Dusit Thani Manila’s Sunday Buffet – Umu

Dusit Thani Manila Hotel has a new promotion they call Sunday Family Crossover Brunch. I call it an outrageous buffet. For the price of P1,495++ or US$31 for adults and P595 for kids you get to eat as much as you want from their 4 excellent restaurants. There’s UMU the Japanese restaurant, Benjarong serving Royal Thai Cuisine, Tosca with Italian cuisine and Basix the international restaurant. Each restaurant has their own live cooking station, a huge selection of hot and cold dishes and dessert.

When you arrive in any of the 4 restaurants you are asked to pay immediately. Upon paying they issue you a green wrist tag similar to paper tags attached to your luggage when you check in the airport. The wrist tag is your ticket to eat in all the 4 restaurants. You can get as much food and drinks from any restaurant and take it back to your table. It’s not as easy as it sounds. The Thai and Italian restaurants are on the second floor and can be accessed by a spiral staircase. The walk from our room at the extreme end of the Japanese restaurant to the second floor provides a good workout.

I will start with UMU since that’s where we were seated. The Japanese restaurant is simply beautiful. The food was awesome specially the sukiyaki and the selection from the Teppanyaki table. Honestly, that was all I tried in the Japanese restaurant. All the choices overwhelmed me.

directional sign to the restaurants

japanese merchandise for sale

typical private room

outdoor seating

mixed vegetable salad

chicken and beef (i think) yakitori

sushi and sashimi


cold noodles

siomai (according to the sign)

ham and cheese croquettes

This is the first live cooking station. Sukiyaki is cooked in front of you. You can pick out which ingredients you want in your bowl. The bean thread noodles or vermicelli is the best I’ve ever eaten. It’s thick and chewy unlike the Filipino kind which is thin. The beef is very tender and the soup is not too sweet.


This is the second live cooking station. There are two teppanyaki tables to cook whatever meat, seafood and vegetables you choose from the center table. The lines were long and it took some time to cook the food but it was all worth it specially the salmon belly. I wanted to get more but I dreaded the line.

mushroom and veggies at the back
salmon, salmon belly, prawns and steak in front

plates are lined up waiting their turn at the teppanyaki table

each ingredient is cooked and seasoned separately

The third live cooking station is the fry station. They had several items coated with panko breadcrumbs on sticks. The only thing I didn’t get was the eggplant and lady finger pangko.

from top: ham & cheese, shitake mushroom, salmon belly

top: prawn & bacon roll, salmon belly

Just eating in this Japanese restauant is worth the P1,495. A lot of people must have realized what a good deal the buffet was because all the restaurants were full!

I have to break down this buffet into the 3 posts to feature all the food pics of the 4 restaurants. To be continued

Dusit Thani Manila
Edsa cor. Pasay Rd.
Ayala Center Makati City
telephone: (632) 867-3333


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