Café Ilang-Ilang

The Manila Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Manila, Metro Manila

Café Ilang-Ilang
4.5
4.5 Stars

79 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 43
  • 4 stars 32
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 94 Reviews
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Category:
Buffet
Business Hours
Open: 6:00a - 10:30p
Phone
+6325270011

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 6:00a - 10:30p
  • Monday
    • 6:00a - 10:30p
  • Tuesday
    • 6:00a - 10:30p
  • Wednesday
    • 6:00a - 10:30p
  • Thursday
    • 6:00a - 10:30p
  • Friday
    • 6:00a - 10:30p
  • Saturday
    • 6:00a - 10:30p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Most Recent Reviews

Zaela J.
4.0 Stars

- the best pizza (and the italian section is the nicest too!)
- i liked their Indian selection
- but of course the roast beef
- chocolates!!
- yoghurt
- sadly, the least appetizing was the Japanese section coz its area is not so nice too :(
- shrimp size (to be cooked your way) doesn't disappoint
- very little cheese choices but all were very good with crackers, coated walnut, grapes and honey! Lovely combination. Perfect for palate reset

Not sure why but in every buffet, its always the Chinese section that I skip :))

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Bernisse C.
4.0 Stars
7

Back when I was still in high school, I don’t think Café Ilang-Ilang was ever popular. I remember the place looking simple with its white walls and ceramic tables. The buffet had a simple round catering set-up right in the middle of the café. But after the renovation, it transformed like it was Cinderella. The place is now equipped with modern designs and fancy carpets. Different cuisines were divided into their designated stations while tables and chairs were set up to maximize the area. Manila Hotel is definitely stepping up their game!
 
Today's stop: C A F E   I L A N G - I L A N G
 
FOOD 11088110881108811088
As any buffet hotel set-up, Café Ilang-Ilang has several stations. Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Korean, Seafood, Rotisserie, Salad and Dessert to name a few.
 
JAPANESE 🇯🇵
The Japanese section is always a good place to start even though their choices are limited. Sushi, Maki, Tempura, Soba, Chahan, Vegetable and Shrimp teppan are all that there is if I’m not mistaken. Nonetheless, it’s of good quality so I wouldn’t skip it.
 
CHINESE 🇨🇳
With Chinese, I always have to start with dimsum. The popular picks such as siomai, hakaw, and chicken feet are always available. They usually have fried rice, sweet and sour pork, beef broccoli and pecking duck. Food is great but not something you would not find in a typical Chinese restaurant.
 
KOREAN 🇰🇷
I am a sucker for anything kimchi and bulgogi. I love how they have the staple ingredients that allows me to whip up my own version of bibimbap. Plus, if you’re into very spicy food, I recommend digging into their fresh kimchi and kimchi jjigae. Fiery! 128293
 
ITALIAN 🇮🇹
Great selections of thin-crust + generous toppings of pizza. Yummy! They might not have the widest selection of cold cuts like spiral has, but I find their cheeses and cured meats good. Have a specific pasta choice in mind? Go ahead and ask the Italian chef!
 
SEAFOOD 127754
Prawns, crabs, mussels and lobsters are some of the seafood offered. Feel free to customize the flavors according to your preference. The typical are garlic butter, sweet and spicy and steamed. I do need to comment that their seafood dishes are quite bland and easily overcooked.
 
ROTISSERIE 128046
A must for meat lovers. Prime ribs, roast beef, lamb chops, baby back ribs? Take your pick.

INDIAN
Not a fan of Indian dishes but I think they have a great selection. Plus it's halal 128077🏻

SALAD 127807
Pre-mixed salads are available in big bowls for people who prefer to just dig in like me. But of course, individual fresh ingredients are also accessible to customize your own.
 
DESSERT 127854
Dessert may come last most of the time but it’s definitely not the least. Café ilang-ilang has a wide range of dessert choices from their gelato to the cakes and macarons and bread pudding and Filipino delicacies. Looove their gelato 128149 It’s light, creamy and flavorful. Another recommendation would be their rich and flavorful cakes and bread pudding. They used to serve mango coconut pudding but discontinued it for some reason. I do hope they bring it back since it’s such a nice light dessert to finish off the meal.

LOCATION 11088110881108811088
Some people find the design of the location of the stations similar to a maze since they are quite far from one another. But truth be told, I don't mind. I actually like walking around between plates so that I don't get full easily.

VALUE FOR MONEY 11088110881108811088
It costs approximately P2,500 per person here. Abang abang sa deal grocer to get up to 30% off! Sulit naman since they offer a wide range of selections 128077🏻

SERVICE 1108811088110881108811088
Service, as usual, was great. Staff and chefs were very accommodating and friendly to their guests. Staff are very attentive to refil any empty glasses and change plates. I remembered we asked for several refils for our tea and they were very kind to do so. They even added a new tea bag voluntarily for us 128077🏻

Overall, it was a great visit, as always.

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April H.
4.0 Stars
5

#latepost

I love waking up to the anticipation of enjoying a great breakfast. It's my favorite meal of the day!

This was how I started my Sunday, eagerly anticipating the buffet breakfast spread downstairs. I honestly can't remember Cafe Ilang-Ilang from my previous visits. I saw the awards that were displayed on the table by the entrance. It raised my expectations a bit.

We were ushered inside and the place was like a maze. They had different stations set-up all over but they didn't have a main buffet spread. They had food from different cuisines laid out including Korean, Continental, Chinese, and Filipino. I concentrated on continental and Filipino favorites as usual. My breakfast consisted of tapa, tocino, sausage, pancakes, and taho. Of course, bacon--but theirs was so oily and not as crispy as you would want. I was also able to try the ube ensaymada, which was pretty good. Lots of fruits and yogurt available for the health conscious too. Different kinds of cereal were for kids or kids at heart. Another pro was that the staff were so nice and attentive, very focused on providing good service.

However, the layout of the dining area was spread out and very confusing. The drinks were located in front, in a haphazard area, which didn't make sense to me. We couldn't find the egg station immediately, so we ended up foregoing our usual omelet. I also overheard people having difficulty finding their tables. Someone actually sat on my seat, thinking it was his table.

Our table was located at a dimly lit area with worn yellow seats--it had a slightly morose quality to it. There were tables by the windows that looked more inviting. Though there were a lot of options, Spiral has even more choices. The latter also has a better and brighter layout with a very elegant look. The buffet becomes a focal point in itself, located near the famous staircase. There was none of that grandeur at Cafe Ilang-Ilang. Somehow, I also feel like all the seats of Spiral are equally comfortable all around All guests feel welcome and there are no "prime" seats at Spiral. Though you don't associate dessert with breakfast, Spiral offers sweets during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, Spiral has a real kuya taho going around the tables offering this Filipino favorite to the guests. Lastly, let me say these two words: CHEESE ROOM. Mic drop!128077 All these things make Cafe Ilang-Ilang a distant runner up to the top buffet in the country.

But, there is no way to feel stiffed at the wide array of choices that Cafe Ilang-Ilang has to offer.

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AAA M.
5.0 Stars

Was able to catch the pepita's buffet! Noticed the flavors for Pepita's spread were toned down here including the Lechon, but none the less, it was divine! We enjoyed the ilang-ilang selections and the fact that it's not too crowded like Spiral. Developed a new found love for
Ilang-ilang again.

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Crissy B.
4.0 Stars

Had a random late lunch here, and I was pretty pleased with the food. No idea if it was value for money since my parents paid and didn't show me the bill, but there were lots of food stations to choose from naman!

I liked Cafe Ilang-ilang because the tables were all very spacious and it was easy to maneuver yourself in and out from your seat cuz there were no obstructions. Also their lighting for taking photos was amazing despite it looking very dark. Hahaha I was really surprised with that :))

I didn't like though how far some food stations were from each other! I had to look very hard to find the Japanese station. 128514 The food was very good naman though so yay for a good lunch! 🤗

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Benjie G.
5.0 Stars
3

Birthday dinner for my mother and 2 brothers. Awesome buffet one of our favorites. Lots of great food choices.

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Benjie G.
5.0 Stars

Late post.
We had our dinner with my in laws and the food, place and service was excellent!

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Elise C.
4.0 Stars
10

I'm gonna start off by saying I love Café Ilang Ilang. It is not to be overlooked as it can be compared to Spiral and Circles nonetheless! Their steak is okay, but loses to Circles', but delicious and savory!

I love their sushi area as well. I enjoy most of their creations. Their food offerings arent redundant as sometimes they don't have the scallops (you should catch that!!!). Their desserts are great as well. Lovely!!!

They have really good gourmet chocolates, be sure to try them, as well as their panna cottas. Just thinking about the desserts make my heart flutter!

Service is impeccable. Pricing is definitely right. The interiors are very beautiful especially where we were seated.

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Tommy T.
4.0 Stars
3

Enjoyed the Friday surf and turf buffet dinner

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Tommy T.
4.0 Stars

Enjoyed the dinner buffet. But food not that exceptional

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Serena M.
5.0 Stars
10

Still the best hotel buffet for me!! 127775127775127775127775127775 Love their japanese section127835127857127844127843 dessert section127846127856127850127849127851, korean, steak and ribs grilling station!! Sometimes they have some exotic foods like crocodile meat128010, usa, rabbit 128048 and kabayo 128052meat.128561

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Mark L.
4.0 Stars

dinner buffet 128077128077128077128077

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Maureen S.
4.0 Stars

Sorry no photo taken 128513128513128513
It was American Night when we had the buffet, and wow!! The place was filled up to the brim!
Food was still great, highlights were the ribeye steak, truffle pasta, butter garlic crab and papadum hihi 128525128077🏻

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Yina M.
4.0 Stars

This photo sucks. I can't ever get a good photo of my food in Cafe Ilang-ilang. I mean not enticing for me to look at it on my phone and say I want to go back. I do want to go back because last Sunday's lunch was amazing!!! My family ate there and we all agreed that the food was top-notch that day. We usually eat here after hearing mass in San Beda, or hosting balikbayans who are housed near here or after Visita Iglesia. My cousins and I were seated together were talking about our food, it was different than usual that day. This applied to both the array and the quality.

My choices of food came from the breakfast section - chicken sausage, a small waffle, a piece of bacon. I also has some cold appetizers and bread. That mini pretzel is the bomb! It is warm and soft and has the right amount of salt on top, no need for butter.

My faaaaavorite section is the Halal one. Why? It's a free for all!!!! They had a wide array of their "dips" tzatziki, hummus (the others I don't know) but a few more. The roti was warm and soft on the inside. They also had four other dishes. On my plate, I put three huge servings of the chicken tikka masala and that chicken was so tender!!! It was tender, can I say that again, it was tender and melt in your mouth yummy. I got a heaping of rice and some onions and piled on some yogurt and I raved about it. I got a samosa also,which I felt was so-so. As much as I raved about it, my family doesn't like Mediterranean food, so no go. Sakin lang bumenta.

There are Korean, Chinese and Japanese sections but i stayed away from those since i've been eating their cuisines during the week. The Italian section also looked beefed up, not literally but better than their usual pasta and savory items. Event the pizza looked yummy, there were several kinds.

We all loved that Thai Milk tea was in their juice bar!!! ALL of us got at least a glass, Ok at least half a glass. Orange and Mango were the two other juice options.

Blockbuster yung meat section and I didn't want to really wait in line - but they had lamb, racks and racks of it and I didn't wait. They had sausages and ribs and you could have it cooked to your liking. No, I didn't wait in line. :( Huhuhu.

Nothing beats capping off a meal with desserts. I heard anything chocolate at the dessert station was yummy and indulgent but I stayed away from the chocolate. I did like the Coffee panna cotta, i also had several mini scoops of ice cream. Made the mistake of putting them all together and not appreciating each flavor. I had a creme brulee and a chocolate tart which I found OK.

This was a great experience! We had our usual servers attend to us, and they accommodated our big group. We originally reserved for a group of 24 but ballooned to 30 since my grandparents came with their entourage. Great way to spend Sunday with family!!

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Jorelle F.
5.0 Stars

Buffet!!! Woohooo, my angry tummy roars! Haha. I almost tried everything. Haha. My personal favorite: Lobster, cold cuts, Ice cream and Macaroons 128525128536128525. What I love about luxury buffet is that they serve their food hot. Not unlike most of the commercialized buffet in the metro.

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Krizia Anna C.
5.0 Stars

How i love their buffet! I had 3 slices of steak! Their steak was heavenly and so soft! I love the gravy it comes with. We also ate a lot of their coffee pannacotta macaron! So so heavenly.
The servers also sang "Happy Birthday" for my sister who turned 18. We also loved the ambiance the private room since there are couches you can rest at if you need rest from eating! Haha Overall, a lovely and memorable experience.

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Telle B.
5.0 Stars

I wasn't able to take a photo of the food because I was soooo hungry already when we got here. I have a picture of me and JP G after eating here instead haha! This is a pretty late review this happened last August 22 of this year but rather be late than never right? 128539

I got deal grocer vouchers for this place as I remember a lot of good things about this buffet when I went here last 2012 and guess what.. It's still the same! They still have the same good food! 128079🏼 I especially loved the South American or Brazil station this time around. The lechon was amazing! It had crispy skin and really soft meat plus the rice with pineapple and coconut milk goes well with the lechon! I think I had a minimum of 2 servings of these two. 128517 #LechoninMoNaAko but only to find out they featured pepita's lechon with truffle rice after 2 weeks of our visit 128557 I hope they next time I visit they feature them again!

The Japanese station is another one I make sure to visit! They have lots of maki, sushi, teppanyaki, etc 128522 another one would be the dessert station, they have a lot of desserts! I mean one huge station for different desserts.. If you like gelato, you'll like I like it here. They still have a ferrero gelato 128561 Another good one for me would be the salad station and their bread selectiona! I think the waiter laughed at me when he heard me say "OMG! Ang Sarap Ng cheese bread Nila!" 128514 to be fair, panalo yung cheese bread! 128513

I still really love this place and the staff are really nice and accommodating! I'm hoping to go back here soon 128591🏼

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Melody T.
5.0 Stars

Not a fan of buffets in general but was certainly impressed with Ilang-ilang's spread! Went there on their Seafood Night (every Friday) and everyone on our table was super satisfied.

Huge & fresh lobsters, prawns, sea bass, scallops, crabs and a whole lot more are yours for taking. They are not kuripot and kept on refilling the stations. I liked their grilled lamb chops as well. Kulang lang nila is the cheese selection but I guess that's not what they're promoting.

Great service from the waitstaff! Chefs at each station were friendly & accommodating! 128076🏻128076🏻128076🏻

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Kim L.
5.0 Stars

Took advantage of Pepita's Kitchen's last day in Cafe Ilang-Ilang!128522 I don't get why people don't appreciate their buffet selection as much; sure, it's not as extensive as Spirals but for me, the 'limit' actually allows you to try several dishes from each cuisine.1285229786

Well this time, majority of what I had was from PK. We enjoyed the stuffed lechon with truffled rice, hiplog (shrimps cooked in salted egg sauce), adobong balut and DESSERTS! I personally loved the Mango trifle which had layers of broas, puto seko, leche flan, ripe mangoes and custard. The fiesta suman was also a hit with chunks of pastillas and langka tucked inside the kakanin. A part of the regular menu which I personally liked was the adobong pizza and palabok pizza; I loved how they spiced up classic favorites with a modern twist.

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Yina M.
3.0 Stars

I guess it’s true. I’ve been defending Manila Hotel so much but the food has deteriorated. We had lunch at Café Ylang-Ylang a few weeks ago and I was disappointed. The food looked appetizing but I felt that it lacked flavor. That some of them were leftovers from breakfast and were hard on the edges.

I didn’t enjoy the food from the buffet as much and my family agreed that it was just OK, but we did like the peking duck. Surprisingly, the a la carte food was good, filling and warm. Could it have just been an issue of the food being displayed was out too long? There could have been a lot of reasons, I was just disappointed this time. Oh and they didn’t have the Thai Milk tea that day as part of their drink selection. Pooh!

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