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8 Hotel Breakfasts You Can Enjoy in Manila

8 Hotel Breakfasts You Can Enjoy in Manila

Looking for a posh place to have your first meal of the day? Here are eight hotels in Metro Manila where you can break your fast in style.
By Kenneth Tan

Breakfast has to be everyone's favorite meal, be it the first meal of the day or a good morning meal after a night of heavy partying.  Experts say skipping breakfast drops your energy levels for the morning and results in binge eating at lunch time. Some people love breakfast food so much they wouldn't mind eating it three times a day.

Breakfast means different things to different people. Some bacon, an omelet, two slices of toast, and a glass of orange juice is breakfast for some, while for others, it's a cup of garlic-fried rice topped with a sunny side up egg and strips of beef tapa, with vinegar on the side. Different concepts of breakfasts could mean conflict when the time comes for friends or families to pick where to eat the first meal of the day. Such conflict can be easily avoided if one chooses to opt for a hotel breakfast buffet.

One would be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn't appreciate the concept of a hotel breakfast buffet. A place where one can get, not just the usual tapsilog, but the option to also lay a couple of strips of bacon beside it, is what some people consider heaven. Whether you like toast, congee, or fruit in the morning, a hotel's breakfast buffet will have something for you. Here are eight hotels who not only take their breakfast buffets seriously, but also do so with panache.

Pacific Lounge in Pan Pacific Manila

The Conde Nast Traveller has ranked the Pan Pacific Manila as one of the best hotels in the region.  Nowhere is their successful attempt at giving the traveller an urban escape through calm and modern elegance felt than in the Pacific Lounge

Totally encompassing the 21st floor, the Pacific Lounge provides a magnificent view of the city of Manila. The breakfast buffet has wide selection of international dishes. There are open-stations situated all through-out the lounge, including a Japanese station, congee and dimsum station, egg station, and the carving station, which has a variety of roasts and cured meats.

The Pacific Lounge also offers light breakfast options; choose from a variety of chilled juices, cereals, fresh and low fat milk, international cheeses, seasonal fresh fruits and a salad station.

The Pacific Lounge serves breakfast buffet daily from 6:00am to 10:30am at Php 898 net per person.
See Pan Pacific Manila's contact details here.

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Photo courtesy of Crowne Plaza Hotel

Seven Corners at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is an international hotel chain composed of highly elegant hotels with the corporate jet-setter in mind.  Their recent venture in Manila is located right beside the Robinsons Galleria mall along EDSA.

Seven Corners, the hotel's casual dining restaurant, has elegantly oriental décor that is the perfect stage for their eclectic array of Oriental, Japanese and Western breakfasts. Pancakes, waffles, sausages, cold cuts, fried noodles, congee, noodle soup, a wide variety of breads and jams, hash browns, traditional beef tapa, pork tocino and BACON are just some of the players in this delightful buffet. Light breakfast selections of seasonal fruits are also available. Breakfast at the Seven Corners is from 6:00am up to 10:00am and is Php 1,950 net per person.
See Crowne Plaza Hotel's contact details here.

Spiral at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel is a luxury resort style hotel by the bay that offers a relaxing dining concept via Spiral.  The short walk down the hotel's opulent and wide spiral staircase is breathtaking as you are welcomed by the fantastic view of their lagoon pool and the Manila Bay a little beyond that.  But nothing can prepare you for the spread that awaits you at Spiral.  The selection is simply overwhelming and a definite feast for your eyes and taste buds─Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, Mediterranean dishes, and a whole lot more. Some say that it will take you five visits just to sample the entirety of Spiral's offering. It certainly is worth a try.

Spiral is currently being reconceived but is expected to launch in the first half of 2012.

The breakfast buffet is open from 6:30am to 10:30am Mondays to Fridays at Php 1,289 net per person and Php 1,597 net per person on Saturdays and Sundays.
See Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel's contact details here.

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Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Manila

Paseo Uno at Mandarin Oriental Manila

Breakfast at the Mandarin Orietal Manila's all day restaurant Paseo Uno is definitely an experience. Its dramatic interior consisting of indoor and outdoor ponds is a wonderful creation from the much respected Tokyo-based Design Studio Spin.  It has four buffet stations that offer international, Asian-Continental, Filipino and Western cuisines.  Try the flavorful sushi rolls, steamed crab, various roasts and grills, and the desserts. Breakfast starts at Php 1,306 net and is open everyday from 5:30am-10:30am. An extensive wine list is also available but is not included in the buffet.
See Mandarin Oriental Manila contact details here.

Heat at Edsa Shangri-la Manila

The Edsa Shangri-La Manila is one of Metro Manila's more popular hotels, with its tropical garden, lagoon pool, Chi Spa and its convenient location in between SM Megamall and Edsa Shangri-la Mall. But of all the amenities that this hotel has to offer, its buffet restaurant Heat has to be the biggest crowd drawer.

The Heat Buffet is a magical production process both of artistic expressions of taste and the fascinating transition of dishes from breakfast to lunch and to dinner. The breakfast buffet offers Asian and Continental dishes and a whole gamut of diverse breakfast selections, from puto to crepes, pancakes, doughnuts, dimsum, tapa, waffles, pandesal, noodles, ham, eggs done your way, turon, congee and even ensaymada.  Breakfast is served 6:00am to 10:30am at Php 1,239 per person.
See Edsa Shangri-La contact details here.

Escolta at The Peninsula Manila  

Fresh is the best word to describe Escolta's breakfast buffet. This Peninsula Manila restaurant's "farm to table" philosophy supports the adage that great food comes from the freshest ingredients.  The intricacy and delicate manner of preparation of Escolta's a la carte dishes are apparent in their breakfast buffet. Though it doesn't have the biggest selection of dishes, Escolta's offerings are more than enough to satisfy your appetite and tickle your taste buds. Their breakfast buffet is at Php 1,215.92 net per person.
See The Peninsula Manila's  contact details here.

Café Riviera at The Heritage Hotel

The Heritage Hotel, located along Roxas Boulevard corner EDSA houses the Heritage Casino and the Heritage Boutique Casino. Though it is not advertised in the Heritage hotel website, the Riviera Café actually offers a delightful breakfast buffet that focuses on Filipino food supported by selections of Malay and Singaporean dishes, which are fast becoming popular in Metro Manila.  All meat and poultry dishes are Halal Certified. The standard fare of Western and continental dishes are there, of course, along with a selection of fresh fruits and cheeses. Definitely a must try at Php 800++ per person.
See The Heritage Hotel contact details here.

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Photo courtesy of New World Hotel

M2M Café at the New World Hotel

The New World Hotel 's M2M Café, (M2M means Morning to Midnight), has Indian and Mongolian stations aside their usual offerings of typical Western and Filipino cuisines. They have whole selections of excellent pastries, and that alone is a good reason to try M2M Café. 

Breakfast buffet is at Php 1,385 net per person and starts at 6:00am-10:30am
See New World Hotel's contact details here.

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