Thanks to Blogapalooza, I got a chance to experience a buffet tour by NiU by Vikings. This was one of their blogger activities (aside from the Instagram contest that day that I failed to join — both hands were “tied” to loot bags and stuff) wherein participants get to see and feel the interiors of the restaurant, and experience some of the food offered as well.
NiU by Vikings is a member of the Vikings Group (you know, that eat-all-you-can resto that everyone’s raving about). But compared to Vikings, NIU has a more, should I say, upscale feel to it. From the tables and chairs to the private rooms to the grand piano in the middle of the restaurant, it felt really classy.
One of the waiters gave us a sort-of tour. “Sort-of” because during the tour, bloggers were all about taking photos of this and that and going their own way. My friend and I tailed behind him, hoping he’d give more background about Niu and its menu.
The food featured during the buffet tour looked very enticing. Beer below zero degrees and a selection of wines were part of the buffet, too. Weird, though, that from the entrance, the dessert bar came first before the hors d’ouevres, drinks and the main course. I dunno, maybe that’s just me. Or it’s probably laid out per cuisine. Not sure, actually.
We had a taste of some of their food and drinks. Now, this was the part that kinda bothered me personally: We were part of the first batch of buffet “tourists” and there was no designated place for us to sit down and enjoy the food. The waiter who assisted my friend and I during the tour suggested that we sit at the waiting area outside the resto where there were no tables. Uhm, okay. How about our drinks? Hmm. So we waited a good few seconds before we were ushered to a nearby table (take note, I am 7 months on the baby way, with Blogapalooza loot bags on one arm and my bag on the other, one hand carrying the plate of food and the other hand carrying the drink).
Also, midway during our “critiquing-the-food” mood, we were told that we only had 5 more minutes to finishing up. Well, that part I didn’t mind much because the next batch of bloggers were already coming in.
In my opinion, the bloggers’ buffet tour could have been organized better, but that’s fine by me. It doesn’t change the fact that the food served to us (while limited) was really, really good. And, given that my friend and I should go there during their regular hours, I’m pretty sure we would have better enjoyed the experience.
NiU by Vikings is open for lunch from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and dinner from 5 PM to 10 PM. Rates are at PHP1,088 + 5% surcharge (weekday lunch) and PHP1,388 + 5% surcharge (weekday dinner/weekend or holiday lunch and dinner). Kids below 3 feet eat free, while child rates (above 3 feet or over 3 years old) range from PHP300 to 700. Senior citizens aged 75 and above are entitled to a certain discount.
NiU by Vikings is located at the 6th floor of SM Aura Premier in Taguig City. Reservations and walk-ins are allowed. For more information, visit their Facebook: niubyvikings or Instagram: NiUbyVikings.