Monday, October 20, 2014

NiU by Vikings at the SM Aura Premier

NiU by Vikings Buffet Restaurant

NiU by Vikings is a new upcale buffet restaurant which the Vikings Luxury Buffet Group has recently opened at the equally upscale, SM Aura Premier in Taguig City. For as low as P1,088 per person, NiU by Vikings promises to deliver an upscale buffet dining experience that is expected to match or even exceed the buffet dining experience offered by Manila's high-end hotels. Are Filipinos willing to pay a premium for an upscale buffet dining experience? Let's find out.

More: Birthday Promo at NiU by Vikings at SM Aura Premier

NiU by Vikings Buffet Restaurant

Elegant Interiors

Stepping in to the restaurant, it is undeniable that the Viking Group has invested a lot in the design of the restaurant's interior. Marbled floors, elaborate woodwork on the ceiling, chic chandeliers, upholstered chairs, and classy decors and accents will truly amaze your eyes. The modern and luxurious ambiance of the restaurant already gives a preview of how the dining experience could become.

Only the Best

To ensure that they can deliver their promise, they go for the best. State-of-the-art kitchen equipment are all imported including a gelato maker and a brick oven from Italy. Viking Group has invited world-class Chefs from around the world to work with Vikings Executive Chef Anton Abad in developing dishes for NiU, and in making sure that level of customer service is at par with international standards. Lastly, only the freshest and finest ingredients are used in their cooking.

NiU (pronounced nee-yooh) is an Old Norse word which means nine, a number very significant in Old Norse mythology. The Norse cosmos, for example, is divided into nine worlds.

Luxurious Function Rooms

There are three function rooms inside the restaurant. Two rooms can each fit ten guests, while one room can accommodate about 50 guests. These function rooms offer more intimate and private dining space for big groups of guests. Use of the function room is free of charge but is available on a first come first served basis.

Chic Music

Classic French, Italian and American music play at the background evoking Parisian cafe, Venetian square or turn of the century New York dining feel. Piano music also adds a more chic feel in the main dining hall.

Sympathique by Pink Martini

The line Je ne veux pas travailler, Je ne veux pas déjeuner from the French song Sympathique by Pink Martini was stuck in our head, such as feel good song.

Expansive Variety of Food

Consistent with other Vikings Luxury Buffet outlets, NiU by Vikings also exudes a wide selection of international dishes leveled-up by premium quality ingredients and world-class service. What's notable are the premium wines, international beer brands and cocktail drinks being included in the buffet. Here's what we had during our visit at NiU by Vikings.

Carpaccio, Asparagus, Salad of Mesclun Greens topped with Watermelon and Feta Cheese

Cold Cuts of Italian Sausages and Prosciutto

Variety of Premium Cheeses from Europe and Australia

Fresh Salmon and Tuna Sashimi

Oyster Rockefeller & Perfectly Baked Mussels



Risotto Ball

Pizza, Stromboli, Callos, Salmon Coulibiac

Tiramusu, Blueberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Panna Cotta

Mochi, Pichi Pichi, Biko, Cakes



Value for Money

At face value, P1,088 may be look expensive for a weekday lunch buffet, but with the high quality of food and the wide selection of dishes, plus the elegant ambiance and top notch customer service, you really get great value for your money. You can easily spend at least P750.00 for a decent lunch in an upscale casual dining restaurant, and double that amount at P1,500.00 for a buffet lunch in a high-end hotel. For the same, or even better quality of food and ambiance, dining at NiU by Vikings is absolutely a good deal.

as of October 2014

Lunch: P1,088*
Dinner: P1,388*

Lunch: P1,388*
Dinner: P1,388*

KIDS Below 3ft or 3yrs old

KIDS 3ft to 4ft or 3yr old to 7yrs old
Weekday Lunch: P288*
Weekday Dinner: P388*
Weekend/Holiday Rate: P388*

KIDS 4ft to 4ft 6" or 8yrs old to 10yrs old
Weekday Lunch: P488*
Weekday Dinner: P688*
Weekend/Holiday Rate: P688*

SENIOR CITIZEN 75yrs old and above
50% Discount

*Rates are subject to 5% service charge, and are subject change without prior notice

NiU by Vikings
6F SM Aura Skypark, SM Aura Premier
26th Street corner McKinley Parkway, Taguig City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday | Lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm; Dinner 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Reservations: 478-­3888, 847-­3888, 0917-­586-­6888, or 0919-­999-6888
Instagram: @niubyvikings

Here are more photos of dishes served at NiU by Vikings during our visit. Some dishes are not included in the gallery, but it can serve as a guide as to what to expect at NiU. Note that Vikings Group regularly change some items on the menu to keep variety to their offerings, but some dishes in the Japanese, Chinese and Carving stations are always available. We have divided the dishes into nine groups, in line with the NiU concept of the number nine.


1. Appetizers

Includes freshly baked breads, cold cuts, cheeses, salads, fresh fruits, soup, baked oysters and mussels

Cold Dishes

Premium Italian Sausages

Oyster Rockefeller

Carpaccio & Asparagus

2. Beverages

Include juices, soda, coffee, tea, beer, wine, cocktail drinks

3. Japanese Cuisine

An assortment of sushi, sashimi, tempura and yakitori





4. Pan-Asian Cuisine

South-East Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Dishes in this section are regularly changed for variety.

5. Chinese Cuisine

Cantonese and Szechuan cuisines, as well as dumplings, roasted duck, chicken and pork. Most recommended is the Lechon Macau!

pata tim

Szechuan Dish

Sweet & Sour Chicken with Peaches


Lechon Macau, Peking Duck, Roast Pork

6. Grilling Section

Fresh seafoods and marinated meat ready for grilling. Just select what you want and give your table number. Grilled food will be served when done.

7. Carving Station

Premium line of roasted beef, lamb, ribs and turkey, plus specialy sauces

Roasted US Prime

Roasted Turkey

Niu Belly-chon & Salmon Coulibiac

Specialty Sauces

7. Mediterranean Cuisine

Includes pizza, stromboli, pasta, specialty French, Spanish and Italian dishes. Pasta can be customized, just tell the chef on duty your preferred pasta and sauce. Pasta dishes will be delivered to your table. Specialty dishes are also changed regularly for variety.



Frnch & Italian dishes

Lengaua dish


9. Dessert Section

There's gelato, crepe, chocolate fondue, cakes, cheesecakes, panna cotta, Filipino kakanin

crepe & chocolate fondue

cakes and cupcakes, mochi


blueberry cheesecake

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