Escolta

G/F The Peninsula Manila, Makati Ave. cor. Ayala Ave., Makati, Metro Manila

Escolta
4.2
4.0 Stars

46 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 17
  • 4 stars 22
  • 3 stars 6
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 51 Reviews
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Category:
International
Business Hours
Open: 6:00a - 11:00p
Phone
+6328872888

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 6:00a - 3:00p
  • Monday
    • 6:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 6:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 6:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 6:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 6:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 6:00a - 11:00p

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Most Recent Reviews

Bella J.
5.0 Stars
10

Stayed at The Peninsula Manila over the weekend for a much-needed staycation with my family. Our accommodations came with a free buffet breakfast for two adults and two children per room, which we got to enjoy Sunday morning.

The Peninsula’s buffet dining happens at Escolta, which has been the setting for many of our family celebrations. I like seeing the staff members we already know since I get to ask about their work and what’s up with them since the last time I saw them. We found out that one’s retiring in two weeks after 30+ years of service so it was really nice to see him one last time.

The great service at Escolta starts at the door. A staff member will escort you to your table and, provided that the place isn’t packed, you get to pick your table. Go for the ones toward the back of the restaurant since I find it more intimate and you won’t get distracted by the people walking to and from Escolta and those roaming around the buffet.

Upon being seated, our server asked us if we wanted tea or coffee. For tea, Escolta provides tea from TWG, which comes in the usual set of options (earl grey, English breakfast, chamomile, etc.). When it comes to coffee, you have the option of going for black or having a cappuccino, mocha, whatever it is that suits your taste.

The buffet breakfast is smaller in size compared to the lunch or dinner buffets of Escolta, which is pretty understandable. But no worries since all your breakfast staples are there. I divided the buffet into the following stations:

CHINESE AND FILIPINO – It’s where you’ll find the siopao (asado, chicken, and bola-bola), champorado (with tuyo!!!), beef tapa, daing na bangus, among other things. There was this thing called Chinese Doughnut which I got really curious about but I didn’t get to try since I was pretty stuffed by the time I remembered it.

JAPANESE – Yep, there was a small selection of sushi rolls available: crab stick, edamame, nato beans, and vegetable roll. If you’re like my dad who devours sashimi even for breakfast, tuna and salmon sashimi are also available but you’ll have to ask for them.

BREAKFAST FAVORITES – There were four kinds of cereals but I wasn’t able to ask what their names were. There was also salad, and oatmeal, complete with a selection of nuts and dried fruit you can mix in it. For those who like to eat healthy, there was live yogurt provided as well as some granola.

Then, of course, you have the meaty breakfast favorites such as the bacon, ham, etc.

For those who think pancakes, waffles, and French toast are a must for breakfast, you’ll find them in the breakfast buffet too! There was a variety of sauces and jam to go with them.

EGG STATION – Aside from scrambled eggs, you can request for an omelette as well. The choices available were ham and cheese, mushroom, and mixed vegetables. There was also a broccoli and onion quiche available

BAKED GOODS – Basically made up of breads and other sweets. Some of the choices available are muffins, pain au chocolat, doughnuts, chocolate twist, and ensaymada

MEATS AND CHEESES

DESSERT – Don’t expect to see cakes or whatever during the breakfast buffet. Basically what they had was ice cream and fruits such as watermelon, pineapple, grapes, mango, etc. I figured it’s the case since a good chunk of the buffet was sweet already.

JUICES – Drinks are part of the breakfast buffet! The following juices were available: orange, pineapple, mango, cranberry, dalandan, and carrot-ginger. They also had fresh buko served whole and not just the juice!

What stood out to me most among everything I ate and drank were the following:

CHAMPORADO – THAT WAS GOOOOOOOOOOD 128523128523128523128523 Always has been a favorite of mine since childhood. Escolta’s champorado was cooked just right (rice wasn’t a soggy mess) and it wasn’t too sweet. Paired with the tuyo, it was awesome

BAGUETTE FRENCH TOAST – They were surprisingly really light and fluffy. The small size guaranteed that you won’t feel stuffed right away

BANANA PANCAKE – Both regular and banana pancakes were available but I preferred the banana ones much more. Tastier!

HAM AND EGGS BENEDICT – I will always be a sucker for good eggs benedict. Escolta’s was so yummy that I went for more than one serving. They’re made to order but it’s just a short wait so no worries!

TAHO - Another absolute favorite of mine, you get to make your own bowl of taho so you get to judge how much syrup and sago goes into your serving.

RECHARGE – There was this drink that was served in shot glasses. Basically a blend of banana, pineapple, and orange (if I’m not mistaken). Really good! My dad drank five of those. I was wondering why they were served in shot glasses tho.

If you’re planning to drop by Escolta to try out its breakfast buffet, it starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m. The buffet is priced at Php1,596!

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Bella J.
5.0 Stars
10

Had our family's double graduation celebration here two weekends ago. I was pretty hesitant at first since we already had an experience where we dined here on a regular day (by regular, I mean it's not a national holiday nor is it one of those Hallmark holidays) and the selection felt really flat to me. Like I wasn't getting my money's worth.

Really happy that Escolta proved me wrong. And they made my day because there was curacha 128557 I could eat plate after plate of this!!! The last time we ate here, it was absent from the buffet so I was really happy to see it. I usually have it sautéed in garlic butter for additional flavor

Escolta generally has a wide selection but not to the Spiral-level of being so overwhelming. Rarely does Escolta disappoint me with the variety of desserts, which is actually the first thing I notice when I enter a buffet. Escolta has something for everybody, whether it's chocolate or cookies or even kakanin.

I always, always get the cheesecake if it's part of the selection. Super creamy and with the right tartness. Since we were celebrating a double graduation, we got to bring home a full cheesecake with a message of congratulations on top 128522

As for the other dishes, the Salmon Eggs Benedict was one of my favorites, as well as the different salads available. They usually serve ones that have quinoa in them, which is always a plus in my book.

The Mashed Potatoes were creamy and actually pretty light... which was why I kept going back for more 128518 I was also surprised that they served red wine. Though I wasn't able to ask if it was part of the buffet or if my dad had a red wine coupon in that little white booklet of Peninsula Manila goodness that he got when he availed of the membership card.

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Liezzy M.
5.0 Stars
4

loved their breakfast choices 128523

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Bella J.
3.0 Stars
5

Had dinner last night at Escolta for my mom's late birthday celebration. Escolta is one of my favorite buffets but sadly, I was pretty disappointed with last night's experience.

Maybe because it was just a "regular" weekend. It wasn't non-working holiday. It wasn't a Hallmark-declared holiday either. But the choices were pretty limited. No curacha for me. 128557128557128557 I only had one round of desserts too. Usually go for at least three to five.

Considering we pay the same amount whether or not there's an occasion whenever we dine in Escolta, I found it pretty unfair. But I guess that's how it is at hotel buffets to save costs? 128529

Tho the servers cleared our tables and served drinks whenever we asked promptly, it took so long for the food at the stations to be refilled. At reached a point that my dad complained about the lack of food and barely ate any of the desserts he was waiting for. Nawalan na ng gana kakahintay.

On the bright side, I enjoyed the kilawin na lapu lapu, the smores brownie, and this seafood medley whose name I wasn't able to remember. What little crabs they have had a lot of meat and when sautéed with garlic butter, they were really good 🙂

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Cel C.
5.0 Stars
2

I've missed their breakfast buffet so I brought my balikbayan bf here late last April. Forgot to send my review then. 128513

Went at 7am on a Wednesday morning, a lot of vacant parking slot. Not too many diners and most were foreigners. We were greeted by the servers and they brought us our choice drinks. Coffee for me and brewed tea for bf. They serve tea in a small teapot. My coffee turns cold right away though, so better drink it right away. We chose mostly pinoy brekky ulam and fried rice and some fruits for dessert. I was looking for the corned beef coz I remember several years ago, I loved their corned beef. But there wasn't any. 128530

I love the bacon and danggit! Fluffy scrambled eggs. So busog. There are so many choices at the buffet you'd have a hard time choosing. Bacon all you want is kinda worth the price already (P1,200). 128539

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Mye D.
4.0 Stars
4

Breakfast Buffet spread at Manila Peninsula's Escolta is quite extensive. There's something for everyone depending on breakfast preferences. Cofee, tea and fruit juices are included.

I enjoyed the experience though I can't say it's the best I've tried 128522 I liked that the ice cream station is available during breakfast. Perfect for summer heat127846127774

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Dominic D.
4.0 Stars

Hotels are wonderful places.
Hotel food, well, that's another story.

Sometimes, or well most of the time, they're pretty good.
Luckily for the last couple of visits in Escolta and having tried their Saturday or Sunday lunch fare, I have to say I'm satisfied.

Their salmon sashimi and sushi was excellent - fresh and soft (sorry was too busy eating to take pictures of that).
Their western fare - burgers with slaw toppings, vegetable lasagna, and pizzas were okay, but I can say their cold cuts and cheeses made up for them immensely.

Though their selection might be a bit simpler compared to other hotels and even buffet restaurants, what continues to amaze me is the clientele that patronize the establishment - ex-mayors, businessmen, and expats.

And it might probably because of the excellent service - the instant refilling of your water glass or teapot, the folding of your napkins, and even arranging or replacing your dirty utensils - the finer things that some may have miss, or for some, would want to experience.

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Denise R.
5.0 Stars

One of the things I look forward to when I stay at the Pen is the breakfast buffet in Escolta.

Endless choices of bread, fruit juice, various breakfast items from typical (eggs, waffle, bacon) to not-your-usual-morning meals (ice cream for breakfast, why not?128522) await you. They also have diverse choices of cuisine, from Filipino to Western, Japanese, Chinese, etc.

Fun fact: it is here in Escolta that I had a taste vegemite for the first time. And I must say it was disgusting (sorry, Vegemite fans 128513)

Plus the ambiance is very relaxing and pleasing--depending on where you're seated, you may get to have a view of their pool under the bright morning sun. Plus service is consistently warm and pleasant, as usual.

Would love to come back 128522

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Aldwin D.
4.0 Stars

Love this place. Not too many choice but the selection was very good. Should i say lean ang mean 128541

Well twas a bday advance bday treat for me.

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Kristin A.
5.0 Stars

One of the most memorable birthday dinners I've ever had.

I met up with a friend for dinner, who happened to know that Escolta was offering its buffet at half price for HSBC cardholders. Since I've always loved variety, i jumped at the chance (good thing I had my payroll debit card or we'd have been doomed 128557)

Selections were really good: smoked salmon AND lox, grilled veggie salad with feta, stuffed brisket for steak, mushroom ravioli - I am drooling here. So many different things to choose from, and yet not too overwhelming (I'm looking at you, Spiral).

Good thing we can take home the cake (a whole mini cake!) which I shared with the family. It was chocolate mousse 128525128523

Service is very good and waiters were so attentive.
Can't wait to come back.

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Pamela M.
5.0 Stars

Overnight stay at Peninsula before my tita's wedding so we had the chance to try their breakfast buffet at Escolta and it was oozingly good! Heaven in my mouth yeah!! 100841008410084️ The place was very Filipino-ish and not to grande but very homey and comfy at the same time.. 128513

They have a wide variety of food from rice, breads such as bagels, english muffins, donuts,juices, fruits, and whats really good about this experience is their ice cream they also have it and it was super fun!!! 128523128588🏻128077🏻

Definitely going back here when I get a chance!!! 128525

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Cali C.
5.0 Stars

Saturday seafood buffet in a cozy setting. Usually buffet restos are well lighted and busy with people, but not in Escolta. You still get the coziness of a hotel restaurant while enjoying an international spread of seafood, meat and desserts! I love frozen yoghurt and the one they have here is the best I ever had! Its so good we had it again at breakfast! So if you are looking for a buffet place that's not like a market place of people then this is the place for you. Service is the best as it is The Peninsula.

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Gerald T.
5.0 Stars

Pretty much the best breakfast buffet in the Metro! May famous ice cream pa!

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Nica O.
4.0 Stars

Love their desserts especially the matcha green tea ice cream and the chocolate pistachio cupcake 128525 We got a complementary cheesecake for our Tita's birthday 10024 Also, we were able to take home some pastries cos we asked for it hehehe 128540

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Anthony J.
5.0 Stars

This is a review of their Mothers' Day Lunch buffet. The buffet spread for the day was different than their usual fare. Lots of new dishes. A whole lechon was served. Turkey too. Special buffet for a special day.

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Tei A.
3.0 Stars

We celebrated our friend's birthday dinner here. Ambience is cozy, not that noisy. Their line up is mostly Asian food but with the addition if grilling station (lamb, beef, lapu-lapu). The meats were mostly kebab-style, they didnt have any carving stations (which I prefer). The meat were tough even though I asked fo"almost medium". I enjoyed their salmon sashimis, pork belly lechon, cheeses and cold cuts platter.

Service is fast, attentive and friendly.

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Allana J.
5.0 Stars

had breakfast with the fambam here
Idk what's with buffets and this family haha!
Service is really good! All the staffs are very kind! They serve American & Filipino breakfast! Their cappuccino's good! Also, they have this egg section where in the eggs are prepared just the way you like it! For me I had omelet with lots of onions hmmm 128523
They have dress code btw! Dad was wearing his jersey when we got there and was asked to change, bumalik pa tuloy siya sa room haha!
5 STARS FOR HEAVY BREAKFAST! 128147128147

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Carla M.
4.0 Stars

And we're back! Celebrated my mom's birthday with a buffet lunch at Escolta yesterday. 128523 They have a great selection of international and local dishes, from appetizers to desserts. It may not be as wide as other hotel buffets, but each of food they served was of good quality.

I started my meal with a serving of Caprese Salad with walnuts, and stir-fried mushrooms from the Asian station. Both were really good, I even went back for a second serving of salad (and added some macadamia nuts). Also tried some of their Greek Pasta Salad with fusilli noodles, cucumber, bell pepper and oil-based pesto dressing.

I was disappointed they didn't have Rib Eye Steak. 128542 We settled for grilled beef slices which were, at least, tender and well marinated. You can also have sliced pork or lamb meat grilled. I forgot what the other dishes were called but I remember trying out a dish with fish and salsa, beef in some sauce (I think it was red wine sauce), and roast beef from the cold cuts section. You can skip the pizza. It was cold and hard to chew. Same with their ham and cheese panini.

My parents tried the Tom Yum Soup and had a seafood pasta using spinach noodles made. They also ate some sushi and maki from the Japanese station. I don't eat anything raw so I didn't try this. 128517

For dessert, I had the Mango and coconut crumble with vanilla sauce. Too late when I realized I should have made it ala mode. I went back twice for the choco fondue with marshmallows and cookies. Haha! I also liked their selection of Pinoy rice cakes especially the biko with pandan and maja blanca. My sister had mango crepe topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallow and candy sprinkles. 128518 The guy assigned at the dessert station had to try thrice before he was able to successfully make a crepe. Hahaha naawa ako kay kuya. He was obviously getting frustrated na! 128514 Their ice cream was a bit disappointing though. I read that they serve good homemade ice cream so I was looking forward to it. But when I ordered, I saw the guy get a red tub from the freezer. Errr, I'm guessing it's Selecta? Limited flavors too- vanilla, chocolate, mango, strawberry and rocky road. 128557

Service was superb! They were attentive, courteous and warm. 128077 I also liked that the table layout wasn't so cramped and you get to enjoy some privacy without overhearing the customers on the next table. 128516

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Cheska S.
4.0 Stars

This buffet has limited selection but the service of the staff is just as good as that in Circles, better than in Spiral. I find that the staff in Spiral are less accommodating than those in Circles and Escolta although they are generally accommodating (just not as compared to Circles and Escolta).

Anyway, if you want a loy of food choices that you may not be too pleased with Escolta. Definitely there are more food choices in Circles and Spiral and other buffets. Nevertheless, food here tastes good and it's a great place to go to for quick buffets. Their breakfast buffet is their best, compared to lunch or dinner, followed by lunch and finally dinner. I seem to enjoy their breakfast and lunch spread more over dinner.

They have different themes/ cuisines per mealtime and day. I did not enjoy the Filipino Food and my favorite was the Japanese spread. I suggest that you call first in advance to know the scheduled food so that you'll know what you're getting into. So if I don't like the scheduled food cuisine I won't proceed with lunch/ dinner there. The themed cuisine only applies to dinner and lunch.

I love their breads, pastries and coffee. If I remember correctly, the drinks are not part of the buffet.

As mentioned in previous posts, I recommend being a Manila Pen Clum Member. I get 50% off everytime I dine here so I guess that discount also adds to my positive food experience. This is my go to place for when I feel like eating alot at any given day. 128522

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Carla M.
4.0 Stars

One thing I look forward to when staying in a hotel is their buffet breakfast. I actually prefer that over lunch/ dinner buffets. Our overnight stay came with two free breakfast buffets in Escolta. Mom's Manila Pen Card also entitled her to 50% discount on food, which she availed for me and my sister. Yay, thanks ze momma. 128522

I love Escolta's breakfast offerings! 128525 They have an extensive and tasteful buffet spread. We requested for coffee and hot chocolate first, then later on tried their juices. You can pick from apple, mango, pineapple or orange. They serve fresh coconut juice too! 127796 Our first stop was the Bread Station. You can choose from a variety of baked items like pandesal, muffins, scones, croissants, loaf bread, and the list goes on. They also have pizza and pancakes but these were served a lil late and I was too full to still try 'em. I settled for toasted pandesal and wheat bread. I also had a cheese-mushroom-tomato omelette made. It was huge but I finished it. Yikes. 128563 Of course, breakfast ain't complete without honeycured bacon. I also liked the smoked ham. Made me feel like it's Christmas all over again. 127877 I went back several times to the station where they serve healthy stuff like granolas, yogurt and vegan loaf to get walnuts and macadamias. I was munching on these while making rounds and thinking which food to get. 128514

My parents basically ate the same stuff that I got. They also tried the sausages and cold cuts which were just okay. Mom had a bowl of congee which she found kinda bland but I guess she liked it. She thinks it's healthy coz it was not salty. Kfine. 128527 My sister's "appetizer" was a bowl of Frosted Cereals with milk, followed by pandesal and butter. Since she loves Filipino food, she tried their danggit with garlic rice and added some grilled teriyaki chicken too. 128516

Other viands like longganisa and adobo were available in the Filipino Station. They even have champorado. 128523 You can enjoy sushi, sashimi and maki from the Japanese station, or have some assorted dimsum from the Chinese Station.

We ended our meal with fresh fruits and flavored water. 127816127817127821

I think we overate coz all of us skipped lunch and we were still stuffed until dinnertime. HAHAHA. Well, at least it was sulit. 128514

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