Despite the recent entry of big-name brands in Cebu, Grand Majestic still is among the very few remaining better value for money buffet restaurants in the city.
Although the rates have increased a little bit since the last time I visited here, the quality of the food has thankfully not changed. By the looks alone of the appetizing dishes on display, you’d know that these were not rehashed from yesterday’s menu.
There are only 3 main food stops, 2 of which are located at the center – appetizers, mains and desserts. The sushi, the dimsum and carving stations are all located by the bar at the back. I’ve been told by the waitstaff that during evenings, the latter will have Peking duck and salmon sashimis.
After surveying the scene, it didn’t take me long to decide on what to feast on during our team’s recent lunch out. I started with something light – a few pieces of tuna sashimi, California makis and a bowl of soup.
The next batch was decidedly heavier – fresh scallops and mushrooms, the textural surprise that is the fried shrimp roll and some mixed greens in oyster sauce. All the seafood were fresh by the way, maybe because Grand Majestic sourced their produce from their sister restaurant right next door – the Isla Sugbu Seafood City.
For those with adventurous palates, the restaurant also offered century egg and jellyfish, which I tried previously but only out of curiosity. The latter is probably an acquired taste, especially among the Chinese. And no, it doesn’t taste like chicken.
They do need however to improve the pastries and desserts spread. The cakes, or at least the slices I had, were not as memorable as the fried shrimp rolls and oysters. In retrospect, I should have given the local kakanins a try.
Over-all, I like Grand Majestic because I wasn’t burdened with way too many choices or be disappointed by the lack thereof. If you want to be overwhelmed, this is not the place to go to. It’s not dirt-cheap either. This restaurant then presents itself as one of the better mid-priced buffet option in Cebu.
In here you won’t feel guilty for missing say, food station #17 or the one with charcuterie or that DIY halo-halo spot. Grand Majestic may have none of that, but believe me that that is still OK.
Grand Majestic is indeed one of the city’s enduring buffet places – the quality of the food choices, ample parking place and its proximity to nearby BPO offices (especially those in Cebu IT Park and Cebu Business Park) which have a limited budget for quarterly lunch-outs.
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City
(032) 260.8000 local 1109
Lunch: 11 AM – 2 PM | Dinner: 6 PM – 10 PM
Adults: Lunch – P550 | Dinner – P650
Kids: 1-5 years old – FREE | 6-11 years old – Lunch P275 Dinner P325 | 12 and up – Adult Price