Buddha-Bar Manila, Makati

Christmas season is here again at last. And despite its origin to Christianity, it has somehow become a universal celebration throughout the world. Get to know how Buddha-Bar Manila celebrates this holiday with its multicultural cuisine and notable world-class service that it is best known for.

Let me first tell you how it started. Buddha-Bar Manila is the brainchild of visionary founder Raymond Visan. He is also the owner of the famous Barfly in Paris, a restaurant-bar-lounge, located in the ultra-chic Faubourg St Honoré.

For over 21 years, the Buddha-Bar concept features a giant Buddha statue, designed and sculpted by Bruno Tanquerel. Today, Buddha-Bar is located in 25 countries and key cities around world, including London, Moscow, Budapest, Paris, Kiev, Prague, St. Petersburg, Cairo, New Delhi, Dubai, Monte Carlo, Tbilisi, Baku, and Manila.

Since its inception in 2012, Buddha-Bar Manila has raised cosmopolitan dining to a different level with its rich serving of alluring Modern Asian cuisine. This brings us to the event it hosted last week, which is also in preparation of Buddha-Bar Manila’s upcoming sixth anniversary in February 2018.

Along with some media friends, we were invited to witness a special Christmas tree lighting. Buddha-Bar Manila has been doing this for three years now, but this is the first time it was actually organized into an event.

The interiors are breath taking with strong accents or black, red and gold spread throughout this four story structure. It is elegant, sophisticated and spacious.

Before anything else, we were offered with their exquisite food and drinks that they are well known for. As this was a special affair, the courses were off menu.

Buddha-Bar Manila’s cuisine is a combination of East Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and other Asian flavors, combined subtly with a zest of the West. Its dishes are prepared according to the family style concept: to be shared among guests.

Going back to the Christmas tree lighting event, we were welcomed with sophisticated Red and White Sangrias and Cream Cheese Canapés. Next came the Spicy Beef Rolls, which packed a punch but was a delight to the palate.

The Tuna Teriyaki and New Style California Roll were something that would renew anyone’s interest in Japanese food, in case you have been all too familiar with the usual joints available.

Then came out the Barbecue Skewers, which were cooked just right—the meat was delicious and tender. After that, the Buddha Bar Chicken Salad (Php 350) arrived to our tables, which not only tasted good, but were also served in such an appealing way.

It was almost time to light the Christmas tree and we were offered with delectable sweets: both the White Velvet and their take on classic Chocolate Cake. I love these fluffy desserts, that I had more than a serving of them.

Buddha-Bar Manila’s Christmas tree was an elegant six-tier red and gold pagoda. It was such a sight to behold. Even the cars and people passing by its location in Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati couldn’t help but admire it.

Haven’t been to Buddha-Bar Manila? The establishment can hold events for parties of 400-450 and has hosted a massive 800-pax gathering. Head on to their social media accounts and be in the loop of one of the most hip hangouts today.

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