Boracay, Philippines (March 2015)
Vintana Cafe is the casual buffet restaurant of Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa open during all three dining times:
- Breakfast – 6:30 to 11:00
- Lunch – 12:00 to 15:00
- Dinner – 18:00-23:00
Located on the second level of the main building, Vintana Cafe also offers an a la carte menu, but let me warn you – it can be really pricey, so I’d recommend you avail of the buffet instead, so you can make the most out of your meal. A small glass of orange juice cost us 7USD, just to give you an idea of how outrageous the a la carte menu can be; as is in any other Shangri-La property, actually. So again, buffet is the way to go!
One of the best things about staying in Shangri-La when on the island is the free buffet breakfast that comes with the accommodation. Since the daily buffet breakfast is from 6:30 to 11, you could either get up early and have a not so crowded buffet breakfast experience at 6:30, or you could opt to have early brunch at around 10, though the con is that there are more people dining during this time.
The seating area is well-spaced, so even if the restaurant is packed, you won’t have to cramp your way to your table. The interiors are aligned with the architecture of the resort, and provides a naturally-lighted dining area. There’s also al fresco dining on the terrace that overlooks the ocean and its surrounding greeneries.
And now, onto the food! As you enter Vintana Cafe, a wide array of freshly-baked pastries will welcome you together with jam or other spread options that you could pair the pastries with.
A little kids station is also available; its size is the height for about seven to ten year-olds, so it will be easy for kids to either get a bowl of pasta or some mini-cupcakes to give them that extra morning kick.
The fruit selection offers quite a number of choices. If the fruit of your choice isn’t on the selection table, try to ask one of the servers. Sometimes, they have other fruits available that aren’t presented.
For drinks, they serve freshly-squeezed fruit juices. There’s also coffee, iced and hot tea.
Though I’m not a fan of salad / soup in the morning, Vintana Cafe offers these during the breakfast buffet as well.
Possibly one of the best parts of the buffet: ice cream. All the Shangri-La properties I’ve dined in seem to have the best ice cream suppliers, as the sweetness and creaminess are always on point.
Cheeses and cold cuts. Need I say more?
An omelette station
One of the best things to have for breakfast: Yoghurt – there are a number of flavors you could choose from too!
Milk, cereal, and muesli (my favorite!). I usually like combining muesli/cereal with yoghurt, instead of milk.
It’s as if the selection above isn’t enough, there’s a small Japanese section too, serving maki, sushi, and soba.
From quiche to different kinds of meat, Bibimbap, crepe and waffle station, noodles and congee, rice cakes and bread pudding, down to a Chinese station serving dimsum; you could not ask for more!
Needless to say, we were beyond stuffed every morning to the point that our next meal after breakfast each day we were there was nearly dinnertime.
To add to the great ambiance and the fantastic food, the service is impeccable as well.
That’s one thing you’ll notice about this resort, that the service is first-class.
So if you’re staying in Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, the breakfast buffet is definitely something to look forward to!