Eat or Retreat: All-You-Can-Eat Dimsum Buffet at LiLi Restaurant New World Manila Bay [VIDEO]

Lili COVERR - Eat or Retreat: All-You-Can-Eat Dimsum Buffet at LiLi Restaurant New World Manila Bay [VIDEO]

There are people who are great at buffets, and then there are those like myself who are not. And because of this, I find myself a little more critical whenever I go to one. Most of the good buffets don’t come cheap, but expensive is okay as long as you get some satisfaction in return. Value for money, in short. So was this All-You-Can-Eat Dimsum Buffet at LiLi Restaurant worth it?

Though I managed to create this brief video mentioning the things I liked and disliked about the Dimsum Buffet at LiLi Restaurant, you can find a more detailed review after the jump. I also mention what I think are the items you should order repeatedly, and which are the ones you can probably skip. This buffet is only available until January 31st, 2020 so hopefully this review can help you decide if you want to try it or not!

Flurried feasting at The Frazzled Cook in Quezon City

The Frazzled Cook - Flurried feasting at The Frazzled Cook in Quezon City

The Frazzled Cook

I first heard about The Frazzled Cook when they invited me for a meal way back when. I can’t even remember the specific time, but I think it must be when they first moved house from Eastwood to Tomas Morato. It was a long time ago, but to make a long story short: I couldn’t make it.

I finally did end up eating here for my Mother’s birthday dinner, and I suddenly realized I had missed out on discovering this restaurant a little earlier. It was quickly rectified by another visit the following week haha! So just to be clear, the food I’m about to talk about below is a combination of the two visits we made to The Frazzled Cook.

The Frazzled Cook

The one thing that I noticed during both our visits– one on a Friday evening and another on a Sunday noon– is that this restaurant never stops being busy during meal hours. I am talking about all tables being full, plus a line of people waiting outside. (So yes, reservations are highly recommended!)

The Frazzled Cook

It’s not a big restaurant but it’s not small either, since it’s able to hold reservations for big groups as well. (They do big groups via consumables system so inquire first.) The restaurant has some private rooms, but we were seated at the main dining area both times we visited.

A brief Mother’s Day lunch at Alba Tomas Morato

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I have probably never eaten at Alba before despite how the restaurant is practically an institution. If I did it might have been a long time ago since I don’t have any memories of it. In any case, it’s really hard to eat here without a reservation, more so when you go on a special occasion.

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We were lucky enough to get a table as walk-in’s on Mother’s Day some weeks ago, and that’s a testament to the popularity of this spot, if not the fact that the restaurant has been around for six decades. Clearly it’s doing something right eh?

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Founded by Señor Anastacio de Alba of Avila, Spain, and now being co-managed by his son Chef Miguel, Alba offers traditional Spanish favourites in a restaurant that exudes an old-world coziness. Drop lights illuminate every table, as well as the wooden walls and panels. The addition of snaking vines in some places plus those Spanish-themed paintings and murals create a vibe I love. It almost makes you feel like you’re eating at a restaurant in Barcelona.

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They start you out with some warm rolls and butter for appetizers, and if you take too long a time to decide on the food you want to order (since there are plenty of choices) you can ask for a second serving.

Dimsum overload at Hyatt Manila’s Li Li Restaurant + a special treat for readers

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The Hyatt Hotel is one of Manila’s grandest and for me one of the more accessible five-star hotels in the metro. I live maybe 20 minutes away, and after this luncheon I had, I began wondering why we didn’t visit the restaurants here a little more. I was invited to an intimate lunch at Li Li’s Restaurant a few days ago to sample the restaurant’s lauded dimsum dishes alongside a couple of other cool kids (READ: really talented bloggers). It was my first time being formally invited to an event like this, so I was a mixture of nerves and excitement. Aside from the delicious food, the other great part was getting to meet other bloggers like myself. I’m actually a shy person but I somehow managed to be less awkward, and in the end I had a lot of fun and ate a lot of dimsum!

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Speaking of dimsum, I am a huuuuge dimsum lover. If you’ve been following this blog, you’d know I made a promise to myself to cook every single recipe from my favourite dimsum cookbook. Apart from that, almost every month, my two best friends and I go out for a dimsum date where we always end up stuffing our faces full of har gao and radish cake. But if I thought what we did during those times already qualified as “stuffing” ourselves, boy was I wrong. Eating here at Li Li’s, now this is the real deal.

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Hyatt’s Li Li Restaurant is inspired by the life and the home of Li Li. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and because she belonged to an affluent Chinese family, she was able to study in La Sorbonne in Paris. Her love for both the Chinese culture and the Parisian lifestyle led her to make the decision of settling in Paris with a mission to introduce her rich Chinese cultural heritage to the Europeans. She then opened a gallery specializing in Asian fine arts. During one of her visits to Geneva to attend an Asian-themed art exhibit, she met and was swept off her feet by Vince, a French UN Ambassador for Culture.

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