Monday, June 25, 2012

Eat Like a Viking

Vikings' Lobsters

My mother invited the whole family for a Sunday dinner at Vikings to take advantage of the 2 gift  certificates for holiday/weekend buffet that were given to her and my brother. The only thing we had to do to get the free feast was to book a reservation, which is a steal considering a weekend dinner at Vikings could cost about a thousand bucks easy. The gift certificates were good for a month so we had about eight weekends to choose from.

Easy? Not.

After enduring countless busy tones and three failed attempts to call in for a reservation, I found out that if I do not reserve at least a week from my desired date, I will never be able to because Vikings gets fully booked very fast.

Fortunately, Vikings extended the gift certificates for another month when we still could not get a reservation on the last weekend of the effectivity date. When I was able to finally reserve a table, it was not even for the prime dinner time of 7PM but for the early bird slot of 5PM to 730PM.

(There is a 2-hour time limit, with a 30 minute grace period. We were handed our bill at exactly 7PM without us having to ask for it.)

When we arrived at Vikings at 5PM, I was surprised to see lines of people outside the restaurant. There were two  actually, one for those who have reservations the other for those who do not. Now it was not my first time to eat at Vikings, having eaten there around the time when it just opened, but at that very moment, as I looked over the line of people who waited there despite knowing full well that there is a very slim chance that there would be an opening in the reservation list that has been fully booked days before, I realized how immensely popular Vikings has grown. Getting a following like this would mean that Vikings is consistently living up to its claim of being "The Best Buffet in Manila."

Chocolate Fondue
Dessert Buffet
Halo Halo Station
At first, I thought that I would regret the early bird booking considering 5PM is way too early to have dinner. But I have realized that it is preferable for 2 main reasons. One, because it is cheaper at Php988 (plus 5% service charge) than the regular Php1,088 (plus 5% service charge) weekend/holiday dinner rate. Two, since 5PM is the start of dinner service, everything is fresher and more abundant than what you probably would get coming in at 7PM. Just make sure you have a light lunch, or a very early one.

Sashimi plate: Tamago, Salmon, Tuna
Roast Beef, Oven-baked Lechon, Yangchow Fried Rice
Admittedly, nobody in our group had the stomach nor the audacity to try EVERYTHING on the buffet, in fact not even all of us together could. But we sure did get our fair share. We got some selections from the Chinese food section, some meats from the roasts station, some lobster (what kind exactly I don't know), a couple of sashimi, sushi, and maki, a few fried entrees from the Japanese food section, a handful of nachos, a serving or two of desserts (the bibingka and puto bumbong are made on the spot), and other odds and ends.

Tuna Sashimi
Salmon Sashimi
Among our favorites were the freshly grilled rib eye steak (cooked upon order and served to your table), salmon and tuna sashimi (fresh as can be), and the roast beef. Finally we washed everything down with beverages of our choice, iced tea, coffee, iced coffee, and my personal favorite, hot jasmine tea. Of course no Viking feast is complete without mead. Sure enough, Vikings offers free flowing draft beer and cans upon cans of Tiger beer.

Miso Soup
VIKINGS - A Feast From The Sea is located at: Bldg. B, By The Bay, Seaside Boulevard, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Philippines.

Vikings' Rates
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Contact Information

Telephone Numbers:
846-3888; 846-4888; 846-5888; 0917-5653888; & 0923-7303888



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