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I tried Royal Lounge’s “eat-all-you-can” feast and I’m coming back

Royale Lounge which opened during the recent Tuna Festival is actually the newly-renovated restaurant of the East Asia Royale Hotel, known before as Kalilangan Coffee Shop.  It is the first in a series of massive expansion moves being undertaken by the 11-year old hotel.

I first went inside the place during the night of the Tuna Fest’s Foam Party at the hotel carpark after being drawn inside by the brightly lit interiors walled in by glass panels from floor to ceiling.

Tastefully designed by Architect Brix Teng, using earthy hues of brown and mocca on its furniture including its soft leather seats, the now bigger dining establishment exuded class but does not overwhelm the visitor in its sophistication because it still feels homey and welcoming.

I only took coffee with that time and did not stay long but vowed to come back soon.

I finally had the chance last Saturday upon the invitation of GenSan’s hotelier gentleman Romeo Bartolome, known to his friends as Rombar to check out their latest offering, the Royal Lounge’s Weekend Buffet Dinner.

The place was packed when my partner and I arrived around 8pm.  We found out later that the whole dinner costs only P250 while kids below ten are charged half at P125.

After finding a vacant table across the Sushi Bar beside the glass panel facing the hotel arcade, I immediately did what I had to do which was to line up for the food.

Other than the Sushi Bar, the new Royal Lounge also has a Salad Bar and a separate Fruit Bar for the diet conscious.  Of course, I feasted on the sushi first because I couldn’t resist their California Maki and Tempura.

Last stop before the Main Course, the Fruit Bar, which was truly a food carver’s masterpiece.

Then I partook a little of everything from this gastronomic feast: Beef Medallion in Brown Gravy, Squid Ball in White Sauce, Royale Fried Chicken, Pancit Canton Hong Kong Style and the star of the night, the Barbecued Pork Ribs.

Everything was delightful especially the Squid Roll which was a new discovery I would consider making part of my “must-eat” list. The tangy white sauce dip was a good complement to each lightly breaded slice.

But being a pork person, I fell in love with the barbecued ribs which were glazed with Royale Lounge’s secret barbecue sauce (peppered with yellow corn) that I didn’t mind licking with my fingers.   Each grilled cubed serving was so tender and succulent.  If there was a dish here that I would recommend to my friends, this would surely be it.

I wouldn’t know if Royale Lounge would continue to serve their Barbecued Pork Ribs during their Buffet weekends or will make it part of their regular menu, but I strongly suggest that they do.  It is one thing that would make the generals come back again and again, buffet weekends or not

Royale Lounge Weekend Dinner Buffet is available every Friday and Saturday evening at the East Asia Royale Hotel, National Highway, Gen. Santos City at P250 per adult and P125 per child below 10 years old.  For reservations, contact (63) (83)553-4119 to 28.

NOTE: Photos were taken by Marz. Please click on them for larger views.

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  1. Toinks says:

    hmmmmmmhhh……truly a class of its own, GenSan’s fine dining at its best…to date. :-)

  2. jinky borela says:

    yummy! ma try nga tomorrow evening ajejeje. . already tried their buffet breakfast several times and was satisfied to the max. . .

  3. Marlon says:

    Yummy food! tuna is the best! i hope Royal Lounge have Adobo Tuna Panga, its like beef salpicao… taste,taste hummmmm :)

  4. Marlon says:

    I hope i can be there! for now, in dreams… or Avel will a free ride, hep hep! Hurray! Congrats! :)

  5. gensanite says:

    a wonderful addition to the city’s “gastronomic destinations”…

    bon appetit!!!

  6. bernieallen says:

    Great Design, world class, matches those in China,KL,Bangkok and Singapore and the greats of Manila.

    Now that is what I mean by SENSIBLE DESIGN!

    Not Barriotic.

    “Tastefully Designed” statement is PERFECT indeed.

    I’ll be there in October, will check the place… hope the food tastes good as it looks.

  7. Joana Grace says:

    I am making a choice now:
    I will postpone my FASTING and go on FEASTING!
    I will not blame you, Sir Avel. I have to thank you, instead.
    Wheeeeew!

    Joana Graces last blog post..How To Savor A Blueberry Snow Frost

  8. bariles says:

    @Toinks, the place really has got class. :)

    @Jinky, feast on the sushi bar first. The sushi is prepared right before your eyes!

    @Marlon, hi! Adobo Tuna Panga? That would be a good dish especially for hotel guests. :)

    @Gensanite, you said it right! Another place to be seen in gensan!

    @Bernie Allen, thanks for your comparison. Dont worry, the food tastes good as much as it looks. See you here on October.

    @Joana, hi! Lay off the rice and sweet drinks. just take a little of everything and go back for second helping. :)

  9. sweet says:

    wow! now i know where to dine when i go back to gensan! (–,)

    sweets last blog post..My Canibad Experience

  10. Tom Ramberg says:

    Hi Bariles

    I asked my wife Marie if she knew you because you are both close in age and from the same city. She could not tell by the small picture. I tease Marie because when she first tried an all you can eat Chinese buffet here she got an upset stomach. I told her all you can eat is an invitation not a challenge! Good advice about laying off the rice; save room for more pork! Hope to try the buffet next year when we come home.

    Tom

  11. Nate Marx says:

    Wut!!! bat ngayon ko lang to nalaman.huhuh.. Gotta visit this place…and check out the ambience & the food…

    Nate Marxs last blog post..Mindanao Blogger’s Summit 2

  12. SHINE says:

    wow wow wow… ay salamat.. more places to dine.
    it will be a good place to visit. ikaw pa? sinabi mo eh.. hehehe

    see you this holiday…

  13. bariles says:

    Originally Posted By sweet
    wow! now i know where to dine when i go back to gensan! (–,)

    sweets last blog post..My Canibad Experience

    hi sweet! for you, head first for the salad and fruit bars to maintain your sexiness…. :)

  14. bariles says:

    Originally Posted By Tom Ramberg
    Hi Bariles

    I asked my wife Marie if she knew you because you are both close in age and from the same city. She could not tell by the small picture. I tease Marie because when she first tried an all you can eat Chinese buffet here she got an upset stomach. I told her all you can eat is an invitation not a challenge! Good advice about laying off the rice; save room for more pork! Hope to try the buffet next year when we come home.

    Tom

    Hi Tom! Welcome to Bariles Republic. GenSan used to be a small city before so one almost knows everybody. Who knows? I might have met your wife before.

    Don’t forget to invite me out with you once you’re here. :)

  15. bariles says:

    Originally Posted By Nate Marx
    Wut!!! bat ngayon ko lang to nalaman.huhuh.. Gotta visit this place…and check out the ambience & the food…

    Nate Marxs last blog post..Mindanao Bloggerâ??s Summit 2

    Nate, actually you can perform your magic tricks there and be their resident magician. Why not, di ba? :)

  16. JASPER0127 says:

    Thanks for it at least marami ng social place for dine in dito sa Gensan sana madagdagan pa ito para ma encourage ang mga visitors sa city natin

  17. blackmeat says:

    tulo-laway masyado.. ang sarap tingnan ng pork ribs.. makaluto nga nyan minsan.. Ahehe!

  18. miko says:

    looks good ang site ng resto…

    for sure, i’ll be dropping by on that restaurant before going to gaisano mall para magpahilis sa kinaon….hahahahaha

  19. rhomer says:

    whoa … why didn’t i hear about it earlier … mapuntahan nga !

  20. archmykel says:

    a good restaurant is always a welcome addition to the city.

  21. Robynne Tan says:

    wow! I’m in Chicago right now, but when my mom and I go home on December i’ll know where to go and eat..

    Looks really good..

    Robynne Tans last blog post..It’s Britney b****

  22. glengonz says:

    i perfectly agree with you vel… jun and i tried the eat all you can of royal lounge last sept. 27, and the best ever 6 full course…. worth to mention its mixed sushi and fruit corner. the place is soooooooooo cool! not so glaring and not so dim, perfect! i told the hands on operations manager of east asia royal hotel, rombar that i feel i’m dining in greenbelt or rockwell in manila. congrats to mr. romeo bartolome! we need more entrepreneurs like him..

  23. epm says:

    ^Wow, now I’m hungry!

  24. epm says:

    Looking at the picture,I could almost say that this is such a great place. I hope we have more restaurants that offer that ambiance and great food.

  25. Ache says:

    Uhmmmm yummy! Sige go din kami diyan to try it. Congrats to East Asia Royale Hotel…

  26. bayot_ko says:

    Na-try ko na to, ANG SARAP TALAGA!!! Sulit na sulit with free bottomless ice tea! Sosi an sosi ang dating! Babalik ako next week tapos sweldo….. WWWWWEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! plus magaganda pa yung mga chicks, hehehehehe!!!!

    Congrats pala to Mr. Rombar, galing! :)

  27. Osh says:

    I will not definitely miss this when I come back! Oh how I miss home!

  28. Aileen Apolo says:

    Excited na ako!

    Aileen Apolos last blog post..The Mindanao Bloggers Summit (Year 2)

  29. raincindy says:

    Wow!Finally meron na dito sa gensan kasi mahilig ako pumupunta sa restaurant na may buffet. Hindi ako malulugi sa 250 kundi ang Royale Lounge, malakas akong kumain eh…hek hek hek!

    raincindys last blog post..Finally got my MBS2 E-Pass

  30. […] to hotelier Rombar Bartolome, who is also building a larger extension to his East Asia Royale Hotel, “All hotels and hotel chains are welcome here because it would mean more and more chances […]

  31. bryan emo says:

    lamia anang mga foods uiiiii….galing lang mahal palit ko ana pag makadaog ko og last 2 whahahahahhhahahahha

  32. bariles says:

    @Jasper – Kaya dapat tangkilikin natin ang mga “sosyal” na mga kainan like Royal Lounge.

    @Blackmeat – Patikimi pud ko uy! When are you here Kido?

    @Miko – nice location, di ba? Harap lang ng Mall. Pampahilis gyud ang malling.

    @Rhomer, hi! It just opened a month ago. Go for it!

    @Archmykel, hello! You’re right on that. Dapat the city should give more incentives to these entrepreneurs. :)

    @Robynne, hi! Wow! That’s great! Don’t forget to invite me to go with you, ok? See you soon in December! :)

    @Glengonz, you’re right there girlfriend! Hope we could have dinner there together soon. :)

    @epm, the place looks even better if you personally go there yourself. And the ambience is tops… i think it’s got the best ambience for an upscale resto in GenSan so far… together with Grab A Crab.

    @Ache, with the giant malls coming in one by one, that shouldn’t be farfetched!

    @Bayot ko, hi! You’re right! They have the prettiest staff in this town. And efficient pa huh? :)

    @Osh, hi! Contact me once you’re back so that you can take me with you, ok? Pasalubong…. :)

    @Rain, hi! Hahaha! Big eater ka rin.. like me? Welcome to the club! :)

    @Bryan, hello! If you’re less than 10 years old, half price ka lang. Hehehe! :)

  33. Nate Marx says:

    @bariles – Sir Avel, senxa ngayon ko lang to nabasa after reading your archives…. If you’ll help me get linked with them, why not diba…

    Nate Marxs last blog post..The Magic of David: A special Date

  34. […] has free WiFi so it’s a haven for those who eat, drink, and breathe the internet. Since Royale Lounge is located within East Asia Royale Hotel, there is always a lot of things to do after dinner. The […]

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