HIGH STREET CAFE: Your Neighborhood BGC Food Hall @ShangriLaFort (A Review)

High Street Cafe-102.jpg HIGH STREET CAFE is the all-day dining restaurant of Shangri-La at the Fort, designed as a neighborhood food hall, offering world cuisine with casual service and a friendly ambiance. It features 9 different buffet stations with 50% of the food prepared upon order. The place has received mixed reviews, possibly because of the high expectations given the Shangri-La brand. We visited with our foodie friends recently, and here’s what we liked and what we think can still be improved at Hight Street Cafe…   Shangri-La at the Fort Manila Address: 30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Philippines Telephone: +632 8820 0888 Email: slfm@shangri-la.com Facebook: Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila Instagram: @shangrilafort Twitter: @shangrilafort Youtube: Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila Websitehttp://www.shangri-la.com/manila/shangrilaatthefort/ Operating Hours: BUFFET Breakfast (P1,200 net) 6am – 10am (Mon-Fri) 6am – 10.30am (Weekends) Lunch (P1,550 net) 11.30am – 2.30pm (Mon-Fri) 12noon – 3pm (Weekends) Dinner (P1,900 net) 6.30 – 10:30pm (Every Day) A LA CARTE Breakfast: 6 – 11am All Day: 11am – 11pm   Shangri-La at the Fort Manila Staycation Series: • Shangri-La at the Fort: Why it is the Best Family Staycation in BGC?! (2018) • SAMBA: Manila’s Finest Peruvian Restaurant?! @ShangriLaFort (A Review) (2016) • RAGING BULL: Best Steakhouse & Bar in BGC? (Preview) @ShangrilaFort (2016) • CANTON ROAD: Best Modern Cantonese Chinese Restaurant in BGC?! (A Review) (2016) • MINISTRY OF CRAB Manila Guide (Is it Worth it?) @ShangriLaFort (2019) High Street Cafe-136.jpg The Shangri-La at the Fort lobby is clean and elegant, like the ones in Hong Kong.   High Street Cafe-138.jpg You feel right at home as you enter High Street Cafe because of the friendly smiles, casual attire, and warm service.   High Street Cafe-124.jpg The place is quite spacious with a living room ambiance. Best to reserve the couch tables near the dessert buffet.   High Street Cafe-84.jpg Check out the menu if you don’t feel like eating in the buffet: A la Carte MenuCoffee, Tea, Cocktail, Milkshake | Spirits, Wine, Beer   STATION #1: FROZEN POACHED SEAFOOD High Street Cafe-10.jpg The poached frozen crabs, lobsters, and scallops tasted exactly as advertised–frozen.   High Street Cafe-5.jpg Best to have these cooked to truly enjoy them.   High Street Cafe-9.jpg Check out the kinilaw bar with different sauces.   STATION #2: FRUITS, SALAD, & TAHO High Street Cafe-16.jpg I always like to start with a big plate of pineapple, watermelon, and kiwi.   High Street Cafe-64.jpg Ask for the freshly mixed salad like this Thai version.   High Street Cafe-69.jpg One of their signature salads is the Mango Crab in a jar. Just check the smell before you eat it.   High Street Cafe-74.jpg I can’t resist a good taho, but it’s better to save this for dessert.     STATION #3: CHEESE, CHARCUTERIE, MEZZE High Street Cafe-18.jpg You can ask for a platter of the different cheeses and cured meats, including the jamon.   High Street Cafe-76.jpg You can skip the sandwiches.   High Street Cafe-83.jpg Ask for a mezze of the different Mediterranean dips and bread to share with your group.   STATION #4: JAPANESE CUISINE High Street Cafe-78.jpg The freshly sliced tuna was impressive.   High Street Cafe-22.jpg The slices of mackerel and salmon sashimi are controlled, so you have to ask for how many pieces you want.   High Street Cafe-79.jpg That’s about it for the Japanese station–sushi, sashimi, and okonomiyaki. There’s no tempura or teppanyaki.   STATION #5: ASIAN CUISINE High Street Cafe-86.jpg I like how there’s a wide breathing space in between the stations.   High Street Cafe-113.jpg I was curious about this Salted Duck Soup cooked in this big ceramic jar.  Unfortunately, they ran out before we could order.   High Street Cafe-99.jpg One of my favorites in the buffet is the rich creamy Laksa with a good spicy kick. Don’t forget to order this!     STATION #6: INTERNATIONAL CUISINE High Street Cafe-43.jpg This is where you can have your seafood cooked in butter garlic or your own preferred sauce.   High Street Cafe-30.jpg They bought an oven specifically for the baked potatoes.   High Street Cafe-105.jpg Their signature dish is the tender beef cheeks served with mashed potatoes.   High Street Cafe-111.jpg The service is extra friendly. Shout out to Regine, who went out of her way to assist us with the food and answer our every inquiry.   STATION #7: CHURRASCO & MEATS High Street Cafe-32.jpg You’ll get the most value for your money from the wide array of meat selections.   High Street Cafe-95.jpg Our favorite was the Lamb Cutlet with mint sauce.   High Street Cafe-96.jpg They use charcoal to cook the skewers and the other meats, which sets them apart from other hotel restaurants.   High Street Cafe-97.jpg For something different, try the Nyonya Wings, which are also cooked over charcoal.     STATION #8: CHINESE CUISINE High Street Cafe-34.jpg The main highlight of the buffet is the Chinese station.   High Street Cafe-88.jpg The taste and quality of the hakaw and other dim sum was disappointing. Here’s hoping they fix this with the opening of their signature Canton Road Cantonese restaurant.   High Street Cafe-36.jpg The roasted duck and pork are OK.   High Street Cafe-39.jpg The best one is the Dong Bao Claypot Rice, which is like a sweet tender pork stew with the rice absorbing the sauce.     STATION #9: DESSERT High Street Cafe-47.jpg The Molten Lava Cake was good–freshly baked for 8 minutes and topped with ice cream.   High Street Cafe-112.jpg You can also check out the homemade ice cream cocktail creations.   High Street Cafe-56.jpg Strawberry with chocolate and marshmallow cooked with liquid nitrogen was a nice idea, but you can barely eat it after.   High Street Cafe-100.jpg Overall, I like the smart casual ambiance of High Street Cafe. It’s not intimidating like other 5-star hotels and the service is super friendly. The witty “jolog” signage like Laksarapp, Kiss my Beef Cheeks, and Sandwich or Me? are a nice touch and add to the not-so-formal feel of the place. For their dishes, I recommend going for the Laksa, Beef Cheeks, Lamb Cutlet, and the Dong Bao Claypot Rice. They have a fixed net price for lunch or dinner, which is already good value for money considering the number of buffet stations.   High Street Cafe-135.jpg Make sure to hang out at the High Street Lounge with a chandelier masterpiece made from 5,000 hand-blown crystals. And we love the cool Francis Libiran-designed uniforms!   Shangri-La at the Fort Manila Address: 30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Philippines Telephone: +632 8820 0888 Email: slfm@shangri-la.com Facebook: Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila Instagram: @shangrilafort Twitter: @shangrilafort Youtube: Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila Websitehttp://www.shangri-la.com/manila/shangrilaatthefort/ Operating Hours: BUFFET Breakfast (P1,200 net) 6am – 10am (Mon-Fri) 6am – 10.30am (Weekends) Lunch (P1,550 net) 11.30am – 2.30pm (Mon-Fri) 12noon – 3pm (Weekends) Dinner (P1,900 net) 6.30 – 10:30pm (Every Day) A LA CARTE Breakfast: 6 – 11am All Day: 11am – 11pm Shangri-La at the Fort Manila Staycation Series: • Shangri-La at the Fort: Why it is the Best Family Staycation in BGC?! (2018) • SAMBA: Manila’s Finest Peruvian Restaurant?! @ShangriLaFort (A Review) (2016) • RAGING BULL: Best Steakhouse & Bar in BGC? (Preview) @ShangrilaFort (2016) • CANTON ROAD: Best Modern Cantonese Chinese Restaurant in BGC?! (A Review) (2016) • MINISTRY OF CRAB Manila Guide (Is it Worth it?) @ShangriLaFort (2019)   Live an Awesome Life,

Anton

Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com  Disclosure: We paid for our meal. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights P.S. Best to visit after a few weeks, when their operation is better and more stabilized.

4 thoughts on “HIGH STREET CAFE: Your Neighborhood BGC Food Hall @ShangriLaFort (A Review)

  1. It’s surprisingly not that expensive given their ambiance and food offering. I’ll give it a try.

  2. We just had our lunch at High Street Cafe. I had checked in the different 5 star hotels and tried their buffets. I would say this is one of the best buffet in a hotel setting.Their food isnt the usual being served in other hotels. As what Anton had highly recommend, me and my cousins love the laksa and the beef cheeks. I love thier Dong Bao Claypot rice too.

    In most buffets, the dessert isnt that to die for but here in High Street Cafe……we love their french macaron which isnt that sweet….my niece loves the ube, me and my cousins love that one with the black sesame. With regards to their ice creams, I had tasted a little of 4 flavors……the mango, the guyabano, the one with the burned flavor is also good, Their french macarons arent that sweet……me and my cousins love the one with the black sesame seeds, my niece loves the ube.

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