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Buddha-Bar Manila is now with a new Head of Operations, Vicente Antonio Rodrigo takes the helm of one of the most happening place in Kalayaan, Makati City.

As a way of good introduction and making a great first impression, Mr. Rodrigo invited several bloggers and foodies last Wednesday to have a taste of their new dishes.

12107947_1128937440466995_3997357534075608606_nThis is actually my third time to visit Buddha-Bar Manila.  The first time was in March of 2013 when they first opened THE TERRACE, their third level al fresco dining, events and party area complete with an outdoor bar and koi pool – this is where I tasted my first Shisha by the way.  READ MORE

The second time was when they introduced their BUSINESS LUNCH in July of 2013.  READ MORE

A visit at Buddha-Bar Manila is always a visually stimulating treat. Not much has change since my last visit two years ago and that’s pretty amazing.  They have almost perfectly maintained the integrity of the whole interior and exterior of the three story building – and even if the newly-built Century City Mall outmatched the establishment in terms of size, the restaurant seems to have retain its overpowering and often intimidating stature.  An exclusively stylish place up till now.

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We came there at noon, famished and ready to experience whatever Buddha-Bar Manila executive chef Soc Santos is offering and we were not disappointed.

For starters, we were served with the crunchy Tempura Onion Rings, a vegan-friendly Papadam Burrito with Raita Sauce, and the Pan-fried Chicken Jiaozi With Foie Gras.

Tempura Onion Rings
Tempura Onion Rings
Papadam Burrito with Raita Sauce
Papadam Burrito with Raita Sauce
Pan-Fried Chicken Jiaozi with Foie Gras
Pan-Fried Chicken Jiaozi with Foie Gras

For the salads, we tasted their Thai BBQ Chopped Salad with YuYu Caesar and the Buddha-Bar Salad.

Thai BBQ Chopped Salad with Yuyu Caesar
Thai BBQ Chopped Salad with Yuyu Caesar
Buddha-Bar Salad
Buddha-Bar Salad

For themain entrees we drooled over their Sea Bass with Coco Nantua Sauce and Forbidden Rice, Lacquered Lamb Rack with Cantonese Spiced Eggplant, US Angus Tenderloin with Sambal Mash, and Buddha-Bar Manila bestseller Angry Chicken with Tumeric Pilaf, now served with yellow rice.

Sea Bass with Coco Nantua Sauce and Forbidden Rice
Sea Bass with Coco Nantua Sauce and Forbidden Rice
Lacquered Lamb Rack with Cantonese Spiced Eggplant
Lacquered Lamb Rack with Cantonese Spiced Eggplant
US Angus Tenderloin with Sambal Mash
US Angus Tenderloin with Sambal Mash
Angry Chicken with Tumeric Pilaf
Angry Chicken with Tumeric Pilaf

Aside from the main dishes, we also had our fill with all the good things that comes from their Sushi Bar at the second level of the restaurant like Club Maki, Tuna Sashimi with Rocket and Balsamic Glaze, and Crunchy Rainbow Maki Rolls.

Club Maki
Club Maki
Tuna Sashimi
Tuna Sashimi
Sashimi
Sashimi
Rainbow Maki Roll
Rainbow Maki Roll

For dessert, our plates had Chocolate Fever and cool cheesecakes.

Chocolate Fever
Chocolate Fever

What’s a Buddha-Bar without a lovely selection of drinks, aside from their famous signature Iced Tea, the bar offers a lot of different exciting concoctions and we were able to taste their Kawai Ylang vanilla infused vodka drink with ylang ylang oil in honey and fresh watermelon and the simple and yet timeless Mojito.

Kawai Ylang
Kawai Ylang

The Buddha-Bar Manila 2015 menu is loaded with other new dishes that I am yet to experience fully like the Warm Duck Wraps with Pear Compote, the Pan-Asian Beef Salpicao, the Grilled Wagyu Beef with Udon, Broiled Tiger Prawns with Tomato Curry, and desserts like the Anmitsu and  Classic Vanilla Creme Brulee.

Here’s a quick peek video of Buddha-Bar Manila and their exciting new dishes:

Chef Soc Santos said that the all new Buddha-Bar Manila menu are more Filipino now than it was two years ago which makes it even more appealing to more guests, local and foreign.

Head of Operations Vicente Antonio Rodrigo and Executive Chef Soc Santos
Head of Operations Vicente Antonio Rodrigo and Executive Chef Soc Santos

Currently, Buddha-Bar Manila is hosting the Sushi Disco Night: Remix all Saturdays of October that offers an Eat-All-You-Can Sushi Creation at 599 Pesos from 6pm to 9pm and  a Two-For-The-Price-Of-One Sushi Creation from from 9pm to 2am. Beers are also cheaper at 499 pesos per bucket of 5 from 9pm to 2am. Buddha-Bar Manila will also be raffling-off a Range Rover Evoque on the 31st right after the Bloody Good Time Halloween party on October 30.

Buddha-Bar Manila is also in partnership with Security Bank which gives all card holders with a 50% premium on standard drinks by the glass from October 7 to November 30.

Try the new Buddha-Bar Manila dishes with its Three (3) Course Set Dinner with 2 soup and 4 main course to choose from for only 1,200 pesos net.

Buddha-Bar Manila is a franchise of Buddha-Bar Paris and is located at Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City.

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