Novotel Manila Food Exchange Sunday Lunch Buffet Review

When it comes dining at buffets with toddlers, the hardest part is to keep them entertained long enough so you can maximize your buffet dining experience. However, despite your best efforts, it doesn’t keep your tot from trying to roam around or to keep them from being restless. A pleasant surprise awaited us at Novotel Manila’s Food Exchange, it was a play area dedicated to keep your toddler busy!

It’s in the middle of the dining area and there are even tables that are adjacent to the play area so you can rest assured that you can keep a close eye at your tot. It’s been a long while since I was able to enjoy dining at a buffet and Food Exchange’s play area has made all the difference.

Food Exchange has the usual international buffet setup, it has Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Italian cuisine but it also has Indian cuisine which you don’t usually see at other international buffets.

An Indian chef oversees the Indian station and if your palate is feeling a bit adventurous, you can try out some authentic Indian cuisine. You can try their Indian mouth fresheners or some Indian sweets.

This Indian dessert is similar to donut.

I loved the Mango Lassi which tastes much like yogurt. Their Lassi comes in mango, plain, rose and banana.

At the Chinese station, they have the usual siopao and siomai. You can also find buchi, hot and sour seafood soup, charsiu chicken and more.

You can customize your own shabu-shabu, you can add crab rolls, dragon balls, lobster balls, fish cake, mushroom, broccoli and more.

At their Italian station, they have pizza and I liked their sausage pizza.

Kids can also enjoy kiddie food such as fish fingers and potato wedges. I couldn’t get enough of the fish fingers.

You can also press your own panini.

Most of their buffet setup have a carnival theme while some of the equipment have a rustic feel such as the ice crusher from the halo-halo station.

As for drinks, you can enjoy coffee, Novotel’s signature pandan iced tea, guava iced tea and infused water.

Sushi lovers will appreciate their sushi station featuring octopus nigiri, california maki, salmon skin maki, tamago nigiri and more.

They also have soba at their salad station.

Their bread station features dinner rolls, cheese rolls, pretzels and more. If you like danishes, you should try theirs.

Of course, there’s something for seafood lovers as well, they have shrimp, clams and mussels.

At dessert station, you certainly won’t run out of dessert options, they have sapin sapin, flourless cake, strawberry tart, strawberry panna cotta, coconut panna cotta, cookies, cupcakes, a strawberry fountain and more.

Refreshing and sweet, their calamansi sorbet and passionfruit sorbet were a treat for the mouth. If you’re not fond of sorbet, don’t worry, they have belgian chocolate ice cream and cafe latte ice cream.

Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm (Mon-Fri) P1,488
Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm (Sat-Sun) P1,588
Dinner 6pm – 10pm (Mon-Fri) P1,588
Dinner 6pm – 10pm (Sat-Sun) P1,688

Rates are subject to changes, kindly check Novotel Manila’s Facebook page for more information.

Food Exchange is located at Novotel Manila, General Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.