Vikings Luxury Buffet has established itself as a solid dining destination for special occasions, birthday celebrations, anniversary celebrations, and even casual meals among many families in the Philippines. From the same group that brought Vikings and NIU, Four Seasons Hotpot City is the latest addition to the Vikings family. After its successful venture in SM By the Bay, it has just opened a new branch in Manhattan Parkview, Cubao (near Gateway Mall) on October 3, 2015 with a space that can accommodate over 400 guests.
This buffet restaurant serves not only items for shabu-shabu dining but also various dishes from appetizers and mains to desserts that are all worth traveling for. We were very fortunate to be one of the firsts to try them, thanks to Ms. Raquel’s invite. 🙂 Come and let’s eat like a Viking!
Review of Four Seasons Hotpot City (Manhattan Parkview, Araneta Center, Cubao)
“Uy! Ang ganda!”, while referring to the interior design, was the initial reaction I heard from people that surrounded our table. And guess what? Those are my thoughts exactly! 🙂
The stunning dining room combines both form and function perfectly. The decadent white and gray color scheme throughout the light-filled, plushly appointed dining area keeps the vibe calm, refined, and quite sophisticated. Plant decors, words such as “HOME” and “FAMILY,” and wines displayed on the background are enough to capture your gaze for a while. For shabu shabu meals, every table is fitted with an electric stove top with divider.
Properly labeled buffet counters and food sections are all positioned at one side, so flow of traffic goes smoothly and the different types of food are easy to wander into. Just like in any Vikings restaurant, diners get front-row access to chefs and the rest of culinary team at work.
The five function rooms (for 12-14 people each) will take you to a more intimate and private dining experience. Huge chandeliers provide an interesting contrast to the dark and muted atmosphere, while the eye-popping bird painting on the wall completes the room’s enticing visual charm. Lovely!
♥ Washroom ♥
The number of guests seemed endless but the service crew has still done a great job in handling requests. They were attentive, kind, and fast to their feet. Our used plates, bowls, and clutter on the table were quickly taken out with permission. It’s always a humbling experience to be treated nicely. Food on the buffet spread were replenished in a timely manner. However, there were also times when diners had to queue up for it. In this case, staff asks for the table number and then delivers a platter of the food once it becomes available.
Sometimes a meal really does taste better in stylish surroundings. But even without minding the grand ambiance and decors, in Four Seasons Hotpot City, food tastes and quality are utterly excellent. Three elements are key to its magic: freshness of seafood and vegetables, tenderness of the meat, and the variety of items to try. It’s definitely right to put this restaurant in your list of favorites. 🙂
Salads and appetizers are beautifully presented and these are not your average starters. I love the different flavors and textures of ingredients in each as I have personally tasted everything in these two sections. 😛 Home run!
Divided into meat organs, seafood, balls, dim sum, noodles, vegetables, and vegetarian, the items for hotpot meals are whoa whoa whoa absurdly varied. Four Seasons Hotpot City must be the vanguard of the shabu shabu buffet revolution in the Philippines. 🙂 For the soup base, we chose chicken and sinigang which evoked both happy emotions.
It’s good to learn that the premium meat from the Carving Station doesn’t require additional charge. The Roast Beef and Binusog na Lechon were particularly damn delicious.
To end a stellar meal, desserts are a must. We had an assortment of ice cream, Filipino rice cakes, taho, yogurt, cookies, crepe, chocolate, etc. Eating only one won’t weigh you down like you think it might, so maybe order two—or more, as you can. 😛
If you’re into all sorts of drinks, you’re surely welcome to use smile and prayer hands emojis. Four Seasons Hotpot City is the kind of establishment you walk into and immediately feel good about. Beverage options are impressively serious, complete with water, juices, shakes, teas, coffee, soft drinks, and beer.
Price for Value: ★★★★☆
As with any Vikings brainchild, Four Seasons Hotpot City in Cubao is where you can have an unpretentious great time, but nowhere is it near as intense or intimidating as dining in a classy hotel restaurant. This is the kind of place where you can linger for hours and thoroughly sample every single dish you want. Prices are reasonable, especially now with the ongoing promotions. 🙂 Just note that waits can push well esp. during the prime of lunch and dinner time, so booking for a table way in advance will really help.
October 3 – 6*: 50% OFF for the first 100 Pax!
October 7 – 13: 25% OFF Facebook “Fans” Promo
October 14 – 20: 25% OFF Instagram “Followers” Promo
October 21 – 27: 20% OFF Quezon City Promo
October 28 – 30: 15% OFF Vikings Loyalty Cardholders Discount
|Prices, subject to 5% service charge, are as follows:||Weekday lunch||Weekday dinner/ weekend and holiday lunch and dinner|
|Kids below 3 ft||Free||Free|
|Kids between 3ft and 4ft||PhP 188+||PhP 288+|
|Kids between 4ft and 6ft||PhP 288+||PhP 388+|
|Adults||PhP 688+||PhP 888+|
|75 years old and above||50% special discount||50% special discount|
For more information on promo mechanics, please visit fourseasonshotpot.com.ph
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Lunch: 11:00AM – 2:30PM
Diner: 5:30PM – 10:00PM