Vikings. For many, this is the race of Norsemen that are fierce warriors and brave seafarers from the North. For some Filipinos, its the place where one can indulge of culinary feasts that is so bountiful as one can desire. Vikings is an established buffet restaurant promising to let every “Juan” experience luxury buffet dining.
This review covers their branch in SM North Edsa – The Block. The space is very spacious, however, on some days, there will be lines so come early if you want to get seats quick. Their lunch starts at 11am and dinner seating starts at 5:30pm. The decorations and ambiance of the place is well planned. There are couches and tables that seats comfortably and bright chandeliers to give the place a sense of class.
The food table consists of long spread of buffet tables. There are cuisines in Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Filipino, American and European. The dishes are well-varied and the menu changes every 4 days.
I would say that with so many dishes, its really hard to go for seconds on any favorites as you will probably be full already from just sampling a few of each. The dimsums and sushi choices themselves are already many. You can also request from the sushi chefs for any temaki cones you may like.
On the quality of the food, I must sadly report that they disappoint. They are not particularly great. The taste, ingredients and preparation seems to fall short of other more reputable places like Spiral, Circles, or Heat. Granted those are well-known hotels and Vikings has a much lower price, it certainly feels like you get what you paid for. Still, for the Vikings buffet price of 1,088++ on weekends, I’d much rather go for Sambokojin in Eastwood for Php 599. Its comparable to Buffet 101 actually but the service on Buffet 101 is lacking so that’s one place I’m not going back again on.
For Vikings, you must try the Angus Rib Eye. Its not bad and request for a 1/3 inch cut and have it cooked to your preference. The meltic striploin while not bad is not as good as the Rib Eye.
There is a Yakitori station as well so try out a few sticks as well since these can be expensive is some ala carte places.
The drinks bar is generous with juices, soft drinks, watermelon shake, milo shake, and beers. The beers though seem to be in limited supply and will only be served to adults of course.
The dessert station features Taho, Ice Cream, Pastries, and Fruits. Overall a decent sweets option though you may already be quite full at this point.
So overall, if you are looking for a place to try out as many dishes as you can, Vikings can be a good destination. If you are looking for good quality food though, this is not the place to be.
VIKINGS LUXURY BUFFET RESTAURANT – SM North EDSA The Block
4th Level, The Block, SM City North EDSA
North Avenue corner EDSA
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (+63 2) 376-3888, (+63 2) 376-4888, (+63 2) 376-5888