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Lunch at Zabs Buffet

Zabs Buffet review

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).

My first plate (noodles, salad, and veggies). I didn’t post the photos of my other plates because they were too badly taken. I changed my camera settings and didn’t realize the resulting photos were poor. (And that is not my hand. That’s a toddler’s hand.)
Some of the desserts
Poor photo of the crepe station – thowee!
 

To “review” the restaurant, let’s begin with the cons because I think naman the pros can make up for them. Here we go:

CONS

Size

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.

Food Selection
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.

Air-conditioning
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.

PROS

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!

My final while-they’re-talking plate

Location
Again, it’s not hard to locate the place. It would be really stupid to get lost trying to find it.

My vet cousin

Ambiance
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.

What happens to tweens when they get overly full
 

Price
Next, it’s also very affordable. At only P329 per head (exclusive of drinks), it’s hard to complain!

Service!
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!

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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!

Yuri’s OOTD
Doomagic Tuxedo Rompers used as top
Red jeans from H&M
Rubber shoes from Oshkosh

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.

Food Restaurant Review Worth the Weight

Lunch at Bistro Selera

Bistro Selera review

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Bistro Selera review
My sister celebrated her birthday last Sunday and we made a reservation for lunch at Yakimix. We didn’t go to Abreeza right away, though, because we had a couple of errands to do at SM Lanang.

However, after staying in SM for a while, we decided na nakakatamad na to have to go to Abreeza to eat (then back again to SM for groceries). So we cancelled our reservation at Yakimix and decided to just eat at Vikings.

However ulit, when we went to Vikings (it was just around 10), there were already several people in line. We asked the staff if there’s an available table, and he said wala na. Everyone without a reservation is waitlisted and for a table pa talaga outside.

No thanks!

So we went to look for another restaurant since my sister and I were already hungry (#boa). Long story short, we decided to try Bistro Selera.

Since we were there early, they were actually still closed when we got there. The waiter immediately flipped the Closed sign upon noticing us though!

I was surprised at the smallness of the area but the interior design was cozy so everything worked. I also liked the touch of art on the walls.
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Since we were the first customers, it didn’t take long before our food was served. (Later, I would eat the best karekare I have ever eaten so far!) Here are what we ordered:

Bistro Selera Kinilaw

I haven’t eaten the kinilaw because I’m not a big fan of fish, but they said it tasted really great daw. The fish used is Malasugui (swordfish) if I’m not mistaken. I think this was Papa’s favorite dish among everything we ordered!

Bistro Selera Crispy Pata
This is Bistro Selera’s bestseller, which is Crispy Pata. I loved that the skin was crunchy and the meat was very tender. I just didn’t like the huge chops because they can be difficult to eat! #poiseproblems
Bistro Selera Karekare
In the photo, the dish looks bland but only because I took the photo before the stew was mixed.

This was the winner, in my opinion. I seem to always order karekare when it’s on the menu because it’s interesting how restaurants cook it differently.

But this karekare is hands-down the best one I’ve ever tried yet. The sauce was thick and very tasty. I like that it wasn’t sweet because dishes in other restaurants just taste like peanut butter. This was different because it was really savory.

I also loved the very tender meat (although I didn’t eat the other parts like the tripe). Also, unlike other dishes where the vegetables are mushy, the vegetables in this dish are crisp!

VERDICT:

FOOD: Yummy!!! I can’t wait to try their other dishes next time!

SERVICE: I can’t say anything bad about the service. Waitstaff was really attentive and observant of our needs. Friendly, too!

PRICE: Price is surprisingly affordable! We paid only around P1200 for the meal because the waiter recommended a Fiesta combo meal (Crispy Pata + Karekare + Iced Tea + Rice) for just P900.

I was really pleased with my dining experience at Bistro Selera and would surely go back to eat it again!

(Just writing about that karekare made me hungry. Grr!)

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. 🙂

Bistro Selera Menu
Bistro Selera Menu
Bistro Selera Menu