The changing Tides in Shangri-la

Ok, this is not a bucket shrimp restaurant feature. We celebrated Metz’s birthday in Tides at the Shangri-la in Mactan as they had the buy one take one offer for their buffet. Good value for money, the choices were a bit limited with korean, japanese, a noodle station, indian and of course the Filipino section.

But on regular rates, i wouldn’t drive all the way from the city just to have lunch at the Tides any time soon. There are far more superior buffet options in Cebu city, but that is another story.

Ruth, Metz, Raymond. Not in picture is Joslyn and Lloyd


The most interesting piece was the steamed seafood section where you had crabs, new zealand mussels, shrimp loaded on top of ice but hardly anyone bothered with the spread. What most people don’t realize is that it is an interactive bucket experience with about 8 different kind of sauces that you can mix and match, load the seafood and have your own version of a seafood bucket. The only complaint was that the seafood was cold, perhaps we could have asked them to warm it up.



Ok lets talk about dessert. And from there, let’s move on, i have no words ha ha ha. Utterly disappointing. I would rather have 2-3 dessert options done really well rather than have a whole spread that is just so-so at best, and mediocre for most part.

If there was one exceptional dish, it was the garlic buttered shrimp that was curiously placed in the indian station, which was good for me as i mostly had seafood and vegetables for this meal. Topped on lemon rice it was heavenly hmmmm.

The service was exceptional though, the wait staff chatted and smiled with us, and quickly picked up our used plates, at least you can definitely say that service is a plus in the Shangri-la.



the opinions expressed by the pandas is neither an endorsement or an official review of a place, establishment or service. the Pandas are just very opinionated.


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