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.
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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.
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|
|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
WEEKEND & HOLIDAY
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
*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
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.
Includes freshly baked breads, cold cuts, cheeses, salads, fresh fruits, soup, baked oysters and mussels
|Premium Italian Sausages|
|Carpaccio & Asparagus|
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!
|Sweet & Sour Chicken with Peaches|
|Lechon Macau, Peking Duck, Roast Pork|
6. Grilling Section
7. Carving Station
Premium line of roasted beef, lamb, ribs and turkey, plus specialy sauces
|Roasted US Prime|
|Niu Belly-chon & Salmon Coulibiac|
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|
9. Dessert Section
There's gelato, crepe, chocolate fondue, cakes, cheesecakes, panna cotta, Filipino kakanin
|crepe & chocolate fondue|
|cakes and cupcakes, mochi|