Lamisaan Dining & Bar at Holiday Inn: A Table of Plenty to Share with Foodie Lovies
I’ve been dying to try buffet at Lamisaan Dining & Bar ever since they opened last year. (I was a literal ‘haba ng hair’ then. *tahaha) Stuff like life’s lemons kept coming up and finally, this time … this time, the ‘drawing’ came to life when I got invited to see, with my own eyes, the goings on at Holiday Inn’s weekend buffet. (Wee! Thank you so much, Holiday Inn!)
Of course, good food and good friends make the best combo for good times so my foodie posse joined me. Just like that, to me, it became one of the most memorable foodievents considering my brother, P3 and X+1 were all complete.
Lamisaan weekend buffets:
Saturday dinner buffet, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – P750
Sunday lunch buffet, 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – P750
ASTOUNDING. That’s how I’d describe the feeling when we turned from the corner of the dining area and were face to face with lamisaan-s laden with different dishes. Just when I thought I’ve seen everything on display, I turned and there’s a little nook behind a thick pillar with more munchies vying to be placed on my plate. Whoa! (With so much to see, I forgot to take singles shots of every pretty little sweet treat on the center table, the desserts table.)
When we finally got settled in our table in the brightest corner of the room, off we went to fill our plates. From that first round alone, we already found our favorites: The melted raclette cheese poured over pickled onions, beets, potatoes, cold cuts, and olives for P3. *contented sighs
For the quality made dough, the pizza got Race’s attention. (That’s a major compliment considering that although he’s a bread lover, he doesn’t really like pizza and now, Lamisaan pizza caught his eye? Wow.) It was the hunk of meat labelled homemade ham for my brother … with all the possible gravies (herby butter, barbeque, and onion) mixed and drizzled over it.
A part of the offering I noticed at Lamisaan that was mighty special and different from other buffets, was the fresh seafood display. We were informed that we could pick out any fish or shellfish we’d like, to be cooked into either sinigang, tinola, a dish with gata, or for grilling. \m/
Eager to let us sample that ‘paluto/turo turo’ style offering they had, we were surprised with a bowl of hot-off-the-stove sinigang na bangus. We really tasted how fresh the milk fish was. So much so that the very essence of the bangus came out; it definitely was milky. And the soup … zingy good … juuusssst the way we like it. Surely, a fantastic addition to our lamisaan. (“,) Later, we thought of getting something in coconut milk. Ate Beth, Karla, and Race said they hoped the gata could somehow be cooked long enough that some oil would be eked out and not soupy, but no biggie really. Because my brother, amused how reminiscent the malaga fish was of grandaunt’s choice fish, easy peasy to debone, finished it off like that.
Let’s take a short break from the Sunday lunch buffet, shall we? The staff at Lamisaan under the management of Mr. Chris, got us a special order of the Inn’s newest a la carte items: Pizzasta and pizzalad. I must say, I agree with Race that they do pizzas extremely well here. (As a real pizza slice and not a cross cut, I tasted the flavors and felt the textures even more.) =)
The pizza Margherita with their extra cream-ilicious carbonara pasta was wonderful. For a second there, I forgot I was in a buffet and just focused on this; how the sous vide egg on the house-made pasta (with watercress, beets, or pumpkin) upped the richness of the sauce, the smoky earthy flavors of kiniing and shiitake mushrooms, how the tomato on the dough was so toasted, it tasted like sun dried tomatoes. Y-U-M!
The salad on the pizzalad was a lovely looking salad with ribbon like strips of cucumber, lettuce, olives, strawberries, and feta cheese. It was tossed in a strawberry dressing so thick and luscious, it made my imagination run wild. I had a thought that maybe if that mix was baked, it would come out as a strawberry cheesecake. Ha! These pizza innovations, at P450 and P350 respectively, are big enough for three and major substantial. ^^,
Back to the all-we-can-eat lunchies. With the buffet scheduled from 12:00 to 2:30, I thought we had lots of time to eat, digest, rest, and begin the cycle again and again. As a lightweight now, I barely finished my (official) second buffet plate (Lipsmacking good Waldorf salad packed with crunchy apples, and Mediterranean salad) and I felt like I was going to hurl from the fullness. Was it all the cheese? Or the meat? (Back of our minds, we’re thinking, how are we going to cope when we get to Spiral buffet then? Traitor tummies! =)) )
Inasmuch as I wanted to stuff my face some more (I munched on cutesy sized pieces of grilled mahimahi, chicken inasal, herbed roast beef, and air fried bagnet, and didn’t even get to the scrumptious looking viands! Wah! I’ll just live vicariously through my brother, whose top picks from that table are the chicken cacciatore and the pork char siu.), I decided it was time to get dessert. If only to ensure I still had space for those eye candy bites. =b For a moment, I stood stunned and nalula in front of the dessert table, then I eventually settled on the stand-outs choco mousse, crème brulee, strawberry mousse cake, a tartlet, and a choco truffle.
Another uncanny situation where my brother who doesn’t like pastries much, fell in love with the strawberry mousse. *tee hee We all agreed that the Lamisaan crème brulee was a true blue crème brulee. With a taho-like consistency, it would not to be confused with leche flan, ever. Race took advantage of the matcha flavored pure white choco fountain and happily snacked on mallows and bread sticks generously bathed in it. Before I forget to mention, coffee and tea are also unlimited at the buffet. =D You do have to tell your attendant that you’d like some. Brewed, with steamed milk as a creamer, it went perfectly with our desserts. In a snap, it’s like our Sunday lunch buffet turned into Lamisaan’s Caffeinated Afternoons.
We stayed till past the buffet closing. The spread was that good, we had a hard time leaving it. *heehaha Also, our tummies felt extremely hell-a heavy after all these good eats. #ThisIsTheLife It was a feat fighting against the urge to lie down on the soothing green, cushioned dining sofa.
(More Sunday lunch buffet food photos here.)
X (under the direction of B and K, paying customers in this instance) marks Lamisaan Dining and Bar at Holiday Inn for good food, an awe inspiring plentiful buffet to celebrate the weekend with foodie lovies, in Baguio.
Price: All this, a wide array of dishes, all you can eat for P750. (Does not include a la carte items, pizzasta and pizzalad) Uh-mazing!!!
Lamisaan Dining & Bar
Baguio City, Philippines
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