My wife and I consider Circles as one of our most favorite and most memorable restaurants. We’ve had three celebrations at Circles, out of the four times that we’ve been there — first was the wedding anniversary of my in-laws in 2013, second was our first anniversary as a couple last January 2014 and third was our first breakfast as husband and wife last April 2014. This being the case, food at Circles always evokes fond memories of celebrations with families. And because it’s a buffet restaurant, eating here is always a culinary adventure for us.
Circles offers a good selection of international cuisines,ranging from Asian to American to Middle Eastern to European-Mediterranean. However, being unfamiliar with the dishes in the Indian and Mediterranean sections, we would usually just get food from our favorite stations.
Our feast would normally begin with slivers of succulent salmon sashimi from the cold section. We’ve always loved their sashimi because the fish is always fresh that is why it tastes sweet. After having had our fill of sashimi, we would also have crabs, shrimps and mussels. You can either eat these cold or have them cooked in garlic and butter.We prefer ours hot so we would request for these delectable sea foods to be cooked in garlic butter.
An assortment of steak and potatoes swimming in gravy,braised vegetables, salmon and cheeses
Another favorite is the meats from the carvery. We would always reserve space in our bellies for roast beef, steak and lamb. The meat is always perfectly cooked, rendering it with just the right tenderness and juiciness. I like mine a little salty with the edges a bit charred. The meats are best paired with potato wedges with a good dollop of mushroom gravy.
Being fish lovers, my wife and I would also sample the fish dishes that are available like grilled tuna or baked salmon.
And if there is still space in our tummies, we would also sample dim sum from the Asian station. These steamed goodies are always tasty and delightfully tender. For soup, sukiyaki is a good option.
Must try also is the assortment of cheeses available at the bread and salad station. I always get a good chunk of gruyere and camembert cheeses here.
I also remember the time when we had breakfast here the morning after our wedding, we feasted on, of course, bacon and their selection of sausages. You can also have an omelet done with your choice of ingredients like onions, mushrooms, cheese, etc.
Butter pudding and brazo de mercedes swimming in vanilla sauce
Dessert is also a joy for us with the various assortments of sweets. We would always cap our good meal with yoghurt ice cream, Brazo de Mercedes, Tres Leches cake, warm vanilla cake and a host of other goodies.
Stuffed, you can also ask for tea or coffee to warm and relax your full tummy.
Service-wise, one can also expect a good one from the personnel. Although Circles is on the pricier side, everybody should include this in their bucket list of restaurants to try.
Also, Makati Shang-La also has an annual Circle’s voucher sale where buffet for one is priced at around P1,000++. It usually happens early in the year. Watch out for it!
*This review is also posted in Zomato