|PBB Teens sa Vikings! :P|
|The rate at SM Marikina|
|View at Marikina while waiting for our table|
I have only been to Vikings’ SM Marikina and SM North and have never really tried the one at MOA yet but lunch and dinner time at both branches are jam-packed! The one at Marikina is more spacious however you wouldn’t really be able to avoid the crowd who are also excited to feast on those tempting selections. Both have really elegant set-up and all the staff makes sure you are comfortably seated and your needs are attended to (service water, new utensils, etc).
Shall we proceed with the buffet tables then? :)
I have read that the owner of this restaurant franchise have been inspired by the Norse traditional event held by the Vikings wherein there would always be overflowing food and drinks in every feast they would organize. Surely, this is very evident with how they operate and the variety of dishes is catered to suit everybody’s cravings: Western, Asian, Mediterranean cuisines are served.
|Near the entrance, the start of tempting buffet displays|
As usual, the Japanese section is always a hit! Every time I try to find the tempura, I just couldn’t get any. What I do is I observe when the chef cooks another batch. When he’s almost done, I’ll queue so that I will be the first one to get my hands on those babies! I think the quality of the tempura is good, comparable to those of famous “authentic” Japanese restaurants in Manila. The breading is not too thick and the taste of the shrimp will just burst into your mouth once you’ve bitten into them. Love it! Knowing the prices of tempuras outside, I got almost three platefuls of these – and finished all of them. :)
|notice that empty tray, tempura of course.|
The Drinking Station offers all types of beverages: juices, fruit/choco shakes, coffee, tea, soda, and they even have draft beer! For fruit flavors, they have pineapple, four seasons, dalandan, mango, lemonade and more. I was disappointed with the shakes they offer because from all my visits, I only saw that they serve one flavor, say Melon Shake for Monday then Mango Shake on Tuesday. I didn’t try the beer too because it will just make me feel bloated and I don’t want that on my special buffet day. :P
In the SM Marikina branch, my favorite is placed in the middle of the restaurant, which is of course, SASHIMI! I make sure to eat lots of these because I don’t get too order too much of these on Japanese restaurants due to the price. I remember my second visit at the Marikina branch wherein I had five platefuls of just tuna sashimi! I love how fresh it is since you could see the chef prepare the fish and put it in the serving plates. In comparison though, the ones at SM North Edsa tasted like the fish had been cut days before and tasted ‘old’ to me. Hope they incorporate the same set-up that Marikina branch has.
|sashimi being prepared right before my eyes|
|different types of sushi and maki|
The Chinese section of the buffet probably was my least favorite, not that the food tasted bad, it’s because my family usually go to Chinese restaurants at least once a month and technically Chinese food is very common in Manila. If you are my friend, you’d know that sweet and sour anything is my favorite Chinese dish so I still managed to eat the pork version of it. There’s also a noodle station that I usually just pass by (not sure why though, I’m not craving for any noodles when I go to buffets).
Cold cuts are also offered such as sausages, animal organs, etc. Different soups such as chawan mushi, miso and Chinese herbal soup are also a cute sight because of their containers, but I didn’t get any. The dimsum were okay, the siomai and xiao long bao tasted different and I guess the ones at Master Siomai or Siomai House tasted better.
|dimsums! i did not bother to take the lids off|
|yakitoris, sorry for the out of focused pic, my sister might have taken this one|
For some reason, I always say to myself to try the hotpot, but when I finally have the opportunity to get some, my stomach always says “no!” because of how full I end up after plates and plates of sashimis and steaks. I have heard from friends though that the soup is good. I’ll make another mental note to try shabu-shabu if I get a chance to go here again with a big group.
|all those cream puffs gone in an instant, I only managed to get one piece :(|
The jellies, mousse and panacottas are not to be missed as well. There are various cakes available but I only took one slice of chocolate and two of brazo de Mercedes. There are also crepes and waffles with different toppings and jams you can choose from. Last but not the least, is the vanilla yogurt. I usually have at least two cups of these. This didn’t taste too sweet and still had a hint of sourness on it, almost comparable to that of White Hat’s. I always look forward to having the frozen yogurt on each of my visit here. Indulging in my favorite sweets surely is the best way to conclude my Vikings’ experience.
|Waffle and crepe station|
|my most favorite machine in the restaurant|
* Birthday celebrant discounts – Celebrate your birthday at Vikings’ and dine in for free! They’ll be greeting you with a song and with a free cake too!
* Tune in on their fanpages before big celebrations (graduations, independence day, their anniversary, etc), they usually offer discounts as well.
|One happy camper (or customer?)|
Vikings' Grade: (5 as highest, 1 as the lowest)
Accessibility/Location: 5 – There are three branches of Vikings’ already: Marikina, North Edsa and MOA. Just take your pick on which one is the most convenient or nearest to you.
Ambiance/Staff: 5 – It could really get crowded especially during weekends and holidays. The staff, though, are very friendly, polite and always attentive. I think SM North Edsa was a bit small in comparison to the branch at Marikina which looked wider and more spacious. The interiors of the place looked very elegant and sophisticated.
Food: 5 - The long line of buffet bars was epic! There’s just massive of food to select from. I have a huge appetite but I haven’t really tried every dish they have there. I had lots of favorites and I always end up feeling dizzy on each visit because I wanted to try as many dish as I could. Lol. The quality of most of the foods is fresh and the taste is passable as well.
Price: 5 – SUPER SULIT! With the selection they offer, the service and the quality of food, nah, I couldn’t really say anything else. Basta, sulit!
I don’t doubt why “Ang Pinaka” placed Vikings at Top 1 as ‘Ang Pinaka’ Patok na Buffet Resto in Metro Manila with the overall satisfaction I was able to get by only spending that money, I could never be happier! If you’re also interested to read my Buffet 101 experience that was placed as Top 2 spot, go to this post :)
Writing about this post made me crave for more. I hope my next time I would be able to finally try their branch at SM MOA. Seriously, I have been craving to go to Vikings’ every month so I bet you can say I totally love it! I’ve been to the resto for five times already and all experiences have been positive. Hope this review of Vikings would be able to help you decide whether to stop your diet for a day and go DIE-eating! :)
|SM North Buffet rates|
|SM Marikina Buffet rates|
|on-going promotion at SM Marikina branch|
Vikings (SM Marikina)
2nd Floor, SM City Kalumpang , Marikina City
Contact Numbers: 0917-8766888; 0919 9993888 / 570-3888; 570-4888; 570-5888
Operation Hours: 11:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 22:30
Fan Page: www.facebook.com/vikingssmmarikina
Vikings (SM North Edsa)
4th floor, The Block-SM City North EDSA, Quezon City
Contact Numbers: 376-3888, 376-4888, 376-5888
Operation Hours: 11:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 22:30
Fan Page: www.facebook.com/VIKINGSSMNORTH
|See you again Vikings!|