Once upon a time, five-star buffet dining can only be experienced in five-star hotel’s fine dining restaurants and bistros. Nowadays, more and more standalone restaurants in the metro rise to the challenge. One of them now includes The Food Club Manila in Bluebay Walk, Pasay City, as it invites customers to dine with style. It’s located on a stretch of highway along Macapagal. The signboard is big so it’s hard to miss.

Promo: The The Food Club had its soft opening last January 24, 2014. It has an ongoing promotion until January 30, 2014 (Grand Opening day): 50% off on all prices + 5% service charge! 🙂 A medley of international flavors awaits. Some of the most aromatic and exotic finds are: beef lengua, beef caldereta, beef rainbow, beef curry, jellyfish, pork kingdao,  pork ear, chicken sauteed in chilli, blue marlin in teriyaki sauce, marinated top blade in coriander sauce, lyonnaise potatoes with onions and bacon, palak paneer and aloo gobi.

Review of The Food Club Manila (Bluebay Walk, Pasay City)

Ambiance: ★★★★★

The Food Club Manila can be seen as a pinnacle of greasy glutonny, a truly perilous trap to ruin your diet, or a glorious smorgasbord of international dishes that do nothing else but please. Walk into this lifestyle buffet and what you’ll immediately notice are the impressive lights (bubble chandeliers draping from the high ceiling). Choose where you’d want to be seated: the sofa by the side, the regular chairs in the middle or the purple rounded sofas at the far end of the dining area. I guess the best position would be anywhere close to the buffet tables at the center. 🙂

Service: ★★★★★

As more people came into the restaurant for dinner, service did not become slower. That meant two things: (1) the ratio of staff and expected guests to be accommodated (around 120) is proportionate or just right and (2) the team is really quick and efficient. They were friendly and the type that would not leave customers alone until they are delighted. How exactly?

Of course, there’s the norm—greeting and leading customers to their seats upon arrival, offering drinks, getting utensils, fulfilling requests, and showing them around. But one thing that makes their service extra special is that the waitstaff offers to carry full plates when they see diners about to head back to their seats. It happened to me twice and I thought it was a gentlemanly gesture that makes great service. I have not experienced this in other buffet restaurants before. 😀

Food: ★★★★☆

From appetizers to desserts, the carefully composed dishes that The Food Club chefs put together are unfailingly elegant, true works of art. Presentation struck me most. Everything looked fantastic and delicious! I found myself ogling at each course before ravaging my plate with chopsticks. 😛

While each dish has many components, the flavors are balanced in each section I recognize as: Chinese, Japanese, Seafood and “Random” food which were heated under an induction (and not placed on regular serving trays). I could not tell which ones topped in my “favorite list,” but I’m pretty sure that all those dishes I’ve tried were beautiful, delicate food I enjoyed. Indeed, they were compelling to the palate as they were to the eye.

Appetizers

Chinese

Japanese

Seafood

Random

Desserts

Drinks

Price for Value: ★★★☆☆

From Mondays to Thursdays, cost per adult for lunch is PHp 800 and PHp 1000 for dinner. Kids whose height is 3.5 feet and below are FREE of charge while those whose height are above 3.5 feet are charged PHp 580 each. Rates in the weekends (Fridays to Sundays) are higher: PHp 1188 for lunch and dinner for adults and PHp 600 for kids who are taller than 3.5 feet. Likewise, kids who stand 3.5 feet and below can eat for free!

All these are exclusive of the 5% service charge. Overall, dinners tend to be more expensive just like in other buffet restaurants, which is why lunch is a better deal. Food selections would not vary that much anyway.

Next time I expect The Food Club to showcase more irresistible avant-garde offerings and more interesting choices that are not found elsewhere just yet among their competitors. I am positive that the direction is going there, as I was told by one of the chefs that they will be changing the menu according to the feedback and tastes of customers and retaining those that are praised.

Meanwhile, you can join this giveaway hosted by The Food Club. Prize is FREE dinner buffet for two people. Follow the mechanics in the Rafflecopter below. Duration of the giveaway is two weeks (1/31-2/14). The winner will be contacted by the The Food Club for the prize. Note: All steps are mandatory. Good luck! 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Update: The winner is Laila Hermosa Mercado! 🙂

Unit E Bluebaywalk, President Diosdado Macapagal corner Edsa, Pasay City, Metro Manila
For inquiries, contact 02-7368001
Date Published: 01/27/2014
17 / 20 stars

Operating Hours: 10:30AM-10:30PM

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184 Responses

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It would be wise to make a quick reservation now to avail of their 50% discount until Jan 30. I’m sure the restaurant will be full that day, especially at dinnertime. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Anyone hungry will develop a crazed obsession over these food. 😛 But I guess when they look too good and delicious on screen, you’d really want to go ahead and get your plate filled with dishes at The Food Club Manila.

      Reply
  1. Chasing Jayce

    The place looks so elegant! And your pictures are really, really good! They make the food look so enticing. Hopefully I can eat there soon. ^___^

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Jayce! 🙂 I was worried that time because my camera battery was almost empty. I had to take quick shots to capture almost everything that looked savory.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      In The Food Club Manila, this array of seafood will be cooked upon the customer’s request and preference. You can ask to have them grilled with butter and garlic, for instance. I’m not too sure you can also have them fried, baked, etc. Orders will be delivered and served on your table.

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  2. Maya

    Oh wow all that food does look excellent! I love a restaurant that doesn’t go slower as the evening becomes more hectic, service always does a lot.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, in most cases, service breaks or makes a restaurant. There are other great restaurants in the neighborhood but none that have made me feel as comfortable or offer the same kind of value for service as this joint. I hope this is the beginning of a trend. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Sure! If you happen to visit The Food Club Manila, I encourage you to save room for dessert. The cakes and ice cream are so good you’ll regret to miss them out because you’re too full.

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  3. Kath Rivera

    Food porn! Grabe, there’s so many buffets na in the metro and for mahina kumain like me I’ll be in food coma. My eyes were feasting on desserts 🙂 yum!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Pro tip: You can skip the starchy and carb-loaded food and also the drinks altogether as these fill you up easily. Desserts are the staple food of a person who has a sweet tooth. I sense you have it, and I do too. 😛

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  4. laarnie

    wow , i love the place! when i go back in the Philippines we will visit this place for sure 🙂 thanks for sharing…

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  5. Erika Liongson

    The place looks extravagant. Food looks great too. However, I find it minimal. I don’t know if you have taken photos of every food there. When compared to Vikings, according to your photos…I guess Vikings wolud be a better choice. I just hope the management will add dishes to their menu. If I ever got a chance, I would love Indian or Persian dishes to be added. And also Thai. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, when compared to Vikings, Vikings has more food selections to offer. However, sometimes it’s not about the quantity but quality that matters. You have to try The Food Club Manila at least once to know the difference. 🙂

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  6. Shekinah

    Wow! I should really visit Pasay (around MOA) more often. I’m not aware about Food Club Manila. Thanks for sharing this! The ambiance and food looks good. 🙂 This is a really good place especially if you just want to eat. I will recommend this to my Grandma. I hope we can visit this place next weekend.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Dinner with grandma sounds nice. I wish I could also bring my grandma here, but she’s gone to heaven. Oh well, at least I still have my family who are also thrilled to be at The Food Club Manila upon seeing the pictures of food. 🙂

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  7. Charmaine Manansala

    WOW! This place looks amazing! So high class looking! I love it!!! It actually reminded me of an expensive buffet I went to in Vegas a couple of years ago. Love it!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah the interior design spells nothing but elegance. Everything looks picture-perfect, so don’t forget to bring your camera when you’re planning to go in. 😀

      Reply
  8. mary

    The place looks grand!!! 🙂 The problem I have with places like these is that I end up not knowing what food to eat. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Indeed, this is the sort of place you can go when you know what you want to eat and not sure what exactly. With the variety of food here, your craving will be satisfied.

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  9. James

    Place and the food looks great, but the 5% is a little turn off..
    Well, 50% off is good offer, hope they extend the promo, and have a chance to try

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  10. Wendy Medina

    I hope I can try this one and will be very lucky when they have already introduced new and interesting food offerings since i find the menu commoner to restaurants. But the 50%off is a go! pero sana extended pa..

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  11. Yhen Barron

    Name: Arienne Mae D. Barron
    Email Add: yhen1110@gmail.com

    I want to win this giveaway because right now, I am busy reviewing for the CPA board exam and boyfie was just promoted as Senior Line Cook. It will be a perfect way to celebrate and take a little break from our busy schedules. 🙂

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  12. john

    This post is so misleading! The place was small and cramp, the jelly fish is not even average quality, there was no seafood, the pork and beef meat was so tough you can’t chew on them. The cr has no water and tabo-system??? the floor is wet and dirty….

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi John. I’m not sure when (time and date) you visited but when we were there, a variety of seafood was available for sure. I did not taste the jellyfish, but my friend told us it was not good. I think everyone has his/her personal taste. I don’t eat meat so I cannot comment on the texture of it. And yes, I agree with the CR problem. They have problem with source of water and the management should look into solving that else many more customers would be disappointed. Thanks for sharing your experience here. We look forward for The Food Club to do something about them. I mean they must!

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    • Mary Grace

      have to agree! this post is misleading talaga. Take note, I have nothing against the writer.

      I think the writer was lucky enough to able to have a good experience.

      when my family and i ate there, luckily we were able to get the promo rate which is 400+taxes so around P600 per pax.

      food variety was okay. pero the food temperature was bad! hindi na siya warm. ice cream is melting. chinese food(which is understood na kailangan mainit talaga!) isn’t hot din. chinese food area was so crowded. pinagsiksikan nila yun chinese food na nasa tray and the dimsum area and the noodles area. so disorganized.

      the girl serving the crepe looks forced to do her job. parang napipilitan magwork. ang bagal pa. so i don’t know baka wala pa siyang experience or mabagal talaga mag work.

      mga servers okay naman, attentive sila.

      variety of food, okay. quality of food, bagsak. buti promo rate nakuha namin. pag naging P1000 or more na yan (Back to their original price), i have to convince people not to eat there kasi talagang malulugi sila). there are other great buffet areas with better quality.

      and yun cr din walang tubig.

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  13. Gianne Co

    I wanna win this promo because I’ve never been here and it would be a perfect treat for me and my partner this coming V-day! :)))

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  14. Joy Rebleza

    complete name: Melanie Joyce Rebleza
    Email: mjbrebleza@yahoo.com

    I want to win so that Me and my partner in crime (My hubby) could experience the newly open FOOD CLUB MANILA, My taste buds are ready explore on how FOOD CLUB MANILA could take me to places I’ve never been through their food. Buffet let’s just say BRING IT ON!!! hahaha

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  15. Mai

    I’ve heard about the Food Club, and there was one thing that really caught my eye (from all the IG shots from a fellow blogger). I got more interested with the macaroons. She snapped a picture of several, and asked her if the macaroons tasted as delish like the ones from TWG. She didn’t get around to replying though. Anyhow, did you get to sample those while dining there? Would love to know, as I’m a sucker for those!

    Also, the buffet place seems more expensive when compared to the likes of Vikings. But the Food Club does look promising.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Macaroons? Oh no. I did not see any when we visited. I’m also a sucker for those so definitely I would not have missed it. Maybe they added newer food every day until they get their menu stable.

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  16. Kathy Racaido

    Name: Katherine Racaido
    Email address: kathyracaido@yahoo.com
    If I win this giveaway contest, I will definitely treat my Mom and Dad here. I’ve always wanted them to try new dishes and explore many restaurants.

    Reply
  17. Yna Bronozo (@yns023)

    Marie Katrina Bronozo
    ynayns023@yahoo.com

    I want to win this for my Mom and Dad its their 32nd Wedding anniversary this coming March 6 so this will be something to surprise them with. I love the review thank you for sharing an awesome experience,I just hope that all the complains about the food and place will be fix soon.

    May the odds be ever in my FAVOR ^^V

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  18. Mara Galang

    NAME: Mara Jerimee Galang
    EMAIL: boa_makura@yahoo.com

    I badly wanna win this for me to experience a buffet celebration at the food club manila, since my birthday is coming this february! And it’s perfect for me to treat my mom as well. 🙂

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  19. leah

    leahlyn macatangay
    kisseschoco_24@yahoo.com

    I wanna win this coz its my chance to spend a memorable valentine’s date with a special someone, and wanna see if we will experience a wonderful treat like you did

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  20. Rhozallino

    I want to win this giveaway because i want to share this to my family so that they will be happy and excited.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hehe. Eating at a buffet is all about managing competing impulses. Note that pacing is a must. You don’t want to wreck yourself right out of the gate. Try all the desserts in small amounts. Good luck. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Nice! I wonder if The Food Club Manila offers promos/discounts to those who are celebrating their birthday. Anyway, you’ll be dining in for free in case you win. So good luck. 🙂

      Reply
  21. Marizza Domingo

    Complete name: Marizza Domingo
    Email address: modomingo@yahoo.com

    It’s my mommy’s birthday on the 24th so I really want to win this giveaway for her. 🙂

    Thank you! 🙂

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  22. Don Balboa

    Three things:

    1) I still haven’t eaten since Chinese New Year, because last time I said “I don’t want to eat anymore!” because of all the food I ate (lol) but now, I’m ready to partake what Food Club has to offer.

    2) Its my moms bday on the 9th of Feb, my wife’s on the 11th and my turning 10 yr old daughter on the 19th – I will either eat a buffet meal good for 3 pax or I will bring a plastic bag and discreetly put in food from the buffet (lol x2)

    3) I dont have money for Valentines =(

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      1. Haha wow! It sounds like you are really prepared for “Armageddon” and dig into all the food!
      2. With triple celebration coming this February, you deserve the prize. Funny my mom also does that keeping of food secretly and then finding out that the CCTV is focused on her. 😛 Watch out@
      3. Awww. Good luck. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah but I wonder why some people commented that they experienced the bad stuff here. Maybe since The Food Club Manila is still new, they are in the process of perfecting their ways? I hope everything will be alright in the days to come.

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  23. Marinela Diaz

    Marinela Diaz
    diazmarinela08@gmail.com

    I would like to win this so that I can treat my husband for being so wonderful all these years and for taking good care of me and our son. The place is so inviting and the dessert section looks really, really good!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      This place has plenty of desserts. Carefully pick the ones you think would taste the best because chances are, you would not be able take them all when you’re already full. Good luck! 🙂

      Reply
  24. Arminda Puno De Leon

    Complete name Arminda Puno De Leon
    Email address armindadeleon@gmail.com
    Winning this will be my gift for myself as I experience different types of food…hmmm, I will surely love this! Wohoooo!

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  25. Basilio S. SAntos

    I want to Check out the newest Buffet in the Metro. Last Time I dropped by BlueBay, they were closing. I was able to interview the staff about their selections. Really great Seafood!

    Basilio Simeon Santos
    net.basetech@gmail.com

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I heard some people complaining that The Food Club Manila did not open their doors to the public before January 31 for lunch. Was that when you visited? Good thing you were still able to talk to the staff to know about the offerings even when they were about to close.

      Reply
  26. Krystal Jade Coronel

    Definitely a must try buffet. I smell the fresh sea foods, ang sarap mag kamay. maybe I wear a lose blouse and jeans lol =)

    Ma. Krystal Jade Coronel
    cashkrey@yahoo.com

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  27. Trisha Suñer

    I hope the food tastes as great as the pictures. This just landed on my list of must-try’s for the month of February

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The giveaway ends on Valentines Day so you will be able to get the prize after Feb 14 in case you win. Anyway, every day can be V-day and you can spend a happy dinner with your mom. 🙂 Good luck!

      Reply
  28. settie jamairah

    i want to experience the food at the FOOD CLUB with my parents and I want to give them a present

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  29. Ria Ramirez

    Mary Anne Ramirez
    riaramirez4@yahoo.com

    I would love to win this giveaway as this would be a perfect Valentine date for me and my hubby plus I haven’t visited this place yet. It looks so nice and have heard a lot of good reviews so I’m excited to receive an email from you saying that I won hehe. Thanks 🙂

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  30. Maricel Fajardo

    Maricel Fajardo
    m_mendiola08@yahoo.com

    I want to win because I to experience the awesome place and the great food especially the seafood! and I want to bring my hubby here for a date and fine dining experience

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  31. sherry ann gole cruz

    sherry ann gole cruz
    khryza1022@yahoo.com
    i would love treat my son on valentines,he’s gonna be my date,i want him to taste and try yummy foods from the food manila 🙂

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  32. Elinor Semira

    I want to win this giveaway coz hubby and I haven’t celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last 01/24 ng bongga so this would be a wonderful chance to celebrate it again. This would be an awesome post-anniversary gift.

    Ma. Elinor Semira
    elinorsemira0124 at gmail dot com

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  33. Rain Gatdula

    I do love eating! Yes! eating is my cardio and passion! Hehehehe! Kidding aside, I wanna try the Food club Manila Buffet! Good food, good ambiance, and the mouth watering foods they serve! 🙂 Hope to win. :>

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  34. Laila Hermosa Mercado

    laila hermosa mercado
    machintosh18@yahoo.com

    i want to win this because my husband and i never had a date after our wedding last october 2013, this dinner would be perfect for the two of us because we love eating hehehe our body shows lol, hope to win, god bless and more power.

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  35. Istin Dizon Paigna

    Maria Christina Gumatay
    istin_21@yahoo.com

    I want to win this giveaway because if ever it happens, I will use as a treat for my son who is a foodie and is turning 7 on March. I am sure we will both enjoy the great selection of food that The Food Club has to offer. 🙂

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  36. dong andres

    as a hobbyist photographer one of my passion is to do food photography.. whether it’s a street food or even gourmet food in a five star restaurant. In this kind of setting I will definitely enjoy the variety of food while taking snapshots of everything there is to offer. I am going to bring my wife too who is my food companion.
    Dong Andres

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  37. Jo Ann Balisan

    I want to win this because i want to be with my partner on this romantic place. If ever, this will be our first time to eat together on this place and i want it to be unforgettable moment with him.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Dining with your loved one in a special place that serves good food for sure would be an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to bring a camera there. Good luck. 🙂

      Reply
  38. jeanne

    i have always been grateful for my mom for looking after us eversince my dad passed away. i would love to treat her to this sumptuous buffet if ever i win, 🙂

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  39. frances nobleza

    Can I have a reservation for 6 pax tonight at 6pm. I cant comnec to your landline.

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  40. miya

    ive been there once, it was a treat from an old friend, I found the place is nice and the food taste good. next time I will bring a friend there.

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  41. Rena Ilunio

    Benn to The Food Club except for the unlimited glasses of wine you can consume, I am not liking it. Way to expensive and pretentious. The food’s not that great either. Not worth the price you’re paying for

    Reply

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