Monday, June 25, 2012

A Review of Richmonde Cafe Ortigas

sushi section
Everyone loves a great lunch buffet.

With lots of dishes to choose from, we try to have a taste of each delicacy to get our money's worth because let's face it, buffets are not that easy on the pocket.

As a result, each buffet meal takes about two to three hours to enjoy.

So what happens when you only have that traditional one-hour lunch? Most likely, you won't be able to eat to your heart's content and you will end up paying much more than what you actually consumed.

I have had enough lunch buffets to know that such episodes will make you feel bad after.

my nephew at the lobby
Luckily, there are some lunch buffets in the Metro which offer the right amount of delicacies to partake at more affordable rates.

Richmonde Cafe, located at the second floor of the Richmonde Hotel in Ortigas serves as the hotel's all-day dining service for in-house and walk-in guests alike.

But it's lunch buffet is quite famous as it offers customers the chance to enjoy a buffet that's just enough to keep you satisfied.

At P995 per visitor, each guest can enjoy the buffet of your requisite courses (pork roast, sushi, chicken, poor, beef, fish, dimsum and seafood) along with a nice selection of desserts. 

My nephew and I went to the nearby Podium mall to buy a gift and we decided to give Richmonde Cafe a try.

After all, I've heard great feedback about it and its one of the most affordable hotel lunch buffets you can find. (Most lunch buffets are at P1,200 to P1,900).

I am not really looking for the lowest priced buffet but I am after my money's worth.

I am in fact one of the people who believe that in buffet lunch, you don't get to each as much you can because you are either pressed for time, or you're just too overwhelmed by so many choices.
dessert section

One of the cafe's staff led us to a secluded area and in no time, I was enjoying my favorite pork roast, dimsum and sushi while my nephew went to the pork and chicken section. 

The queue for the grill section was long, proving that the grilled pork and fishes (salmon, etc) are quite the favorites among customers. 

Another favorite area is the tempura stand where the attending chef had to keep replenishing the tray due to great demand. 

Richmonde Cafe also has a great salad selection for appetizers but unfortunately, my nephew and I don't like vegetables that much so we just skipped it. 

But after our main courses though, we really enjoyed the dessert section. I particularly enjoyed their maruya and their blueberry cake.

The floor area of Richmonde Cafe is just right for a business hotel. It has a seating capacity of 94 people, so it is definitely easier for each person to visit all of the cafe's meal sections.

And because of its relatively smaller space, the ambiance is quite cozy and its ideal for managers/employee around the Ortigas area or for small group of friends.

 I even imagined that the venue if perfect for small gatherings like birthdays, press conferences or the like. And I was really glad when one of the waiters confirmed that the venue is indeed popular for such events.
the grill section

After a little over an hour, and several plates, we already settled our bill and immediately left the cafe for another appointment.

Looking back, I realized that I actually enjoyed Richmonde Cafe as it is one of those no-nonsense dining places, which gives you all that you need. The choice of dishes is limited as compared to others but it will definitely keep you satisfied.

And for less than P1,000 per person, Richmonde Cafe is one of the best value for money lunch buffets in town. 

Note: (sorry for the not-so-clear pics. My nephew took the photos, hahaha)

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