My dear friend and business partner Imelda told us to be there at 11am. We were graciously led by a lady staff to the table reserved for us and offered us bread and drink as we wait for the buffet table to open at 12nn. It was also a delight to see some people I know in the city who came for lunch @ the recently restored Spiral.
As my previous experience with my favorite hang out for the best food to find in the City, starting with the festive display of the 21 dining ateliers is exciting as each has its distinct attraction. The recent renovation after the typhoon Pedring has featured an elaborate open kitchen and cooking station encouraging interaction with the chef. We have personally requested the chef how we want him to prepare the fresh crustaceans we got from the buffet table. It has also added the enticing cold cut section in a glass enclosed portion. The fantastic dessert buffet is impressive. How could I miss Sofitel Hanoi's chocolate buffet when the Spiral's boulangerie and chocolate room. Indeed, Spiral world class buffet has maintained its unbeatable reputation for having the most extensive dishes from my very own tasty Filipino dishes and the rest of the international dishes bringing the authentic and warm atmosphere of the traditional French markets and Asian hawker stalls into an elegant setting with Manila bay as backdrop.
I just hope that the engineers responsible for the one-year work of Spiral's restoration have done a storm and flood resilient infrastructure to maintain the luxurious bay front spot which has been Sofitel’s most priceless feature. The courteous lady staff who attended to us captured our delight in a snapshot which we appreciate. I look forward to coming back with my family.