Food Exchange Manila

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

Food Exchange Manila
4.3
4.5 Stars

12 Reviewers

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Category:
International
Business Hours
Open 24 Hours

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Wi-Fi:
Free
Parking:
Parking Lot
Kids Menu:
Yes
Attire:
Smart Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Kiko G.
3.0 Stars
3

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
4

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.

P.S.
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
7

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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Chieo O.
5.0 Stars
7

Using my Accor Plus membership, we tried The Food Exchange's Breakfast Buffet upon our 2 night stay at Novotel Araneta Manila.....and true enough it was hefty enough for the cliche that goes " A Breakfast Fit for a King"

Aside from the wide variety of International selections, I was also amazed by the Local Cuisine it offered. There was the seasonal kakanin of Puto Bumbong and Bibingka made with a twist, and mind you there was even Taho wherein you could generously pour your own scoops of sweet arnibal and sago hehehe 128522

Kudos to The Food Exchange! Amazing to have experienced great cuisine at the heart of QC. 12852210084128077🏻127881 Nice interiors as well!10084128077🏻

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Jayne Marie W.
4.0 Stars

Experiencing a feast and special moment with our loved ones never fail to put smiles on our faces. Treat your friends, family, or that special someone.

The hotel being new was fun to stay in while the scorching heat was bearing down on Cubao. The lobby had comfortable couches to relax on while waiting for the table to be ready.

The restaurant was very modern looking which boasted of an assortment of couches, booths and chairs and tables for any number of diners. The modern look featured elevated chairs and tables which looked uncomfortable.

In my opinion, the staff needs a little bit more of training in being attentive to the needs of the diners.

Now on to the food. It was mostly great! The month featured Italian food which were flavorful fom pizza to pastas to cooked food. I suggest you try opera for dessert if you like wafers and sweetness in cakes, this one you should try.

Of course some of the food missed their mark but generally the food is a good reason to come back. The price is also very reasonable for an experience to eat at a hotel ambience. So why not give a try? 128522

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Serena M.
4.0 Stars
7

I liked it.

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An J.
4.0 Stars

Lunch Buffet at Novotel Hotel.There are many food to choose from in their buffet from Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Filipino cuisines.Their food is good.Their lunch buffet includes unlimited Ice Teas and Filipino desserts.For lunch, the lunch buffet is around P1000 plus per person.

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Michelle A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Jorraine V.
5.0 Stars

I celebrated my 18th birthday here with my friends and family (a total of 20 people) and I was so surprised with our bill! It was insanely cheap!! 1088 per person on a Thursday dinner and since Novotel opened just recently, they had a promo wherein kids below 12 y/o eats for free while 13-17 y/o pays half the price! Additionally, when you use your BDO credit card, you will have a 40% discount hehe
For the food, i don't know 128557 i havent eaten much because of my excitement hahahah but my parents told me that there were lobsters pizza etc. i've tasted some of their food and I still loved it tho really hehe except for their macarons display!!! i thought i could it eat but it was for display only 128557128557128557
Another thing is that their buffet area is separated from the dining area w/c is good for some intimacy
My friends were all teenagers and that made the place kind of noisy hahahaha and since there were only few people who were also eating, me and my friends decided to take pictures around the place and then our waiter told us that it was nicer if we would go to their Bar and Lounge (6th flr) and alas! It was cuter and more comfortable hehe thank u waiter! (However the DJ booth was still unfinished therefore there were some workers that night)

Also everyone was accommodating and very efficient kudos to the Novotel team 128588
Overall, i will be definitely be coming here very soon!!!

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Ray G.
5.0 Stars

Surprisingly popular. Their Caesar Salad and Dimsum set is filling, fresh and delicious. Haven't tried their buffet offerings but by the looks of it, it may be worth the try. One thing, though, be prepared for hotel prices.

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