Café Ilang-Ilang

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

Café Ilang-Ilang
4.5
4.5 Stars

76 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 43
  • 4 stars 29
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 91 Reviews
  • 371 Recommend
  • 76 Reviewers
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

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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Elmer R.
5.0 Stars

You only live once kaya feeding frenzy pa more! Previous I had doubts about this place Sunday brunch buffet. Took the risk and it paid off. Ang sarap ng food nila, compact as against the volume of Spiral but a lot of those I had were good like the shawarma. Liked most their desserts specially the gelatos and crepes delicious!

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Bevs M.
5.0 Stars

This hotel is so classy since it's also a historical place in Manila. Café Ilang-Ilang is one of the best hotel buffet for me so far. It has a lot of international food cuisines to choose. Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Amercian, Italian, etc. The place is big and spacious. Their ambiance is so cozy which you can really enjoy.

We ate here two nights in a row with my friends since we stayed here for days, so I had a chance to try almost all of their foods. Their foods were great. I love all their foods. They also serve unli drinks, just ask the waiter for it and you can choose whatever you want, unlike in other hotel buffets.

It's quality over quantity, so it's worth every cents especially if you want to bring your family, friends and special someone here. I also suggest to try their Champagne Room, too bad we haven't had a chance to eat there that time.

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Jovan P.
5.0 Stars

I was pleasantly surprised with their buffet spread. It's better than Shangri-La's Heat, me thinks. In terms of taste, I'd also say that this is far superior. The grill selection is superb and tasty -- not like the usual bland roast beef that you usually see.

I also like their layout. Instead of putting all their food in one area, they placed it around different areas of the restaurant. It makes it look fresh and not cramped.

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