A week before O’s birthday last October, I arranged a buffet dinner in Circles Makati Shangri-la for his early birthday celebration. The theme for the night is Spice Market Buffet. I found out that each night, there’s a specific theme for the buffet. Mondays are for Wholesome Market theme. Tuesdays are for Butcher’s Market, best for meat lovers. Wednesdays are for Spice Market, the theme I chose.  Thursdays are for Farmer’s market theme, farm-to-plate concept. Fridays and Saturdays are days when Seafood Market takes its place. Lastly, Sundays are for Grand Central Market.
As a little kid, mom used to bring me to her meetings in hotels and leaves me in the restaurants. Whenever her meetings are in Makati Shangri-la, it’s a quick decision for her to leave me at Circles. I sure have fond memories of Circles Event Cafe since my little chubby days. It’s always exciting to visit places that reminds you of your childhood, isn’t it?

The Food:

The theme of Circles Event Cafe, Spice Market, didn’t necessarily overload the buffet with everything infused with spices. More or less, about 50% joined the theme. If you can’t handle middle eastern spiced dishes, you still have your Chinese cuisine, Japanese cuisine, Filipino cuisine, carving station and regular desserts.
Baba Ghanoush
Beside the cheese platter and appetizers, trays of , mediterranean spread like Baba Ghanoush (eggplant mix) are in line to fit your pita slices.
Romanced by spiced dishes, O and I stayed longer at the station where most middle eastern dishes are displayed.
Chicken Tariwala
Chicken Tariwala – homestyle chicken curry cooked with onion and tomato.
Right before I took a swing to the ice cream station, I called for something different for dessert, this Baklava. Layers of thin filo soaked in its sweet syrup and nuts in all parts.
Gulab Jamun
So happy to be united again with the Indian dessert I love the most, Gulab Jamun.
Carving Station
As mentioned, your typical carving station is present, and will never go on a leave.
Japanese Station
The only station I cannot skip, Japanese station.
Seafood Station
Dessert Station

The Ambiance:

You cannot take away the elegance in any Shangri-la Hotel property. The food, the ambiance and the service easily convince you to celebrate your occasion in this place.
A small sweet surprise when the servers sang a birthday song to O in the middle of dessert time. I love it whenever he gets the attention, he becomes instantly awkward (and cute!) Haha!
Have you tried Circles Event Cafe in Makati Shangri-la?

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Location: G/F Makati Shangri-la, Ayala, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: 6:00AM-10:30AM / 11:30AM-2:30PM / 6:00PM-10:00PM
Contact: (+632) 814-2580
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MakatiShangrila
Budget: PHP2000++



Food 8/10
Ambiance 8/10
Service 8/10
Cost 8/10
Overall 8/10