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“Better but not outstanding”
Review of Cafe Ilang-Ilang

Cafe Ilang-Ilang
Ranked #2 of 1,011 Restaurants in Manila
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 2, 2013

I am reviewing this based on comparing it with other high end hotel buffet in Metro Manila. Selection of food is good but I appreciate more of a quality rather than quantity. Don't expect that you can eat all of the dishes since you are given so much selection. I would recommend the pizza section, the japanese sushi section, the chinese dimsum, try to have the fresh seafood section grill over or baked then have their brewed coffee.
If you pay the full price, I would probably not go back to this buffet. However, if you get their deal of buy 1 free 1 or 50% off on some discount card then it is probably a good experience on special occasions.
The service needs some improvement although it is way better than their former staff prior to the renovations. During those days, the servers were like gov't personnel, waiting for tip before they'll move for you. Or they will bend some rules for you and say "ikaw na bahala sa amin mamaya".

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2  Thank bidaman
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We had dinner there with a client who wanted a good dinner steak - but quite disappointed... Place was ok - food selection not bad although since we are there for the steak - quite disppapointed,

Service was good but parking is terrible.

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2  Thank superwoman2011
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

I've always loved this place even when I was young. It's the typical breakfast/lunch meeting place if you find yourself in Manila. Food was delicious then...and so it is too, now! Their buffet offering is quite extensive from local, to European to Asian fusion. Very impressive Cheese & chorizo & deli selection! The ambience a plus! I just hope they improve on their service...as typical of an old traditional hotel, the staff seem to be in no hurry to serve hungry & eager people like us.

2  Thank JoAndrew A
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Cafe Ilang Ilang has definitely caught up with the times! I still remember eating sunday lunch with family there years ago and they had flowery patterned chair covers and limited buffet choices. But now, after visiting recently it has improved a lot. I have to commend the chefs with the satisfying, tasty and dizzying array of food. The ambience is also nice and is at par with international hotels. Getting reservations beforehand is helpful to first timers. And the table hopping magicians are a treat to the kids!

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1  Thank acl08
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

comprehensive buffett with various themes but concentrate on the carvings pure meat lovers paradise. lechon & filipino foods excellent. thai food is very refreshingly authentic. must save more room for desserts otherwise your gonna regret it.

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1  Thank Frank N
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