The home of Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach during her homecoming, Novotel Manila is now the newest and trendiest hotel to stay in Cubao Quezon City. Although I didn’t intend to stay, not yet. I only dined together with my forever date, Mr. O. Right beside Araneta Coliseum, O and I had a weekday lunch buffet at Food Exchange Manila.

Situated at the ground floor of Novotel Manila, Food Exchange Manila is the main restaurant of the hotel. Like a food market, the buffet set-up features an array of fine cuisines, including Indian cuisine, prepared in an interactive culinary theatre.
Let me give you a quick tour around Food Exchange Manila, just in case you are planning to dine here anytime soon.
The Ambiance:
Novotel tried to be playful using modern and minimal interiors. Large wall artwork around the buffet restaurant brought more life to balance off its neutral colors.
One thing I noticed while holding my empty plate as I walked around, everything was spacious, both the buffet and dining area.
The Food:
At the far end of the buffet area, I found the Japanese station with cold soba and selected fresh sushi and sashimi. My excitement for Japanese food declined slowly when I saw few choices of my favorite cuisine.
The Indian cuisine station tried to be authentic, yet still adjusting some flavors to the Filipinos’ palate. Out of all stations, the Indian station was the most interesting for me.
Indian Mouth Freshener
I don’t recall stumbling into any Indian Mouth Freshener or Mukhwas when I was in India. Maybe I ignored it. Haha! From its name, this Indian Mouth Freshener is needed as an after-meal snack to either give you fresh breath or act as a digestive aid.
Indian Station
Also at the Indian Station, I had a taste of the famous Indian street snack called Panipuri. Those are deep-fried hollow balls of puffed bread. Fill each ball with flavored water, diced potatoes, onion, chickpeas, chili, chaat masala, chutney (mango or tamarind), and dunk straight to your mouth to munch.
Shrimp Tandoori
After my long attention at the Indian station, I moved to the Cheese & Cold Cuts Station right beside it. Quite unnoticeable, the cheese and cold cuts are stored inside the glass fridge.
Freshly-made Pizza cooked in a brick oven, another must-try I loved in Food Exchange Manila.
Pork in Barbecue Sauce
Walked towards the center, I found some hot savory food in red skillet pot like this Pork in Barbecue Sauce.
Care about salt? Food Exchange Manila has loooots of them! Add a dash or a pinch of salt to your meal, in different flavors according to your preference.
Seafood choices were limited on weekday lunch. Fresh mussels and cocktail shrimps on ice were the only ones available during one weekday lunch I went. Even the carving station wasn’t too attractive. I was told that Sunday brunch is the best time to go if you want to experience the best of Food Exchange Manila.

Having their very own churros machine, Food Exchange Manila is so proud of their hot and fresh Churros. All glory to the Churros! I couldn’t count how much O and I nibbled.

Now for the desserts. The crown goes to Filipino desserts like the DIY Halo-Halo on cocnonut shells.
Puto Bumbong & Bibingka
On Sundays, your little ones will be treated like chefs with culinary activities for them while you dine and indulge in Food Exchange Manila’s buffet spread. Sunday brunch is at Php1,588/person (net). It includes free flow cocktail selections. If your child is 12 yrs. old and below, then he/she eats for free.
Buffet Rates:

Php888 – Breakfast
Php1088 – Lunch (Mon-Sat except Public Holidays)
Php1588 -Lunch (Sunday including Public Holidays)
Php1188 – Dinner (Mon-Thurs, Sun except eve of Public Holidays)
Php1588 – Dinner (Fri-Sat including eve of Public Holidays)

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Location: General Aguinaldo Ave., Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: 6:00AM-10:00AM / 11:30AM-2:00PM / 6:00PM-10:00PM
Contact: (+632) 246-9069 (loc. 746)
Budget: PHP1000++

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