Setting. Celebrity chef Boy Logro's restaurant 7 Flavors Buffet has two storeys of delicious food: the first floor is for ala carte customers, while the second floor is for those availing of the buffet spread. The restaurant is casual and laidback but tasteful - qualities you'd like in place where you can share a pleasant meal with family and friends. Fridays mostly see families, but big corporate or academic groups are also frequent diners. The second floor dining has six-seater tables and private dining spaces separated by glass dividers, able to seat up to 160 people at a given time. The buffet spread makes the most of the space available with back-to-back buffet lines. Outside are a few tables for waiting guests, and a spacious parking.
Food. The buffet spread is a mix of Filipino and international cuisines and the good thing at 7 Flavors is the fact that the selections change every week. However, a few favorites remain permanent fixtures in the spread like the best-selling tacos, thin and crisp homemade chips, the perfect foil to the filling of seasoned ground beef and lettuce, tomato and cucumber salsa mix; the newly-introduced bagoong rice or shrimp paste rice that's just the right amount of salty and sweet; the very tender roast beef, which was mildly sweet and went well with the thick and creamy gravy; and the salmon head in sweet and sour sauce.
The dessert bar of 7 Flavors is well-stocked with bite-size cakes, tarts and chocolate chip cookies. A personal favorite is the mango and blueberry panna cotta. Both are not too sweet but provide a much-needed refreshing and creamy kick to wrap up a full meal. For drinks, the watermelon and cucumber shake is a good choice.
Service. Friendly and helpful, but drink orders can take a while.
Prices. Lunch on Mondays to Thursdays is at P400 (US$9) per person, while dinners fetch at P500 per person. It's P600 per head whether for lunch or for dinner on Fridays to Sundays.
Verdict. Good place to treat the family to a buffet meal without costing an arm and a leg. I'll be back for the tacos. Recommended.
7 Flavors is at 196 A. Mabini Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City. The ala carte section on the first floor is open as early as 7am, while the buffet spread is from 11am to 2:30pm for lunch and 5:30pm to 10pm for dinner.
Cover photo is a screengrab from 7 Flavors Facebook page.
Published September 2016