Strategically located in the heart of Chinatown, the Philippine’s oldest business district, Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel provides good amenities of an international standard business hotel. When my maternal grandmother found that Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel Buffet (來來大酒店) serves all-day buffet, she invited us to go try it out for breakfast. I thought it was definitely a great idea since this hotel in Binondo is just near our place and the cost per person doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Offered with a whopping price of PhP 148 (from 7AM-10AM), how could we say no? Also, restaurants around this area has not really disappointed us—until that day. 🙁

We might had just expected more Chinese dim sum and more familiar palatable Chinese food to delight our taste buds. In any case, it was a nice try. The good news is that food variety they have on the buffet are on rotation, so it’s best to keep an eye every now and then to see what’s on the table.

Review of Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel Buffet 來來大酒店 (Binondo, Manila)

Ambiance: ★★★☆☆

On the surface, interior design at Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel Buffet looked rather unassuming considering that it’s placed in a “hotel of international standard.” The restaurant’s ambiance was contemporary, cozy, and clean. Red table linens easily created a decent “Chinese restaurant” setting. Buffet tables were arranged at the farthest end of the dining room, and dining furniture were set across with enough space for everyone to move freely about.

Food: ★☆☆☆☆

This buffet restaurant in Binondo may be a good place where hotel guests can comfortably dine in to start the day, but foodies must understand that there’s a lot more choices of restaurants in Chinatown where they can go for a leisurely meal.

Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel Buffet’s food selection simply failed to impress. We had plain porridge, white bread and eggs, ampalaya (bitter gourd), fish, salted pickled mustard (kiam chye), Chinese cabbages, hotdogs, pork, garlic rice, noodles, and soup. At one glance, I knew they’re skippable. Tastes were not terrible but nowhere near a worthy representation of what Chinese cuisine has to offer. I was with my family and that was what counted more than the unappetizing food.

Price for Value: ★☆☆☆☆

If you’re satisfied with these food selections for morning buffet, then dining at Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel Buffet may be the best bang for your buck and you’ll have plenty fun finishing multiple plates. Nothing was wrong with the tastes of the food; these were just not my ideal choices for a all-you-can-eat meal. I’m better off paying the same amount of money to get a bowl of ramen noodles or a short order of my favorite dumplings in Binondo. 很抱歉,我不想回來.

801 Ongpin St. Cor. Padilla St. Binondo, Manila, Philippines
For inquiries, call (+632) 25-22-888, (+632) 736-6501, or (+63927) 810-2559
Date Published: 01/09/2016
5 / 15 stars


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33 Responses

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, this hotel is just short walking distance away from the many great dining spots in Chinatown. If you ever plan of touring in the area, Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel is a mighty fine choice.

  1. Tami

    The food looks tasty and they have a big variety to choose from. We will probably never make it to Chinatown. Hubby would make this restaurant one of his stops if we ever do.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I think trying is once can be worthwhile regardless of the occasion. You may also visit the buffet area just to see what food they serve for the day. 🙂 Luck may be walking by your side if there are more delicious items on the table.

  2. Miss Angie

    Yum! I love Chinese Food (it’s probably my favorite type of food). I keep missing real china town food. I used to eat real Chinese at Chinatown outside of LA, and then I moved back to Utah and haven’t really found anything that compares.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Chinese food is awesome. This was the reason why I was urged to go try this buffet restaurant in the hopes of satisfying our craving. Sadly, these food presented did not stand up to our expectations.

  3. Yona Williams

    That’s too bad that the value for the food was not satisfactory. I haven’t seen a blogger restaurant review with a 1-star rating in a while. I do like a buffet that offers A LOT of choices, so I can explore things that I have not tried before. That’s why I always ask to check the selections before I commit to eating at one.

  4. Bhushavali

    So sad that the hotel didn’t reach up to your expectations.
    First impression, the interiors of the hotel just doesn’t look like world standard. It could be a termed a decent budget restaurant!

  5. Elizabeth O.

    Seriously! That’s so affordable. It’s really nice to come across a deal like this. But then again, you can’t expect anything big. It is what it is.

  6. Fred

    I guess you cannot really expect too much food quality with such a low price for a breakfast buffet. Although I heard there is a breakfast buffet in a place called Finio in QC that is only P130 and very delicious.

  7. Erica

    Yup, I think a 1 for the rating sounds accurate. The picture doesn’t look that appealing at all. I would rather go to the hole in the walls around the area for an amazing meal.

  8. phyliciamarie

    I was so surprised with your intro because it’s the first time I’ve heard of a breakfast buffet costing less than 200! after reading the whole post though, i could understand why it was soo cheap. It’s just disappointing that the dishes weren’t weren’t representative of Chinese cuisine.

  9. Tiffany Yong

    Haha, I like your final sentence! I was looking at the photos and find them disappointing too! I thought it will be just another “say-good” review

  10. RB26

    uhhh… those are NOT really Chinese food. But if you are all good with that, I guess ok na? 🙂

  11. Bhuboy

    When i saw the price , i thought wow it is a great deal for a chinese restaurant( i love chinese food, i just ate at one chinese restaurant here in saudi , but seeing the options, i didn’t feel chinese at all to me.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I thought I was only quick to assume that better Chinese food will be served considering we were dining in a hotel restaurant and we were in Chinatown. Plus, the hotel is named “Chinatown…” 😀

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      More vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, tofu, and spinach are preferable. Most people don’t appreciate eating ampalaya and salted pickled mustard and in turned out these were the two veggies available. Funny. 🙂

  12. natzsm

    I personally wouldn’t have eaten there myself if I was really craving Chinese food.
    I really wouldn’t expect much for a buffet breakfast at that price. Anu yun, presyo nga lng yan ng Happy Meal!

    Get yourself a big serving of that pork adobo, a serving of rice and fried eggs would already be worth more than their buffet price!

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