I recently had the opportunity to try out Crimson Hotel’s new initiative, the Sunday Family Brunch. It’s like a combination of all the good things in life: an endless buffet of delicious food, classy lounge ambiance, a roofdeck swimming pool, and a place to leave your kids so you can have some “me time” back.
Such is the concept drawn out by Crimson Hotel for your Sunday famiy days. Unlike the traditional buffet which is basically a sit-down and eat event for the next 3-4 hours (and I see a lot of people doing that at Viking’s and Sambo Kojin!), Crimson’s family-oriented offering is aimed at being your “all around Sunday activity” by offering much, much more than just a smorgasbord of delicious food.
This Sunday Brunch event pulls out all the stops. And it should. It’s positioned for P1,600 bucks per head for the basic course – which all the food, drink, kid’s entertainment, abd swimming pool. For P2,100, you have the option to add in all the liquor available – champagne, wine, beer, and other alcoholic drinks. Before you think about how much beef your kids are gonna stuff themselves with, take note that kids above four feet are 50% off that price – those below the handy measuring stick get to eat for free with their parents.
While P1,600 may be on the pricy side for a buffet, this is not your ordinary buffet, and shouldn’t be seen as such. Think of it as your Sunday family day gathering, all in-one luxurious spot. It’s breakfast, it’s lunch, it’s afternoon tea, and a place to leave your kids to play while you’re at it. There’s always a children’s movie playing at the far end of the lounge, along with parlor games for them to enjoy. Parents who miss “the good old days” when they could just hang out with friends without worrying about their sweet little treasures can get some of that back, leaving the kids in the play area is safe and they won’t be running out of things to do any time soon.
This is the kind of thing you go to not just with your family, but with your friends and their families. Crimson’s marketing manager, Alex Aquino, explained to us that it was specifically envisioned as a way for parents to get together with their friends while their children socialize on their own in the play area. They just might have something here.
Not being a family man myself, I can’t really attest to the efficacy of this approach, but all I can say is that the food itself is top notch.
And what delicious food it was! I had previously eaten at the buffet at Crimson Hotel’s grand ballroom. It was good, but not great. The Sunday Brunch, however, is great. One key was the much wider breadth of offerings to choose from. Among the viands I had the option to choose from where the lamb shish kebab, vegetable kakiage, a smattering of sushi and sashimi (along with my favorite, shake or salmon sashimi!), bacon, roast beef, and beef curry.
But there were also great breakfast and dessert options, such as the custom-made omelettes, crepes, and pancakes. There was also an ice cream bar (which goes great with the crepes!) with several flavors available and candy sprinkles and fruit to go with it, and a whoel table full of pastries like velvet cakes, cheesecakes, eclairs, and panacotta.
There was even a bar for special kid’s macaroons that came in different fun colors, and a chocolate molten lava cake that you could have heated on the spot for that nice, warm gooey chocolate filling contrasting with the cold, cool ice cream.
The food alone was worth the price of admission. I put the quality of the food above the typical buffet restaurant. The usual challenge of buffets is keeping the food fresh throughout the day for the customers to eat. It’s for the reason that I dislike eating at buffets such as Viking’s or Yakimix. The food is just not as good fresh; I hold it’s better to eat a freshly-cooked set meal compared to food that’s been left to stew on the table for a few hours. Crimson’s brunch is timed from 11am to 2pm, and it might be that we just got the food pretty fresh at 11am when we ate, but it certainly did not have the “soggy factor” I usually associate with buffet table food.
The last thing to note is that eating at Crimson’s buffet offers you the chance to win a trip every month. Each eating instance gives you a ticket to the raffle, which is free transportation and lodging with Crimson’s partner hotels around the country. It’s a very nice bonus.
I have to thank the South Writer’s League for the opportunity to eat at Crimson’s. It was such a great experience and I look forward to doing this again sometime when I have an actual family to take advantage of the full event.
- Crimson Hotel
- (02) 863 2222 for reservations
- Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/CrimsonFilinvestCity
- Address: Entrata Urban Complex, 2609 Civic Drive, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
- Brunch Rate:
Php 1,600 net/ adult (Brunch with unlimited juices)
Php 2,100 net/adult (Brunch with unlimited mimosas, local beer, house wine and juices)*