October is ending in a few days and what better way to end this month by celebrating it with foodies and friends at Marco Polo Plaza Hotel’s Cafe Marco (which houses THE BEST, and I mean THE BEST buffet in Cebu). Guess which country they’re featuring this month? GERMANY, of course!
In Germany, Oktoberfest is a month excuse of splurging on beer and meat, and Cafe Marco definitely knows how to do that by offering unlimited beer and a variety of sinfully delicious meats that will satisfy every
At Php 1, 299+ Lunch and Dinner buffet, you get served with Ice Cold San Miguel draft beer (all you want) and a variety of German dishes (of course with the usual Cafe Marco buffet staples ) that is definitely worth every penny. Nothing but the finest and freshest ingredients!
Sadly, no beer for me that night since I was taking meds but I didn’t pass up the meat which I was so ready to devour on.
Let me tell you about my favorite of the night.
The roast pork. It was heaven in my mouth. I totally forgot about my love for chicken over meat, this one totally rocked my taste buds. It was sooo good, I had to get another serving. Meat marinated so well, so tender it melts in your mouth. Oh god, the skin, the skin was crisp (not burnt) that miss Kyra, Marco Polo’s PR manager even heard the crackling sound it made when I had a bite. The spices did not take over the goodness of the meat, nor did the sauce overpowered the dish.
Then, there was the Ham. I didn’t catch what kind of ham was it, but it tasted like less salted raw SPAM. No fancy sauce or seasoning, the simple looking ham, for me was a star.
One crowd favorite of the night was the Goulash. According to Alexis Yap, it was a fusion of Pochero Tagalog, Menudo and Afritada, and I agree. I’m not a soup person (except for cream based ones) but for a starter, this dish is already a meal in itself (kulang nalang piping hot white rice). The meat was also tender, I forgot to ask if it was meat of beef, my guess it was beef because of the “pochero like” texture and taste of the meat. The soup had a hint of sourness to it since the soup was tomato based, but the meat and potatoes balanced it off.
The appetizer slash tapas corner was quite interesting. Served were a variety of cold cuts and this one queer dish called Jellied Meat, or wait was it Jellied Ham. Anyway, it’s cubed ham that’s bonded together by a jelly-like substance. It was alright, I think by the time I had this, my taste buds was already overwhelmed with the so many different meats I’ve thrown in my mouth.
I forgot what it was called but they also served a spread which consists of super minced pork swimming in its solidified fat. Which, by the way, contained less cholesterol according to Ms. Yumny. Wish I took a photo of it, but really at first it would make you question, why on earth would you want to eat something that looks sooo freaking fattening and sinful. But it was surprisingly tasty, and is recommended to be paired with cold cuts and beer. (I chugged mine down with water).
Popular choices of cold cuts.
Also, there were a variety of cheeses available for those who love their cheese.
This is the cabbage roll, but I’d like to call it the cabbage ball since it’s super meaty meat balls wrapped in a thin spread of steamed cabbage leaves. I was gonna tell you how Marco Polo’s Executive Chef meant business but I’d rather not be too wordy in this post.
Part of their main dish were all sorts of hard to pronounce sausages that were also good. What’s Oktoberfest without Germany’s world famous sausages eh?
Then there was an abundance of desserts! Which I missed cause I was too busy catching up with Alexis.
Seeing these photos, now I totally regret why I didn’t visit the dessert section. This is the Rote Grutze, made out of Raspberry and Blueberry. Shizz… why?! why?! I am in love with anything that has to do with berries, especially in desserts.
And now this gorgeous looking apple fritters topped with vanilla Ice cream. I DIE.
I also heard from one of the foodies at the table that the cheesecake was crazy good.
Because it was served at the table, I had the famous Cafe Marco signature cookie called the malicious cookie for dessert. And I was able to bring some at home too! *BIG SMILE*
Look at these gorgeous looking pretzels, which the Marco Polo team were so proud of. These babies went through several taste tests before they served this to the public. Pretzels are popularly paired with beer in Germany (mostly dipped into the beer). These tough looking babies, are really soft and chewy.
It’s always a pleasure to dine with the Marco Polo team and I’m so thankful that I get to be invited most of the time whenever a new culinary journey begins. Although this maybe a sponsored post but among all other buffets I’ve ever had in the hotels here in Cebu, I’d say Marco Polo still tops the list! I’m a DIE HARD fan.
And you, yes you, stop salivating over my food post and start heading up to Cafe Marco because their Oktoberfest 2012 is only up til today (October 28).
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Photo by: Yumny Mariot, Jen Vega and Marco Polo Plaza