not a morsel that I didn’t like. I really loved the lechon kawali (sorry to those who don’t eat pork), the pizza (even though I’m not fond of thin crust), and the spring rolls (lumpia). Every meat dish was soft and tender. Yuri and I loved the pomelo salad!
Again, it’s not hard to locate the place. It would be really stupid to get lost trying to find it.
The place, even though it’s small and the tables are full, don’t fill crowded. Maybe it’s because of how the entire place is bright and well-lit.
Next, it’s also very affordable. At only P329 per head (exclusive of drinks), it’s hard to complain!
And last but definitely not the least, service is impeccable. Waiters and servers welcome you with a smile. The chef and the cooks are also friendly and pleasant. Most of all, you don’t have to call anyone to serve you. The main waiter (or is it supervisor?) always looks at each table and knows what you need even before you make a pip. Waiters in other restaurants, in comparison, need to be called (twice and thrice) and still dawdle! None of this happened when we were there; everyone was just so pleasant and friendly. Now that’s what I call service!
And the biggest pro of all, Yuri enjoyed the experience, too, and didn’t run all over the place. For the first time in forever, I really got to eat!
So, in summary, if you want a full gustatory experience, do not go to Zabs. But if you simply want to relax, hang out with friends, eat, and do all these without spending too much, by all means, try Zabs!
Zabs Buffet is at Paseo de Roxas Bldg., Roxas Avenue, Davao City
Store opens from Tuesday to Sunday (11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 6:00pm to 9:00 pm)
For reservations, call 221-4643 or 0939-9191672
I am not, in any way, compensated for this review.