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Chic Casual Dining at Cafe Ilang-Ilang


To all food lovers, Manila Hotel gives you more reason not just to have a staycation in their luxurious hotel but to enjoy their Chic and Casual Restaurant like Cafe Ilang-Ilang. This cafe/restaurant take you to a global tour by their various food stations. A spacious restaurant is a renaissance of chic casual dining which brings together a vast array of cuisines from across all continents. 






The Dessert Station is under the supervision of Chef Jerome, is a feast of color and flavor. His signature macaroons are the best macaroons I ever tasted (it's true!) Ube  and Pistachio macaroons are to die for! I love sweets so I had like 4 or 5 of these, lol. I also love their Meringue with fresh sweet mangoes on top and I suggest don't miss to try the Creme Brulee. I was starving that day and I immediately had dessert instead of a soup or bread, lol. 



Don't miss their Seafood Station. Fresh oysters, mussels, crabs and king prawns are all waiting for you Seafood Lovers. I had 3 king prawns and 2 mussels. Had to request to have it cooked with butter and garlic, YUM!




I honestly don't want to eat any of these because it's so well presented. But I didn't miss the chance to taste all these. 



Craving for Filipino dishes? Especially our humble and hard working OFW's. You will surely enjoy all these dishes. 





Manila Hotel is the only hotel in the Philippines to serve HALAL dishes. The restaurant adheres to all Islamic Culinary practices all over the world. Lamb Chops and Shrimp with curry is a must-try!




I would have not thought that a simple Seafood and Vegetable Dumplings can be so scrumptious and so delicious. 


Korea's signature and famous dishes are also available here. I honestly didn't try any of these because I can't bare to eat (too) spicy food. 



Head to Japanese Buffet Station and enjoy your favorite tempura hot off the fryer or the freshly-sliced sashimi. 



Cafe Ilang-Ilang has live cooking stations where chef's prepare their guests' meals right before your eye. 



Didn't miss this Italian Station where I had picked my favorite pizza. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to have even a small portion of their pasta, as I was too full that moment that only 1 slice of pizza I can only take. But that one slice of pizza ended my lunch. 

I can't wait to go back here and bring my family and friends to taste and enjoy the delicious and top notch dishes that Cafe Ilang-Ilang offers. 

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About Manila Hotel:

Positioned as the true heart of the Philippines, The Manila Hotel is the country's premier five-star and flagship hotel. Located at One Rizal Park, Manila. 

For more info, call 527-0011 or visit www.manila-hotel.com.ph ; follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheManilaHotel and on Twitter @ManilaHotel and Instagram @manila_hotel. 

20 comments

  1. This place really talks about food all the way. Now that I am craving for a Filipino dish, this is definitely a good Filipino place to go to whenever you are on the go, because foods are prepare right before your eye.

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  2. The foods are all appetizing. Wish I can dine there even for once.

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  3. Aside from the various food offerings and glorious dishes at Cafe Ilang-Ilang, one of the many things that I love about them is how they lit their place. If you go to other hotels, the lighting in the dining area is usually dim but Cafe Ilang-Ilang did it differently. We usually go there for breakfast ( they have an amazing variety of dishes for my favorite meal of the day ) and after we eat all the heavy stuff, we go outside just under the big mango tree overlooking the pool to have dessert and coffee.

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    1. i love staying outside their cafe area, yup! under that mango tree

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  4. MACAROONS! Love that! All the food look so fresh and delicious. The fresh sashimi is something I can't resist every time at a buffet dinner. Thanks for sharing this cafe review!

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  5. I can't believe Cafe Ilang Ilang has macarons now!! OMG! Everything looks amazing as always, I don't expect anything less from Manila Hotel! :)

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  6. Every hotels have it's own restaurant and Cafe. Some have mix-concept wherein regulars enjoy their meals. The food station speaks for itself.

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  7. Ah! This is the Cafe Ilang Ilang. A colleague of mine asked me if I wanted to try them but didn't pay much attention because I haven't heard about it and he didn't care to talk further about it. I thought it was some cafe in Quezon City! I didn't know it was a buffet! I have to try this out one of these days. Good that they prepare Halal dishes for our Islamic brothers and sisters to also enjoy to.

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  8. The food looks delicious. I could skip the main course and jump right to dessert. Those cakes are mouth-watering.

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  9. I have eaten at Cafe Ilang Ilang for breakfast and it was really great in terms of variety and taste of food. My wife and I have also eaten their for lunch during her birthday, and their lunch spread really looks and tastes very good!

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  10. I haven't been to Manila hotel. This makes Manila Hotel more interesting! HAha the food it is! I'm also very keen on trying out restos of each hotel. What's even more enticing is that I can visit this place with my Muslim brothers as they serve Halal food. :-)

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  11. This is so mouth-watering. At first, I thought why it is dessert only~ Glad that we can dine together with Muslims friends~

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  12. They do have the best foods plus a lot of options. I would surely love to visit Cafe Ilang Ilang.

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  13. Macaron, seafood, and lots of desserts? I have no complains here! In all seriousness, everything is so yummy that I want to reach out and grab one so I can get a bite.

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  14. this is a target for my hungry stomach... time will come im gonna dine in here ... i love seafood and i hope they have enough for me ... hahaha

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  15. What a spread! I am not a buffet person at all, but that dessert selection does look really tempting!

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  16. Another restaurant worth visiting when in Manila.How much is per head?

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    1. weekday lucnh is around 2,000php and 2400 or 2500 for dinner

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  17. Omg! I am eyeing at their desserts and dim sum. The buffet selections are great and quite variety, by the way how much is per pax?

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  18. I've been to a lot of hotel buffets already, but Cafe Ilang Ilang has always been elusive! Haha! Thanks for taking us on a gastronomic tour to Manila Hotel's buffet restaurant. Can't wait to dine here soon! :)

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