Buddha-Bar Manila

Picar Place, 1227 Kalayaan Ave., Makati, Metro Manila

Buddha-Bar Manila
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  • 49 Reviews
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Category:
Bar
Business Hours
Reopens Sat: 4:00p - 2:00a
Phone
+6328566719

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 4:00p - 2:00a
  • Monday
    • 4:00p - 2:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 4:00p - 2:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00p - 2:00a
  • Thursday
    • 4:00p - 2:00a
  • Friday
    • 4:00p - 2:00a
  • Saturday
    • 4:00p - 2:00a

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Ambience:
Casual

Most Recent Reviews

Clarissa P.
4.0 Stars
10

Buddha Bar Manila has been in the local bar scene for quite sometime now. I still remember visiting the place when I was just starting to work. It's one of those upscale bars that can easily intimidate and comes with a price tag.

Stepping inside was like being transported to a far off place, definitely not in that corner of Makati, facing Century Mall. The place was so huge and can comfortably house a lot of people! Spacious first floor, a second floor to boot, huge and clean rest rooms, ample bar space - not your typical elbow room bar. I loved the elegance and sophistication exuded by the place - lush furnishings, warm to dim lighting, chandeliers, a staircase and a giant Buddha located right smack the center of the place.

To celebrate it's 20th Anniversary, Buddha Bar Manila held a two day Cocktail Festival with world renowned liquid chef, Matthias Giroud. The Mixology Wizard is in fact the Chief Bar Manager of Buddha Bar Worldwide and has been travelling the world to get inspiration, discover flavors and ingredients to make solid cocktails for Buddha Bar's clientele.

The celebration started on the 14th of October with Mixology Professionals and the media as the participants. The line up of events was impressive - a demo on how Matthias does his magic, food painting, cocktail painting followed by some late night treat! The real party was held the following day, 15th of October, which showcased a Mixology Competition followed by the Cocktail Festival itself where the Mixology Wizard gave everyone a glimpse on how his craft was done and had his audience sample his creations.

Now, I'm a noob when it comes to "mixology" coz a certified Tita of Manila only knows bar-tending. But then again I still said yes to the invite for experience and to try the cocktails, of course.

The 7PM call time for the event was delayed a little so we had some chance to check out the bar and get some bar chows plus drinks while waiting. We tried the following ---

> Togarashi Fries

The name intrigued us and I personally expected something different. But nothing was special with this. Just your regular fries, fried to crisp goodness, with Japanese chili and garlic bits.

> Asian Wonton Nachos

Wonton Crisps topped with generous heaping of tasty ground beef, salsa, shreds of cabbage, cilantro, cheese and ranch sauce. Pretty good stuff.

We then tried two non-alcoholic beverages but it was sad that we weren't able to try them right away since the mixology demo started right after they were served. We ended up drinking watered down versions that were still good enough.

> Mocktail: Aloha

A fruity drink that has cranberry juice and melon syrup with some fresh mix of fruits - depending on what's in season.

> Smoothie: Berry Smoothie

A blend of milk, yogurt and mixed berries sweetened with some sugar syrup.

Then, the best part begun! The Mixology Wizrd, Matthias, gathered us in front of the bar to watch him do his cocktail magic! He created three drinks for us ---

> London Flower Spritz

A Buddha Bar signature cocktail, Matthias used dry jasmine flower made exclusively for Buddha Bar. A mix of sweet white wine, champagne and sugar syrup, this was topped with jasmine/gin foam and garnished with a slice of lemon and a fresh stalk of jasmine with leaves and flowers. Such a pretty cocktail! It was light, sweet and definitely for one pretty lady.

> America-NO

The next one was a non-alcoholic drink. Fresh grape juice, homemade bitter soda and a splash of artisanal aged syrup - I must admit that I liked this drink! It was refreshing and sweet with a little frizz. Garnished with a piece of smoked wood, dry leaf, slices of grapes, candied pearls and edible gold dust, this drink will please the eyes!

> Street White Angel

This was my favorite of the three. Lavender essential oil infused with Bacardi, mixed with cranberry, passion fruit and raspberry juice, finished off with some hibiscus/ginger syrup. I loved the the marriage of all the juices plus the strong hibiscus and ginger flavors. Garnished with ripe mango slices and candy sprinkles, don't let the sweetness deceive you!

Right after this display of unparalleled talent, Matthias challenged the head Chef of Buddha Bar Manila to do Food Painting while engaging the audience. She introduced some colorful "paint" which were mostly pureed, edible food. Pesto, mango, sugar beets, some mix of veggies, etc. She explained that food painting is all about using your creativity to plate dishes while taking into consideration the taste and balance of the ingredients used. It was a fun activity I must say.

Then, another round of cocktail making took place, this time incorporating cocktail painting. Matthias once again made three unique drinks for his audience. He used some local ingredients this time to showcase what our country can offer.

Street Art Collection by Buddha Bar

> Angel Touch

Gin infused timut pepper with lime juice, honey water, cucumber and yuzu puree topped with ginger ale - I loved the citrusy kick, the refreshing note of cucumber and the slight note of heat from the pepper! This was garnished with a thin cucumber slice and a flower. Such a pretty drink!

> Home Garden

I loved how this drink was presented! It was the most unique of all cocktails that night and the best part? It was alcohol free! It was a mix of artisanal genever syrup, fresh calamansi, rose flower water, cranberry juice and tonic water.

> Qaray Experience

With the use of elderflower syrup, this gin based drink gave a nice and smooth floral finish. Mixed with lime juice, calamansi liqueur and topped with homemade grapefruit huacatay (native to South Africa) soda, this drink was garnished with a thin slice of grapefruit and some torched brown sugar.

Right after all the activities and demo, we got to enjoy a serving of steak with rice. The steak was so tender, juicy and well seasoned. Went well with the pesto sauce that it was slightly garnished with. They also had us enjoy some slices of tuna and salmon sashimi which were all good!

It was definitely an awesome night and great experience! For those who are into cocktails, Buddha Bar Manila is definitely a place to try. Aside from their cocktails, their food is also note worthy. Just make sure to prepare some cash coz the prices are a bit steep.

#Halloolooween2016

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Reich T.
4.0 Stars
9

An invitation to try amazing cocktails from a world renowned Mixologist is the perfect ending of my work week. 

Buddha Bar has been around for quite sometime.  They now occupy the space of the International School along Kalayaan Avenue.  Yes,  ze school used to be in my city. 

I gotta be honest,  this is one of those joints I would avoid.  See reasons below and marvel at the different biases of the human brain 

° There used to be a buddha displayed outside.  And yeah,  it is ginormous and it sports the gold hue.  What is the first adjective that comes to your mind...  Expensive.  Ding ding ding!

° I have this crazy notion that one needs to be fluent in a different language before setting foot inside.

° It is an exclusive club and a password is required upon entry

Eccentricities aside.  Buddha Bar is not as intimidating as I assumed it to be.  The interior is more on the vintage side and exudes an old world feel.  This reminds me of the bar in Skyfall (where he met the woman who helped him track Javier Bardem).  High ceilings,  marble floors and classic furniture.  And oh,  they moved the buddha inside.  He is now sitting comfortably and reeking of all things calm and zen.

Appetizers.

¶ Asian Wonton Nachos.  Wonton crisps topped with beef,  salsa and ranch dressing (Php 260).  I ain't a fan of nachos (except for Silantro) and this further substantiates my preference.  The nachos is too oily and some failed in the crispy department.   Saving grace is the flavorful ground beef.  Salsa and ranch concoction is mediocre. 
 
¶ Togarashi Fries.  Japanese chili and garlic bits (Php 220).  Overpriced deep fried potatoes.  Here i thought they did something different with the usual fries.  Oh well.... you cant always get what you want,  right Mick?

The Cocktail Festival.
 
Matthias Giroud is heaslining the festival.   Considered as the creme dela creme in the mixology department.  He has been with the Buddha Bar family  and continuously entices patrons with his mixology prowess.

The following drinks are not part of the cocktail menu.  Yes,  we got dibs on some limited edition drinks!  Woo-hoo

FESTIVAL 2016 PRE-EXPERIENCE

| London Flower Spritz.  Campari infused dry jasmine flower, white wine, sparkling wine, sugar syrup, topped with jasmine/gin foam.  

| America-NO.  Artisanal aged syrup, fresh grapes juice, homemade bitter soda. 

| Street White Angel.   Bacardi infused lavender essential oil, cranberry, raspberry, passion fruit, hibiscus/ginger syrup. 

STREET ART COLLECTION by Buddha-Bar World

| Angel Touch.  Gin infused timut pepper, lime juice, honey water, cucumber, yuzu puree, topped with ginger ale.

| Qaray Experience.   Gin, elderflower syrup, lime juice, calamansi liqueur, topped with homemade grapefruit huacatay soda.

| Home Garden.  Artisanal genever syrup, fresh calamansi, rose flower water, cranberry juice, topped with tonic water. 

All of the aforementioned drinks are made on the spot.  It was a fun experience! The wonderful sound the shaker makes.   Matthias carefully explained the elements of each drink and how it affects the taste and elevate the flavor.  He briefly discussed how his travels inspired him to dabble with different flavor combinations and incorporate them in his creations.

Apart from the Mixing Event.  Guests got to witness and participate in food painting.  Yes,  you heard it right.  Food Painting.  Think of this as a crash course in plating.  Guests can pick from the variety of sauces x food and use them to make a beautiful plate that will compliment the steak and seafood. 

Dinner was served after.  We had a beautiful slab of medium rare steak,  salmon and tuna.  The steak was fantastic,  cooked perfectly and seasoned well.  I loved every single bite. 

My first Buddha Bar experience is one of a kind.  I got dibs on the first day of The Cocktail Festival.  Rubbed elbows with a  world renowned mixologist.  I stood in awe as he shaked and stirred award-winning cocktails. 

It is a night to remember.

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Liezzy M.
5.0 Stars
7

truly a night to remember-- first time in history that bf found a fine dining restaurant that he loves at first visit. 128525

staff very accommodating and efficiiment. service 128077🏼
parking: valet

i love the ambience 128525128525128525 dim, cozy and spacious. good choice for anniversary dining experience when your anniversary falls on a weekday.

i'm all praises to their food. 128588🏼 tried their set dinner and it didn't fail, worth every penny. you're given choices from soup, entrée down to the dessert. picked vegetable chowder, double bento (this you have to try, big serving and very yummy) and fruit platter. bf opted for chicken soup, grilled salmon served with pesto pasta and sesame chocolate bar (this also is a must-try)... all were 128076🏼

for the drinks: i recommend heart of darkness 1108811088110881108811088
tried also kaway ilang and temptations, both were ok but too strong for me. 128512

oh, a very impt tip: try their early bird promo. happening every 4-8pm which gives you 50% off on selected drinks and 20% off on all food. 1108811088110881108811088

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Carolina E.
5.0 Stars

My whole family is addicted to this place, it's tidy and super awesome.

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Ryan M.
5.0 Stars

I'm so thrilled to share that this place is awesome. Great place to hang out with friends and the they have an eccentric pieces inside tha gives elegance to the place. When it comes to the food, they have the best thai noodles and dumplings. Definitely, one of the best places in the metro. 1108811088110881108811088

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Reah A.
5.0 Stars

You haven't seen the best if you had not been to Buddha Bar. But wait, there's bad news in the end...

There is no restaurant in the Metro as drop-dead gorgeous as Buddha Bar. From the moment you stepped through its door, the absolutely stunning interiors will confuse your purpose for being there. Is it to indulge with selfies or shut off your rumbling tummy. And then you stand motionless, to simply watch all the tasteful luxuries surrounding you. From the sofas and tables, the chandeliers, stair railings, the bar area, the flooring and walls, the high ceiling and of course the centerpiece gigantic buddha that stands about 15 feet tall. Every single detail screams elegance and class, if youre one who get pleased easily, it will surely make you "wow" non-stop, otherwise I'd bet at least 10 times.

At 4pm for an early dinner, we had the whole 3-storey, 7-star establishment with over 500 seats to ourselves. We had a quick tour around the place; the lounge at the ground floor, the restaurant at 2nd floor and the terrace at the 3rd floor.

Here's one bit of research I have done. The first Buddha Bar in the world opened in France in 1996. It has since expanded to other locations in Paris,London, Dubai, Monte Carlo, Keiv, Prague and Moscow. Buddha-Bar Manila, which is the largest around the world, opened in 2012.

Food. I always go for either chef's specialties, or customers' favorites especially in upscale super fancy restaurants like Buddha Bar. I follow my gut instinct in the few instances that I'm willing to take the risk of not touching the food at all.

Buddha-Bar serves up a divine orchestra of flavors in its every plate. It deserves reflective eating, that's when you close your eyes as you take that first bite.

Their Vegetable Spring Rolls looks as amazing as it tastes. A few-seconds-fresh from deep frying, it is so hard to pinpoint the source of its goodness. I'm so sure I tasted shitake mushrooms among other vegies. Suffice it to say, this is my most memorable spring roll encounter ever.

The Philadephia Maki Sushi with Salmon is equally amazing, but harder to move on from. It leaves a zesty aftertaste that makes you want more and more.

The appetizers can get you pretty stuffed. But the main course dishes look so gorgeous, impossible to resist even on a full stomach.

The prawns, with its meat intact, come with a surprise stuffing, whether it's ground pork or something else, it's hard to tell. Drenched in a thoughtful blend of thick, creamy coconut milk and Thai's signature curry, the dish tastes slightly sweet and spicy with pretty strong turmeric kick among other interesting Thai spices and herbs.

Meanwhile, the chicken resembles the flavor and smell of chicken curry, minus the sauce. It had tsitsaros, pea pod in English, that formed the bed for the strips of chicken. Really really good.

So anyway, we left both plates empty and it left us both much fuller, in a pleasantly manner.

The Bad News
The only bummer is they only have two credit card machines and none of it worked with any of our credit cards. Worse is we dont bring cash beyond P1000. And even if we had enough cash, we still would prefer settling our Php4k bill by card, for the rewards, points, whatever.

How anticlimactic was that having to end the Buddha Bar experience with this inconvenience? So we stepped outside, walked to Century City Mall right across the street, to locate the nearest ATM.

Staff. The Staff looked and sounded pretty smart until that moment of credit card fuss. System failures happen and customers accept, even expect these unfortunate inconveniences. But from a 7-star establishment and the biggest Buddha Bar in the world, I expected a smashing spiel for this sort of scenarios. Like for instance, how hard it is to tell us early on that theyre only accepting cash, perhaps before or while taking our orders?

And then came the fuss; we heard or got nothing from them. How about the Manager attempting to rock an apology with a complimentary dessert? That gesture would have been admirable.

Anyway, just because of this blindspot in their customer service, I'm reducing my overall rating to 8, from the original perfect 10.

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars

It all started when H texted me about this place in Makati that used to be a local celebrity magnet. I Googled it and the food fascinated me (in denial of being a fan girl). Anyway, it took us quite a while before we get to match our schedules but finally, we get to visit Buddha Bar.

It was one rainy Saturday when we decided to pay this hyped place a visit. At first my “old lady” instinct was battling with my “glutton” self. But alas, the glutton won and I found myself waiting for H at a nearby mall’s lobby.

Giddy, we found our way with the help of several guards and Google map.

When we entered, I had a hard time walking as I could barely see the steps (as I’m a bit blind when it’s too dark). We were ushered to the second floor as it is Buddha Bar’s dining area while the first floor serves as the lounge.

As soon as we got hold of the menu, we read the whole thing from appetizers down to desserts and we both had a hard time choosing as everything sounds so good. But since some were a bit too pricey, we ordered the ones friendlier to the wallet such as Buddha Bar Chicken Salad (PHP380), Thai Style Red Curry Shrimp(PHP680) and two glasses of Buddha Bar’s Special Iced Tea (PHP200/glass).

Service was quick given that we were the first diners to arrive that night. I guess places like this really attract the night crowd. Oh well, at least we got good seats.

When the appetizer arrived, we were surprised with the generous serving. They really mean it when they told us it was good for two people. It was actually a delightful dish as the chicken was slightly sweet and caramelized yet has a hint of tanginess. The shredded leaves also made it extra crunchy. It was a really good dish to start the night.

Next served was the Thai Style Red Curry Shrimp which I was hesitant to try as it was noted that it is one of Buddha Bar’s spicy dishes. However, curiosity did not kill the cat this time as the dish wasn’t spicy at all (or my tolerance for spicy food increased tenfold!!!). The presentation of the dish was rather charming as it was served in a coconut shell. We even asked the server to mix the coconut with the curry to add more flavor as it was a bit bland. The dip though that goes with the dish helped bring out the curry flavor.

Since we were trying to stay longer to spot some celebrities, we ordered a Chocolate Lava cake with Vanilla ice cream (I wasn’t able to note though the price).

This time, the serving was a small but we realized that it was actually too much when we tasted it. The chocolate was very rich and creamy that a few bites were enough.

Apparently, the iced tea really is special as it has lychee and kiwi! YUM!

But before heading back, we had a little field trip starting with the washroom. Then the roof deck which we both found pretty and a nice place to chill with friends.

However, with a bill of PHP2,400, I might not frequent this place a lot. Perhaps a twice a year trip would be enough. :)

#12Days

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Carlo A.
5.0 Stars

Having been invited several times here for family events and occasions, this place has got to be one of the classiest restaurants I've been here in the Philippines. It's rich, has a ostentatious taste, the music and night life is where this place comes alive at night as it buzzes for party and food. First time going here I was in awe as its got that Asian fusion with an international standard of class, the Buddha on the hall, the whole lighting is has at nice is wonderful, not to mention the music is pretty good too.
Their bathrooms are insane, the mirror has this vinyl art that lights up red or blue and it's really cool to look at.
Now with the food, it's insanely rich and delicious, their sushi and maki's are different with their own spicy twist and their steak is soft and tender as hell. I remember the drinks they have too, their very own, alcohol mixed with fruits, I had the "Black heart" which was this juice that had grapes and other alcohol in it that was amazing.
What was also amazing were the desserts! I remember loving this rich chocolate profiterol bar that was the best I could eat, I've eaten and
Order more than 3 at one point. The chocolate was so rich and the quality of the bar was incredible too, you're gonna love it.
The ambiance in this place is ecstatic and can be perfectly romantic at the same time, you have to suit up to be here and look sharp!
If you have the money to spend and want to have a splendid exquisite night with friends or even a romantic dinner date with your partner you will love it here! Can't go wrong and I can't wait to come back here.

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Kat L.
4.0 Stars

Taken this picture last week. Late post.
Anyway place is dark hehe indeed for a "bar"
We seated at 2nd floor cause we are going to have dinner only. But I like on the ground floor, I think it much comfortable sitting there, lots of couches for chit-chatting. I don't know if the owner was Indian or thailander, "Indian" because they have this set of Indian dinnerware for every couches tables. And thailander because of buddhas. Well I like the interior. They have bread compliments that goes with these jams love them. We ordered seafood curry, presentation is cute. Food is quite yummy expensive for a place. "Pwede na" The food cuisine I think is Asian fusion. They have Japanese sushi and sashimi. I don't know what's with the compliment match together with the jams, maybe it goes for a smoker. I don't smoke. There's a maserati displayed outside good for a flashy place... Our dinner was ok.

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Julienne Y.
4.0 Stars

I would come here more often if it weren't so bloody expensive. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE Buddha Bar. The food is delicious, the place is gorgeous, service is top notch and the music mixes, terrific. I always have a wonderful time. But I can't afford to come regularly.

Pro-tip (for people like me on a budget): stay away from their appetizers. I know they are tempting to go with your drinks but be straight up gangsta and just order maincourses. Why? Well they give you hefty generous main course portions and teeny tiny appetizers for the same price. And the main courses are delicious and filling.

Pro-tip (for the alcoholics) : 2for1 drink specials from 5pm-9pm daily. Wheeee!

What to order: tenderloin, angry chicken, black cod (if you're feeling generous.) Molten cake.

My old favorite: the crunchy spicy tuna was disappointing. After years of ordering this everytime i go, this latest visit disappointed me so it's time to find a new favorite.

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Cai D.
5.0 Stars

Perks of being a blogger and friends with bloggers. 10084️ Hahaha I was invited to the one night only show of Mathias Giroud. I attended even though I don't have passion with cocktail drinks. Hahahaha Hellooo! Its free. Regular entrance rate was 1000php. So I grabbed it. Tried 7 free cocktail drinks 10084️ the place was awesome. But hate their service staff. 128529 slow and not so friendly.

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Glen S.
5.0 Stars

The place is awesome. It's too big but a good place to hang out after dinner.

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Shayne B.
5.0 Stars

Hey look at my new friend! 128123 Came here with workmates for work and party. But mostly party. 127881

Halloween party last night! Place has different horror themes: Philippine horror, European, Japanese, and... I forgot the others! 128584 We were seated VIP at the European horror. 9786

Not sure with all that we ate and drank, because it was just served to us. Maki, tacos, and... BBQs + satay I think? 9786️ The food is good! The place is very cozy and perfect for dates too!

There was this game also where you will guess the number of beers in a container + number of chicken feet in a big bowl. Mates and I only went for the beer because we don't like the smell of the uncooked chicken feet!! 128584 it stinks! Hahaha. We were asked to go there to check but we couldn't take the smell. And they said if you get it right, you'll take it home. Hahaha. Better to take home the beers than the chicken feet so we only went guessing for the beer count.

This place is not perfect for those with vision probs. Haha. Wear glasses! 128513 Place is also close to Gramercy. 128077

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Jeniffer C.
5.0 Stars

Nice place! Very cozy and beautiful! The buddha is a bit huge and their iced tea is excellent! :)

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Yckah C.
5.0 Stars

Delicious food.. Ambiance perfect for a date... Expensive yet we are paying for the quality of the food.. We're going back definitely!

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Joseph C.
5.0 Stars

dj papa of monte carlo here in manila! good food and japans number one beer!

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Anna B.
4.0 Stars

Good food and serving size. But sooo pricey! This is late post so I can't detail it all. But had salad and a beef dish. If I get to go again, will definitely give a more detailed review. 9786

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Stephanie N.
5.0 Stars

Fancy and very solemn inside the resto. They have a solemn background music playing to make the customers not to get bored.

It has a big buddha statue also displayed inside the interior. It's so nice there and it feels like you were in somewhere in one of China's temples.

We basically ordered for food in set, 4 course meal composed of a soap, appetizer, main course and a dessert.

Their food is perfect, well designed(the plate presentation) and of course, the taste!

I love the steak and the Mahi Mahi

A perfect Praline Chocolate cake comes next to complete our fancy dinner.

Awesomesauce!!

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The Food Scout N.
4.0 Stars

In 2012, the luxury and sophistication of Buddha Bar was internationally franchised for the Philippine market. From 2012 until today, Buddha Bar kept its customers hooked to their fine modern Asian cuisine with a sparkle of fun and excitement through their endless events and promos.
The only reason why O and I gave our night to Buddha Bar was to experience The Masato Show. Buddha Bar Manila brought world-renowned Japanese Chef, Chef Masato for a night of sashimi and sushi-making.

The world-class bar and restaurant Buddha Bar treated Japanese food lovers, including O and me, to witness how Chef Masato takes sushi and sashimi to the next level. To experience Chef's cooking, watch his performance with wine, sake and Japanese beer, a ticket costs Php1,000/person.

I'd say it's pretty reasonable for that one of a kind experience.

To see more of the dishes Chef Masato cooked, head over to my food blog :)

Pray, Eat and Love.

Cheers,
The Food Scout
www.thefoodscout.net

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Joseph C.
5.0 Stars

nice - music and event venue. 70% expats. Asahi Superdry for 330 pesos per bottle. Manny O wines - dicipulus 2k per bottle excellent pricing for full bottle.

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