Sunday eats: Churrasco stars in Crimson Alabang brunch buffet

Joko Magalong-De Veyra

Posted at Feb 03 2019 07:42 AM

MANILA -- Alabang’s Sunday brunch scene just got meatier, as Café Eight at the Crimson Hotel Filinvest City features churrasco in its buffet.

Originating from Brazil, churrasco is barbecue in the style of the Latin Americas. Meats ranging from beef to pork, as well as fruits and vegetables, are grilled and served to diners tableside. Simply flip the personal dining card found on the table to green and diners can enjoy as much churrasco as they want.

One would be hard-pressed to say no to straightforward grilled options like beef sirloin, lamb leg, pork loin, or chicken thigh. Besides these, I found myself going back for seconds (and thirds) for the Brazilian pork sausage that was tasty and lean, the chicken breast wrapped in bacon that was very easy to eat, and the pork liver that should be a must-try for offal lovers, of which I count myself as.

Also kissed by the grill were peppers, corn, and tangy pineapple, all of which provided respite in between meaty bites. Sauces available tableside to liven up the churrasco experience included tangy and rich cilantro lemon butter sauce, a tomato salsa, and my preferred concoction (especially with the grilled beef sirloin), the fresh-tasting chimichurri sauce.

While the churrasco by itself is enough of a draw, the buffet’s main options are nothing to scoff at.

Churrasco to be served table-side. Jeeves de Veyra

Churrasco vegetables, corn, pork liver, pineapple, Brazilian pork sausage. Jeeves de Veyra

Grilled pineapple. Jeeves de Veyra

Beef sirloin. Jeeves de Veyra

Cheese selection. Jeeves de Veyra

Chicken wrapped with bacon. Jeeves de Veyra

Seafood grill section. Jeeves de Veyra

Dessert station. Jeeves de Veyra

Start your foraging with a cheese plate piled high with cold cuts, breads, cheeses, or salad (there’s a make your own salad selection, as well), or dive straight to enjoying some fresh seafood (oysters, crabs, tuna, shrimp, mussels) grilled with garlic and butter, or enjoyed fraw with just a dash of vinegar.

Cuisines represented in the buffet also include Japanese (tempura, sashimi, sushi, okonomiyaki), Indian (butter chicken, curry, roti), or Filipino (bulalo, kalderetang kambing, fried frog), among others.

Save room for dessert though, as Café Eight had quite a spread -- from house-made ice cream with toppings, cakes aplenty from chocolate mousse to cheesecakes, a chocolate fountain with fruits and cookies, and even some Filipino goodies like puto bumbong and champorado.

Have a picky little one? Café Eight’s Sunday brunch spread features a kiddie section with burgers, hotdogs, spaghetti, cupcakes, and as a special treat for the kids (and kids at heart), some cotton candy.

A well-rounded buffet, with some added churrasco flair, Café Eight presents an irresistible option to those looking for something different in their Sunday brunch.

The Churrasco-style Sunday Brunch Buffet starts at P2,100 per person, inclusive of unlimited beer, sparkling wine, and juices.