When the Vikings arrived in the Philippine food scene 4 years ago, people welcomed
them it with open arms and good appetite. I have heard and read a lot of good stories about the Vikings. Five-star food menu, luxurious ambiance and personalized service.
The Vikings even treat birthday celebrants to a free buffet meal (a treat that most of the other buffet restaurants have adapted). Who wouldn’t fall in love with the Vikings?
With such a fresh concept on buffet dining, and innovative approach to food and menu offerings, Vikings is always mistaken as an international franchise. The secret was revealed when Vikings invited us for a lunch meet-up. The Vikings (Buffet Restaurant) is truly a Philippine brand. Vikings was even awarded the Most Promising Retailer during the 17th Outstanding Filipino Retailers and Shopping Centers ceremony by Philippine Retailers Association.
The truth is, I have never experienced the Vikings. It is always a plan that we didn’t get to cross out in our to-do list. When Vikings opened its doors, it was when I felt a little tired over buffet restaurants.
In the function room inside the newly-opened Vikings Store in SM Megamall, we sat down with Charles and Raquel and we talked about food, customers’ buffet behaviors, our own buffet strategy and more about Vikings. It is interesting how Vikings tried to keep up with the food trends and ensuring that customers don’t get bored with every visit to the Vikings restaurant. Take for example, the ambiance – each Vikings restaurant has a different ambiance to give guests a different feel and mood whenever they visit a different Vikings store. The Vikings in SM Megamall has a seating capacity of 500+ guests and offers more than 200+ dishes. The menu for this brand wants to emphasize the idea that every dish created by the chefs is a work of art or a masterpiece and that guests can freely “paint their palate” with the different colors of cuisine on the buffet table, hence the “Art Museum Theme”.
To let us experience the Vikings’ food innovation and let us reconnect with our roots, Vikings is launching a special menu this Independence Day to celebrate the Filipino heritage. Vikings calls it “Homegrown”
The Buchi con Yema is a revelation! I have to say that buchi is not my favorite dessert in the world, but this buchi offering might make me change my mind. When you take a bite, it is an explosion of texture – crunch and chewiness of dough. As you bite deeper, you will taste the creamy yema which is not at all sweet.
It was a delight to taste these Filipino offerings from Vikings Buffet Restaurant. What makes the menu more interesting is the story behind every dish – a story and experience by each of Vikings’ resident chef infused with their culinary expertise. It truly represents Vikings dedication to personalized service and engaged employees.
The Vikings Independence Day Menu called “Homegrown” will be available in SM Megamall branch starting June 12!
Vikings SM Megamall
4th Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, Bldg. D, SM Megamall,
Julio Vargas cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong
656-3888, 656-4888, 656-5888