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Dinner Buffet at Cabalen SM City Cebu

If you are looking for a particular place to dine, buffet setup restos are definitely a good choice. From the main dish selections down to desserts, money spent on it is definitely worth it.

Cebu has so many places to dine in. From breakfast down to dinner, you have so many options to choose for. If you are up for dinner and want something that would suit your budget, this Filipino cuisine resto is definitely something you should visit – Cabalen.

Cabalen Entrance SM Cebu

I have known Cabalen for its affordable meal buffet. Since we were buying for my son’s electric fan for his school, we opted to have our dinner somewhere in SM. And since we are in a rush, we opted for Cabalen instead since there are many food selections available.

So speaking of the foods placed at the right side of the resto, the moment you step inside, dessert section is just beside the door. You can even take a glance at it outside.

But before we jump into the dessert section, here are the food selections available on their entree section. (Check the video below for a quick glimpse of the place.)

I opted for their vegetable salad. Nothing new about it, though. I also tried their Bulalo soup.

Cabalen Bulalo Soup

There are available condiments and spices for seasoning should you want to add some flavors to your soup. I don’t taste something special on it but it’s not a waste of time trying it, though. It’s quite good after all.

Cabalen SM Cebu Entree Section

What I love about the foods available there that I have tried, it’s their Kare-kare (beef stew) that stands out! Pair with cooked shrimp paste, it feels like going back to Manila once again! It really reminds me the original recipe of Kare-kare. I remember I was able to buy 2 servings of this dish across MCCS (Mandaue City Central School). This was when we were still staying in the apartment we have rented for 8 years in Mandaue and that was way back 2015.

Cabalen SM Cebu Entree Section

I have tried their Sisig. Well, it’s not that Sisig I was expecting but it’s still good, though. Also their Sautéed Tokwa, I love its taste. I wasn’t just able to take a pic of it but yeah, this dish sure is perfect for vegans.

Cabalen SM Cebu Entree Section

And of course, I also tried their Lenchong Kawali which I ended up getting a slice only since the ones left are all fats. It’s our fault anyway since we arrived at the place past 7 already.

Cabalen SM Cebu Entree Section
Cabalen SM Cebu Entree Section

For the dessert, they have varieties of desserts available. This includes Chocolate Fountain (paired with mallows, that’s all I remember sorry for that)...

Cabalen SM Cebu Dessert - Chocolate Fountain

Bico (sweetened sticky rice),

Cabalen SM Cebu Dessert - Bico

Fruit Gelatin,

Cabalen SM Cebu Dessert - Fruit Gelatin

Ginataang Mais,

Cabalen SM Cebu Dessert Ginataang Mais

Fresh Fruits (banana and papaya), and their ice-crushed dessert section: Sagot Gulaman and Halo-halo.

Cabalen SM Cebu Dessert

I opted for their Sago’t Gulaman since the Halo-halo ingredients are no longer complete. There are fewer fruits available already so I opted for the former instead. What I love about the ice-crushed dessert section is that you are the one to prepare it for yourself. That means you will be the one to adjust its sweetness and how milky your glass would get.

 The Verdict

Though Cabalen is a self-service resto, I still love how approachable their staff is. You can easily ask them for a refill of a particular dish should it ran out of food. I was able to witness this because the glass for milk at the ice-crushed dessert section is empty; I asked them to have it refilled. With no hesitant, they refilled it right away.

I also like how proactive their staff at the entrance part. Since it is past 7 and the foods are running out already, whenever a customer wants to dine in, they inform them to check the foods available since that could be the last serving available. So in case you missed in dining earlier, you’ll be informed before securing a table for you and your family or friends.


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