For me, the highlight of every meal is dessert. A great dessert lingers in the palate and in the mind after everything has been said and done. Nothing makes me happier than a slice of moist chocolate cake swimming in a pool of melted salted caramel (an autographed photo from Juan Mata is a close second). Yes, I do not want the caramel to be artfully drizzled on top of my chocolate cake; I want buckets of it haphazardly dumped on my plate.
Although I did not encounter any moist chocolate cake in Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot by Vikings – Araneta Center, the moist brownie and the not-so-dry cookie with chunky chocolate chips were decent substitutes. What made me over-the-moon giddy about the buffet lunch was not the dessert station (I was too full to properly enjoy every bite of the tiny cakes) but the drinks at the bar. They had around a dozen drink combinations, and the curious cat in me tried all of them for some thorough unscientific research. And boy, oh boy, the concoctions did not disappoint. I must have consumed my recommended monthly allowance for sugar in a day, but it was worth it.
Here are the drinks and desserts served at Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot by Vikings – Araneta Center:
Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot Bar Station
Minty Lemon-Lime and Tamarind Juice. The minty lemon-lime was not memorable. The tamarind juice really tasted like ripe tamarind (I grew up eating tamarind or sambag in Iloilo).
Fresh Kamias and Lemongrass Infused Tea. The fresh kamias juice gave me a kick in the throat, but it was a good kick. It is not for the faint of heart, but it was my favorite drink. I am not a fan of tea and I like my lemongrass in my tinola, inside my lechon or on top of my rice.
Wild Berry Tea and Papaya Carrot Juice. I was not wild over the wild berry tea, and the papaya carrot juice was meh.
Strawberry Mango Tea and House Blend Iced Tea. I had the strawberry mango tea twice because I am partial to mangoes. The house blend tea tasted ordinary.
Honeydew Melon Agua Fresca and Cucumber Agua Fresca. I liked both because they were light and unobtrusive. I was able to enjoy them and the food I paired them with.
More drinks! This time, three in one tower.
Specialty Coffee and Chocolate drinks. I do not drink coffee, and I have chocolate drinks for breakfast, so I skipped this section. My brother had at least two glasses of the Milo shake and said it was good.
Beer. I also skipped this part because I do not drink alcoholic beverages.
Kakanin made of glutinous rice. From top to bottom: sapin-sapin, kutsinta and palitaw (I think). As a rule, I do not eat kakanin in buffet restaurants because a slice of it is equivalent to a cup of rice in my stomach.
Ice cream and Halo-Halo. There were around eight ice cream flavors, which I regretfully had to skip.
This display of sweets is just so adorable. 🙂 I had the cookies with chunky chocolate chips, and they were okay. They were not dry, so that is good. I skipped the chocolate-covered flakes and whatever that thing is below it. I had that muffin-like item at the bottom. It was heavy and not my kind of dessert at all.
Jello shots, miniature cakes and jelly-based desserts. I had four of the cakes, and I liked only the blueberry one. The others had no distinct flavor and could have been interchangeable.
Jello shots, miniature cakes and jelly-based desserts.
Blueberry Panna Cotta
Doughnuts. I was so bundat (my pants were stretched to the maximum diameter) by this time, so the doughnuts fell under the look-but-no-touch category. My brother had two and said that the glaze was good but the bread (?) was hard.
Frozen yoghurt maker
This accommodating lady made my crepe.
My banana-mango crepe
These chocolate fountains remind me of The Two Towers in The Lord of the Rings – meet Orthanc and Barad-dûr.
Chocolate fountains with marshmallows and others
There were rooms for big groups. This one was behind the Bar Station.
Another private room for big groups. This one is behind the desserts station.
For the main dishes, please read Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot – Araneta Center Branch, Part I. For hotpot and Japanese stations, please read Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot – Araneta Center Branch, Part II.
Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot Rates*:
Adult Weekday Lunch: P688.00 (US $13.76)
Adult Weekend Dinner: P888.00 (US $17.76)
Adult Weekends/Holidays Lunch and Dinner: P888.00 (US $17.76)
Kids below 3 feet: FREE!!!
Kids 3 feet – 4 feet Weekday Lunch: P188.00 (US $3.76)
Kids 3 feet – 4 feet Weekday Dinner: P288.00 (US $5.76)
Kids 3 feet – 4 feet Weekends/Holidays Lunch and Dinner: P288.00 (US $5.76)
Kids 4feet – 6 feet Weekday Lunch P388.00 (US $7.76)
Kids 4 feet – 6 feet Weekday Dinner: P588.00 (US $11.76)
Kids 4 feet – 6 feet Weekends/Holidays Lunch and Dinner: P588.00 (US $11.76)
*Prices are subject to 5% service charge.
Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot Operating Hours:
Lunch: 11am to 230pm Monday to Sunday
Dinner: 530pm to 10pm Monday to Sunday
Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot Araneta Branch Address:
Ground Floor, Manhattan Parkview, Gen. Roxas Avenue, Araneta Center, Quezon City
Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot Araneta Branch Telephone Numbers:
(02) 932 – 7777 and (02) 939 – 777