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March 04, 2016

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



March 04, 2016

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

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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...

 

HIGH STREET CAFE
Shangri-La at the Fort Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 820-0888
Instagram: @shangrilafort
Twitter: @ShangriLaFort
Facebook: Shangri-La at the Fort, BGC
Website: www.shangri-la.com

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




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The Shangri-La at the Fort lobby is clean and elegant, like the ones in Hong Kong.

 

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You feel right at home as you enter High Street Cafe because of the friendly smiles, casual attire, and warm service.

  

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The place is quite spacious with a living room ambiance. Best to reserve the couch tables near the dessert buffet.

 

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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  

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The poached frozen crabs, lobsters, and scallops tasted exactly as advertised--frozen.

 

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Best to have these cooked to truly enjoy them.

  

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Check out the kinilaw bar with different sauces.

 

STATION #2: FRUITS, SALAD, & TAHO

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I always like to start with a big plate of pineapple, watermelon, and kiwi.

 

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Ask for the freshly mixed salad like this Thai version.

 

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One of their signature salads is the Mango Crab in a jar. Just check the smell before you eat it.

 

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I can't resist a good taho, but it's better to save this for dessert.

 

 

STATION #3: CHEESE, CHARCUTERIE, MEZZE

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You can ask for a platter of the different cheeses and cured meats, including the jamon.

 

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You can skip the sandwiches.

 

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Ask for a mezze of the different Mediterranean dips and bread to share with your group. 

 

STATION #4: JAPANESE CUISINE

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The freshly sliced tuna was impressive.

 

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The slices of mackerel and salmon sashimi are controlled, so you have to ask for how many pieces you want.

 

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That's about it for the Japanese station--sushi, sashimi, and okonomiyaki. There's no tempura or teppanyaki. 

 

STATION #5: ASIAN CUISINE

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I like how there's a wide breathing space in between the stations.

 

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I was curious about this Salted Duck Soup cooked in this big ceramic jar.  Unfortunately, they ran out before we could order.

 

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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

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This is where you can have your seafood cooked in butter garlic or your own preferred sauce.

 

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They bought an oven specifically for the baked potatoes.

  

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Their signature dish is the tender beef cheeks served with mashed potatoes.

 

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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

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You'll get the most value for your money from the wide array of meat selections.

 

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Our favorite was the Lamb Cutlet with mint sauce.

 

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They use charcoal to cook the skewers and the other meats, which sets them apart from other hotel restaurants.

 

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For something different, try the Nyonya Wings, which are also cooked over charcoal.

 

 

STATION #8: CHINESE CUISINE

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The main highlight of the buffet is the Chinese station.

 

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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.

 

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The roasted duck and pork are OK.

 

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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

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The Molten Lava Cake was good--freshly baked for 8 minutes and topped with ice cream.

 

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You can also check out the homemade ice cream cocktail creations.

 

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Strawberry with chocolate and marshmallow cooked with liquid nitrogen was a nice idea, but you can barely eat it after.

 

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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. 

 

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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!

 

HIGH STREET CAFE
Shangri-La at the Fort Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 820-0888
Instagram: @shangrilafort
Twitter: @ShangriLaFort
Facebook: Shangri-La at the Fort, BGC
Website: www.shangri-la.com

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

 

Live an Awesome Life,

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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. 

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