One thing I’ve never experienced is a churrasco buffet, so I actually did not know what to expect when it was part of our itinerary during our stay in Movenpick Resort Mactan. Churrasco usually means grilled meats and is prevalent in Latin American countries like Brazil. The Ibiza Beach Club is an outdoor party place, tapas bar and also the venue for the churrasco buffet. You have a choice of sitting outdoors (perfect with the nice sea breeze) or indoors in the airconditioned area. We chose to sit outside to enjoy their special Latin show that was happening that night.
All the churrasco meats and seafood are roasted fresh so the smell will really tempt you again and again.
You won’t to get up since the waitstaff will be bringing these slabs of food to your table side and slice off as much as you want.
They will serve you this plate to start with, including garlic fried rice that is a perfect match to the meats, some corn, roasted vegetables and a side of baked beans. The staff will start bring over a trio of sauces, chimichurri, herb butter and melted butter. You are given a two sided disc (red and green) that signifies if you want them to put meat or seafood on your plate. Start your appetites and flip the disc to green.
Here are the 14 churrasco dishes available, they were plated for us to take pics of and are not served that way.
Fillet Mignon, beef tenderloin wrapped with bacon. How can one not love this classic steakhouse dish, although the tenderloin here are more medallion sized.
The Leg of lamb was particularly good, gamey but tender and flavorful. The herb rub gives it some nice flavor, this goes well with the chimichurri sauce.
The Ostrich steak was a knockout, too bad I tried after so many other else I would have had more. I love ostrich and have always tried to order it every time I see it on the menu. The chefs did well here, this is easy to overcook because it is less fatty than beef. It might be a big fowl but the meat is red, it’s so healthy that it is has less calories than skinless chicken breast.
Lamb Chops, crusted with so much flavor, with meat inside seeping in juices. It’s a shame I could not eat more of this since I was on the quest to try everything skewered.
Slipper Lobsters, simply grilled on the half shell, paired with a dash of lemon and a spoonful of butter. Unlimited servings of this alone would have made the price of the buffet worth it.
Prawns, big and succulent, shells cracked in the middle to make it easier to extract the meat. Pair this again with lemon and butter.
Squid, you might think this was going to be rubbery and boring, and you’d be dead wrong. It’s covered in a tasty orange hued dry rub that complements the sweet taste of the squid meat but what is more surprising is how tender and soft (not mushy) the meat was.
Some of the lesser appealing choices round it out, Chicken, Pork Belly, Rib Eye (a bit overcooked for me) and Parrot Fish.
You might have been tempted to go all out and stuff yourself silly with all the meat and seafood being peddled by the waitstaff. I caution you to leave some room for dessert or you’ll regret it. The last item on the churrasco list is Grilled Pineapple, marinated in nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. It’s sweet and at the same time very nutty, remember you can also have as much of this as you want.
Find yourself too full then you can flop down on these resting areas and look at the fish or the stars. They will give you some gigantic pillows to make it more comfortable.
The Churrasco Buffet at Ibiza Beach Club happens everyday starting at 6pm and cost P2,000 net without wine and P2,500 net with free flowing wine.
I’m craving for the churrasco experience here in Manila but having no luck finding a comparable one.
For people visiting or in Cebu, the Ibiza Beach Club Churrasco Buffet is a must. The price is so reasonable considering the amount and quality.
Churrasco Buffet at Ibiza Beach Club6PM Daily Ibiza Beach Club Movenpick Resort Mactan Island Cebu Punta Engaño, Mactan Island 6015 Cebu City, Philippines Contact No.: (032) 492-7777