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Gastronomic Adventure of Epic Proportions

on December 1, 2010

As most of you might have read in my previous entries, Francis and I have just celebrated our third anniversary… and we celebrated it with a BANG! A tummy bang, that is. Being the ultimate foodies, we chose to mark our special day with an indulgence in the ultimate gustatory feast. You guessed right… it was Dusit Thani’s Sunday Family Crossover Brunch, this time, that we forayed into.

To those who are not familiar with it, the Sunday Family Crossover Brunch is a hotel-wide feast with an interesting concept any food lover would rave about and enjoy. The ingenious idea is to literally cross over Dusit Thani‘s four restaurants for a spectacular banquet. Guests and diners have the option of picking a “base restaurant” that perfectly captures their desired ambience and can then proceed to savor the myriad of delicious Thai, Japanese, Italian, and other international cuisine all in one day.

During the entire buffet, there was an abundant outpouring of mocktails [as in mock cocktails/alcohol-free drinks] and free flowing wine. Live cooking stations and the massive display of culinary delights made the entire experience overwhelming. Dessert creations were all over the place. It weren’t only our tummies, but also our eyes, that swelled with wanting, satisfaction, and fullness.

Francis, striking a pose before the great buffet

Reservations are required for the Sunday Family Crossover Brunch. Unconventionally [and unlike almost all the hotel buffets around], diners need to pay first before proceeding. Payment can either be made at the lobby or by the entrance of the preferred base resto. Diners would then be given a paper wristband which would serve as entrance ticket to the four Dusit Thani restaurants.

You need to wear this yellow band throughout the SFCB for distinction

I placed reservations two weeks ahead [Excited much?! :razz:] and chose Umu as our base. Umu is the hotel’s Japanese restaurant. As we walked in, we were greeted by a gorgeous Japanese setting complete with seats upholstered with oriental prints, darkwood tables, walls plastered with black tablets inscripted with Japanese calligraphy, ornamental sake kegs, warm cozy lighting, an aquarium with a huge rock lobster, plus a view of the garden and koi pond. Japanese music softly played in the background. Attendants and servers were in kimonos. The restaurant offered a wide selection of sushi and rolls, sashimi, and chicken chunks for yakitori [grilled skewers]. There also were cold soba, prepared Japanese classics like agedashi tofu, breaded salmon belly, and chawan mushi. Our favorite portions of Umu were the teppanyaki and sukiyaki stations. You can have your choice of fresh cuts of beef, salmon, tuna or sweet succulent shrimps grilled to perfection with the ideal mix of butter and sauces. The chefs would gladly do that for you. The sukiyaki was my favorite. Beef that is tender and thinly sliced, together with mushrooms, onions, and napa cabbage were laced along the sweet-salty broth where the chewy, jelly-like shirataki noodles were submerged in. Sarrrap!!! We were too busy eating Smiley so weren’t able to take much photos. See the slideshow below for the few ones we’ve collected.

[To view and control the photo slideshows you need to have Flash Player 9 or newer installed.]

Basix, like Umu, is located on the ground floor. This restaurant carried Asian cuisine [from Chinese, to Japanese, to Filipino and Indian] prime ribs, and steaks. There were dimsum, dumplings, more sushi and sashimi, fresh oysters, mussels, and prawns. There was an assortment of Filipino dishes such Kare-Kare, Callos, Dinuguan, and Lechon. There were other viands but I didn’t check anymore. There also was Peking duck, Indian fare like papadum, shawarma, pickles and chutneys. There was a separate crepe station, a halo-halo station, an ice cream station, an area for the chocolate fountain/fondue and a long display of cakes, mousse, panna cotta, and other sweets. A bread area was located at one corner, with a cheese plate nearby. The choices were nauseating so I just went for the oysters and had them baked. Francis, on the other hand, gorged on steaks.

Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine was located on the second level. All the walking and stair-climbing came in handy. The array of Thai dishes were equally dizziness-inducing. There were curries, green mango salad, pomelo salad, shrimp cakes, satay, rice cakes, and others predominantly bathed in coconut milk and/or shrimp paste. [And incidentally, I don’t eat anything with gata and/or bagoong so go figure. :roll:] The only ones that piqued my interest were the dayap [lime] juice, Pad Thai Gung, which was to-die-for [I’m still dreaming about it] and the Tom Yum Goong, which was divine. No one else but Thai chef Khun Tun prepares and cooks the Pad Thai right in front of the diners. [Check her out in the slideshow below.] She’s really impressive [and friendly too]!

Tosca, the Italian restaurant situated a few steps from Benjarong, had sophisticated, chic interiors. On offer were mostly green salads, breads, pasta, pizza, hams, and the most exquisite selection of desserts, which includes the decadent flourless chocolate cake [see slideshow] that we topped with homemade ice cream. Francis and I agreed that on our next crossover brunch, we would pick Tosca for our base restaurant. It had an ambience that shouts elegance and formality. I wasn’t able to try out most of the pasta as they would eat up what space is left in my tummy. Strategizing in a buffet like this one is key. We binged on desserts, though. Hay, heaven!!! Smiley

For drinks, Umu served bottomless cold green tea. In addition to that, we treated ourselves with wine and the mocktails. Smiley We were very cautious in consuming drinks as per our devised buffet-attacking plan. We didn’t want to be full from all that liquid.

blue lemonade and strawberry mocktails

I personally think that Dusit Thani’s brilliant brunch idea is the best buffet deal in town during Sundays. Smiley I have been able to sample other hotel buffets including Circles, Paseo Uno, and Heat and I can truly say that the Sunday Family Crossover Brunch is the most enjoyable [and the most ambrosial]. It’s so good that I believe it can even give Spiral a run for its money. Additionally, with an epicurean feast unbelievable priced at only P1600 net for adults [P800 net for kids aged 6-12; Free for children aged 5 and below], who could say no?

Note: Francis and I spent more than a week trying to prepare for this and attempting to acquire Smiley Smiley stomach-stamina tips, impulse control tricks, and buffet-assaulting techniques. Sadly, everything ended in vain Smiley. LOL

Sunday Family Crossover Brunch
Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Center, Makati City
11:30am upto 3:00pm
Telephone: 887-3333 ext. 3888 (for reservations and inquiries)



4 responses to “Gastronomic Adventure of Epic Proportions

  1. Smarla says:

    how many trips to the buffet table were you able to make? πŸ™‚ when rj and i also had a buffet, we also prepared and read tips on how to maximize buffets. hahaha

    but wooow that’s such a nice buffet! i love the concept πŸ˜€ nakakatawa lang yung bands, reminds me of enchanted kingdom’s ride all you can band

    i also love your animated pictures! happy anniversary to you guys

    • dashashash says:

      hay naku, we made countless trips. [well, there were a lot of ‘tables’ naman kasi]. so did your preparation and research work? ours didn’t. πŸ˜›

      yes, smarla… you should try the SFCB sometime. i bet you and RJ will enjoy it as much as we did. and yes, tama… parang pang EK lang yung wristbands. ang luwag pa nga nung pagkakabit nung akin eh. haha!

      thanks for the anniv greeting. advance happy monthsary to you and RJ! [tama ba?] πŸ™‚

  2. Cristina says:

    Oh wow! kakagutom haha! I like Tosca and Umu, never tried Thai cuisine kasi, Basix naman parang sobrang dami ng foods tingin palang busog n haha!

    Anyway, Congrats and Happy Anniversary to you both! πŸ™‚ God Bless! πŸ™‚

    • dashashash says:

      thanks so much for the greetings, cristina! πŸ™‚ btw, am glad to know you’ve received you Clinique haul already.

      you should try Thai cuisine some time. it’s really good.

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