Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016
My buffet plate at Calle Preciousa



Calle Preciousa Seafood Dampa Palutuan is literally a breath of fresh air in the city proper of Pasig where banks are neck-and-neck with hardware stores for space dominance. As a matter of fact, it's right next to RCBC, a banking establishment that's a normal sight along the twin roads of Dr. Sixto Avenue and A. Mabini Street that fork from it. Both roads are considered one-way, so one of each is heading to Pasig Church at the heart of the city and the other is leaving it. And, as if to say that you don't have to leave the city for traditional Filipino cuisine, the restaurant replaced a site along Dr. Sixto Avenue that was formerly a gas station to maintain a greenery of a dining destination that every Pasigueño can't miss!

For the whole month of March, 2016, Calle Preciousa has launched the first eat-all-you-can promo in the area. It can be considered an ode to the city's heritage house and rural living roots. I've been a resident of the city proper for decades and I've only heard of a buffet restaurant in a secluded part of the city which is hard to access. There might have been one or two similar spots also in the dining district of Kapitolyo but it's basically out of everyone's way in the city proper. With Calle Preciousa's presence near the area's oldest church, four major schools, and the city hall, dining no longer has to be of fast food fare.

The lobby and counter of the restaurant
The buffet area
View from the indoor dining area

For having a spacious parking area and a well-manicured garden for semi-al fresco dining, the place is perfect for celebrating milestones such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and more. To find out more about Calle Preciousa's palutuan menu and how it started, check out my blog post about it here.

What To Expect At The Buffet?

The restaurant's buffet promo is only applicable from Monday to Wednesday of March. Dubbed as a Filipino cuisine buffet, the panoply of dishes served as buffet options are a mix of local seafood, pork, beef and chicken, inclusive of side dishes, fruits and sweet snacks. Lunch buffet schedule is from 11:00am to 2:00pm and costs P248 per customer (P278 with VAT). Dinner buffet schedule starts at 6:00pm and ends at 10:00pm for P289 per customer (P333 with VAT). Special drinks are ordered separately although drinking water can be had at the buffet area.

Pork Mechado
Outdoor dining area
Get Stamped To Eat As Much As You Can!

Make the necessary payment at the counter to get your buffet hand stamp. Having the stamp will enable you to freely enjoy the dishes displayed at the buffet area.

When I tried it recently, I found it interesting that the restaurant included my favorite Crispy Kangkong in the roster of options. It's normally something that I only get to sample in special events which makes me crave for it from time to time. I probably tore into those at the restaurant like they were French Fries!

My buffet plate also consisted of other cravings that I was having for the past few days -- Bagnet, Nilasing Na Hipon (wine-marinated shrimp), Fish Fillet, Pork Mechado and Pakbet. The buffet options also included other dishes like Bicol Express, Buttered Chicken, Baby Back Ribs, Kuhol (snails) In Coconut Milk and Tahong (mussel).

Crispy Kangkong
(left) Mussel; (right) Fish Fillet
Seafood specialties are part of the buffet

Since my visit was for a lunch buffet, the dizzying daytime weather got to me so much so that I feasted on a buffet's fruit station for the first time. I usually stay away from such treats in that setup because I always find it more reasonable to gormandize on the stellar dishes for my money's worth, but the slices of fresh watermelon were just too hard to resist under the day's humidity.

Kids Aged 2 and Below Are Free of Charge

Since walk-ins are welcome, it's a first-come-first-served basis although you can make the necessary reservations to secure a table in advance. Kids 2 years old and below are free of charge and those that are not within that age bracket but are considered 3 feet below will be charged half the price.

Buffet Holidays and Other Reminders

The restaurant's paluto or palutuan menu (customized cooked dishes) are still available but are not part of the buffet promo. You can still order from it but on a separate rate as it has a different value from the buffet specials.

Although the promo runs for the whole month of March, 2016, you can mark March 23 on your calendar as a non-buffet day at Calle Preciousa as it will be considered a buffet holiday to observe the usual full paluto service. Also, the restaurant will be closed on March 24 and 25 to observe Holy Week.

Calle Preciousa Seafood Dampa and Palutuan

Official website of Calle Preciousa

Address: Dr. Sixto Avenue, Brgy. Sagad, Pasig City, Philippines
(Next to RCBC and near Meralco Kapasigan)
Phone: (02) 696-6826 or (02) 622-9806
Mobile: +63 917-845-4009

Spice Cafe of City Garden Grand Hotel

Check out other buffet specials that I've tested:

Spice Cafe of City Garden Grand Hotel
The Buffet International Cuisine
Buffet 101
Marriott-Manila Buffet
Dad's World Buffet

More Photos Below:

Wine-marinated Shrimp
Fresh fruits are part of the buffet options
The restaurant's second floor
(left) Fresh fruit slices; (right) Bicol Express and Buttered Chicken
The buffet and dining areas
Kuhol In Coconut Milk
Crispy Kangkong
Restaurant facade


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