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Hotel Okaura Manila’s elegant ambiance that will surely mesmerize and put guests in awe leading to the Yawaragi Restaurant (Photo from THEPHILBIZNEWS/MAS)

By Alithea De Jesus

Admit it or not, there are many buffet restaurants that offer the same menu, or maybe a little of something and the rest of the food selections are the same.

For Hotel Okura Manila, the Kisetsu Weekend Buffet is something that tells a lot about what luxury and comfort of dining is, whether with family, friends or colleagues.

The interior alone is impressive and elegant and set the tone of the luxury hotel’s ambiance not to mention the warmth of the people plus the well-curated ateliers and this buffet in Metro Manila is simply unparalleled.

The Yawaragi Restaurant’s Kisetsu Weekend Buffet is available from Saturdays to Sundays for lunch (12 noon to 3 p.m.) and Fridays to Sunday for dinner (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.). 

Kisetsu or “seasons” in Japanese, reflects the culinary philosophy of using ingredients at their prime flavor. The weekend buffet – with Sunday Lunch as the main highlight – showcases an array of Japanese specialties and international gourmet dishes from both Executive Chef Gavin Russell and Robatayaki Chef Ryuji Tsuchida. 

Executive Chef Gavin Russell
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Robatayaki Chef Ryuji Tsuchida

The Sunday Lunch Buffet features Japanese favorites such as the prawn and vegetable tempura, maki rolls, sashimi, Japanese curry, yose nabe (hot pot), tamago yaki with stewed hijiki seaweed, grilled black cod in Saikyo miso, and udon noodles in shiitake sauce. The premium Sunday specials include tender roast sirloin of Australian beef, Alaskan king crabs, and lobsters; a roving bar cart highlights a selection of our signature cocktails along with free-flow champagnes, wines, and beers. At the robatayaki counter, chefs can grill various seafood and skewered meat a la minute for you.

Lobsters, vegetable and prawn tempura
*Some menu items may change slightly without prior notice due to ingredient availability and quality
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Tuna and salmon sashimi; live station for grilling seafood and skewered meat
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*Some menu items may change slightly without prior notice due to ingredient availability and quality

Saturday Lunch and Friday to Sunday Dinner Buffet days will still include a carvery station, seasonal produce and seafood such as shrimps, mussels, and clams. Some menu items may change slightly without prior notice due to ingredient availability and quality.

Drink all you can from Yawaragi Restaurant’s selected premium drinks including signature cocktails along with free-flow champagnes, wines, and beers to compliment the food. Kids can enjoy fruit juice

For the dessert spread, Pastry Chef Vi Serrano presents the yard long concept – emphasizing each dessert’s deconstructed elements to let you appreciate the culinary team’s meticulous attention to detail. When in Japan: Summer showcases Japan’s summer fruits such as compressed melon in fresh orange juice, cinnamon-spiced watermelon, plum sponge cake, plum wedges, and peach coulis. The deconstructed desserts are paired with crunchy almond streusel, sunflower seeds, raisins, orange coral sponge, and whipped white chocolate ganache.

When in Japan: Summer

In addition, you can enjoy Japanese desserts such as dorayaki, wasabi chocolate pudding with strawberry custard sauce, and mochi; chocolates, and assorted cakes including Black Sesame, Irish Profiterole, Pistachio Opera, and Cherry Chocolate.

Pastry Chef Vi Serrano

For Saturday Lunch, the buffet is priced at PHP 2,950 nett per person. Sunday Lunch with free-flow non-alcoholic drinks is PHP 4,300 nett person, while Sunday Lunch with free-flow non-alcoholic  and alcoholic drinks is at PHP 5,200 nett per person. Meanwhile, Friday to Sunday Dinner is at PHP 3,150 nett per person.

Guests who would like to include free-flow drinks can avail the beverage upcharge at PHP 650 nett per person for non-alcoholic drinks; PHP 1,700 nett per person for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks. The price is halved for children aged 6 to 12, while kids below 5 years of age can eat for free.

The Kisetsu Weekend Buffet is available at Yawaragi Restaurant, located at the fifth-floor atrium hall of Hotel Okura Manila. Advance reservation is highly encouraged. For inquiries and table reservations, call +63 917 842 9067, email, or book online at

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