Vikings Luxury Buffet at SM City Bacolod Restaurant Review

My wife and I decided to head to the newest buffet restaurant in Bacolod, Vikings.

They had a 50% off sale for anyone who wore a vikings mask, and so my wife decided that we should make our own. I must say, she completely crushed mine (and she was a bit disappointed in what I made her).

We didn't want to wait in line, as I know that in Manila the lines can get pretty long and the wait can be horrendous, so we went ahead and booked a early reservation. It is quite common in Manila for people to get there early and talk and hang out for several hours, so why not? You don't have to jump right in feeding your pie hole. You can start with beer (on tap!!! You can't find that anywhere else in Bacolod at the moment), wine (if you want to pay extra), or one of the great many drinks they offer on tap.

The price is normally 827.40 pesos per person including service charge. However, if you have a birthday you get in FREE if you bring a paying customer. You also get some pretty nice singing and hilarious dancing and music to go along with it. It's pretty awesome. If you don't go the DAY of your birthday, you can still head there during the MONTH of your birthday and get in free as long as you have four paying customers with you.

Look at it this way, if it's your birthday and you have a spouse/boyfriend, it's virtually a 50% discount as long as you don't bring any friends. That's a pretty good deal.

OK, enough gibber-jabber. Let's talk about the food.

Firstly, let's not over do it. Some other blogs talk about how many different types of food there is and how you can have Asian, American, and European, but let's be honest: the selection isn't much for any of them. Having said that, the selection is much bigger than anything else I have seen, especially in Bacolod.

Here's Vikings' real menu choices:

Japanese food: Sushi, Sashimi, teriyaki, and some salads, shabu shabu
Filipino food: chicken inasal, pancit canton, and some others
Chinese food: century egg, chicken feet, fried fish, dimsum
Thai food: pad thai, pineapple rice
Filipino-Italian food: various pasta and some pizza
German food: ham, sauerkraut
American food: sliders (small hamburgers), french fries, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, angus steak, beer can chicken
Australian: Lamb

There is also a lobster, crab, and scallops. I have no idea what countries food it is, but it was in the Asian section.

There is also a grilling station with tuna, blue marlin, bacon, and some other meats

For drinks, you have some teas, beer, water, lemonades, sodas

For fruit you have watermelon and pineapple

Desserts: make your own halo-halo, blueberry cheesecake, eclairs, coffee parfait, ube parfait, vanilla-strawberry parfait, butterscotch, various ice cream flavors with various toppings.

Salads: German potato, and some other noodle and vegetable salads.

Of course, the stuff isn't always the same. When something is gone, they serve up the same thing or something else.

To be quite honest, the food is really hit or miss. Some things are delicious, some are OK, and others are horrendous.

My favorites: lamb, German ham, lobster, vanilla-strawberry parfait, watermelon agua fresca (drink)
My wife's favorites: century egg, some type of Chinese chicken, blueberry cheesecake

Horrendous: almost all of the desserts except the ones I mentioned under favorites, fish siopao, other dimsum, the sauerkraut tasted terrible (and I LOVE sauerkraut

The rest was just "meh". The sushi is OK, but it is mostly just rice. There are maybe around 10 choices but none stick out at great. The sashimi was bland. The pizza was also just OK. The hamburger tasted close to an American hamburger, which is something you can't find many places. But it wasn't a great hamburger by American standards at all.

Here's my scores:

Service: 3 out of 5 (the bill took a long time and some of the waiters looked complexed when I asked them to refill my drink)
Price: 4 out of 5 (for my 50% off), 2 out of 5 for the full price
Environment: 3 out of 5 (it was extremely loud with people running around like animals)