Dinner Buffet and Cultural Show at Barbara’s Restaurant
Intramuros in Manila is a home for many scenic and historical spots. A whole day won’t be really enough to fully enjoy this place, but just in case you ran out of idea on what to do in Intramuros, why not try to dine and watch a cultural show at Barbara’s?
Last year my brother gave me two vouchers for this deal which entitled us a Buffet Dinner and Cultural Show which he paid for only P250 each. He encouraged me to make a write up about it afterward as a part of my blog. But because of my busy sked, I was only able to redeem it last February 6 and I couldn’t be more thankful that I did find time to visit Barbara’s.
I called two weeks prior to our desired date to make sure that there will be an allotted seat for us on what my friend and I considered to be our Pre-Valentines date. But when we arrived at Barbara’s, the restaurant was almost full and the staff asked us to share a table with another couple just to have a seat. I was a little pissed and embarrassed about that incident but I didn’t let it ruin the night.
The buffet dinner was great, especially the Beef Caldereta and Chicken Pesto. To my delight, they also offer a wide selection of great desserts like Braso Dela Merced and chocolate balls with candy sprinkles. There’s also sesame seeds coated banana or something like that, along with other Filipino desserts on the table. There’s no drinks included in the buffet but the staffs were prompt to refill our glasses of water. Just in case you want to have fruit juices or iced tea for drinks, you have to pay for it separately.
Lively sounds of cielo, ukelele, flute and other musical instruments from the band signaled the start of the cultural show. Too bad our seats were really far from the stage and we were prohibited from standing near the performance area. How about that!?
But after some time, we were able to find a way to watch the cultural presentation and I must say that it was a really good performance. Their different Filipiniana dresses were colorful and resembled an authentic dress during the Spanish Era. Tinikling, Singkil, Pandango sa Ilaw, and Sayaw sa Bangko were some of the dances that were presented during the one hour of cultural show.
If you availed of the discount vouchers from Metrodeal or other group buying site to enjoy this promo, I have some tips to make your experience better. First, book 2-3 weeks ahead of your desired date. Second, be at the restaurant 10-15 minutes before 6pm (if that’s the schedule written in your voucher). They will not allow anyone to enter the dining area earlier than that but if you come in late you might not be given a good sit for you and your companions. Third, be patient with the staffs, they have to look over a lot of foreigner guests and forgive them in case they sometimes prioritize other guests before you.
Intramuros has been one of our favorite destinations when we need to have a quite and relaxing time. The Spanish influenced architecture of this place is really pleasing to the eyes of local tourists like us. The restaurants and souvenir shops in the area also made Intramuros a travel destination.
So if you also love Intramuros make sure to drop by the restaurants in this area, especially Barbara’s Restaurant for a wonderful dining experience. And if you’ve already been to this restaurant, you can also share your experience at the comments box and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!
Happy eating! 😀