Vikings fans in BF Parañaque, rejoice! The largest buffet restaurant in the Philippines has opened its seventh branch last January 24, 2015, Friday in SM City BF Parañaque. As soon as I received and read the invitation, I felt excited to embrace yet another Vikings experience as if it were my first. 🙂

Vikings Luxury Buffet is the kind of buffet restaurant you walk into and immediately know you’re in a place where good things happen. Each branch has a different environment that somewhat tells a different story apart from the other. Just like Vikings in SM Jazz Residences, Makati which I’ve visited not too long ago, Vikings SM BF is likewise a foodie destination that has touched my heart, and of course, my stomach! 😛

With Ms. Raquel, Vikings Marketing Manager, and my parents

Review of Vikings Luxury Buffet SMBF (SM City, BF Homes, Parañaque)

Ambiance: ★★★★★

Designed with earthy tones all throughout, Vikings SM BF is a great place to fetch some serenity while indulging with a huge variety of delicious food. A cozy space with about 350-400 seats, Vikings’ atmosphere is surrounded with woodwork and plants, enough to make guests feel like they’re in an enchanted modern forest.

The natural surfaces and sweeping lines are mostly composed of green and brown palette, speaking to the structure of trees, reminiscent of nature and all its beauty.

Not to be missed are the elegant chandeliers which came draping from the high-vault ceilings. I was most enamored with the one by the reception area. It looked like it was made with diamonds, ice, or crystal constellations.

The decors certainly brought energy that lit up in bright colors. Fish accents on the wall in the function room especially gave the impression of a fun, dynamic, and harmonious effect.

Service: ★★★★★

The level of Vikings’ service was really up there with the staff being super attentive to customers’ requests and needs. Everyone was nice, helpful, and friendly.

Have someone in your table who celebrates his/her birthday? They will happily play and sing a mash-up Happy Birthday song to serenade the celebrant. 🙂

Food: ★★★★★

Serving food ranging from upscale contemporary to timeless classics, Vikings Luxury Buffet branch in SM Parañaque left an impressionistic mark. Taking pictures of the beautifully presented dishes alone already made me swallow my saliva before eating. Everything looked just so irresistible. 😆

Being on the constant lookout for something spectacular and food renditions that scream wow, I stayed away from the regular favorites (Japanese and Chinese food) this time. The goal was to give myself the chance to taste those I haven’t given much attention in my previous Vikings encounters and discover new preferences.

For appetizers, I filled my plate with the international salads, bread, and cold cuts before proceeding to attack the mains. Highlights for me included Roasted Beef Steak Tagalog, Davao de Humba, Baked Chicken Caldereta, Beer Batter Fish Escabeche, Pinakbet Con Hipon, Black Palabok, and Green Chicken. The flavors were all BOLD and SAVORY to say the least.

On the Mediterranean counter, recommended dishes are Pescado con Salsa Verde, Pollo con Champignon, Callos, and the very special Valenciana Paella. In the Meat section, you will not go wrong with the US Beef Entrecôte, Spit-Her Leg of Lamb, Baked Cajun Turkey, Whole Barbeque Chicken Jamaican Jerky, and Belly-Chon. The moist, tender, and hearty meat can be delicately paired with your sauce or gravy of choice: Mint Jelly, Mustard, or Sea Salt with Rosemary.

Drinks and desserts available were no different from those in other Vikings branches. We quenched our thirst with chilled juices and neutralized food tastes with Twinings Tea. Finally, we tried to conserve space in our tummy to accommodate one tiny slice each of the beautifully plated cakes and other treats that drew wows. The avocado ice cream was well-received by many guests. It’s the perfect closure to our meal as well.

Appetizers

Chinese

Japanese

Grilled Meat and Seafood

Meat and Poultry Carving

Mediterranean

Drinks

Desserts

Price for Value: ★★★★☆

For the price conscious, eating in Vikings may not always sound like a good deal. However, considering the big sumptuous buffet spread consisting of food that’s cooked in high standards and presented in great quality, price for value is actually fair.

At Vikings SM BF in Parañaque, it’s all about enjoying a simplified culinary tour across the globe. This is definitely a pleasant joint to celebrate a momentous occasion and spend quality time with families and friends. So despite the growing competition from numerous other buffet places in Metro Manila, Vikings Luxury Buffet still reigns as number one in my book.

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 388+ PhP 588+
Adults PhP 688+ PhP 888+
75 years old and above 50% special discount 50% special discount
Happy eating! 🙂
Second Level, SM City BF Parañaque, Sucat, Parañaque City
For inquiries, call 811-3888, 811-4888
Date Published: 01/27/2015
19 / 20 stars

Operating Hours:
Lunch – 11am to 2:30pm
Dinner – 5:30pm to 10pm

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127 Responses

  1. mr_jeng

    Vikings has been my family’s go to place when we can’t decide on what to eat… Affordable for the variety and the service is excellent ^_^ … Its great that they are expanding ^_^ see you soon roch

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Jeng! Parang it has been a while since we last saw each other. 😛 Vikings is a restaurant that’s reliable and good, always serving top quality food at reasonable prices. Another area where it excels in is the interior design. What elegance!

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  2. Angelo The Explorer

    Vikings is one place I really am dying to visit! I heard a lot of good things about this place and how good the service is to this place. I must visit to this place!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, every branch of Vikings has a good variety of food and the service staffs are very friendly. The place is normally full so it’s advisable to make a booking. 😉

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  3. Samantha Angell

    Wow, 350-400 people sounds huge! the only buffets that big I have been to are in Las Vegas. Excellent that both the food and service was so good! All of the pictures of the food look so delicious, it is making it difficult for me to decide what I will make for lunch. Wish I could just hit up Viking buffet and have it all!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah when you’re there for the first time, you will especially feel more pressured. 😛 I must say that Vikings serve the best of what they have, and frankly, one cannot have too much space of a stomach. When the thing is good but limited, a few makes it more valuable. Hit it up some time.

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  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Wow, look at all that amazing food! I love going to buffets because there is always such a big variety of food.

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  5. mindy

    WOW, the number of choices in this buffet is staggering! I wish we have this in our town, sadly we have very limited buffet places (mostly in hotels and very very repetitive) so i am extremely underwhelmed when i am asked for a meal in local buffet places. Love the ambience of the place as well! And your dad’s so cute! I wonder if my dad would ever let me put such a funny hat on him… (then again he probably would coz i’m daddy’s little girl hahaha)

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha yes, my dad is just game anytime and it’s clear that he enjoyed our meal even when all he had were food safe for vegetarians. Well, that’s actually the good news. With Vikings serving lots of kinds of food on every counter, there are veg-friendly items for the non-meat eaters. 🙂

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  6. Giveaways 4 Mom

    I don’t think I have ever been to a luxury buffet. However, this one sounds amazing. If I was in the area I would definitely have to check it out. When I take the kids out I usually take them to a buffet.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      For kids, I recommend the “Create Your Own Pasta.” Vikings offers creamy and tasty pasta sauces that can particularly satisfy the kids’ taste buds. Another counter which they will most probably enjoy is the desserts section. Plenty of good finds! 🙂

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  7. Franc Ramon

    It seems like you are touring all the Viking Restaurants in Metro Manila. It’s nice that they are adding some branches. I still haven’t tried the one in Jazz Residences in Jupiter which is a few minutes walk from our office. Maybe given your knowledge of Vikings, you should give me a tour of the one in Jupiter. =>

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha you can walk in there anytime with your officemates. Vikings in SM Jazz Residences is by far still my favorite because it’s relatively nearest to my area (aside from MOA branch) and it has got the most beautiful interior design. Like wow talaga! 😛

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  8. Kimberly Morgan

    I was a bit hungry before reading this post and now I am STARVING!!! And the eggs and toast I had planned to eat somehow don’t seem so appealing anymore. 🙂 What a beautiful restaurant and the food looks out of this world!

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  9. Rosey

    Everything looks great. I love that they had live music for birthdays, ha!, and the dessert is so unique looking… I’d def. be lost in trying to decide which one to try. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The singing staff is one of the things you would want to catch when you’re in Vikings. Their performances are simple but really entertaining. The plus point about Vikings is that it’s a very cozy restaurant and not teeming with boisterous diners although the restaurant was pretty busy on the day we were there.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Beautiful is one good word to describe it. 🙂 Vikings manages to create a venue which combines a contemporary look with fine dining flair and plush lounges in one single place.

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  10. Myrabev

    oh wow i am so jealous of the food, I want to eat all of it. The decor is just unbelievable I feel like I want to move to the Philippines so I can come eat at the vikings daily. Great and thorough review.

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  11. Nancy

    Man what a gorgeous spot to eat – I love the vibe. Nothin better than a feed at a buffet. Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves too 🙂 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha I love the hat too! If only I could use it outside and make it my fashion statement. 😛 Vikings really always serves great food and ambiance to its customers. 🙂

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  12. Elizabeth O.

    I hope they can bring Vikings here too! So many delicious and great food there!

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  13. Mauie

    Good thing that there are now a lot of Vikings branches. That would mean no more crowding in the branches near me, haha!

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  14. Rossel

    Vikings is my family’s favorite buffet restaurant. They have wide selection of yummy dishes. It’s good to know that they opened another branch.

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  15. Lauren

    All of these pictures just made me super hungry! This place looks like an amazing place to eat! Thanks so much for the awesome review!

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  16. Sara-Jayne

    That restaurant looks amazing – and on top of that you get a cool hat too! I would definitely eat there. The whole area looks so fresh and inviting – I love open restaurants, the space always makes me feel happy.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Well, they just had this fun promotion on its opening day. Those who go in clad with a Viking’s costume will get 50% discount! So a lot of people came prepared and made their own sword, badge, vest, hat, etc. to be granted the offer. Vikings also held a photo contest where the best in costume would win free lunch buffets for two. 🙂

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  17. Donna Ward

    Oh my gosh! Wow – such great look food and what a variety – love the look not only of the food – but the facility looks beautiful – and that hat is just so fashionable on you!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha thanks for the compliment, Donna! So many people looked at me from head to toe that day when I was in Vikings and even when I went around the mall for some window-shopping moment. 😛 I appreciated them all.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hope he reads your comment and fulfill your wish! What’s nice about Vikings is that you don’t have to pay when you are celebrating your birthday. Just bring one full-paying adult and you’re free! 🙂

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  18. Lynndee

    Dang! Look at all those mouth-watering foods. They sure made me drool. I love going to buffets and that’s the time that I really indulge. 🙂

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  19. Franc Ramon

    My officemates just tried Vikings this lunch time but I begged since I had a lunch meeting and I don’t want to get bloated before my marathon.

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  20. Jonas Labagala

    I like the design of this branch better than ours here in Davao and I’m glad they’ve served Davao de Humba! At least, you’ll get to taste our delicacy! 😀

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  21. Nilyn Matugas

    wow, the foods served are mouth watering! This is quite a shame but I’ve honestly never been to Vikings yet! I hope we could visit anytime soon.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The food choices are really overwhelming! But you could check all the food first to decide on what you’d like to get that shouldn’t be missed. In this way, you would surely be able to eat your favorites before getting full.

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  22. lauriel

    Wow, that looks like one heck of an appetizing buffet! Great representation of both the restaurant and the spread of food. I have to say, that’s a buffet done right.

    The buffets where I live are generally more ethnically-focused, and not too appealing to me. (That, plus I generally can’t reap the benefits at a buffet since there’s more to try than I can comfortably eat.) 😉 But this.. this is a buffet place that I’d like to try. 😀

    xo,
    lauriel

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I agree! All their food are delicious and high-quality that makes the price very affordable. Whether you like Asian, Mediterranean, or Western cuisine, there will surely be something out there for you to suit your taste. Hope you could visit here soon! 🙂

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  23. Yona Williams

    I absolutely love a good buffet, and the overall ambiance of the restaurant looks pretty cool and inviting. Oh wow, that boat/canoe holding all of the sushi looks like a winner. Love their presentation! It looks like they really take pride in providing customers with an awesome experience.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The interior and ambiance in all Vikings branches are really always interesting plus their great food to make it a perfect place to dine and celebrate events.

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  24. Alysia from My Domestic Dish

    Vikings looks awesome! We have a place *similar* to this, called The Mandarin, but it’s not quite as diverse.
    Gah, every time I stop by this blog I’m always made hungry!! 😛
    I love when you do food reviews, even though I can’t visit any of the restaurants you mention because I’m located in Canada. You write beautifully- is English your primary language, if you don’t mind me asking? If not, I’m genuinely in awe of how well you have mastered it. I truly do love this blog- every time I stop by, the photography is impeccable, the writing is beautiful and things are written about honestly.
    You’ve done a great job and continue to do so….from one blogger to another 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Alysia! 🙂 I’m happy to receive such a kind comment from you! I’ll check out reviews of The Mandarin as well. It sounds interesting to view what it offers.

      To answer your question, no, English is not my primary language. Actually, I think it’s either Hokkien, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Filipino. 🙂 I’m Chinese living in the Philippines. We just studied English in school and learned how to compose entries. Now, we also use English in the corporate setting. I’m not a master of the language, but I believe I’m quite fluent at it. 😀

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  25. Alissa

    Looks like my kind of restaurant! The food looks amazing!you have so many to choose from. I’ll definitely drop by if I’m there

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  26. lovemindanao

    my favorite in viking’s will always be the japanese cuisine… i just love sushi and sashimi… thinking this is where i will treat my former professor as a tribute to him …

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  27. Raquel

    I’ve been telling my friend about that place for a while. Because a branch opened near her place, she can finally try it out.

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  28. Natalie

    I’ve always wanted to eat a viking related restaurant, I thought they would be so cool. Because when you think viking you think of large portions of food, esp meat products. But wow do they have a lot of choices on the food side, I would not know where to start.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup! There’s a huge variety of food choices here so what we sometime do is to check all the food first before getting them to our plates. This allows us to eat all our top choices first before we get full. 😛

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  29. kevin franciz

    i havent try to dine at any viking branches here in manila, but with your blog about it, that makes me interested to try and visit it soon

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  30. Pal Raine

    I really love VIKINGS so much, from the ambiance of the place to their FOODSSSSSSSS. Hahahaha…

    I am planning to celebrate my daughter’s 12th birthday here at the Vikings.

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  31. papaleng

    cool interior design and nice ambiance. The foods, never mind, basta ang alam ko yummy kapag Viking, been to Viking MOA na kasi. But this newly opened branch is much closer to our place. BTW, sino yung Viking model sa last photo?

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  32. Lux Ganzon

    You’ll love Niu by Vikings then.

    I’m excited that Viking’s will finally open in Bacolod. Something to look forward to. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, I bet that they had waited for this for a long time. Finally, Vikings granted their wish and made their dream come true. 🙂 They no longer have to travel far.

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  33. John

    The ambiance of this place is impressive. I feel like I will really enjoy everything, including the foods of course. Talking about foods, oh… I am speechless.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      While you’re there, you’d want to just get the most of out the experience. Dining in this buffet restaurant isn’t just about eating all that you can. For me, it’s more about quenching your thirst for those food you have been wanting to try for the longest time and then eating those you thought could best make the price worth. 🙂

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  34. serene shikukeza

    It is good that the largest buffet chains has alot more branches buuuutt, the one near me has still long queue (SM Jazz)! Haha! I thought finally we will be able to try it since I don’t like waiting yun pala hindi pa rin. Maybe, on my birthday na lang.

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  35. Mommy Pehpot

    I didn’t know that Vikings are that affordable. I mean, having 4 kids, it’s hard to choose which buffet restaurant is sulit with us. I can’t imagine myself paying full for my two youngest, they can’t even finish a whole cup of rice.. Same price at Megamall ba?

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      True. I haven’t tried Niu but I am planning to celebrate my dad’s birthday there next month. With that thought, I’m already excited. Weee! 🙂

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  36. Jacqui

    Going there tomorrows for my sons 12’th Birthday Celebration;) surely the food looks so inviting and yummy, and the ambiance seemed nice as well. Thank you
    for this info, made my first choice already.

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  37. Daren J.

    This design is spectacular! You certainly know how to keep a reader entertained.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job.
    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.

    Too cool!

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