Novotel Manila Has Cooked Up Something Tasty for You This Independence Day Weekend

This June, relive a momentous part of our history and reignite our love for our own culture with Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s Independence Day Buffet. From June 10 to 12, enjoy a sumptuous spread of Filipino specialties at the Food Exchange Manila for only PhP1,588 nett.

The hotel’s all-day dining restaurant celebrates the country’s freedom through a culinary treat for all diners and guests. Indulge in Filipino favorites such as sisig, kaldereta, bagnet, lechon, bulalo, kare-kare, and sinigang alongside the buffet outlet’s regular offerings. Relish a wide array of local delicacies together with French desserts, pastries, and homemade ice cream.


I love the selections at Food Exchange. I've dined here a couple of times before, and what I especially like about the restaurant is the fact that the selections are well thought-of, a collection of all the good stuff that doesn't overwhelm in number. Not to mention the fact that the rates are very affordable. The kare-kare is a must-try; Novotel’s rendition has both beef meat and tripe, vegetables, and sweet-salty bagoong that makes each mouthful even more delicious. The peanut sauce was not as thick as I’m used to, but was, flavor-wise, spot-on. There's also a seafood version but I wasn't able to try it. The Pampanga-Style Asado brought memories of my Lola's cooking: instead of cubes, tender, thinly sliced pork is used.

For Food Exchange regulars, worry not as its signature Indian dishes are still offered. For first timers, try the Gol Gappa—an Indian street food consisting of crisp puff balls with a filling consisting of potato, masala, spiced water, and a bunch of other spices—as well as the tikkas and biryanis. Not to be missed also is the restaurant's seafood and carving station, as well as the dessert section.


Call (02) 990-7888 now to reserve a table—bring your whole family!

Food Exchange
G/F Novotel Manila, Gen. Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City

Regular Buffet Rates:

Weekdays - PhP888 (breakfast); PhP1,288 (lunch); PhP1,388 (dinner)
Fridays & Saturdays - PhP888 (breakfast); PhP1,388 (lunch); PhP1,588 (dinner)
Sundays & holidays - PhP888 (breakfast); PhP1,588 (lunch); PhP1,388 (dinner)

Children below 12 y/o - FREE
Children aged 13 - 17 - 50% off

What is your favorite Filipino dish? Have you tried Food Exchange's buffet?

My meal was sponsored by Novotel Manila. All opinions, however, are my own.

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