DUSIT THANI’S BRUNCH : A FEAST FOR FAMILIES

Foreword : There’s a huge gap between gluttony and food enthusiasm.
It’s best to treat oneself to anything that is never a daily routine.

It was like an amazing race to four awesome buffet stations.
I am still into it until this post.
It was such an experience.

After dining at Circles Events Cafe buffet at Shangri-la Makati last February, this morning we headed to Makati to try the much talked about Family Sunday Brunch Buffet at Dusit Thani Hotel.

My 4-year-old son Gabby at the lobby of Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati
My 4-year-old son Gabby at the lobby of Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati

Tina & I miss Dusit Hotel. Our wedding reception was held there when it was still Dusit Hotel Nikko five years ago; we had it in its two of three grand ballrooms along with our more or less 200 guests. And so when I introduced Tina to the lunch buffet that the newly renovated Dusit offers every Sunday, she also became excited to go back and see changes that transformed Dusit Hotel Nikko into Dusit Thani now. We hopped blogs to blogs to read feedbacks and comments of diners who already tried it, we viewed photos taken from the four participating high-end restos before we push through with our gastronomic want.

These are the four participating restaurants in the Dusit Thani Family Sunday Brunch…

dusit

The cost of this digestive feast of epic proprotion is PhP 1450 nett inclusive of access to Umu, a japanese restaurant, Basix a Continental-Asian resto, Benjarong – thai and Tosca – Italian. Children 5 years old and below get to eat for FREE. And kids above 6 years of age get to have 50% discount. What makes it different from other EAT-ALL-YOU-WANT and OPEN-KITCHEN hotel dining is that in Dusit, it’s also DRINK-ALL-YOU-CAN complete with not only teas, juices but also wines!!! How good can it get? Plus, kids once fed and full already can be left SAFELY by enjoying parents at Dusit’s KID’S ZONE where they can watch cartoons, have face painting, coloring activities, play-dough and other arty crafts. The brunch buffet starts at 11:30AM until 3PM, enough for you to go through the four buffet stations either using the grand spiral staircase or the lift going from the lobby to the mezzanine where the other two restos (Benjarong and Tosca) are located. These things are well-thought of by the management, I guess, to cater to the Filipino Family bonding moments.

After paying at the cashier near the entrance to the lobby, the diners get to have these wristbands as passes to the four participating restos.

All for the glory of digestive feast and family bonding.
All for the glory of digestive feast and family bonding.

Directions to the restos are provided to diners by these road signs… clever huh!

question is : Where would you go first ?
question is : Where would you go first ?

Since we google the web first for info about this dining extravaganza, we decided to make UMU, the japanese restaurant as our dining “base” and had a table for three reserved under my name the night before our brunch.

follow our leader : To UMU !
follow our leader : To UMU !

I so like the interiors of UMU. In fact I was speechless when we entered it until we were guided to our table. It’s far different from the usual japanese-oriental restos. There are japanese caligraphies written on black tablets glued on the walls. The upholsteries of seats are in bright colors to blend with UMU’s cozy atmosphere overlooking Dusit’s jap garden.

UMU's fine oriental interiors
UMU

Here’s a closer look at those really cool jap wooden panels…isn’t it a beauty?

can someone translate?
can someone translate?

Tina, Gabby and I were seated in a table across this japanese roll station…

care for some maki and sushi? i want !
care for some maki and sushi? i want !
FOODIES : like father like son
FOODIES : like father like son
my lovely wife Tina to whom I share my life & my food enthusiasm.
my lovely wife Tina to whom I share my life & my food enthusiasm.

First plates of the first couple of this blog :

Tina's plate of some grilled tuna & skewers with jap rice
Tina
what's cooking here for doc gelo?
what
I started with jap soup : SUKIYAKI = yummy!
I started with jap soup : SUKIYAKI = yummy!
Gabby started with desserts immediately, why not?
Gabby started with desserts immediately, why not?

Those sweet treats came from this station :

sweets for sweet
sweets for sweet

Waiters at Umu offered glasses of iced cold green teas for reshrements before I and Gabby walked few steps from our table to Umu’s TEPPANYAKI station.

manong, puro seafoods pls! =)
manong, puro seafoods pls! =)

After choosing few pieces of tiger prawns, salmon, lapu-lapu and mung bean sprouts, i transferred my plate to the chef on the teppan.

TEPPAN = flat iron grill
TEPPAN = flat iron grill
my teppanyaki, sigh.
my teppanyaki, sigh.
Tina's teppanyaki plate. more veggies, plus beef & seafoods!
Tina

Other japanese yummies in Umu :

tamago rolls, shrimp cakes,tofu steak, kani sticks, mashed potato.
tamago rolls, shrimp cakes,tofu steak, kani sticks, mashed potato.
ebi tempura : a bit salty for us.
ebi tempura : a bit salty for us.

Then we asked the waiter at Umu to reserve the table for us and promised to come back from other stations after 15 minutes. As we went out of Umu, we found several things happening at the lobby. We made Gabby pose beside a pretty woman dressed in Thai playing good music with her Khim. We also saw 2 staffs geared in carnival attires : a man standing on stilts and a woman doing some balloon arts.

the beautiful lady dressed in thai was playing the string instrument, KHIM
the beautiful lady dressed in thai was playing the string instrument, KHIM
Gabby is tall for a four-year-old kid but his height is no best than this man's.
Gabby is tall for a four-year-old kid but his height is no best than this man
photo-op with the balloon maker
photo-op with the balloon maker
2nd pit stop : Benjarong, Dusit Thani's thai restaurant
2nd pit stop : Benjarong, Dusit Thani

Benjarong is at the mezzanine floor of Dusit Thani. One can take the grand spiral staircase or just the lift. The buffet spread of Bejarong is at the mezzanine lobby. I got myself some Thai delicacies and a glass of iced cold LEMONGRASS JUICE which I like!

the entrance to Benjarong
the entrance to Benjarong
inside Benjarong
inside Benjarong

We’re saving some more stomach-space for food from the other stations so we passed on the Pad Thai and curries and Thai soups but there are lots of them than you can imagine. A few more steps and cocktail tables and we saw Tosca, the Italian resto.

follow the leader to the next pit stop.
follow the leader to the next pit stop.

At Tosca, the very first buffet spread you’ll see has these sweet desserts…

resistance is futile!
resistance is futile!

A closer look at one of those : a cheesecake with dark chocolate…

never to miss this cheesecake.
never to miss this cheesecake.

Tina admired the taste of those little white cups with fruit toppings for what’s inside : FLAN.

one shot is not enough
one shot is not enough
chocolate mud pie topped with vanilla ice cream from Tosca
chocolate mud pie topped with vanilla ice cream from Tosca
want some cold cuts or bread?
want some cold cuts or bread?
freshly baked pizza as you request at the lobby of Tosca
freshly baked pizza as you request at the lobby of Tosca
Italian food goes well ofcourse with wine. Best about this, it's included in the Family Sunday Brunch. that's a big WOW!
Italian food goes well ofcourse with wine. Best about this, it
a little bit of everything : Mimosa and RasVery wines and flan from Tosca, a mocha sweet treat and rice-based pudding and a glass of lemongrass juice from Benjarong.
a little bit of everything : Mimosa and RasVery wines and flan from Tosca, a mocha sweet treat and rice-based pudding and a glass of lemongrass juice from Benjarong.
certainly not the least : Basix !
certainly not the least : Basix !

What’s in store for the buffet diners at Basix :

appetizers from Basix
appetizers from Basix
for seafood lover : a sight you can't resist
for seafood lover : a sight you can

Tina missed out to take photo of the baked Lapu-lapu that was also offered at the carving station of Basix

roast beef, anyone?
roast beef, anyone?

Can’t have enough of desserts? Here’s more :

sweets from Basix
sweets from Basix

Tina opted to try hot sweet crepe. Her choice : Blueberry, Strawberry & Mangoes.

want some crepes?
want some crepes?

After cooking for few minutes, we’re back in our table at Umu to enjoy the food we got from Basix.

mallows & grapes dipped in chocolate fountain, cheesecake and berries & mangoes crepe
mallows & grapes dipped in chocolate fountain, cheesecake and berries & mangoes crepe
my plate from Basix : Singaporean Chili crab, Seafood curry, Carbonara, Ham & Potato salad
my plate from Basix : Singaporean Chili crab, Seafood curry, Carbonara, Ham & Potato salad
more smiles for the cam, taken at Umu.
more smiles for the cam, taken at Umu.

Gabby was so excited to play at Kid Zone. So we endorsed him there while we headed for few more food hunting… While at the Mezzanine and enjoying Tosca and/or Benjarong, one can see how the little ones are doing at the Kid Zone where parents like us can leave their children to play, watch cartoons, have some face painting, do some art crafts like do-it-yourself colorful sand art in a bottle and photo frame to bring home as giveaways. What more can you ask for? The kids can be left safely under supervision of trained staff after the parent(s) signed info/instruction sheet. It was so professional of the staff to call me on my mobile 2x after i missed the first to inform me to fetch Gabby by 2:30PM.

kids are guaranteed safe in Dusit Thani's Kid Zone
kids are guaranteed safe in Dusit Thani
My wife Tina & our son Gabby with the carnival people of Dusit Thani
My wife Tina & our son Gabby with the carnival people of Dusit Thani

We left before 3PM and I must say it was an overwhelming experience to revisit Dusit Thani with such gastronomic pleasure.
Two thumbs up for it!
Sigh.

DUSIT THANI MANILA
Ayala Center, Makati City

eyeREALLYloveDusit =)
already missing UMU now…

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10 thoughts on “DUSIT THANI’S BRUNCH : A FEAST FOR FAMILIES

  1. that was a realy sweet blog. thank you, docgelo. patrons who greatly appreciate our labor of love such as you give us more reasons to innovate, innovate and innovate! hope to see you and your lovely family esp in the coming Easter sunday. It’ll be fun-packed, I promise! So, reserve your seats now!

  2. Oh wow! For Php1450, that’s a steal! I’ve to try this out soon. My mouth is watering just by looking at the food in UMU. Thanks for the info! :-)

    Great site you got here. Happy Weekend!

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