DUSIT THANI: Sunday Family Crossover Brunch Buffet (Umu and Basix)
Dusit Thani recently launched the Sunday Family Brunch Buffet, which is a streamlined and improved version of their famous Crossover Buffet across all the four restaurants in the hotel (Benjarong, Umu, Tosca and Basix).
The Sunday Brunch Buffet still features the same international cuisines: Japanese, Italian, Thai, and Continental, but it's a crossover between the first floor restaurants Umu and Basix so that people don't have to go up and down.
The Thai food of Benjarong is featured in Umu, and the Italian selections of Tosca are featured in Basix. Also, they added more emphasis on Filipino cuisine in Basix by including Lechon and Fresh Lumpia. This time, breakfast fare is added to the Basix spread to truly make it a brunch affair.
More focus has also been placed on kids' entertainment and family fun, hence the name Family Brunch.
Some foodies debate that the old format is better, but some like the streamlined crossover approach.
Here's our Family Brunch experience to give you an idea on what's new and different with Dusit Thani's Sunday Family Brunch Buffet...
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FAMILY BRUNCH: UMU
Family Fun Entertainment
(Suggestion: The idea of a play area section is nice, but it can be improved by having unique, interesting and good quality toys.)
FAMILY BRUNCH: BASIX
For this brunch, I prefer making UMU my homebase, while just getting some main dishes from Basix. If the buffet is not too crowded, one strategy is to transfer to Basix for the second round and dessert.
I think it's great that Dusit decided to highlight this Filipino favorite. I love how it's becoming a mainstay in Sunday Brunches to attract the Filipino families, especially those with balikbayan or tourist guests.
I also love the fresh Lumpia station where they create the wrapper from scratch.
I like the UMU Japanese Buffet and the Benjarong Thai Buffet, which give them a yummy, competitive edge versus other Sunday Brunch offerings in the metro. I'm also pleased with the addition of the Paella, Lechon and the focus on Family Fun entertainment.
The buffet is now more manageable with the use of two restos only on the first floor, and great selected dishes from the different cuisines available in the hotel.
I must admit, though, that many foodies loved the idea of hopping from one resto to another for variety and for help in digesting the food. Although the food offering is technically the same (but with better selection), having only two restos gives the impression that the food is reduced.
Lastly, I do hope they upgrade the kids' area with better quality of toys and different interactive booths.
Check out the new Sunday Family Crossover Brunch and let me know what you think in the Comments section.
Sunday Family Crossover Brunch
Dusit Thani Manila Hotel
Every Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Adult: P1,800 net per person
Children from 6 to 12 years of age: 50% discount; and
Children 5 years old and below are free of charge.
Note: Inclusive of unlimited beverage featuring each restaurant’s signature refreshment.
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Full Disclosure: Our Sunday Family Crossover Brunch Buffet was courtesy of our friends from Dusit Hotel. I wrote this blog post myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I have no business relationship with any company mentioned in this post or any organization promoting it. As a policy, I don't accept advertising from food and travel places we feature in the blog.
P.S. Check out the new Dusit Club on the 17th floor (topmost) of the hotel.