Food Trip: Vikings SM City BF

The so-called "fiesta spirit" really does make buffet or eat-all-you-can restaurants popular among Filipinos. Fiesta, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is an age-old tradition in the Philippines and other countries whereas a way of thanking God for the bountiful harvest, townspeople prepare generous meals for everyone to partake. Sadly, today, fiestas are not what they used to be. Urban areas do not or rarely celebrate it while rural areas celebrate it but have already evolved and become highly commercialized.

Vikings SM City BF - Paranaque City
Vikings SM City BF

Vikings SM City BF Details

For those looking for the so-called fiesta spirit, the closest one can get are through buffet restaurants. That is why for our food trip today we are heading to one of the famous buffet restaurants in the country. Join me as we check out Vikings SM City BF in Paranaque City, Metro Manila.

A feast from the sea
Vikings SM City BF - Paranaque City

Even the lighting makes you feel that you're in a forest

Located on the 2nd floor of SM BF in Dr. A. Santos Avenue, Paranaque City, Vikings SM City BF is one of the several Vikings buffet restaurant branches in the country. Each of these branches has its own motifs. Vikings SM City BF is known for its nature-inspired interior design. Although you won't see ginormous trees and wildlife here, this branch's brown, black, white, and green color motif plus the wooden wall displays and apple green lamps really do make dinners feel that they are surrounded by nature. 

Wall decoration nature inspired
Wooden fishes on a wooden sea

Vikings SM City BF offers diners a gastronomic feast. One may choose from a wide variety of Asian, Korean, Western, and Filipino cuisine. One may also choose from numerous appetizers, drinks, and desserts. 

Here are photos of the dishes, drinks, and desserts that you might want to try out when you visit:

Dessert corner
Dessert corner

Yoghurt bar
Yogurt bar

Fresh Fruits
Fresh fruits

Cakes and jellos
Cakes and jellos 

Freshly made juice
Freshly made juice

tempura shrimp and vegetables
Tempura shrimp and vegetables


side dishes
Side dishes

sushi boat
More sushi on a sushi boat

Korean dishes / corner
Korean corner

Asian dishes
Asian dishes

lamb and chuck eye rolls
Quality lamb and chuck eye rolls

Carving station
Carving station

Roasted chicken, lechon belly, and sauces
Roasted chicken, Lechon belly, and sauces

fresh fish, fresh chicken, grill
Fresh fish and chicken for grilling

pizza corner
Pizza corner

Pride of France, French Cuisine
Pride of France, french cuisine

bread corner
Bread corner

finger food, pika pika food
Finger food / AKA pika pika food

salad bar
Salad bar

I got to visit and dine at Vikings SM City BF last November during our school lunch out. Days before this event, our school came out with a witty "Admirals Vs. Vikings" advertisement on the school's website and social media platforms to hype us up (The name Admiral is the collective name of the students and faculty of our school) and it surely did. Aside from discussing this event frequently, it also motivated us to eat as much as we could just to prove that the Admirals won't lose in a mere eating challenge. During the lunch out, each Admiral had his target food in mind. Some went for the expensive foods, others to the unique dishes, and a few dropped the Admiral attitude and just ate whatever is available, like Vikings of olden times. In the end, the more than 50 faculty members who stormed Vikings SM City BF toasted to what they believed was a successful lunch out and went back to school. The restaurant on the other hand survived to tell the tale but of course, got tons of money as payment for the "ordeal" (so it's a win-win scenario for both parties). 

Are you ready to eat?
Aye Aye Captain!

Overall, Vikings SM City BF is a great place to experience that fiesta spirit and of course bond with family and friends (but make sure to leave those picky eaters at home).


Updated 2020


Weekday Lunch Buffet Rate: 788 (+5% service charge)
Weekday Dinner Buffet Rate: 938 (+5% service charge)


Kids below 3 ft: FREE

Kids 3 ft - 4 ft Weekday Lunch: 238 (+5% service charge)
Kids 3 ft - 4 ft Weekday Dinner: 338 (+5% service charge)
Kids 3 ft - 4 ft Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 438 (+5% service charge)

Kids 4 ft - 4 ft 6" Weekday Lunch: 448 (+5% service charge)
Kids 4 ft - 4 ft 6" Weekday Dinner: 648 (+5% service charge)
Kids 4 ft - 4 ft 6" Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 748 (+5% service charge)


  1. Big Group Promo - Guests who dine in big groups are entitled to receive a special discount: 25% off for 30-49 pax, 27% off for 50-69 pax, 30% off for 70-99 pax, and 40% off for 100 pax and above (40% off is only available in selected branches, please call our hotline for more information).
  2. Birthday Promo Birthday celebrants of all ages can avail of the birthday promo on the day itself and on their birthday month. Celebrants can eat for free ON THE DAY of their birthday on both lunch and dinner, as long as accompanied by ONE FULL PAYING ADULT. Celebrants can eat for free for ONE MONTH on both lunch and dinner per day, as long as it is within the month of his/her birthday and accompanied by FOUR FULL PAYING ADULT.

*Is subject to change without prior notice. Rates and promo information came from the Vikings Philippines page.

Contact info:

Call the following numbers for reservations or inquiries: 

Vikings SM City BF

2nd Floor, SM BF, Dr. A. Santos Ave., Paranaque City

811-3888, 811-4888

0917-895-4888, 0998-988-2888


  1. lovely visuals , sure made me wish i was there ... an interesting concept indeed

  2. The place seems to have plenty of options on the buffet. I guess if I were here, just a spoon or a small piece of each and I would be full :) The price also seems reasonable to me. And the decor is nice mood setting one. Beautiful (mouthwatering) pictures of the food you have got :)

    1. A small piece of each is not bad but you are encouraged to eat like a Viking here. hahahaha. =) Thank you for the positive feedback.

  3. The food looks great, but I wondered whether there actually is some truly Filipino food? So far, only rice would come to my mind - and calamansi juice. But there has to be more, right? Can you tell me what are unique Filipino cuisine dishes?

    1. Yes there are some other Filipino cuisines here like lechon belly, palabok, and sweet and sour pork. =)

  4. Looks like an interesting place to eat at! Love the presentation and those deserts look very yummy! Thank you for recommending

    1. That's true Gareth, this place is really a great place to eat. You'd surely love it here.

  5. That seems like a lot of food. What else do they do to attract the local sentiments or vibes? Is the festival just about the eating? In India we have festivals on feasts, but with added local flavours like onam sadhya. women wear a particular shade of white and yellow sarees, and men basically play a boat race. Tradition kept alive in the villages while cities have a more mellowed down selfie driven onam lunch

    1. Hi there Katchu, festivals and food always goes hand in hand in the Philippines. A long time ago, the food in festivals are given free and tourists are even asked to go inside the houses to partake of the meals. However, because of the evolving culture, everything now requires payment.

      I would love to participate in one of the festivals there in India. I have read a lot about how beautiful and nice your festivals are. =)

  6. Though we often head to buffet restaurants for team lunch at work, I haven't seen anything like this. The spread of the buffet is very overwhelming. I really love teh way food is displayed- makes it look irresistible. And the crafts on the walls come as a bonus. I would so love to dine at the Vikings.

  7. Lovely concept and I can only imagine how much fun it would be in the village before commercialization ! Great spread that only a viking can do justice to :)


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