Heat at EDSA Shangri-La Manila recently unveiled their Mad For Wagyu promotion which is held every Saturday evenings. As with my experience in Shangri-La properties wherever they may be, the F&B ideas are constantly kept fresh and exciting and the concept at the EDSA Shangri-La property is the first of its kind where hotel buffets in Manila are concerned. After having my rounds checking out the updated menus of various Shangri-La hotels in Southeast Asia in 2015, I started 2016 at yet another Shangri-La property – though this time I wasn’t at a tasting event. As it was over the new year’s, I dined with family.
Heat has always been recognized for its quality international buffet with a wide variety of dishes from various cuisines. Priced decently at Php 2,415 per person, the Mad For Wagyu promotion retains this theme, but incorporates the beef across the numerous food and cooking stations – from humongous chunks at the roasting section to petite wagyu rolls at the Japanese station. During the course of my meal, I managed to sample as much as I could of all the wagyu creations they had on offer that night.
the chef busy at work preparing my beef tartare
the end result
Beef Tartare is always a great choice as a starter and Heat has quite a decent section where diners can watch the chef whip up a mean serving of this raw appetizer. Or they could also choose to do it on their own!
cheesy gyu sushi
As with the case with buffets anywhere, I always check out (and prioritize) the Japanese section. While old favorites such as tuna and salmon sashimi were still there, the rolls were given an update via the introduction of wagyu sushi rolls. I spotted at least two types during the evening that I was there – I particularly liked the Gyu Sushi topped with cheese!
tender beef brisket
Moving on to the Chinese section, I was greeted by another round of beef items. Of all the stations serving wagyu that night, the Chinese section has got to be my favorite. I particularly enjoyed the Stewed Wagyu Beef Brisket with Radish – a relatively simple dish but the meat was amazingly soft and complemented by the slightly pungent aroma of radish. There were also some stir-fried wagyu beef cubes in the Chinese section that were particularly flavorful. For the epicurious, there are the interesting Wagyu-stuffed Xiao Long Bao and Wagyu Beef Ball Pao Bun to consider.
raw and marbled slices of beef ready to be cooked as beef bistek
Before moving on to the highlight of the buffet, I had a taste of the offerings at the cooking station. Here, diners can practically bring in some cold items such as the various shellfish and crustaceans from the seafood counters for cooking. That night, I also spotted slabs of nicely marbled beef and beef patties which could also be grilled or baked according to the diner’s preference. Personally, I liked the thin slices of Marinated Wagyu Beef for its Filipino-infused flavors similar to “beef bistek.”
the most eyecatching item of the night – the 25kg wagyu beef leg
As with my experience at Shangri-La Singapore’s Sunday Champagne Brunch or at Hotel Jen Tanglin’s Sunday Champagne Brunch, the highlight of the Mad For Wagyu Saturdays at Heat is no less than its generous carving station. At the centerpiece is no less than the 25kg Wagyu Beef Leg which immediately gave me a sense of deja vu as it looked exactly the same with the wagyu leg at the Singapore property. I was told the beef leg came from Japan so I suppose the suppliers are actually the same as it makes sense for Shangri-La to centralize their sourcing to achieve economies of scale.
Beside the huge chunk of beef leg was the Tomahawk Steak with the ribs prominently sticking out. In all, I preferred the latter over the former due to the juicy and tender meat of the tomahawk.
wagyu crepe… by appearance only
Even the desserts were not spared from the wagyu madness! To really bring the point home, my sweet crepe came out in the shape of a cow’s head! Good thing the crepe didn’t taste like beef – it was still sweet and savory just the way I like it topped with my favorite ube-flavored ice cream. But I thought it was a really cute gesture as it really shows how serious the F&B team is in Saturday’s wagyu theme.
some filipino desserts
HEAT’s Mad For Wagyu is available every Saturday for PHP 2,415 net which is actually decently priced considering the amount and the wide variety of wagyu beef available. Elsewhere, that price can only get you one serving of steak!
Edsa Shangri-la Hotel
1 Garden Way
Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
For reservations, you can call : +63 2 633 8888 ext. 2740 / 2741