Food Exchange Manila

Novotel Manila, General Aguinaldo Ave. cor. General McArthur Ave., Araneta Center, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Food Exchange Manila
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Earl M.
4.0 Stars

Bountiful and generous, these are probably the best words to describe the dining experience I had at Food Exchange. It caught me by surprise that the food selection was spaciously laid out, which added to the grandeur of the feast and how lightly paced the dining experience was. As anyone who’s ever dined in a buffet place that’s been designed like a tight lifeboat has felt, the feeling can be stressful and the pace can feel like you’re being rushed through a gauntlet. Thankfully, The Food Exchange’s layout was conceptualized properly.

The servers were attentive, although I was a bit disappointed that the cooks and chefs at the food stations were nowhere to be found, except one dude at the end-counter near the Indian food and bread stall who promptly greeted me with enthusiasm. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try the quality of their steak because there wasn’t anyone to cook it to well done. I waited a good 5 minutes, but no one was there to take my request. The night was relatively light, though, and there were maybe 8 or so groups dining by prime time, so maybe manpower was deployed at the back. In any case, despite this, the upside was there were few staff members ogling at diners’ plates, which can sometimes be awkward. And so thematically, I liked that the personal bubbles of diners were left intact, while we went about doing our thing (eating!)

Maybe it was unintentional, but out of all the buffet places I’ve dined in, The Food Exchange managed to produce a menu that’s the most appropriate for the keto diet. So keto people should really swing by and try the food here. Except for the short selection of cheeses (I hope they expand), there was a lot of fat and foliage (for potassium). I am not exaggerating when I say they had a lot of fat in a lot of dishes. Fat can really satiate and give that full feeling, which leaves diners satisfied with the dining experience.

I would consider the highlight of my dining experience to be this one particular dessert piece whose name I forgot. It looks like a stack of chocolate wafers, but it’s not. I’m not sure if it was called a Chocolate Carnival Cake, I promised myself I’d remember, but I forgot 30 minutes right after because I was already thinking about the full writeup of the experience. In any case, I took a few pictures. That cake was subtly sweet and the cacao bitterness was perfect to the palate. It was also great that it had a marshmallowy texture that felt like soft pillows in the mouth. So it’s definitely something I hope they keep the formula of because it’s a great dessert piece.

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FoodventuresByFrapao T.
4.0 Stars

Food Exchange Manila's buffet is not that big like other hotel buffets have but they have wide variety of food you can choose from.

They have the usual salad station, Japanese station, Chinese station, American dishes, Filipino dishes, carving station, desserts station and cheese station. They also have an Indian dishes section which I find it interesting because not all buffet offers Indian food and I too haven't eaten Indian dishes yet.

By the way, they now offer Holiday Buffet. It's like a Christmas Feast full of 'Christmasy spread'.
The Noche Buena feast starts from 6pm to 9pm which includes special lechon cooked in white wine, cranberry glazed ham, Canadian style her crusted prime rib and herb stuffed roasted turkey for only P2588 while their Christmas buffet starts from 11pm to 1am for only P1988.

If you want some quality buffet that is not that priced as high as others, consider dining here at Food Exchange. I'm very satisfied with my dining experience here.

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Jellybeans i.
5.0 Stars

Yes, the holiday season is definitely upon us. Throughout the metro, families are planning their Christmas merriments and get-togethers.

Why not have your holiday feast with family and friends at the Novotel’s Food Exchange Manila?

Food Exchange is the hotel’s premiere buffet restaurant, a culinary theater where talented and renowned chefs demonstrate their skills in frenetic activities across six bountiful and interactive cooking stations: Japanese, Chinese, Indian, grill, international favorites and desserts.

You and your near-and-dears will find many to love and enjoy at Food Exchange, especially during the Christmas season, such as:

One: Its Christmas Carnival theme.

Christmas is all about fun and festivities, and nothing embodies those holiday moods better than a Christmas Carnival. Check out the fun decor that will surely get you in a festive mood.

Two: Its Holiday Cooler.

Specifically for the season, a new non-alcoholic (thank heavens!) mocktail was crafted by the hotel’s mixologists. Dubbed the Holiday Cooler, it is a refreshing mix of fruity and candy flavors. For me, it’s a glass of pure holiday joy.

Three: Its Holiday Buffets

Its Noche Buena Feast on December 24, which starts from 6pm to 9pm, includes Novotel’s special lechon cooked with white wine, Cranberry Glazed Ham, Canadian Style Herb Crusted Prime Rib and Herb Stuffed Roasted Turkey for only Php2,588++ per adult. Food Exchange’s Midnight Christmas Buffet, which starts from 11pm to 1am, is available for only Php1,988++ per adult, while Christmas Day Lunch, which starts from 12 noon to 3pm, is available for only Php2,588++ per adult.

Four: It’s gift kiosk.

At a loss as to what to give your loved ones for Christmas? Check out the kiosk near the restaurant’s entrance which offers specially made Christmas goodies and hampers.

Choose from among its sweet treats: Novotel Chocolate Crinkles at Php50/pc, Chocolate Chip Cookies at Php60/pc, Ham Ensaymada at Php90/pc, Cinnamon Roll at Php100/pc, Food for the Gods at Php120/pc, Pannetone at Php200/pc, Banana Chocolate Spice Cake at Php650/loaf and Stollen at Php750/loaf.

You can also opt for a hamper of holiday goodies at Php2,990/box which contains: Candidato Compranillo Red Wine, 160g Manchego Cheese, 100g sliced Jamon Serrano, 100g sliced Noco Jamones Salchichon, Nanay Luisa’s Queso de Bola Spread, 125g Iberian Pork Liver Pate, 150g Knackebrot Crackers, 120g Green Olives with Chili and Novotel Christmas Crinkles.

Novotel’s Food Exchange Manila makes it easier for you to enjoy fun and festivities with family and friends.

Food Exchange Manila is located at Novotel Manila Araneta Center, General Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. For reservations, call +63 2 990 7888.

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Jaja R.
4.0 Stars

Enjoyed the International breakfast buffet spread here. Thou mostly are in the meat section you can still enjoy the varied food choices available.

I was here for a meeting so I get to eat for free too! Yey!

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Aileen L.
5.0 Stars

A kaleidoscope of colors and a vibrant setting awaits you here at Food Exchange Manila at Novotel Araneta Center. They offer breakfast , lunch and dinner .

Had our breakfast buffet here 🍽 last November 20,2017 after we watch a game at Smart Araneta Coliseum. They have 6 overflowing and interactive cooking stations ; Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Grill, International favourites and desserts .

For me I like their buffet , not as big as Spiral but the food that you want was there . Good selection of food to offer at their guests 128077

The bright modern decor gives beauty to the restaurant. Breakfast buffet starts at 6:30am to 10:30am. Price is very affordable , less than 1k128077

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Jayson J.
4.0 Stars

My RENTS always taught me how to be SWOL not only at work, but also when it comes to eating. With that, there’s always a reason to visit the food exchange since they keep in adding something new to their list. Novotel brings in the GUCCI in their selection this Christmas

What i liked most is over at their rotisserie where you can find LIT ham and turkey!
Other stuff are for you to find out, but Christina R and i just discovered their cheese selection beside the Indian section.

When in a buffet, try out LOWKEY foods that you haven’t even tried before (for me Indian).

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Herl C.
5.0 Stars

Team dinner with the boss is always a better idea. So when she decided to invite me to have a dinner along with the team, I couldn't refused. Actually, this is my first time to try Novotel's buffet since I just learned this just months ago. Good thing that I was able to experience their food before I bring my family here.

The Food Exchange Manila is the buffet of Novotel Manila Araneta Center that is located in a prime location in Cubao, Quezon City. It is just located in the ground floor area of the building. 

Expect a classy ambiance with touch of Filipino vibe inside the restaurant. The interior design is posh and elegant just like other top-notch buffet diners in Manila. The tables and chairs are neatly arranged with hint of minimal designs. The lighting inside the dining rooms create a romantic scene, perfect for intimate gatherings. It was hard to talk loud that we might diturb mother guests.

On the buffet stations, everything is neatly arranged. I never got lost with how the food is arranged because they group them according to type of dish. Their food is always hot and presented in a classy way.

Unlike other buffet restaurants, this one is a bit smaller but offers a lot of food which 
depends on each cravings. They have different stations like the Cheese and Carving, Indian, Filipino Dishes, Chinese, Pizza and Bread, Fresh Salad, Mediterranean, Japanese, Wine and Juices, and Desserts. I tried almost all of the dishes but here’s what I loved:

🥗Fresh Salad
For appetizers, I tried their veggie salad with balsamic vinegrette. Good thing that they were not soggy plus almost all of the ingredients were organic as they claimed. I couldn’t say no with the greens. You can choose from different choices of dressing on the station.

127844Seafood Ginataan
Seafood will always be on top of my comfort food. That is why I love how they created this seafood ginataan like an authentic Filipino dish. It consists of squash, coconut milk, some spices, and of course the seafood (shrimp, crab meat, clams, squid, and fish). My taste buds were so happy with the flavorings and tenderness of the seafood meat.

127830Roast Beef
Medium rare. Tender meat. Distictive sauce. Do I need to say more? 

🦀Crab and Shrimp
Though I already tasted seafood ginataan, I grabbed the chance to eat another set of seafood! The crab and shrimp are just steamed but the real salty taste were still present. I got some pieces to satisfy my cravings!

🥄Puto Bumbong
This kakanin reminds me so much of Christmas season. I just loved how authentic the way they cooked it. It is sticky on tongue but super yummy.

These were my top favorites from all of the dishes that I’ve tried. I didn’t focused much on breads, pizza, and rice because I didn’t want to indulge too much carbs. 128556 Overall, I love their food in here as much as I love Niu by Vikings! 128149

PS127865Beer, Juice, and Shake are also included on the buffet.

The staff welcomed us with the smile. Since my officemate already reserved seats for us, the staff accompanied us to our spot. Overall, the service was best and indeed, they were accommodating to guests.

My experience was so relaxing and comfortable. Eating was not stressful because no need to cook or wait for longer lines. Kudos to Exchange Food Manila for their awesome buffet.

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5.0 Stars

#TeamKaladkarin was invited by Novotel Manila's staff to join the Grand Launch of Asian Street Food Festival in their buffet restaurant called Food Exchange Manila. The event was hosted by Novotel top executives and known chef headed by Chef Sau Del Rosario.

Asian Street Food Festival will be featured until September 3, 2017. Satisfying your craving from any of your favorite street food across the Asian countries. They have wide selections of Asian cuisine from Malay, Singaporean, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Korean and of course Pinoy dishes.

Some of the street food I like: Kwek-kwek, Squidballs, Babaji from Indian section, Crabstick and Balls from Chinese section and Sorbetes.

Varieties of Asian dishes in different section of the buffet house but the Indian and Pinoy food really stand out. Kare-kare, Sisig Rice and Indian Curry for the win! Ang sarap!

Overall, I enjoy the launched of Asian Street Food Festival.

By the way, credit to the staff who's providing assistance to our table.

#ilovetoeatph 12851510084

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Dennis O.
4.0 Stars

Today is the last day of Novotel Kanyaman Festive buffet. This buffet highlight Kapampangan dishes by the ever popular Chef Sau Del Rosario.

In buffet the last thing I always try out is the filipino section due to the commonest of the dishes. So this was a great idea by Novotel to highlight one of the best filipino cuisine. The kapampangan dishes. I love how Chef sai recreated some of the dishes like the Tamales. It was amazingly unique and good. While he made the kare-kare step into a new level of goodness. The flavor was top notch. I also love the kinilaw na tanigue. A bit unique this one got a more creamy mayo texture to it. Some of the other filipino dishes that I really enjoyed are the Beef Salpicao, Lamb Shank Kaldereta.

Aside from the filipino dishes Food Exchange got the usual japanese sashimi section, chinese dimsum section, grill/pasta station and indian section. I love the indian sections Naan especially while it is hot. The rose yogurt indian drink was also yummy. The seafood crab and shrimp section was also one of the most sulit part.128076

The dessert here are amazingly good. Each pastry I grab was perfectly delicious. Special mention to that praline cake. That was so good. Icecream here are also a specialty of them so better reserve some room for dessert.

Overall I love the concept of FoodExchange of bringing some well known chef to highlight a certain cuisine and excited for the next chef to be on the spotlight. For the price of their buffet sulit na sulit. Pandan iced tea palang panalo na haha..128513

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Russel F.
5.0 Stars

If I were to name a hotel that I’d really love to check out, that would be Novotel. Novotel, being affiliated to Accor Hotels - a French multinational hotel group, is one of the newest and the ideal place to spend time with the family! Novotel is perfect for lazy persons like me - the place is pretty laid-back, chill, hip, and has some fashionable statements when it comes to the vibe it brings.

Team Kaladkarin was privileged to be invited at one of the hotel’s special events featuring notable Kapampangan specialties by the one and only Chef Sau del Rosario altogether with international cuisines called Kanyaman Filipino Food Festival at the Food Exchange Manila. The food festival is on a buffet setting serving lunch and dinner for the food lovers!

We’re able to talk with their marketing manager, Angela, and she gave us some insights about the festival, some little info about Novotel, and even introduced us to her favorite dishes from the Indian section. We're able to try almost everything and listed below are the memorable ones for me.

House-blend Pandan Iced Tea - A truly refreshing drink. It was dubbed as if you’re drinking sago’t gulaman but without the sago’t gulaman themselves. Everyone went crazy with this!

Japanese Section - I know I should be listing down the dishes one by one because they serve salmon and tuna sashimi, some makis, sushi, and squid; but this whole section of Japanese specialties is like a total package that deserves the 5-star rating alone. I love sashimi so much, and it’s definitely the only reason why I keep on coming back to this section. And the makis are all good too!

Sisig Paella - Okay this one’s hard not to try! I know that I should resist myself from getting rice so I could eat more, but no, this deserves the space in your tummy! Crispy and flavorful sisig on top of the paella rice! A big yes!!!

Roast Beef - This one’s just right! Gotta love the almost medium doneness of the meat!

Grilled Salmon - I love salmon! It's my second favorite after chicken! Grilled just right and pairing it with the cheese sauce on the side is one of the best feelings I had in years aside from eating chicken…. and falling in love!

Indian Section - I’ve already tried Naan and Tikka at an Indian popup store in Malingap marketplace, but I’ve never tried some of their desserts and salad, and other dishes. And I was happy that they featured it here 'cause I was able to try more of their dishes like the mixed pickles in different varieties of spices which is pretty interesting! I've also had the Indian salad which features some greens and yoghurt in one plate which is also a good find here! Also some Indian sweets like which may taste pretty odd for first timers but are all really good! Angela brought us some Cheese Naan and oh boy, it's just really good! Nagkagulo talaga kami dito!

Kare-Kare Macadamia - I love kare-kare and I was indulged by my dad who cooks this dish for the longest time the way we love it! His family originated from Tarlac and most of them are Kapampangans, and I, honestly ignored this when I saw it on the counter during the “first round” to try some other unique dishes! Little did I know that I was in for a treat when I tried a small portion and boy, it's heavenly good! Meat was tender, and the sauce was really flavorful and creamy! I like it when the sauce was thick because it could mean that it has more peanuts which I really like! I admit that I came back numerous times for this and no guilt feelings! Sorry dad, mukhang may aagaw na ng #1 Kare-kare mo! Hahaha.

Lamb Shank Kaldereta - Another good dish that you shouldn't miss! Lamb is so tender and the sauce is just sooo good! Although I still prefer Kaldereta with chicken meat, and the sauce a little spicier; this one's still a good hit for me!

Beef Salpicao - I really love beef salpicao and you can rarely find a good one around here! We even barely had this at home because it’s quite hard to cook especially when preparing the beef. I mean, we’d rather have beef in other dishes but not in this one, and I don’t know why. So, moving back to the dish itself; the total highlight for me was the sauce aside from the meat being so tender, and having mushrooms in it. I really like the sharp garlicky flavor of the sauce and that’s a plus for me.

Sweet Endings aka Desserts - wide spread of sweets ranging from traditional Filipino kakanins, ice cream, cookies, pastries like brazo de Mercedes and cakes, crepe, and a lot more. I just went for the ice cream and made some experimentation by adding some mixins on top with chocolate and butterscotch sauce. Good to cap the night with some sinful goodies!

You could also find some other cuisines and dishes here like Chinese (noodles, fried mantao, etc), pizzas, salad, seafood, Kapampangan and Filipino dishes, and a lot more. Feel free to bring your kids here because they’ll surely love the place and the food as much as we do! There’s a lot more to see and try here, actually!

The setup of the place was separated from the hotel, and it’s pretty cozy yet very hip and chill!

Kanyaman festival is extended until 30th of June, so be sure to check this out before it’s over! But I always believe that it ain’t over ‘till it’s over! AHA!

Good times Jayson J Elaine O Dennis O Kristin A Christina R Angela Marie C Josh G!!!

Special thanks to NOVOTEL for the invite!!! 128525128525128525

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Angela Marie C.
5.0 Stars

Team K got invited again for another eat-up in no less than Novotel Manila, and it just so happened that it was also my last day before flying back to Cebu so I went for it. I was so happy to be able to join them again, especially as Food Exchange was having a special promotion for Independence Day season. The Kanyaman Filipino Food Festival features local heritage recipes from celebrity chef Sau Del Rosario. He brings to the table some of the most delectable Filipino dishes passed on by his family, and definitely loved by all. This is essentially also the reason why we got invited, it’s because of this limited time offer until tomorrow, June 30, 2017. 128571
Food Exchange is the all-day dining coffee shop of Novotel Manila. They have buffet services for breakfast, lunch and dinner and ala carte as well. They house international cuisine including Indian, Japanese, Italian, and of course, Filipino. When we arrived, we were met by our gracious host from the hotel’s Digital Marketing Team, Ms Angela and Sir Russel. (These names were easy to remember because they had tukayos in Team Kaladkarin. 128569)

The highlighted cuisine during our visit was obviously Filipino, specifically Kapampangan. My mom’s Kapampangan. Growing up in a Kapampangan household means being surrounded by very good food. Their way of cooking is very hearty and very flavorful. They veer away from using artificial flavorings and use natural ingredients that are packed with so much tastes. The smell of food is also very important to them. I think my love for food has always been the Kapampangan in me, and here I was enjoying the best ones from Chef Sau! It was such an amazing experience! 128571

These were my favorites from this wonderful feature:

1.) Beef Salpicao
When I opened the pot, I got a whiff of the familiar smell of Salpicao, a lot like the one my mom makes at home. Omeged, and the taste also reminded me of how I enjoyed this dish fresh from my mom’s kitchen. It was the saucy type of salpicao which I absolutely love! There was saltiness of the Worcestershire sauce and a tinge of sweetness, and went so well with the added mushrooms on the dish. It was really great! 128571

2.) Kare Kare Macademia
Omeged, this was so delicious! I have never had Kare Kare as flavorful as this! The sauce was amazing! It was peanut-y, creamy, slightly sweet and very well balanced. The meat was so tender and I loved that the veggies were still very crunchy. the Bagoong that came with it did not overpower the dish, but enhanced it rather. It was so so so gooooood!!! 128571

3.) Roasted Pork Belly with Cheese; Roasted Pork Belly with Mangoes and Chocolate
Both really really good takes on the pork belly live carving! I’m an absolute cheese lover, so you’ll never go wrong with feeding me food with cheese. The other one was really good too, on the sweeter side but still vey savory. 128568

4.) Sisig Paella
Jusme napakasarap! I wanted to have so much more of this but there was a lot more food to try. I particularly loved that the sisig itself was very flavorful already, but the paella rice that came with it just made this dish explode. Amazing! 128571

5.) Turon
Chef Sau’s take on this well loved street food is that it has banana, langka and leche flan inside. Omeged, just take my money, you had me at leche flan in the turon! Mind you, they also serve his version of Leche Flan and it’s the kind that’s thick, rich and creamy. Jusko kalamiii!!! And put it in a turon and my life is officially complete! 128571

There were some highlight dishes from their international buffet too, that need to be recognized too!

1.) Cheese Naan
Ms Angela personally sent a freshly made order of this to our table and it was great! The texture of the naan was spot on and the sauces that came with it was really delicious! Food Exchange is definitely proud of their Indian dishes as they have an Indian chef, and his station is actually one of the favorites of the hotel’s patrons. 128568

2.) Freshly Cooked Seafood
They had all sorts of live stations and you can have fresh seafood cooked to your liking. The shrimps were plump and juicy, sweet and you could definitely tell they’re fresh. The sauce was also very delicious! 128568

3.) Assorted sashimi and makes
How can you go wrong with Japanese food? They were both very fresh and very well made. Absolutely worth the try when you’re visiting the buffet restaurant! 128571

4.) Pasta Station
Trust me, get the pasta for the day. Their recommendation is always the best. When we came, the pasta of the day was Linguine Con Porcini e Tartufo Bianco. It’s a truffle and mushroom cream pasta with white wine. Absolutely delicious too! 128568

5.) Ice Cream
They only have 4 flavors, but their ice cream on the buffet also comes from their popular (and may I say trending) ice cream shop in their lobby. Super sarap! 128571

6.) Ice Tea Buffet
You must try all of their ice tea concoctions! Their signature pandan iced tea was so good! But I kept on coming back for the calamansi one. Though I found the passion fruit iced tea too sweet, it was still really really good! 128571

It was definitely an amazing night! I enjoyed the food and the ambiance and also the good company! It’s always fun being with the team! Till the next eatup! 128568 Jayson J. Christina R. Russel F. Kristin A. Elaine O. Dennis O. Josh G.


***Note: This was a sponsored event of Novotel for Team Kaladkarin.

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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars

Have you tried novotel's buffet? If not, visit novotel now and experience good food choices. I guarantee you, food choices are good.

I advise you visit as soon as possible before june 30, because the kapangpangan fest by chef sau del rosario will end by that time. Experience the best kapangpangan dishes with a twist! Lamb shank kaldereta, sisig paella, and karekare with macadamia nuts were my top favorites! So good i was not able to take photos!!!

But of course, the main stay buffet is commendable. I personally like their salads--- say what?! Yes. Their salads are guaranteed fresh because novotel grow their own and delivers it fresh to the kitchen. I myself experienced the freshness of their salads. Very crunchy! I also commend how they conserve the food as they are really minimizing their wastage by converting all the "underdesigned" goods to be part of the bar served as cocktails and stuff. Ingenious right?

Their Japanese selection is my next favorite. Their maki are all flavored well. The sashimi are fresh. Salmon sashimi tastes neat!

I like the rose lassi (yoghurt drink) from the Indian cuisine.

Tip for the pasta-- get a bowl and fill it up with the ingredients that you want to include in your pasta. Then give it to the chef in charge, tell him your pasta and sauce preference.

One highlight is their novotel pandan ice tea!! This is a must!

On their desserts, of course, their homemade ice cream is a must try! They only serve four flavors at a time compared to their separate ice cream shop by the lobby.

I myself was amazed by how novotel do their buffet food choices. This is comparable to other five stars hotel-- only more affordable.

PhP1600 for weekdays
PhP1900 for weekends

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Kristin A.
4.0 Stars

A week ago, I was fortunate to be invited with Team Kaladkarin to experience the Kanyaman Food Festival featuring the dishes of Chef Sau del Rosario. It was a rare chance for me to be relatively free that night, that not even the sudden rainstorm and accompanying traffic deterred me from heading north to Cubao.

It seems that in most buffet spreads, the Filipino dishes tend to be overlooked because we'd usually have these at home. In this limited run, the typical Kapampangan favorites were given a special twist, and it was successful. Among the dishes I got to try, the Sisig Paella 128055 and Kare Kare Macadamia 128046 stood out - they were both unique and familiar, a touch better than what you'd normally have and that makes it worth getting in a buffet. I also had the Beef Salpicao 128004 which was also good despite the meat being a bit tough. I washed these down with calamansi iced tea 127865, one of the four featured iced drinks.

This being an international buffet, a variety of other cuisines are also featured, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Indian. There's also a pasta station, a grilling station and a selection of ham and cheese. We quite enjoyed the cheese naan and poori 🧀, especially when dipped in their sauces. I also opted for a freshly-made crepe 🥞 for dessert, which I then topped with scoops of chocolate and vanilla ice cream 127846 (two of the four ice cream flavors in their dessert buffet) and chocolate and hazelnut sauce. Teaming that with Illy brewed coffee 9749️included in the dinner buffet package was such a treat. There's also an option to go for unlimited wine for an additional fee.

Overall the buffet spread was varied even if limited - it's not Spiral but there are enough selections to choose from. The Indian and Japanese stations definitely benefitted from their inhouse chefs, as these spreads were quite interesting.

The place itself was quite cozy - the dining area is a series of mini rooms, with a few tables enclosed by bead curtains for a bit of privacy. At least only those close to you can count the number of times you went back to the buffet spread. 128514

The Kanyaman festival is extended until tomorrow (June 30) but do look out for more festivals in the next months. Thank you to Angela and Novotel Manila Araneta Center for having us!

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Christina R.
4.0 Stars

The Kanyaman Filipino Food Festival is a Kapampangan buffet under the helm of their guest chef Sau Del Rosario. As Pampanga prides itself on its culinary heritage, with sisig being one of the most beloved dishes originating from the region, we were definitely excited to try what the kitchen had to offer.

The buffet is modest, not as fully loaded as what you can see in Niu or Sofitel. However there were definitely several dishes which stood out for me that had made our visit memorable.


Here's what I tried:

SISIG PAELLA. I came in with the platter full. You know. No need to panic. Talked for awhile with Russel F and the Manager Angela, walked around and saw that less than half of the bilao was left. I hurriedly got myself a serving of it. This was a winner. Would've loved the sisig to be a tad more toasted, but loved it all the same. It's a meal on its own. Sili na lang kulang.

LAMB SHANK CALDERETA. I love anything lamb. Lamb shank was tender, loved it with the tangy tomato sauce.

KARE KARE MACADAMIA. Boneless pork belly, peanut butter, macadamia, coconut cream, truffle oil. What more can I say here? Drool. Sauce was thick, which I liked. Yes, I tasted a hint of the macadamia. Ingenious.

BEEF SALPICAO. When you open the pot you get a whiff of the sauce. It's so intoxicating. It had portobello mushrooms too, and the sauce was fabulous. Sadly the meat I had was not tough. But I was very happy with the mushrooms and sauce on its own.

GRILLED SALMON. On banana leaf. Simple cooking which highlighted the freshness of a whole fillet of salmon. Perfect with a little soy sauce, calamansi and sili.

GUYABANO SORBET. Aw, man this was good. And I don't even eat guyabano. Should've eaten this in between dishes, it's a great palate cleanser. This is ice cream they serve in their scooping station in the lobby.

By request:

CHEESE NAAN. You can get freshly made naan from their awesome Indian chef manning his station. Or you can ask for a cheese naan. Hala, super sarap hot out of the tandoor, dipped in the curry sauce, mint chutney and some house made yogurt.

BUTTERED CRAB & PRAWNS. Was happy to know you could ask for this.


I wish I could've eaten more. I hope they can offer the special dishes ala carte in the future. I would come back for it.

I like that they have semi private rooms available, separating your group from the whole restaurant with colorful metal chain curtains.

I will mostly likely prefer taking an impromptu 4-hour road trip to Baguio than go to Quezon City, or any other part of Metro Manila outside of where I live. I mean, the traffic is just horrendous from Taguig. I haven't been to the Cubao area in the longest time but an invite for Team Kaladkarin from Novotel to try Food Exchange Manila was hard to pass up. Driving into Araneta Center and parking in the hotel, I was very happy to see how different the whole area is from my last visit. So many new beautiful buildings, the streets looked cleaner, the big dome got a facelift, plus it seemed less chaotic, both from pedestrian and vehicular traffic. I actually called the hotel to ask them if it was safe to walk from Novotel to Gateway as I was going to arrive early for dinner. And it was.

I must say, I certainly loved the parking of Novotel. It was spacious, did not feel cramped, and they had a good number of slots available. Elevators leading to the ground floor were also fast.

I am not a fan of buffets and I tend to just gravitate towards the steak and seafood section whenever I find myself in one. I also don't normally go out for Pinoy food. So I must say, I was very happy with this visit. Flavors we're so satisfying and comforting, very reminiscent of what our Lola's make for us. Drinks are also included in the buffet. Novotel is owned by the same French hotel group that owns Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

The Kanyaman runs until June 30.

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Travel Eat Pinas T.
4.0 Stars

June marks one of the most significant celebration in the Philippines, the Independence Day, and to commemorate the former Novotel Manila Araneta Center along with celebrity Chef Sau Del Rosario launched Kanyaman Filipino Food Festival at Food Exchange Manila.

Kanyaman Filipino Food Festival incorporates traditional Kapampangan cuisine made by Chef Sau Del Rosario. Chef Del Rosario is a proud local of Pampanga and is known for cooking traditional Kapampangan cuisine with an international twist. Most of his recipes are the dishes that his mother used to serve them when he was a child. He masters the art of cooking Kapampangan cuisine while discovering new flavors that he can blend to them whenever he travel to other countries.

Kanyaman Food Festival consists of famous Kapampangan appetizers such as Chicken Galentina, Tamales Pampanuena, Ensaladang Talong, Kinilaw na Tanigue, Tinapa Mousse and Steamed Vegetables with Buru.

Filipino comfort dishes turned into pizza is also attainable in the festival.

Kapampangan dishes with international twist like Beef Salpicao, Pork Pochero, Lamb Shank Kaldereta, Duck Adobo, Rellenong Bangus and Sisig Paella serves as the main course of the festival.

Kanyaman Filipino Food Festival is available from June 8 to 22, 2017. For the said Festival, buffet rate starts at Php 1,200 during weekdays and Php 1,600 on Friday and weekends.

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Kiko G.
3.0 Stars

The Food Exchange Manila is Novotel Manila Araneta Center's prime dining area. A buffet set up that's very similar to a food market offering different cuisines from all over the globe, including Indian cuisine.

The place is very spacious so hungry and wildly excited guests can move along smoothly. Minimalism in design and architecture plus the high ceiling makes this place look huge.

For such a huge venue, I think the choices are a bit few just comparing it to other hotels. Although there are a lot of cuisines, the choices at every station are quite a few. I was disappointed not to see tempura at the Japanese station but the their delicious Japanese rolls made up for it. I kept going back to the Indian station because the Shrimp tandoori, Biryani and Hummus were so delicious. The brick-oven pizza was also good but I only had one slice because it's too filling. I might not be able to sample the rest. I also enjoyed gobbling up some Filipino favorites.

I think sweet-tooth foodies will be disappointed with their dessert station. I did not find anything interesting except for the avocado ice cream. Instead, I went Spanish and ate a lot of churros for dessert.

Food is good but it's just that the choices are limited.

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April H.
4.0 Stars

Enjoyed my stay at Novotel. We had our overnight convention and I must say that their facilities were not just brand new but state of the art. Checking in was a breeze, food served throughout the convention was delicious, and the staff did bring their A-game in terms of service. I was told that the pool area was used for the swimsuit competition of the recent Miss Earth pageant, for good reason. It was fun hanging out there even if it was just for drinks.

As usual, we were looking forward to the buffet breakfast the next morning. Bright and early, we made our way to Food Exchange to try the fare. You will not run out of choices as they have ensured that everyone will have something to try at the buffet. The Filipino selection was huge-- aside from the usual tapa and tocino, bangus and dilis, they go a step further and offer bibingka and puto bumbong. Continental faves like bacon and sausage are served alongside with Asian breakfast staples like congee. Not to mention the foray into lunch in the form of sushi, curry, and papadums. Aside from the many pastries available, they also have different kinds of fruit juices (freshly squeezed) and shakes for the health conscious. They stepped up the healthy options even more. I loved the muesli/yogurt section-- hello ube muesli! 128149 not to mention my favorite taho!!!128525 the fiance loved the waffle and pancake section, as I'm sure the kids will too... Another part that impressed me was the condiments (I know it's weird to be impressed by that)-- they had like 8 kinds of ketchups and mustard available. Sriracha early in the morning? They have it!128077I thought this was a nice and unexpected touch.

The place itself felt open, flowing seamlessly into the lobby. The colors were pleasing without going overboard. Seats were super comfy and the staff were again helpful and polite. I can't think of any negatives overall. Would definitely consider staying at the hotel again.

Spiral will always be #1 but this place exceeded expectations!128515

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Vic M.
3.0 Stars

Maybe it's just me, I found the food rather underwhelming.

Service was good though.

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Sir Castro A.
5.0 Stars

This place is magnificent. Your stay will be perfect and all foods tasted like heaven.

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Wiljohn M.
4.0 Stars

Buffets in hotels usually cost an arm and a leg but no in the case of the Food Exchange Manila at the Novotel. The price only about half of the usual cost.

Choices are not as many but it is more tham enough to satisfy ones cravings. Besides the usual Filipino fare, Food Exchange has a number of international food stations which include American, Italian, Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Mongolian BBQ. I particularly liked the sushi and the smoked salmon with capers. I also enjoyed the Chinese Noodle soup which was cooked while I waited. For dessert I loved the passio fruit and the guyabano sorbet.

The place also has a relaxing ambience and strong internet so it won't come as a surprise if you choose to linger after your meal.

I am definitely raring for a return bout soon.

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