Manila eats: Friday nights are for seafood at this hotel buffet

Joko Magalong-De Veyra

Posted at Jun 14 2019 03:59 PM | Updated as of Jun 16 2019 06:11 PM

The seafood spread at Corniche. Jeeves de Veyra

MANILA -- Corniche at the Diamond Hotel Philippines presents a fantastic seafood spread every Friday.

As part of a series of themed dinner buffets recently launched by the hotel, Corniche customers can enjoy a seafood feast every Friday. (Thursday features the Flavors of China, while steak is the highlight every Saturday.) 

Heaping mounds of fresh seafood on display welcomes guests as they enter the lobby-level restaurant. 

Presenting only the freshest available seafood, during our visit we were greeted with whole fish options like garoupa, samaral, talakitok, and kitang; crustacean delights like crab (whole and crab legs), pitik lobster, shrimp, and ulang; as well as other shelled options like clams and mussels. On some days, special treats like curacha or blue lobster, as well as oysters have been available. 
You then make your selection and an attendant asks how you want it cooked.

Fresh crabs. Jeeves de Veyra
Fresh ulang. Jeeves de Veyra

With Corniche’s extensive international spread, the chefs' culinary repertoire is thankfully not limited to the usual steamed, grilled, baked, or with garlic butter. Other ala minute options include seafood like clams cooked "suam" or in a soup enlivened with ginger; or fish cooked in brash and sour sinigang broth with your choice of souring agent (sampaloc, kamias, or miso). 

Chinese-style cooking is another delightful option — crabs and lobster in black pepper sauce can transport one to Singapore, while whole fish with sweet and sour sauce always brings on a smile when brought to the table. 

Black Pepper Clams. Jeeves de Veyra
Sweet and Sour Garoupa. Jeeves de Veyra

Feeling Japanese? Rich ulang can receive a dousing of lemon sauce to liven it up, and a miso sauce can pump up the umami in any seafood option.

The cooks have more than 20 pre-set options to prepare your seafood, but if what you want is not on the list, fret not as you can ask it to be done by your request. For example, during our visit, we asked for a salted-egg sauced shrimp and crab dish, which turned out saucy and rich and scrumptious with rice. 

Cheesy Pitik Lobster. Jeeves de Veyra

All of these options plus dishes from Corniche’s regular stations (Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, Italian, dessert, etc.) make for a seafood-fantastic Friday night. 

Themed dinner buffets are priced at P2,990 nett, and P2,480 nett from Sundays to Wednesdays. Lunch buffets from Mondays to Saturdays are at P2,380 nett per person.