Today’s generation is blessed to be in an age of convenience. Everything seems accessible anytime and anywhere. Even when it comes to get-togethers or having parties, for instance, you can call as many family members and friends as you want now and not worry about where to gather, with all the available eating places that abound. That’s why these days, buffets are pretty much in fashion.
I once got invited to a wedding reception which was to be held at Chef Laudico Guevarra’s in P. Guevarra St. in San Juan. I was told that the place would look like an old and restored house, but how it was described to me was an understatement once I actually sat foot at the big property with spacious parking lot and beautiful garden.
The property’s overall sight and fixtures inside it made me recall the 1920s; the black and white era of the movies by Sampaguita Pictures. The venue was perfect for celebrations such as intimate weddings because the view was quite photo-ready, while the buffet restaurant screams “keep calm, get married, and we’ll take care of the food.”
The buffet area presented a wide array of Filipino, Spanish, Japanese and Italian dishes, complete with various starters, fruits, cakes, and other desserts. There were way more choices than what the stomach could accommodate. Imagine having to choose from 6 main stations such as APPETIZERS, MAIN COURSE (Of these, the Angus beef tapa and kare-kare with annatto rice topped my favorites) CARVING STATION, HOT & GRILLED, DESSERTS and BEVERAGES (usual sodas and iced tea, but I went for sago at gulaman — this could have doubled its role as my dessert as well, if not for the sight of the halo-halo station that I couldn’t resist, so I ended up scooping shaved ice, evaporated milk, sabang saging, sago, pinipig and leche flan).
At the time of this writing, Guevarra’s buffet price per person is at P399 (AM)/ P499 (PM) on weekdays and P599 on weekends. Considering the overall dining experience, I’d say it’s worth every penny and I’m coming back.