Published by Tatler Philippines I September 26, 2022
From hotel staycation to buffets, Filipinos just love to eat. If you’re an avid foodie, you’ll be able to relate to the sheer excitement in seeing rows upon rows of sumptuous good eats all lined up and ready to be devoured at our famed Cafe Ilang-Ilang as shared by our friends from Tatler Philippines.
According to the Tatler’s team, Café Ilang-Ilang is a trustworthy favorite for sumptuous, world-class fare, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether it’s the freshly carved Lechon and US Beef Roast or the decadent array of seafood that keeps guests coming back, the dining outlet named after the aromatic native flower truly calls out like a scent one can’t get enough of.
Regularly hailed as one of the best, Cafe Ilang-Ilang offers is constantly bustling with activity all throughout the year, and it’s not hard to see why. The Manila Hotel buffet showcases an array of culinary delights that reflect the best of international cuisine. Diners are spoilt for choice, with the availability of Chinese delicacies, exquisite Japanese, popular Korean, fresh seafood, hearty Western, comforting Filipino, and even Halal as well as healthy salads and savory desserts.
Our open kitchens have respective master chefs whip up an array of cuisines. The restaurant provides a culinary experience like no other and promises diners a unique gastronomic tour. Embark on a journey through a wide selection of gourmet delicacies true to hotel standards. Friday nights are meant for quality lobsters, shrimp, mussels, oysters, and crabs. Cafe Ilang-Ilang’s seasons’ chefs flame-cook platters of churrasco, sausages, and other divine meats at the request of avid customers. The highlight of the feast is definitely the live carving stations, where you can savor cuts of roast beef, pork, roast chicken, and more.
Get ready to indulge in a plethora of local delights including halo-halo, bibingka and puto bumbong. Also available are artisanal ice cream, freshly made crepes, fruits, and a selection of freshly baked bread, cheeses, and cold cuts. With so many options you’re sure to find one that tickles your fancy. You’ll be spoilt for choice and will leave stuffed to the brim!
“Adapting to the times, Café Ilang-Ilang has forgone self-service and now operates as a serviced buffet. At every visit, guests can expect to have their chosen dishes plated by the chefs and served from behind sanitised glass enclosures. As an air-conditioned indoor restaurant, it also undergoes daily UV sanitation and benefits from fresh air dampers and micro filters to circulate air from outside into the restaurant, as well as UV air filtration systems for better air quality,” wrote Tatler Philippines.
Perfect for anyone dining in a group or hosting intimate lunch or dinner gatherings, Café Ilang-Ilang also has several private rooms that may be booked exclusively. The Manila Hotel’s Atrium is a bright and modern, well-lit, spacious part of the restaurant that offers to dine—for those who want to chow down while enjoying a cozy ambiance.
Indeed, Cafe Ilang-Ilang is a proud reflection of the country’s rich cuisine, culture, and hospitality, Café Ilang-Ilang is simply ready and eager as ever to welcome patrons back with comforting arms.