A Peek Inside The Pantry
Dusit Thani Manila’s all-day dining restaurant
Photos by Sonny Espiritu and Dusit Thani Manila
Everyone likes to hear the words “all you can eat” and “buffet,” especially us Filipinos. Well, there’s a new all-day dining restaurant in town and the contemporary and trendy atmosphere makes the place very comforting and welcoming to dine in compared to other buffet restaurants around Makati.
Dusit Thani Manila’s The Pantry is the newest restaurant of the hotel. It is part of Dusit Thani’s renovation, which includes a complete 360-degree facelift of the façade as well as refurbishment of all the rooms, and set to be completed by the first quarter of 2016. The restaurant boasts of a farm-to-fork dining concept that is evident in the dishes as well as the interiors. For sure, the hipster or Millennial in you will like the artisanal vibe of the place where formal meets informal.
“Our vision for The Pantry is to bring our guests to the forefront of fine dining. Dusit Thani Manila is uniting luxury and sustainability and we are mixing it with a fun and lively atmosphere,” said Bruno Cristol, general manager of Dusit Thani Manila. Coming from the exquisite lobby of Dusit, as you turn to your right you will feel a certain invigorating energy from the vibrant colors greeting you as you walk inside the restaurant. Complementing the hip interior are the friendly servers donning denim with leather strap aprons ready to serve their guests.
The Pantry is headed by Chef Nicholas Issel – his experience and expertise in launching new concept restaurants, revamping banquet kits and rebranding restaurants helped in creating the newest offering of Dusit’s F&B. The 280-seater restaurant is sectioned into nine global interactive stations that feature Mediterranean, Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino, Indian, Italian and Chinese cuisine. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers including the fresh vegetables from the salad station that come regularly from Tagaytay.
When you head to The Pantry be prepared because you might need to loosen your belt a bit. Welcoming as you enter is the delectable dessert station that displays mouth watering candies, pralines, chocolates, cakes, and the crowd’s favorite – strawberries dipped in white or dark chocolate. Walk a few more steps and you can choose your own ice cream flavor and add any toppings that you like on top. But hey, dessert is supposed to be reserved last, so make sure you turn first to the salad station and get yourself some produce fresh from the market. Doing so however might make you think twice about heading for the greens because right smack in the center is a glass enclosed lechon rotisserie that might make anyone forget about his diet.
The carving station is one of the highlights of the buffet as it serves the lechon fresh from the roast together with slices of pork, chicken and baby back ribs with meat that fall off the bones because they are so tender. The seafood station is not to be missed, as it might be the last stop you will visit at the back. Ask the chefs behind the station to mix up a spicy seafood bowl with curacha crabs, lobsters, shrimps, mussels, crab claws and clams. For sure, the seafood station will make you forget that there’s still tomorrow. There’s also a pasta station by the corner where you can have pasta dishes freshly cooked and prepared as you sample different pizzas from the oven. Also worthy of mention is the Grab & Go station, a takeaway counter for people on the go.
Finish your feast by The Pantry bar and taste its signature cocktail creations like the rosemary infused rum, lychee martini, Dilmah tea cocktails, and a luscious martini fashioned from Godiva chocolates.
The buffet is inclusive of coffee, tea and chilled juices and will cost P1,450 around breakfast; lunch on Mondays to Fridays is P1,850 and P2,300 on weekends. For dinner Mondays to Thursdays, the price is around P2,100 while Fridays and Saturdays would cost about P2,350, then lowers to P1,900 every Sunday. If you are picky or have special dietary needs, food allergies and dining restrictions, you may opt for the a la carte offerings.
Its successful launch last September 19 marks The Pantry as the newest and hippest buffet station in the area as more than 300 influential people including celebrities, ambassadors, and diplomats attended the event.
For more information about The Pantry, follow it on Facebook and @the_pantry_dtmn on Twitter and Instagram. For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 (2) 238 8888.