Café Ilang-Ilang

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

Café Ilang-Ilang
4.5
4.5 Stars

84 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 46
  • 4 stars 33
  • 3 stars 4
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 102 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

Jomarie A.
4.0 Stars
7

The Manila Hotel has been our top of mind choice in celebrating special occasions, since my sister's father-in-law works there. (Support your own!) For my sister's 31st birthday, her in-laws decided to treat us to a Sunday lunch buffet a day before her actual day. 128150

When we got there, the entire Café Ilang Ilang was jampacked! It so happened that they had an ongoing promo for BDO credit card holders, which gives the diners around 40% off the per head price. Worth it, if you ask me! 128076

As always, I headed straight for their Japanese food area, and hoarded their Salmon Sashimi! They also have a variety of other sushi rolls, plus tempura and other fried Japanese favorites. I'm delighted that their sashimi are all super fresh! 10024 The Japanese corner is my favorite buffet restaurant corner of all time.

Next, I had some East Meets West favorites like a USDA Steak (look at those sexy grill marks! Hngggh), soft shelled crab that is super tasty, an eggs benedict (wished it was still warm, but the flowy yolk of the poached egg made me fall head over heels for this!), some HUGE baked mussels, and a comforting chopsuey to make up for all the oily food I got. 128513 Their Roast Beef carving station is a must visit too!

I really am not a big fan of buffets, as I feel like I cannot eat that much to match the price of the meal. 128517 On my third round, I goy some Korean food like kimchi, kimbap, and other veggies. I also dropped by the dimsum station for some dumplings. Of course, I couldn't resist and got more salmon sashimi. 128513128150

For dessert, they have a whole range of fruits, from the usual fruits like watermelon and honeydew, to more special fruits like dragonfruit and grapefruit. Name it, and they've got it! 128521 They also have lots of pastries to choose from, and I especially liked the chocolate mousse thingy, which had three different layers, and was super rich and yummy! 128523 I also loved the pralines, so much so that I had 5 pieces. HAHAHA. They also take pride on their ice cream station, where I got myself two scoops of creamy goodness -- in green tea and strawberry! 127847

For a buffet restaurant, I can say that Cafe Ilang Ilang does not compromise on the quality of their food, and ensures that all your food cravings are taken care of with their awesome spread. Which is why I'll leave you with this: the food coma was sooo worth it! 128513

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Jomarie A.
3.0 Stars
5

Since we stayed for two nights at The Manila Hotel when my sister got married, I also got to eat at their breakfast buffet twice. Each room reservation typically has breakfast buffet for two already, and when you need the breakfast for more people, it will be for an additional fee of Php 1500 nett.

Both days had similar breakfast spreads: with the usual American and Filipino breakfast favorites, lots of breads and pastries, milk and cereals, some Chinese dimsum items, a couple of Halal dishes, and some other cuisines. Honestly, I found the dishes from the two mornings to be just okay. 128528 There was actually nothing special with the food, and the selection was not that much as well. To be honest, I wasn't able to eat that much too, as I am not much of a morning person. If there is something I loved about their breakfast buffet though, it's their yogurt!!!!! They had these 3 Cows (where can I buy this???) Flavored Yogurt cups in different flavors -- and each spoonful was heavenly! 128149128149128149 I had Blueberry Cheesecake (?) on the first day, and Mango Sago on the second. Both were really good! I wish I can buy them elsewhere. 128522

The service was not as good as I have experienced on lunch / dinner buffets, especially on the second day when we weren't served water or coffee. 128547 They weren't as courteous, too.

Ambiance was more chill during breakfast time, with the people moving about but not as fast paced as when it's lunch or dinner time. The general feel of the dining hall is quite relaxing, too. 128522

I'd probably skip paying Php 1500 a meal next time for their breakfast buffet, and will just order from their in-room dining menu instead, where you can already get heavy breakfast platter for less than Php 1,000. 128521

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AAA M.
3.0 Stars

Dined here a la carte and was it frustrating. We had servers overly mingling on our table as they were “working” extra hard to impress our balik-bayans; Food is so-so. So many other better pinoy restaus around. The putobumbong & halo-halo were okay but not as legendary as it was before. The bibingka was good as it is but sort of cakey and my parents and the loyal bibingka fans of TMH all said it isn’t the same anymore. So there. I guess the buffet is a much better choice now.

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Nemie N.
5.0 Stars

Buffet treat by my bf’s mom!

Anyway, we had lunch here last Saturday. There’s a wide variety of foods here and the stations are scattered so you can go around and see the whole place before you eat :)

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Jomarie A.
5.0 Stars
3

Our family and my sister's fiancée's family had our Christmas Eve dinner at Cafe Ilang Ilang this year. To be honest, I am not really a big fan of buffet restaurants, as I feel like it doesn't really have good value for money... But I was wiling to give this a try as my sister had been raving about Manila Hotel's buffet restaurant for quite a while.

It was not a surprise when we walked into a restaurant full of hungry people celebrating with their families and friends, enjoying the bountiful food choices in the hall. As I went around, I easily understood why people kept coming back to this place.

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There is indeed a wide selection of food here. The stations are scattered around the area, which makes first timers like me confused and lost... However, once you get to taste the food, it's all worth it! 128525 Unlike most commercial buffet restaurants in the Metro, the quality of the food is top-notch. I loved their Japanese station, which features a lot of different rolls, sashimi, and other Japanese favorites. 127843127844 I also enjoyed the Chinese station, because come on, who doesn't love Chinese food? These dishes probably came from Red Jade (formerly Mabuhay Palace). The carving station had a couple of options to choose from too, including lamb chops -- I am not a fan though! 128547 There is also a seafood station where you can have your prawns, crabs, and other seafoods cooked. Other stations consist of Italian, Korean, Filipino, among others. I also admired this restaurant's inclusiveness, as it has an area for Halal food. Awesome, right? And of course, as there is always room for dessert, the have this huge area for desserts! It houses various sweet treats, such as: fresh fruits, mousses and tarts, cakes, Filipino favorites like halo-halo and kakanin, and their gelato station! 128525 I had Biscotini and Strawberry Yogurt. YUMMY!

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The service was great! Despite the influx of people, and their busyness due to the season, they were all smiles as they served food, bussed out plates, refilled our water, and assist the guests in any way they can. Two thumbs up for the staff of Cafe Ilang Ilang! 128077128077

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Cafe Ilang Ilang is fully carpeted, and has a homey feel to it. The scattered stations make it less overwhelming for the diners, as they can visit one station at a time. There are plenty of long tables, perfect for big gatherings.

What a great way to celebrate Christmas Eve! Now I understand why people love to visit this buffet restaurant for all types of occasions. The vast selection of food from all over the world, warm and genuine smiles from the staff, and the warm ambiance makes it one of the best hotel buffets I've visited to date. 128156

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Liezzy M.
5.0 Stars

excellent service and food

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Jenn T.
5.0 Stars

We have always been fans of Cafe Ilang Ilang and have celebrated many occasions here.

Food-wise, highlight is always the amazing and expansive Japanese selection and the meat from the grilling station.

The ambiance is also one of the reasons we keep coming back here. The tables are laid out nice that even if it's crowded, you don't feel it. There's also an old world charm to it that's not in the more modern hotel buffets. The staff are attentive and caring. 10084

It will remain one of our favorite hotel buffets in the metro!

P.S. Please bring back the mango sago dessert! 128516

127909 Video clip of our visit is at www.instagram.com/eatsinmnl

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AlwaysHungryPh P.
5.0 Stars
10

It was a birthday celebration far far away from where I stay. Good thing it wasn’t traffic on a Monday night. In my mind it was a restaurant with old interiors/ambiance to match the hotel. I was surprised how modern and elegant it was.

Cafe Cafe Ilang features different cuisines separated in stations. It was weird though that they only a few Filipino dishes. It was seemingly patterned with Spirals. Their regular price for buffet is Php 2450. We had a BDO promotion at 40% discount. At full price it was still worth it.

Am rating them 4.5 relative to other buffets. For one, I rated them high for selections they have that I haven’t seen or normally not offered by others. They have wild boar, lamb, premium coffee (5 kinds to choose from) and Italian Gelato (8 kinds! Can you believe it? Must have is the Ferrero). I was also impressed with their own brick oven pizza. They make it fresh in front of you.

In a large selection like they have, surely there are hits and misses. On random sampling, I like most what I had. The best was their Lamb Curry. It was so tender and spiced really well. It was the only dish I came back for another serving.

Another reason for a 4.5 was their hands on, personalized service. The wait staff build rapport well with the rest of us. Friendly with respect too.

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Michelle T.
5.0 Stars
9

All food from main course to dessert are deluctable and have good presentation. The price of this buffet is worth it. The staff are very attentive and polite.

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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!
 
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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!
 
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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.
 
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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🏻

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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.
 
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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.

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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.

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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🏻

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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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