The resort lists two restaurants -- Spice Market and Dela Playa Beach Grill and Tapas Bar -- in its website. Spice Market features Southeast Asian cuisine (including native Bicolano dishes) while Dela Playa is all about grilled seafood and steaks. These two establishments, however, are adjacent to each other and the lines separating the two are practically blurred every meal time because the buffet sections are scattered all around these two supposedly separate restaurants. So it's just like one restaurant after all.
Spice Market interiors and high ceiling.
Spice Market sports warmer interiors while Dela Playa takes on a much brighter and airier tone, with outdoor seating available. Nonetheless, it's easy to spot that they use the same style of tables and chairs.
Dela Playa also supposedly provides nightly entertainment of "acoustic guitar and soft Brazilian music" but such is not the case. On one night, there was just a guy-and-girl duo singing pop music, including --and quite weirdly -- up-tempo tunes. Needless to say, the music spilled over to Spice Market. Seriously, their music choices here are really weird, if not unpleasant.
Dela Playa faces the beach, so the outdoor seating options are more appropriate here.
As for bars, I've seen three. There's one at the indoor activity center, another one named Sula Bar, which is a swim-up bar at the infinity pool, and finally, a beachside bar at the resort's main beach. Cocktails are also served at the second floor of the indoor activity center during happy hour.
Food-wise, there's not much to rave about, the buffet included. On our first night when we went for dinner at around eight, the buffet tables were a sorry mess. It seemed like they weren't too keen on refilling anymore at that time. So on our second night we went there really early at around six. Everything was largely untouched, so I took the chance to snap some photos with my mobile phone to give you an idea of what to expect.
The salad and appetizer bar, with the soup section right behind. It's just funny how the bread and soup corners are on opposite ends of the buffet table.
Ratatouille on the left, crusted mixed seafood on the right.
Waikiki chicken BBQ on the left, pork and chicken roulade with pineapple gravy sauce on the right.
At the main buffet table, there was always at least two kinds of rice, one of which is plain and the other, flavored. They also have a Bicol corner, which features the usual spicy dishes and other such specialties as adobo sa asin (adobo in salt). Tonight, though, it was:
Left: Ginataang dila ng baka (cow's tongue in coconut milk); right: Inon-on na isda (fish cooked in vinegar, or paksiw).
There are also a couple of special stations, including one for roast beef, pasta, and grilled meat and seafood. During breakfast, there are also counters for fried rice, eggs, pancakes, cereals, and fruit juices.
The pasta and grilling counters.
Apart from cakes and pastries, the desserts table always had fruits in season. When we were there, mangoes, melons, watermelons, and oranges were staples. On one night, palitaw was also on the table (although I'd hardly call it dessert).
I loved the mangoes here; they're so sweet!
Ala carte orders and room service are both available here as well.
Next up, I'll show you the various activities available at the resort, so everyone can burn all those calories.
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