Every year on my birthday, all my favorite restaurants are closed, and we always find ourselves having dinner at a hotel buffet. Usually it’s Heat at Edsa Shangri-la, but this year, John had enough energy to drive to Makati Shangri-la so we could eat at Circles.
Unlike our past experiences with Heat, selected drinks are included in the Circles buffet. January 1st, they had lemon iced tea, lychee ice tea, and sangria.
The buffet has a really good cheese selection. I super love brie, and enjoy it with either strawberry jam or honey. I also have some foccacia dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Smoked salmon with a side of greens, and shawarma served in a pita pocket.
They had turkey! Yay. I love turkey. I had two big slices with gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.
Ribeye steak was so-so.
The bread pudding was yummy! I’m all about sweet-salty contrasts, so I usually have pudding with my steak.
Dessert was chocolate gelato with sliced almonds, chocolate pudding, and a sticky rice cake (bico).
A pot of chamomile tea for me.
John and I really enjoyed our dinner at Circles, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up here again next year! [Edit: As it turns out, John says he didn't particularly enjoy the buffet because aside from the steak being not that great, there was no tempura! And those are two things he likes best.]
CIRCLES EVENT CAFE, G/F Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Ayala Center, Makati, TELEPHONE 840.0884 (direct) or 813.8888 (hotel trunkline)