food si surperb and service is great
what i like about circles is the ambiance and the different kinds of foods that they have. its not only delicious but it is also good for everyone. my son loves to eat here. he likes the dessert and i like the sushi.would love to go back here..
I always place my reservations when I intend to dine at Circles in Shangrila Makati 'coz it's always full. I love their buffet which offers different cuisines, Mediterranean, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino etc. So better go here on an empty stomach to satisfy your cravings and don't forget to make room for desserts...oooohhhh so yummy!!! Although its expensive, the quality of food here are superb!!!
When we arrived in Circles, most of the tables were already taken but the place didn’t seem crowded because there was a lot of room to move about. Our first stop was at the Indian line-up. I got beef curry, naan with pecan nuts sauce, tomato-stewed lamb and “beef balls.” I was trying to remember what you call the Indian meatballs. I asked him but he didn’t remember either. I said it starts with an M… Mmm… M-mm… I then asked the lady attendant and she looked at me weirdly and said, “beef balls.” I grinned and said thank you. “Of course, beef balls.” What was I thinking? …Meatballs??? As I turned my back from the smorgasbord of food, I suddenly remembered what it’s called, “Kofta.” Yum. We had a variety of sushis. We also gorged on huge slices of roast beef and veal. I had mine with red wine but leave it up to me not to taste the other sauces. I didn’t try the apple sauce but I tried three other sauces for my roast beef. Red wine sauce with mushroom, Dijon mustard (which I enjoyed the tangy taste against the succulent meat!) and a white gingery sauce that I forgot the name. I can’t even figure out what it’s made of. He went back for a second helping of Indian delicacies. We also tried their Chinese cuisine of steamed fish and assorted asado. I’m disappointed we didn’t get to try a lot of the other stuff because we were so full after our third plate.
The restaurant is dubbed "Circles" for the different themed "circular" sections of food (or maybe only because of the circular placemats haha). There's a sushi/sashimi station with oysters, mussels and crabs; an appetizer table with salads in shot glasses, mini pie-crusts with cream cheese, a cheese plate, and other unidentifiable but very lovely hors d'oeuvres; a pasta and rissotto bar; roast beef and leg of lamb for carnivores; and an Asian station with curries, dimsum, and basmati rice.
We headed to the dessert section and lo and behold, there was a chocolate fountain beaming at me! I love chocolate fondues! It actually took me 5 minutes to finish getting the pineapples and mallows fully covered with chocolate on my plate. Thank goodness the fellow next to me waited patiently… or they would have asked the burly security to get me off that area. He was looking at me funny coz I was smiling from ear to ear while getting my chocolatey pineapple. I looked obsessed I guess. I noticed it wasn’t too funny anymore when he cradled my arm away from the desserts area. He got a variety of desserts, maybe 8 different kinds that we shared. The dessert cakes tasted as good as the ones in Bizu but he especially liked the creamy pudding. We debated on what kind of dessert was on a mini- champagne glass. I said it was a chocolate soufflé but he was quick to disagree saying that a soufflé has a pouf. I said, “…a what?” laughing. He said, “like a puff… like a puffed pastry of Janey: Aah… soufflés don’t necessarily have to have a pouf to be called sort.” a soufflé. I think a soufflé has custard-ly consistency to be called one” Ok for everyone’s sake, I looked it over and here’s the technical definition of a soufflé: A souffle is a dish, either sweet or savory that is made from a flavored base, then lightened with egg whites and baked in a round, straight-sided earthenware dish. It bakes very high and then falls quickly, so it is served straight from the oven. The outer crust is crisp and the interior is soft. It's a classical dish with many flavors! –so, I think he was more right than me although I got the custard part with the egg whites and baking directions.
Basically, the presentation of the food was appetizing, and there was not one item that I tasted that wasn’t delicious. However, there were about three line-ups that I wasn’t able to go to so I can’t give a full assessment. The buffet price was far from my first guess. It was cheaper than Paseo Uno buffet which cost 1.2 K per head excluding taxes. I’d say that the price was just ideal for everything the place has to offer. The interior was lovely, low-lighted but good enough to appreciate what you’re eating. The place had an exclusivity air to it. It was also roomier than Paseo Uno. I enjoyed their interior pieces as well as the table articles. My final verdict: I wanted to go back the next evening to eat there again. Everything was so gastronomically satisfying!
Arguably the best buffet in metro manila. They carry a wide selection of choices ranging from the sushi and sashimi to oysters and crabs. The meat eaters will not be disappointed either with the prime rib and other meat options. The salad and dessert stations are probably one of the best, considering the wide array available. Unlike some buffets where quality of food suffers due to volume and the rush to bring out new servings, Circles is able to keep the level of its food at a high standard. The one thing that I really like here is that, the staff are friendly and accommodating, in that they will make changes to or cook certain foods to your specific requests.
Every year, my husband and I will always go to Shangri-la Makati for our anniversary. And we will not miss the Circles because of two reasons: first, because it is one of the best buffet restaurants have ever been to and second, it is hard to miss it because it (the breakfast) is automatically included in our overnight stay in the hotel.
It is the best because of the great food served there, the freshness and the flexibility of choices you can have in just one ingredient or more. There are lots and lots to choose from--from Filipino dishes, to Chinese, American, Japanese.
The service is truly great. The staff there is very friendly and they will always make you feel that they are very happy to see and know you... that is why there some crew there that we have already known like Ricky who almost always see us there every year.
The view from the restaurant seeing the mini-forest style with mini-falls are oh so breath-taking.
The price is truly nice since it is included in our overnight stay.
The Circles truly is one of the restaurants one should visit in Makati. If you have not been there, make sure you will come there next time!
Circles is good not only because of the wide array of food but also because of the quality. It is normal for a buffet restaurant to have the quality of the food suffer because of the quantity that needs to be cooked. Here at Circles Makati they have exceptionally fine food of different cuisines. The restaurant doesn't offer the regular food items that one usually see in buffet restaurants. For around 2000php, it's worth it. their breakfast buffet is very good also. The service isn't really anything special because buffets are often self service and this one was no exception.
Circles are perfect circle so is the food. Expensive but satisfying, love the variety, so I bought a Makati Shangrila membership, so I can have a discount card to dine at Circles.
Since it was Valentine’s Day, I was out with my mom playing proxy for my dad who was abroad. We decided to have lunch at Circles Event Café in Makati Shangri-La, where they serve a long buffet of intercontinental cuisines and, based from reviews I’ve read on the net, some of the most eye-candy and decadent desserts in Manila.
It’s best to reserve a few days before your intended visit lest your name would end up on the waiting list. One good thing with Circles is that you can come in any attire, even with just tee-and-jeans and flip-flops so you don’t have to make a fuss over whatever’s appropriate to wear in going to the place. We arrived around 11:30 am and had to wait for a couple of five minutes before they ushered us in to our assigned seat. The place was literally overflowing with food! In fact, I was so engrossed with the business of eating that I didn’t notice I was filling up on my tummy way too much by the end of my 3rd plate. By the time I was up for dessert, there was just very little room left in my tummy that I only had one plate of dessert – the only real tragedy of it all. “Primera klase” were the exact two words my mom used to describe the sumptuous feast before our eyes. I’d have to agree 100% with one blogger who described the place as the Mother Of All Buffets in his site. It is not mere exaggeration for me to say that words simply cannot give justice to the wonderful dining experience me and my mom had at Circles. I know that readers who have tried the place would agree with me. You just have to try it out for yourself to figure out whatever no-nonsense I’m talking about here. Two spoilers, though: 1) You can never win against the bountiful buffet that awaits you; one simply cannot try all of it in just one visit, and 2) it was a bit pricey (Imagine a canned soda that cost PhP 175!). There were only the two of us, and I had to pay almost PhP 4,000 for the bill (Drinks, VAT, and SC included.). Nevertheless the overall dining experience we had was well worth every peso shelled out. In fact, I’m planning to go back really soon so that I can make up for the desserts and confections I haven’t tried. Oooohhhh… Can’t wait already! ^_^