It was a #Saturdate but we decided to skip watching the universally maligned Fantastic Four movie. The trailer already had me raising my eyebrows; the reviews just confirmed my initial skepticism about it.
CHECKING OUT KAPITOLYO
I convinced J that it would be a nice opportunity to check out the Kapitolyo food scene instead. I frequented the area years ago because of work, but I hadn’t really seen any restaurants there except for the usual beerhouse-looking joints, and my favorite at the time, Adobo Republic (whatever happened to them? They had the best Adobo Diablo and Adobo sa Gata!).
The area has become a foodie enclave of late, but I just never had the opportunity to explore it when the restaurants are open because we always found ourselves at SM Megamall until the last full show.
So anyway, last weekend, we finally “toured” East Capitol Drive. We drove around while I took mental note of the restaurants, looking for somewhere to have a late dinner. It was not as crowded with restaurants as I expected (I was imagining Malate in its street party heydays). There were maybe 8-10 restaurants spread out over this stretch of road. It’s still mostly a sleepy residential area, but one that is on the verge of becoming a hot & happenin’ food scene.
The restaurants are mostly small and very new. Some look like they have been open a year or two, while there were some that are on soft opening, or opening soon.
THE ROUND TABLE
When I spied The Round Table, I immediately told J that we needed to check it out. I heard about The Round Table a few months ago, and I am always looking for good, but affordable buffets similar to Guevarra’s.
The Round Table was smaller than I expected (only 20 seats), but it looked well-decorated and classy. I already knew that they only had a few dishes for their buffet, so seeing the small spread wasn’t a big disappointment. The star of the buffet was the roast beef, and as soon as I saw the look on J’s face when he saw the roast beef, I knew we were having dinner there!
The buffet that night was P295/person. Their regular buffets are P295/person (regular price), that you can get down to P199/person if you like their FB page (only applicable for regular buffets and not for special buffets). We happened to stumble upon their East Asian Festival buffet where the P199 promo wasn’t applicable.
The buffet includes Roast Beef, assorted sushi, bibimbap, dumplings, tempura, bulgogi, ssambap, stir-fried noodles, rice, mini chocolate cupcakes, and one round of cold milk tea.
We concentrated on the roast beef. It was well-seasoned, but fatty, because I think beef belly was used. It was still quite good though, especially if you are a die-hard meat eater. Beef belly makes a more tender roast beef. There is gravy on the side. The roast beef is constantly refilled with fresh, hot slices.
The rest of the dishes were okay, they add some variety. The tempura was mostly vegetable tempura.
WEEKDAY BUFFET THEME
The thing about The Round Table is that they have a different buffet theme every day. This way, customers won’t get tired of the same dishes every day. This is a picture of their current line-up:
The Round Table is actually owned by Q Provisions, a catering company. If you like their food, you can hire them to cater your event.
At P295 (regular price) and P199 (if you like their Facebook page), it’s very sulit, even though the food selection is small. The food is up to par and constantly refilled, the ambience is good, service is fast and friendly. Spending the same amount of P199 or P295 at a food court won’t get you this quality of food, service and ambience, and you can even eat all you want at The Round Table! The food quality is above average for the price – it’s not fine dining, but it’s definitely better than food court food. It’s a good place to go if you want to eat good food buffet style, but don’t want to spend more than a few hundred pesos.
I am actually looking forward to going back and trying it on weekdays (P199/head). I’m excited about trying the South American, Italian and Roast Carving buffets!
The Round Table
56 C & D, East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Contact #: 706-1668 0977-3452746 0922-8948509
Open: Lunch – 11AM – 2:30PM; Dinner – 6PM – 10PM; Mon-Sun
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