A Distinct and Delectable Buffet Experience at DADS/Saisaki/Kamayan
35 years ago, a dream to have an avenue for good food without limits has now fully bloomed. DADS (which includes Saisaki and Kamayan) is the first buffet I have tried and it has contributed greatly in my transformation as a true-blue foodie. If memory serves me right, I never knew how it felt to eat to your heart’s content before DADS or in a more applicable manner, until your stomach and forehead are as hard as each other.
I love DADS for its diverse food offerings, going from Filipino to American to Japanese cuisines. With these three cuisines present, I think I couldn’t ask for more (though adding a little Chinese might be interesting but can overwhelming for many).
At one side there is a lineup of Filipino dishes like kare-kare, lechon, and crispy crablets.
Can anyone take the rice away and bring out the booze?
On another side, there is a carving station of turkey, roast beef, pork, and a leg of lamb. A carver will slice pieces of meat of your choice and put it on your plate. You can choose from several sauces available. I personally like the ham sauce as it is a little sweet. I think there is also the familiar gravy there. Near the carving station is a selection of pasta and salads. You can choose from different pasta sauces and toppings too. I liked the DADS lasagna because it is meaty.
Another corner features Japanese food fare mainly with variants of tempura and maki. There are seafood tempura like shrimps and crab sticks, and veggie tempura too. The maki area is overflowing with different maki whose names I cannot remember. So sorry. But I am pretty sure there is the well-loved California maki because I had a couple of those meanies.
Colorful maki everywhere!
At the center of the buffet battlefield, is a large tower of desserts surrounded by cakes, mini-cakes, ice cream, halo-halo, and a crepe cook.
Aside from getting treated by DADS/Saisaki/Kamayan, we were introduced to their unique buffet service. They has added a more personal way to connect with hungry guests as they made four of their top dishes available right at your table. These four dishes are the Saisaki’s tempura and maki, Kamayan’s pritson, and DADS’ seafood, beef, and pork barbecues.
This is the first time I tried their pritson (succulent cuts of lechon de leche, cucumber, spring onion wrapped in lumpia wrapper) and now I know why it is a top seller.
Staff dressed with traditional or funky attires go around the buffet area to serve these scrumptious dishes hot off the frying pan or grill, and served on your plate.
I am not sure what their names are but for me, the dude with the shrimp hat who they call Mr. Tempura Guy will always be Mr. Shrimp for me. And he is the coolest!
Though they were super busy serving hot food around the buffet area, they were so nice to grant me a quick photo-op. They we ssoooo cool to even strike a pose.
Aside from the food, what I love about DADS is that it is a family venture. After 35 years, it is amazing to know that the triple-V tradition that has made a lot of Filipino tummies happy is still there. It is a great reassurance to know that the familiar is just around the corner – the food that our lolos and lolas, and mom and dads have enjoyed are still tickling our taste buds. More than food, though it probably has a few bumps and turns, that’s something awesome right there.
I would like to thank Guia and Francis from Buensalido for the hook-up. Also, a ton of thanks to Mara and Cara Villavicencio for inviting us over and re-introducing us to DADS/Saisaki/Kamayan. Had a great chance to meet Bokie as well, the guy behind another buffet favorite of mine and where I celebrated my birthday last year, Sambo Kojin. Cheers to more food!
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- SM Megamall (636-3785)
- Glorietta (892-8898)
- Edsa (705-1807)
- West Avenue (374-3767)
- Padre Faura (528-1723)
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