Even before making headlines in the aftermath of Typhoon Pedring in 2011, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel's Spiral buffet restaurant had already been the talk of the town.
This posh eatery, located at the hotel’s lower ground level, has been widely known for being one of the biggest buffets in Metro Manila.
It contains a vast selection of different cuisines—ranging from Asian to Mediterranean to European—and a wide array of fresh food choices.
Several lifestyle media outlets and food writers have even gone so boldly to call it one of the best buffets in town.
However, its tragic destruction a year ago—when flood waters from the heavy rains of Pedring and the storm surge from Manila Bay simultaneously crashed and destroyed the place—left patrons and food lovers in limbo.
GRAND RE-OPENING. But finally last November 7, foodie spirits were once again awakened as Spiral threw a grand bash to celebrate its re-opening.
The night began with servings of cocktail drinks and wines, as guests stood by awaiting the big reveal.
The food stations were kept hidden behind white boards while the main dining hall was cleared of tables and chairs for the party.
Pretty soon, Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s general manager, Mr. Goran Aleks, did the honor of unveiling the buffet and welcoming hundreds of guests into the new Spiral.
As guests roamed around and enjoyed great food, international jazz sensation Kevyn Lettau provided entertainment, standing atop the restaurant's iconic spiral staircase that served as her stage.
She performed a few songs, including her biggest hit, “Sunlight,” from her 1992 album Simple Life.
The party went on through the night as guests kept coming to and from the buffet table for more food.
Later, everybody stayed at the Veranda lounge, the restaurant's new Parisian-style bar which leads directly to the hotel's poolside, to enjoy a quick nightcap.