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Saffron Café at Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

A few Sundays ago, I spent a day at Crimson Resort and Spa in Mactan.

Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

This view welcomes you to Crimson.

Being an island girl means spontaneous beach trips and a 5-minute drive to the shore. The thing is, we normally don’t go for the posh resorts since we know the hidden gems or those with good money:quality ratio. Recently though, we’ve been hanging out in Shangri-La and have not broken up with them just yet. We wanted something new, so we decided to go to Crimson. This was a first for the family and I.

Thankfully, they have day rates and we need not to book a room to get in. I’m not very fond of those deals, mostly because we have a house nearby so why spend more? Heh. But I’ve noticed most resorts offer day-use only rates, now, so that’s nice. For PHP 2499 per person, you get to use the resort amenities and have a sumptuous lunch buffet at Saffron Café.

So today, we’re gonna salivate together at these photos as we eat our office lunch.

The café was not spacious but it didn’t feel restricting, as well. It can probably serve around 75 guests. Their cuisine varies, as you would, knowing that there are several tourists visiting from all over the world. For appetizer and starters, there’s a selection of bread, butter and soup of the day. A toaster is available for use, as well. A variety of cheese and dried fruits can be found at the center of the café.

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

They had a variety of rice dishes, one of which is this seafood paella. I loved their shrimp fried rice (not in photo, zamn). There is also a simple thin crust pizza (likely, homemade), quiche and calamari (nomz!).

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Roast beef and potato wedges. I swear it isn’t as brown as pictured above, lol. It almost looks like a chocolate block. But in reality, it is slightly pink in the center and a gravy is available to complement the beef.

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Of course, what is a Cebuano buffet without lechon.

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Dimsum and sushi are also served, hopefully, bringing comfort to our Japanese and Chinese friends.

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Tourists may also try local offerings such as ‘guso’ or an edible, and quite tasty, seaweed.

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Rows and rows and rows of dessert. Some of which are inspired by Filipino snacks, some, known internationally such as creme brûlée and panna cotta.

Saffron Cafe at the Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

You may also request the dessert chef to whip you up a filling crepe with your choice of syrup and flavor (mango, chocolate). If you know me, you’ll know I’d choose anything that isn’t chocolate, haha. A lovely vanilla ice cream tops the crepe, perfect amidst the summer heat.

They had more to offer beyond these photos and those I’ve tried are definitely satisfying and delicious. I’m starting to think that this buffet + resort day use is worth the hefty price. Stay tuned as we move on to the resort on my next blog post!

For now, happy lunch (or dinner, or snacks, lol), everyone!

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