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“Best Buffet in Manila” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Spiral

Spiral
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard | Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Pasay City, Manila, Luzon 1300, Philippines
(+63)2/5515555
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Ranked #1 of 698 Restaurants in Manila
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Buffet, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Making a splash when it first opened in 2006, Spiral’s dining innovations were a first in Asia and it became one of Manila’s most loved restaurants. Dining has never been the same again since. But the new Spiral proves that even a trailblazer can top itself with Sofitel once again taking destination dining to a whole new level.The new Spiral is divided into 21 dining ateliers. In France, an atelier is an artist’s special workshop, and in Spiral it is where secret recipes are masterfully prepared right before your very eyes. The range of cuisines is expansive and the attention and detail to each dish has the focus of an artisan.
Manila
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“Best Buffet in Manila”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We had a family lunch at Spiral as a send-off party to our aunt. We arrived at 12:00 nn; buffet service starts at 12:00nn-2:30pm. We were seated on La Veranda, less noisy and less busy part of the restaurant, with good view of the pool and the Manila bay. Ambiance is good, except for the room temperature (I guess they had their AC on full). Service is good, but can be slow during the peak hour (12:30 - 2pm). Now, for my favorite part: FOOD. Spiral got the widest variety of cuisines I had for a buffet here in the Philippines. They have salads, cheeses, hams, chinese, filipino, japanese, indian, korean, american french, etc; and their dessert corner is very good. Here are some of my favorites from the spiral:
- beef prime rib and lamb roast (tender, juicy, cooked perfectly everytime)
- tempura
- peking duck (goes well with the plum sauce)
- roasted chicken on Filipino section
- bulalo
- cookies (the best!)
- white chocolate truffle
With the choices and quality of food (dining cost is high, but if you want good food you should pay good money right?), Spiral is good place to go for families to celebrate.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sofitel-Philippines, Manager at Spiral, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Bonjour! Mabuhay from Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila!

On behalf of Sofitel Philippine Plaza, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for sharing with the Trip Advisor community about your dining experience. At Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila we take pride in ensuring our customer’s satisfaction and are committed to constantly improve the quality of our service.

We thank you for your continued support and it is always a pleasure for us to be at your service. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon and wish you best in your personal and business endeavors.


Kind Regards,
Keith Pereira
Operations Manager
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“Finally re-opened”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Can't beat that. Best ingredients cooked by the best chef in such an amazing place.
I recommend the Sunday Champagne brunch!!

Visited November 2012
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Sofitel-Philippines, Manager at Spiral, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Bonjour! Mabuhay from Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila!

On behalf of Sofitel Philippine Plaza, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for sharing with the Trip Advisor community about your excellent dining experience.

We appreciate that you took the time in sharing your views, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to be of serve to you in the very near future.

Kind Regards,
Keith Pereira
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“Magnificient!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

A truly amazing dining experience, the buffet is separated into different regions, Japanese, Chinese, Philppino, Italian..the list goes on. Not to mention the cold cuts and cheese room, and the chocolate room. Freshly shucked oysters and other seafood also. This is a magnificient restaurant, together with great service.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sofitel-Philippines, Manager at Spiral, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Bonjour! Mabuhay from Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila!

We would like to thank you for your positive feedback here on Trip Advisor. We truly appreciate you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us, and we are delighted that our services have pleased you. Each day, we do strive to provide only the finest experiences for our guests.

It would be our great pleasure to be of service to you in the future and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. We wish you best in your personal and business endeavors.

Kind Regards,
Opertions Manager
Keith Pereira
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“Huge variety, excellent quality, and free-flowing champagne -- what a Christmas day buffet!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Had heard Spiral's buffet was the best in town and now I know why -- incredible variety and high quality standards. The seafood section alone would have been worth the trip -- oysters, slipper lobsters, large shrimp, and lots of uber fresh sushi and sashimi. And the cheese section lodged in a small separate room has dozens of cheeses, sliced meats, and accompanying relishes (mustards, nuts, dried fruit, etc.) Lots of meat choices of course; ditto nationality foods (huge and authentic Chinese section, for example --having lived there for several years). The champagne options were also first class (Moet, Piper Heidsick, etc.), and the wine menu revealed a good range of options by the glass and bottle. Staff were friendly and attentive but very busy with a sell-out on Christmas day. Yes, it is a bit pricey, but you pay for quality.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“What a Buffet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

A client of mine suggested he take me out for dinner and asked if i would like to visit a local Buffet, so agreed expecting a usal standard Buffet type meal.
I also took my 21 year old Daughter along.
Wow were we surprised, what a place. This was very high class place with fantastic decor and a beautiful high wooden cieling and what a spread.
There was just about every type of cusine available. Local philippine style, Chinese, japanese, seafood, steaks, salads, western european and my favourite a glassed in room with Itallian hams and salamies, French and european cheeses of every discription and all sorts of olives and dressings. Nuts of every type and discription. A champaign bar. We sat at a lovely table by a window where were were offered a wine bar and when i asked for a certain type of wine the lady dissapeared to come back some minuets later with exactly what i had asked for. After 3 rounds of eating we went outside for a small break only to discover there was an outside seating area where they also had a BBQ area serving yet again other sorts of food and the setting overlooking Manila bay was superb.
Going back inside we made another few rounds but probably never touched 50% of what was available. I am unsure of what the prices were as i was not allowed to see the bill but i expect high but even if i was paying would have been worth every penny as this was a whole fantastic to steal another persons quoute a Gastrononmic experience. We arrived at 8pm and did not leave until 2am with never any pressure to free up the table.
My wife is joing me soon and the first place we will go will be here. I have travelled a lot and love good food and this place is now right in my top ten of places to eat.

If you get the chance this place is not to missed as one of the worlds places to visit.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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