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NIU by Vikings, Eat like a Shala Viking!

My friend Raquel Bartolome, Assistant Marketing Head of Vikings, called me to personally invite Kap & I to the media launch of NIU by VIKINGS, the newest upscale, more shala version of everybody’s favourite budget-friendly buffet restaurant, VIKINGS. My family & I have always loved Raquel & Vikings so of course it was as fast “yes” from me.

In case you’re wondering, NIU means “nine” and refers to the “Cloud 9” experience the sumptuous buffet provides. The  new Vikings buffet has 9 stations with over 300+ dishes for you to enjoy at a leisurely pace ensconced in posh, hotel-like surroundings.

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NIU by Vikings

6/F SM Aura Premier, 26th Street Corner McKinley Parkway, 1630 Taguig
478-3888, 847-3888, 0917-586-6888, 0919-999-6888
Email niubyvikings@gmail.com
Website http://niu.ph

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The interiors are really comparable to a posh hotel’s setting don’t you agree? I was really floored upon entrance. It’s like I’ve been transported from a mall to a luxury hotel.

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So we don’t bother the other guests who were clueless that a legion of foodies with cameras have just descended upon them, Raquel had the clever forethought of setting us up at SWEDEN, NIU’s biggest private function room which can accommodate up to 50 pax. Great for holding more intimate parties.

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With my sweetheart GUIA of FOOD REVIEWS MANILA, and good friend (and hostess) RAQUEL BARTOLOME.

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I’m not sure if these are the utensils used throughout, but I loved how mine that night screamed SWANKY. <3

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I love buffets because I get to choose what I like without having to wait. And the price point is perfect because everything is already included in the price from starters to dessert & coffee. Saan ka pa? :P

FOR WEEKDAY LUNCH: 1,088.00 php + 5% SC. FOR WEEKDAY DINNER, WEEKEND, AND HOLIDAY LUNCH & DINNER: 1,388.00 php + 5% SC. Kids below 3 years old/3 feet eat for free. 50% Senior Citizen discount to persons 75 years old & above.

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The buffet starts with the dessert section & I was truly tempted to pass on all other stations & concentrate on dessert. But Kap was right behind me & stuck to me like glue. So I had to behave & eat right. :P

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I smiled when I saw the Yakitori station with Chicken Bum (isol), Chicken Skin, Chicken Liver, Quail Egg, and Pork Belly. It’s not often that you get to see that at upscale restos. And I must say, NIU by Vikings certainly knows how to put the FUN in posh!

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Shabu-shabu station which I would have loved to try. Except that my tummy ran out of space. Boo! :'( Next time! <3

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Roasted turkey, Crackling pork belly, & Salmon coulibiac.

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My handsome date, his forever eating buddy, and our his-and-hers happy plates:

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Sugar & Spice with Dude for Food. It always makes me chuckle whenever my big strong man is referred to as “SUGAR & SPICE” ahahahaha! :P Parang hindi bagay sa macho image niya!

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Please take note of the UNLIMITED FOEI GRAS! \m/ Hurrah to you Foei Gras lovers! It’s time to rejoice.

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Okay. So I went a bit crazy with the cheeseses. :P But I have to tell you, them teppanyaki gindaras & beef are THE BOMB! <3

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I felt christmas in my heart (and tummy) with this yummy puto-bumbong. I had a bite each then surrendered my plate to Kap. No more plus one next time! @_@

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He gave me this fruit platter as a reward for surrendering my fun plate!

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I was impressed that aside from the usual fruit juices, soda & many more beverages you can find in the other Vikings outlets, they have included unlimited WINES & cocktails in NIU! \m/ We were able to try both the Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (red) and Jacob’s Creek Riesling (white) which are the current staples. And I can honestly say they were both dee-licious! <3 If you’re a manly man & scoff at cocktails & wines, then NIU also has Double Chilled Draft San Mig Light and Pale Pilsen Below Zero for you. ;)

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Of course, I had both! ;) Red for my meats, & white for my sashimi.

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We also enjoyed a happy explosion of colourful cocktails.

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Brewed coffee. My perfect meal ender.

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Thank you so much NIU by VIKINGS & my dear Raquel for another FUN-tabulous times at Vikings. Can’t wait for another branch in SM Jazz soon to open (and that we get invited again, teehee)! \m/

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With some of the more notorious KTG and corporate executive chef ANTON ABAD & sous chef VON RAGUDOS.

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Although in my opinion, you still can’t compare NIU by Vikings with the other leading 5-star hotel buffets, NIU is definitely a step up from the more affordable VIKINGS and other similar budget-friendly restos & still packs a mean punch when you want to impress a date. The place is definitely grand & posh-looking so you automatically get pogi points for that. A pianist is also at the helm which makes dining sort of romantic (I can’t say totally because it’s still crowded with a smattering of high-volumed convos all around & well-lit). But in general, we were happy with NIU by Vikings & would definitely go back with the kids in tow.

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