Buddha-Bar is an international bar and restaurant chain found in cosmopolitan cities like Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague and Dubai. But it is the one in Manila that is a must-visit because it is the biggest Buddha bar in the world! The MNL location, found in Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati is truly massive and seven star!! I was surprised that a club like this exists in the Philippines. I guess the only thing that works against it is that it is out of the way from where the hip social set normally gather in Greenbelt or the Fort … but maybe this is all intentional on the part of the owners(s)
One photo I took of the place at night where it is bathed in lush reds and gold, surrounded by expensive-looking Oriental furnishings. The amber lighting adds to the overall romantic effect.
The rooftop pool deck was a revelation. It looks perfect for outdoor gatherings or al fresco parties that should be de rigueur (required) this summer.
We checked out Weekends at the Terrace, happening every Friday and Saturday at the roofdeck. For only P1,500, have an unlimited fill of their buffet grilled items plus vodka and rum. The food was really good and is a good introduction to the Buddha Bar experience. Compared to the dark main lounge downstairs, the vibe is more relaxed in the poolside area with engaging sounds played by the resident Buddha-Bar DJ.
One of the in-house Japanese chefs pose beside the buffet offering. We spotted kebabs, satay, tempura, grilled prawns, noodles and other irresistible treats.
Just opened in 2012, Buddha Bar is itching to be discovered as a must-try destination for gourmet food.The chow we had was certainly extraordinary and kept to international standards. Here’s a sampling: (photos courtesy of Buddha Bar Manila)
Do not pass up the Chicken Salad. The crunchiness of the chopped veggies and tortilla melded well with the tasty sesame dressing. Can’t help but come back for seconds!
The Sea Bass with Tamarind Sauce is a well-deserved indulgence for fish lovers. Each bite was heaven. Try also the Roasted Sea Bass marinated in ginger.
Crunchy Rice Shrimp Jalapeno , a unique fusion dish that is just as addicting.
I am only a social drinker but their cocktails were some of the best I’ve had of late. Here’s some heady mixes to check out from their drinks list: Heart of Darkness (fresh grapes, vodka, port wine, soda, lemon juice); the Majestic ( basil, pineapple juice, vodka, syrup); and the Ultimate ( fresh pineapple with almond milk, rum mix, Cointreau and maraschino syrup) …. to name just a few!)
Do check out their ongoing promotions:
Shisha Nights at P300 per shisha flavor… 16 flavors to choose from.
Business Lunch from Monday to Friday at P895 net per person inclusive of appetizer, main course, dessert, signature iced tea and tea or coffee
Early Bird Specials from Monday to Saturday with 20% off on all food from 6 to 8pm
For inquiries and reservations, call Buddha-Bar Manila at 856 6719, 856 6859, check out the website www.buddhabarmanila.com, or https:www.facebook.com/BuddhaBarMNL or follow them on Twitter @BuddhaBarMNL