I love to eat - yes. I am a food critic - no. As much as possible I'm trying to keep things as simple as it can be. I don't want to complicate things. That said, my palate is also simple. If I didn't like a certain taste then I don't and I will not even find out why. Sometimes I crave for sweet stuff, sometimes salty or sometimes crunchy. Depending on my mood actually. So let's keep it that way - no complications.
Two Saturdays ago, my mom celebrated her 58th birthday and my brother irked me to try Vikings in its new branch in SM City North EDSA. I am in no mood for buffet that day but he insisted. So we tried calling them for a dinner reservation but declined the request saying that reservation should be made 2 weeks prior.
At 4 p.m. we were all set to go to the mall to try our luck in queuing for the "walk-in" guests. And yes we made it to the roster of walk-in guests. At 5:30 p.m. they started calling out the numbers and we were ushered to our table. The servers constantly asked us if there's someone who's celebrating its birthday. Apparently, there's a discount if there's someone who's celebrating his/her birthday on that day (they check it through government issued IDs). That's 1,088 pesos slashed off the bill. Wow!
We didn't waste time and checked out the buffet spread (that literally circled the whole space). There were loads of food stations which they continuously replenish. You would never run out of anything you want (except for the fruit shakes - they only served watermelon shake that night). And then my site went from personal to food blog.
|we are so ready!|
|breads - I didn't get to taste those|
|appetizers - just a portion of the whole section|
|fresh seafoods ready to hit the grill|
|free flowing drinks|
sodas, juices, beers, shakes, coffee, tea and more
|a part of the dessert section - white and milk chocolate fondue|
|even your brekkie comfort food|
|the shrimp/chip shooter was not that good|
the grapes have seeds
the cheese spreads were yummy
|my all-time fave nachos!|
the chili con carne topping was superb!
|you have the liberty to make your own pasta and they will deliver it on your table|
the arabatta sauce on the spaghetti was not good (I let my brother finish it for me)
|the onion soup was overpowering|
nothing remarkable on this plate
|the nido soup was ok|
the bite-sized hakaw was yummy
|the broccoli soup was yummy|
the beef kebab was tender and flavorful
the chicken satay was curry infested
the spicy chicken pizza wasn't spicy but ok
|the Japanese plate|
the black rice roll was new to me
everything was ok
|grilled pink salmon, tuna belly and squidnot yummy according to my mom (no marinade daw)|
|Medium US Beef Top Blade in Truffle sauce - just ok|
|my favorite for the night (And I'm not even a steak person)|
Merlin Striploin in Red Wine sauce - super tender and perfect
|dessert plate - just ok according to my brother (me no have a sweet tooth)|
|the taho is taho less the distinct syrup from the peddlers|
|there's unlimited beer y'all|
|nth serving of froyo|
|frozen yogurt with peaches|
big brother: carla kamukha ko ba si john lloyd?
carla: huh?! please! wag tayo nagbibiro habang kumakain
|happy na birthday pa!|
|my mom and the neighbor table kid cassie (they just met there)|
|John and Pat on the tambourine|
|plus for entertainment factor by Pat|
The dining experience in Vikings was great. Had it not been my mom's birthday it wouldn't be as much fun I guess. The staff were so great that they gave my mom a birthday cake. It was indeed a very fun night for the 58th of my mom. I would gladly try out again Vikings buffet again (sponsor anyone?) to have a fair judgment of the food.
|carla: you're old na mom!|
mom: kahit na, wala naman sa itsura...
carla: oh eh ikaw na!
Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant
SM City North EDSA
The Block, 4th Level
376.3888 / 376.4888 / 376.5888