A Gastronomic Odyssey at High Street Café in Shangri-La The Fort, Manila

Nestled in the pulsating heart of Bonifacio Global City, Shangri-La The Fort, Manila stands as a towering testament to sustainable luxury. This eco-chic beacon, soaring at a majestic 250 meters (752 feet) tall, is a luxurious hotel and mixed-use development. With 576 guest rooms and a range of suite options, it offers unparalleled city views and a prime location in the heart of the action. It's not just a place to lay your head; it's an experience, a lifestyle, a green-hued dream in the concrete jungle of Metro Manila. 
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Now, let's talk about a place where taste buds tango and culinary dreams come true – the High Street Café. This isn't just a buffet; it's a round-the-world ticket for your palate. Imagine a smorgasbord that spans the globe, from the sizzling grills of the West to the spice-laden markets of Asia, all the way to the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean.

I've become somewhat of a regular at this foodie paradise, mainly because I can't resist their dark chocolate with almonds from the Bake House. It's not just a treat for the senses; it's a pat on the back for Mother Earth, with all-natural, trans-fat-free offerings that are as kind to your body as they are to the environment.
My buffet journey at High Street Café began with a heartfelt farewell – a despedida for my sister-in-law bound for the Canadian winters. The spread was a feast for the eyes and the stomach, with dishes that lingered in my memory long after the last bite.

Now, here's a little secret that not many people know about. High Street Cafe offers a unique dish that's not on display. You have to ask the waiter for it, and it's worth every effort. I'm talking about the Double Boiled Chicken served on a coconut shell. The chicken is tender, juicy, and infused with the rich flavors of the double boiling process. The soup is not only delicious but also gives a healthy and nourishing feeling. This dish adds a tropical twist to your buffet experience.

As the calendar marked the special day of my eldest sister's birthday, the decision of where to commemorate this joyous occasion was unanimous. With hearts full of anticipation and a sense of togetherness, our family members converged to honor her milestone. "You'll love it," I promised, with visions of that chicken soup dancing in my head. Alas, the sequel didn't quite live up to the original. The rice salad and spring rolls had taken a hiatus, and the duck soup that stood in for my beloved double-boiled chicken concoction couldn't quite fill its soup bowl shoes. My excitement waned, but only for a moment.

Because here's the thing – even without those stars of the show, High Street Café delivered. It's the kind of place that can have a dish or two take a day off and still leave you planning your next visit before you've even left the table. It's more than a meal; it's a buffet of experiences, a collection of moments, each one delicious in its own right.

Now, another dish that caught my attention was the Rice Salad. It not only looks incredibly healthy but also tastes absolutely delicious. Packed with a variety of fresh vegetables, herbs, and perfectly cooked rice, this salad is a must-try for all the health-conscious food lovers out there. refreshing options can be found in the salad and vegetable section of the buffet. However, these dishes may not be available on every visit due to the buffet's frequently changing menu.

For those who enjoy burgers, High Street Cafe offers Reuben burgers, and the rich, buttery flavor of the torched  bone marrow. These can be found in the carved section of the buffet, adding a unique twist to the traditional options.

No meal is complete without a sweet ending, and High Street Café understands this perfectly. The dessert section is a haven for those with a sweet tooth, featuring an assortment of delectable treats. From creamy cheesecakes to rich chocolate mousse, each dessert is a work of art.

For seafood enthusiasts, the seafood bar at High Street Café is a treasure trove of delights. From succulent prawns to freshly shucked oysters, every bite is a celebration of the ocean's bounty. Indulge in the freshest catch of the day, expertly prepared and served with a touch of elegance.  While cheese enthusiasts can create their own boards from the Grazing Table's wide array of cheeses, and breads. 

Don't miss out on the unique side dishes like potato coconut gratin and broccoli pie – these are sure to tantalize your taste buds!

Noodle lovers will also be pleased with the variety at Higher Street Cafe. Customers can choose from different broths such as chicken, beef, and laksa to accompany their noodles. Additionally, there is a dish called Warek Warek, which is similar to sisig, a popular Filipino dish.

Now, let's talk about the rates. On weekdays, you can enjoy this culinary lunch extravaganza for P1,950 nett, while weekends are priced at P2,300 nett. If you're an early bird, the food hall is open for walk-ins during breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on weekdays for P1,350 nett, and P1,700 nett on weekends.

In the end, Shangri-La The Fort, with its High Street Café, is a reminder that the journey is as sumptuous as the destination. Whether it's your first visit or your fiftieth, there's always something new to savor. So, fellow food lovers, strap in and prepare for takeoff. Your next culinary adventure awaits at this urban oasis, where every bite is a story, and every meal is a memory in the making. Bon appétit!

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Shangri-La the Fort opened in 2016 and is one of the tallest buildings in the country, with 62 stories. The 5-star luxury hotel and mixed-use building is located at the corner of 5th Avenue and 30th Street in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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