Feasting on Meat at Kamayan

On the second week of January, a Malaysian blogger friend of mine visited Manila for the very first time. Before his visit, I promised to bring him to a restaurant so that he could taste Filipino dishes. Well, I brought him to Kamayan.

Of the many restaurants offering Filipino dishes, Kamayan get the thumbs up of many bloggers. Kamayan is a Filipino word that means to eat using hands. Aside from using utensils, Filipinos eat using their bare hands. I also eat with my bare hands especially if I am eating roasted pork. However, in Kamayan, I never saw anyone eating using their hands. If we are just in Mang Inasal, then I won't hesitate using my hands.

Kamayan is a buffet restaurant. Actually, the place where we ate also offers Dad's American Buffet and Saisaki, which is a Japanese buffet. When you enter the restaurant, you can get food from Kamayan, Saisaki and Dad's in just one payment.

For this lunch, we paid around 600 pesos per person, exclusive of the drinks.
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Kamayan Buffet

I brought my friend to a Kamayan Restaurant that is located along Padre Faura Street. If you are planning to eat there, I suggest that you call them first to reserve a seat. Sometimes the place is packed with reservations and your time might be wasted if you didn't call them. I suggest that you visit Kamayan's website for their contact details.

Here is my plate full of food:
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My plate at Kamayan Buffet

I guess that was my second helping. Sorry, the photo is terrible.

What I have on my plate is a ginataang pusit (squid cooked in coconut milk), embutido, and binagoongang baboy. When you eat at Kamayan, the drinks are paid separately from the buffet. I ordered guyabano juice. I was surprised when they brought my juice because of this:
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White bear of Kamayan Buffet

Yeah! My guyabano juice is accompanied by a cute Teddy Bear. Too bad that the bear has no mark that says he came from Kamayan. I guess they should put Kamayan's logo to the bear to make it a better souvenir.

We kept on eating and sharing good stories. This is one reason why it’s good to meet fellow bloggers (hint hint Bluedreamer :-P). During that day, I stuffed myself with chicken curry, lechon de leche, pork barbecue, ginataang squid, embutido and other Filipino dishes.
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Yummy Filipino food in Kamayan's Buffet

Also, we were serenaded by the singers and musicians of Kamayan. We requested a Malaysian song but only the girl knows a Malaysian song so we settled for an English song. I thought that we need to pay a fee after they sang, but there is no fee. Maybe if you are very generous, then you can give them some tips.
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Musicians of Kamayan's Buffet

I have no complaint with the foods of Kamayan. The food is great and bloggers who praised Kamayan are not wrong. My only problem is that they only have meat dishes at Kamayan. I didn't see any vegetable dish. Where is pinakbet, Bicol express and other famous vegetable Filipino dishes? However, my good friend Rey (the first commenter of this post), told me that there are vegetable dishes in Kamayan. It seems like I just failed to see it.

Phew! Seems like this is a very long post! I will be talking about Kamayan's desserts on the next post.

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28 comments:

  1. Me and my wife had our wedding reception in that restaurant way back Dec 2007. If I have money to spend, I used to treat my friends and/or relatives there. Of all the restaurants here in Manila that offer buffet meals, I believe that Kamayan is the best, with Saisaki and Dads, but the other two are just options to taste other/foreign menus.

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  2. Thanks for the comment Rey. :-)

    So, you agree with other bloggers who praise Kamayan. I agree with you, Kamayan is a great place to eat Filipino food. This is the reason why I brought my friend there.

    Oh, btw, thank you for correcting me about the vegetable dishes. I already corrected this post.

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  3. Naku signature na talaga nila ang stuff toy... I think I got one with their logo on it... hehehhehhe

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  4. Nagutom ako sa kamayan feast. Yan ang namimiss ko sa pinas ang mga masasarap ng pagkain.

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  5. @Xprosaic:

    Ang daya! Bakit yung sa iyo may logo. Yung binigay nila sa amin ay walang ka-logo logo eh. :-(

    Oh well, pwede na ring magamit ito pang-regalo sa Valentines Day.

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  6. @Diamond:

    Ay, talaga namang nakaka-miss ang pagkaing Pinoy. Ako nga natambay lang sa barko ng halos isang buwan eh hinanap-hanap ng panalasa ko ang pagkaing Pinoy.

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  7. Thanks for bringing me to Kamayan! Love the food there! Too bad we could not stay long enough cos then we could eat the Western and Japanese food too! But then again, I have to save my stomach for kwek kwek and balut later and that's more important! Haha!!

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  8. Haha!! I ordered 2 drinks and got 2 teddy bears!! Too bad they dont have panda bears! : D

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  9. Oh!! So they do have vegetable dishes? How come we didn't see it that day? Maybe we were too preoccupied with chit chatting. LOL!!

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  10. I think I love my hotel which is so near this restaurant! Next time if I go Manila again, I will stay at the same hotel again! And go this restaurant again! The hotel is also so near to Intramuros and Binondo! Love these places! I feel nostalgic thinking about them : )

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  11. I will be blogging about my Manila and Tagaytay trip very soon, right after I finish my Bangkok trip posts (which is very soon) and some Chinese New Year posts. Btw, will you be watching lion dance at Chinatown during CNY? : )

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  12. Baka na miss mo lang ang mga veggies sa kamayan o naubos agad. Meron nga din silang adobong kangkong e. Nagustuhan namn ba ng bisita mo ang food natin?

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  13. anu ba yun natakam naman ako... i love Kamayan too and mang inasal and i don'tmind using my bare hands kapag kumakain hahah as in walang pakialaman ... mind your own food hahaha...
    uu nga sorry di me nakasama huhu
    PS... ang cute nung teddy bear...
    so ibig sabihin dalawa na silang bear na kasam mo sa table...
    si foong na Panda bear at saka itong cute na teddy na ito

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  14. @Foong:

    You are very much welcome Foong. I enjoyed the time chit chatting with you. :-)

    And yeah, kwek kwek and balut is more important. And I am glad that you finished eating those streetfoods Foong. You are not quesy.

    Hehe...too bad that they don't have panda bears. Next time, we will demand Kamayan for Panda bears.

    Haha! I will wait on your post about that. :-)

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  15. @Anney: Oo naman po. Nagustuhan niya. Nasarapan sa lechon eh. :-)

    Ang di lang niya nagustuhan ay yung ube suman. Ako rin di ko nagustuhan yun eh. Mas gusto ko pa rin yung regular suman.

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  16. @Blue:

    Actually, apat sila. Dalawa nakuha ni Foong at isa sa akin plus si Panda Foong. :-P

    Sana nakasama ka nga Blue. Di bale, marami pa namang next time.

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  17. No photo of you and your friend? And bluedreamer? He did not go? Why? I hope he will come and go out to dinner with me if I go to Manila. I would love to try all the special Filipino food...except balut. No, thank you. LOL!!!

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  18. Sorry STP. No photo of me and my friend. I am camera shy. :-P

    I do hope that he will come if you visit Manila. He said that he will come next time. Maybe that next time is the time when you visit us here in Manila.

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  19. nice...igala mo rin ako sa maynila hehe ^^ good for you..at sa review mo eh parang sobrang sarap ng kamayan talaga ^^

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  20. Masarap naman talaga sa Kamayan. :-)

    Ay, oo nga no. Nasa Manila ka nga pala. Saan mo naman gusto gumala dito sa Manila?

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  21. di ko pa na try dyan... hmmm.

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  22. Try mo kapag nagawi ka sa Maynila Empi. :-D

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  23. Iyon din ang sabi ng kaibigan, masarap daw kumain diyan..i hope masubukan ko someday..

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  24. Sana nga Arving ay makabisita ka sa Kamayan kahit isang beses lang para matikman mo ang kanilang foods. ^_^

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  25. wow!! lotsa foods!! i likey!! yums!! n drink comes with teddy bear??? sooo cute la!! :D

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  26. LOL! Foong is a big eater so no neeed worry if cant fin eat! hahaha

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  27. @STP, aiya! Foong commented dy thr, summore got link, n he so anon one, sure cant see his pic one. :/

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  28. @Caroline:

    Haha! Yah! Foong is a big eater that's why he ate so many dishes here at Kamayan. He love eating so much that he tried many dishes.

    Then after that we ate balut, kwek kwek and Wham! Burger.

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