We recently visited the Vikings Buffet Restaurant branch in SM Jazz Mall in Makati. We were surprised at the decor at the entrance, even some of the staff were in costume. I later found out that thy have a changing theme every Sunday for the kids to enjoy. The week we visited, it was Sailor Moon which I wonder if today’s kids even know. I’ve seen them do a Spongebob Squarepants one that is apt with the new movie coming out and a more familiar figure.
Once you get past the entrance way, you’ll be greeted by the island display of desserts and a giant, multicolored Murano glass like chandelier.
Vikings goes for the European feel at this branch, white and blacks abound. The layout is also really nice with the buffet spread situated in the middle like and island with seating on the sides.
I was surprised to see more decor in the kids utensils area.
The meal started with some sushi and sashimi, how unsurprising for us. They are not the best in the world but for the price you are paying they are a-ok.
Lauren got her tempura fix, freshly cooked because of the crowd it always draws.
I saw them grilling these beautiful yakitori sticks beside the tempura area. My little tip is to sprinkle some togarashi pepper and sesame seeds on top of your yakitori to give it a special zing and nutty flavor.
Jade Balls?? I wonder what those tasted like, do they have spinach or some other green vegetables. I was not able to confirm what it was because I was too stuffed to even get some shabu-shabu.
Meat and seafood lovers will be equally happy with the carving and grill stations.
I was curious about the make your own milk tea with step by step instructions but skipped trying to make it as I was quite happy with their selection of pre made drinks. I saw other people clutching glasses of milk tea with giant straw and black pearls.
Lauren went back again and again for her favorite frozen yogurt, which she first tasted at Niu by Vikings.
Irene and I went and made our own halo-halos that comes with its own shaved ice machine.
The Filipino desserts at Vikings are really good, what with the halo halo, bibingka, puto bumbong and other rice based delicacies. Irene went for the puto bumbong while I had kutchinta and sapin sapin both of which I felt were better here than at Niu.
The food is almost the same across all branches save for a few dishes but this is probably my favorite Vikings branch in terms of layout and enjoyment. The layout is easy to navigate while the ambiance is nice and cozy.
- Weekdays Lunch – P688
- Weekdays Dinner – P888
- Weekends Lunch and Dinner – P1088