There's an Eat-All-You-Can Buffet Restaurant in Quezon City that I regularly see whenever Jenn and I are searching for a fancy resto to try once we reach Timog or Tomas Morato area, which in fact is surrounded with a lot of bewildering scout streets. She's one of my college best friends who would drive endlessly with me just to hit the right place to be- something worth mentioning, worth raving and worth remembering. She actually grew up in this city that is filled with assorted food and drinking establishments that complements our lifestyle. Whenever I see this elegant private house or 'casa' I can't help but be awed with its inspiring beauty, uncommonness and mystery. I finally satisfied my curiosity about a week ago and was relatively happy about the experience. Together with the two foodies I regularly get in touch with in the blogging community here in Manila, we successfully got to try Primero Casa Filipino on one rainy night.
The place was originally called Chef Laudico's Casa Filipino, but for some unknown reasons the celebruty chef's name was removed and shifted to a name that very well reflects greatest strength, vigor and success. Does Primero Casa Filipino appeals to you? Kindly read the rest of the post to decide.
From the facade down to the interior, Primero Casa Filipino has an air of old Spanish home laced with enigma. At first I was frightened to go inside without my companion, but I mustered enough courage to fight my fear. I'm just not that into old houses especially when alone. The place is actually pretty huge with impressive antiques, chandeliers and pretty porcelains that complemented classic traditional styles. Certainly, it can be associated with an old mansion house.
This is the veranda and bar area that are quite perfect for barkada night out! It is fun to spend some time here with close friends and relatives especially on weekends gobbling house wines from Chile like that of Claro, Santa Luz and Terra Vega. They are selling it for PhP158 per glass or PhP750 per bottle. If it is not to your liking beer bucket is always available. Make sure you couple it with your favorite pica pica platter.
Now let's talk about the buffet which is my favorite part. The buffet spread definitely mirrors modern Filipino dishes though honestly speaking not all pleased my appetite that evening but it is worth a try. Of course in all buffet restaurants there will always be minor and major winner dishes that suit your palate, right? Sure they have it presented with a twist in a way that is reflective of innovative Filipino fusion cuisine offered in a buffet-style setting and in a place that is really conducive for eating non-stop. The restaurant chef makes it a point to have different menu daily to avoid redundant dishes. Hence, it is not the static type of menu that can be found in other buffet restaurants.
Here are the plates that gave me long lasting burst of energy until the following day. Sometimes you really need to overeat to give you the much needed power you deserve to withstand the daily stressors in life. Whether you agree or disagree with me, Filipino cuisine will always be your very dear to you and me.
For starters I had Fried Dumpling, Sisig Shooters and Poki Poki Balls. This is eventually coupled with Meat Croquettes, Fried Lumpiang Shanghai Pizza with Pesto and Baget. I was a bit speechless when I first tasted Sisig Shooters. Its mild spiciness and tangy kick was really appetizing. I actually had two more of this because of its incredible aroma and flavor that is so delirious. Unlikely, most of the appetizers are oily that it coats my lips big time. I decided not to get anything from the Pinoy Salad Station for some reason that I'm not into it that time.
Finishing my own choice of dinner buffet plate is where I spent most of my time while chatting with my fellow foodies. I have never felt so full like this for the longest time. My 1st plate consisted of the following: Asado Fried Rice, Roasted Angus Beef, Zubuchon,, Pork Barbecue Spare Ribs, Chicken Fricassee, Vegetable Fritata, Balamban Liempo and Beef Stew. All meaty and tasty flesh of animals!
However, after an hour or two I had my second helpings and this time around my plate consisted of Steamed Pandan Rice, Angus Beef Kare-Kare, Seafood Marinara, Chili Crab, Buttered Shrimp and Steamed Fish. All Fresh and all seafoods this time! I would love to indulge more of these quality food but due to lesser stomach space (intended for the much coveted desserts) I declined the nagging desire to do so. Perhaps next time I'll give it a chance to concentrate on seafood dishes alone. Maybe, this buffet resto could offer it in the future...droools!
At long last, desserts! The dessert island consisted mainly of Filipino native desserts which I got tired of eating lately because of its ubiquitous availability in our neighborhood, so I simply settled with those that I bet are worth craving. This includes: Rhum Balls, Banana Pudding, Suman Panna Cotta, Coffee Jelly and Tiramisu. I was about to help myself with the Chocolate Fondue but unfortunately the machine is not working making me go for the soft serve ice cream available at the corner of the buffet spread. There is nothing much special about the dessert in my opinion, except for the Suman Panna Cotta, Halo-Halo and Coffee Jelly. I believe they might need a little improvement on this part of buffet spread because for a lady like me who loves sweets a lot, this corner is worth our overall buffet experience.
A little of everything ! As much as I wanted to taste everything even in the smallest proportion, I really cannot for my stomach (no matter how expandable it is) can't handle it well enough. So I only grabbed those dishes that enticed me and I first thought worth getting for. Besides, I cannot afford to be additionally charged simply because I'm not smart enough in terms of abiding the so-called "Clean Plate Policy". Based on the rule, Primero Casa Filipino has the right to charge PhP200 for every 100g left over food. Uh-oh! I suggest you get what you can handle to eat unless you are willing to pay the said said amount.
Weekday buffet rate is PhP398nett (from P488++) and weekend buffet is PhP498nett. (from PhP588++. The prices are actually very reasonable and won't hurt your pocket. Very right for the type and quality of cuisine they put forward. Glad that the management lowered down the price without sacrificing the quality, I sure hope. Though the place seems to be very intimidating prima facie, which I guess a lot would approve, it is high tme to discover this place more and more. I find it just right for a family restaurant suitable your needs.
Primero Casa Filipino accepts private functions and can accommodate any type of set up you may need be it Wedding, Baptismal receptions, Birthdays, Reunions, Corporate events, Seminars, Conferences and even product launching. Seems like a great place to hold your next memorable personal and professional events.
Try something Modern Filipino Cuisine. Vamos comer here at Primero Casa Filipino!
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26 Sct. Torrillo Cor. Sct. Fernandez Sacred Heart,
RP1100 Quezon City, Philippines
(02)921-2448 / 921-1850