7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant: That Humble San Juan Buffet Joint
- 7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant
- 196 A. Mabini St. Addition Hills, San Juan City
- +63 2 5430325
- Monday:7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Tuesday:7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Wendsday:7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Thursday:7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Friday:7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Saturday:7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Sunday:7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
It is innate in the Filipino culture to celebrate anything on any day with food. This is probably why buffet restaurants have always been well-loved by Filipino customers. Needless to say, we were ecstatic when we got an invitation from 7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant in San Juan which seems to offer a great dining experience.
Claim to fame
7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant, a year-old, stand-alone restaurant located in the humble streets of San Juan, is the brainchild of the inspiring and world-renowned Chef Boy Logro. If, by any chance, you live under a rock and haven’t heard of him, look him up and see why we went to 7 Flavors with huge expectations. The name alone suggests an experience with stunning flavors as the name stands for the seven flavors you can experience with food—sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy, umami, and astringent.
Hold on, did we just say “astringent”?
Yep, we just did. And no, we’re not talking about skin regimen here. Astringent is actually that taste you usually get from drinking tea or wine that makes your mouth feel rough. Interesting, right?
Now, your curiosity may be tingling with excitement to try 7 Flavors and drive to its location. If you’re unfamiliar with the streets of San Juan, it may be hard to find, but Waze comes in handy.
The restaurant is nestled amidst a mishmash of commercial and residential spaces at a small street in San Juan. But the building manages to stand out with its modern aesthetic softened by a lush-looking green wall with a huge glowing sign. While the area may be too dense for vehicular traffic, 7 Flavors has ample parking space for their guests, and we all know that’s a major brownie point.
Bakery, café, and buffet in one
7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant has two floors. The lower floor is the restaurant space for their à la carte menu and also turns into a makeshift events space for their catered events.
They also have their in-house bakery which serves delectable desserts perfect for an after party post-main course, and of course, their ever-famous 7 Flavors ensaymada.
Highly anticipated feasting
The star of the show was the buffet, of course. The buffet is open every lunch and dinner time all days of the week. Lunch buffet goes for PHP 399.99 on weekdays, and PHP 600 on weekends and holidays. Dinner comes at a heftier price of PHP 499.99 on weekdays, and PHP 600 on weekends and holidays.
The buffet is a spread of a full-length dining experience showcasing different cuisines but it is their Filipino dishes that stood out best.
The appetizers consisted of the soup of the day, two choices of salads, a DIY salad bar, and DIY taco bar. While half of the prepared appetizers were just fine, the tacos were to die for. What a great way to start a meal with tacos made with their very own taco shells. The ground meat was juicy and came with a splash of spices. They say their tacos are one of their best and that, for us, we sure deemed to be true.
Following the appetizers was the spread of the main course dishes. It was overwhelming! There were all kinds of food in different bright colors as if to lure us into each of them. They offered a pasta dish, dishes with a lot of proteins, and even a few choices of sushi!
They change their menu bi-weekly which means that the spread may come to you as a surprise. During our visit, we had kare-kare, seafood curry, mapo tofu, stir-fried bangus, roast beef, stir-fried veggies, and vegetable tempura among others.
We especially loved their seafood curry and kare-kare; both were full of flavors, and the proteins in the food were perfectly cooked. They’re the kinds of viand you would eat with steaming rice, which you can have heaps of serving from their buffet. Although, the other dishes were quite average to us.
The inclusion of a sushi boat was interesting. Despite minimal, the choices were good enough to keep us satisfied.
Full from all the savory food, we headed on over to the dessert station. There were several kinds of desserts from the maja blanca to brownies. We loved their desserts. They were perfectly made, and they weren’t too sweet. We had our second round of serving from this table given that their choices were A+, especially the cookies and cream puffs.
While most buffet restaurants require you to pay extra for drinks, 7 Flavors offers a selection of shakes which you can order all you want, inclusive of the buffet price. Now, that’s different for an affordable buffet restaurant!
It was an altogether filling experience but nothing spectacular. However, with buffets, it’s always like that—they come with hits and misses. Their food is notable especially if you hire them for catering services, which they also happen to offer. But as a buffet, we suggest you try them out with the lower price of the deal. It’s perfect for huge families who want to enjoy the humble but comforting taste of home and Filipino-infused cooking.
While Chef Boy Logro has made a name for himself with his talent in the kitchen, it does not seem to translate to 7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant successfully. But of course, we’re hoping that when we come back, we’ll be surprised with an experience better than how good it already is.
We infer that 7 Flavors’ à la carte menu may be good, too. And rumor has it, they’re turning their lower floor into a bar during night time which should be perfect for the vibe of the place.
7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant is at 196 A. Mabini St. Addition Hills, San Juan City. Opening Hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. Lunch service is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dinner service is from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. For reservations, contact them at +63 2 5430325 or +639176700291. For more details on their special promos, visit their Facebook page or Instagram.