Went to the Spiral the other evening with my wife and three of our four daughters and it was the first time that we had been back since the restaurant had been repaired and renovated following the extensive flooding caused by Typhoon Pedring back in 2012. We were promptly shown to our seats and as the wine trolley was passing by I ordered a glass of Sanigon Blanc that later turned out to be nearly USD 8 a glass. Looking for food we found the following; that the previous ice mountain of cooked jumbo shrimp and fresh oysters was no more and that the dessert station with three chocolate fountains was in its place. When we found the seafood section there was some shrimp, black mussels and some very sickly thin slipper lobster that we did not bother with. Leaving my wife to the boiled crabI went to my favourite the Indian food section and although the food was tasteful most of it was quite cold especially the Indian rice. The bread was great being freshly made but we had to ask for some butter to go with it as this was not available. The Cheese and cold cuts room is impressive but the cheese is an additional price adder on the buffet and this was confirmed by our server when I asked her which was a pity as being British I do like cheese. One thing that was most noticeable in that with almost all of the dining ateliers most of the previously prepared food was only scraps in the serving bowls and the chefs were not constantly topping up the bowls. All in all the Spiral is a unique dining experience but in all honesty with the cost per head plus the two hours and eight minutes driving time to get to the Sofitel due to Manila traffic and rainy weather there are cheaper and bigger buffet experiences nearby. The Spiral buffet experience before was a great and enjoyable experience but not so much now.
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