My sisters are used to getting items as gifts during their birthdays and every Yuletide season. But last December, I gave them a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
SAMBOKOJIN is an ‘eat all you can’ Yakiniku restaurant which caters Japanese and Korean cuisines and has branches in SM Southmall, Eastwood, EDSA, and West Avenue. Comfortable seats, grills with exhaust system, and numerous buffet bars with fresh from the catch raw meats and seafoods are amongst the things they have to be proud of.
We went there on a Thursday and arrived after noon. We didn’t expect that it will be packed with people for it’s a not so busy day of the week . We had to wait for more or less 30-minutes to be seated. Good thing they were sensitive enough to line chairs beside the receptionist to make waiting a little more convenient. To those who want to avoid waiting like we did, call them at least an hour or two at 09178107833.
The dining area is hailing in white, black, and red. The place is well-lit in yellowish tones which is sooooo awesome for photo opps, and the atmosphere is just right for a ‘food hoarding day’.
I got us plates and told them to just take whatever and go feast.
My first dish was a plate full of Sashimi (raw fish) with freshly sliced pickled ginger on the side.
They also have a selection of sauces sitting on top of each table. We had too much of the Sambokojin sauce which went well on both meat and seafood, and emptied a container of Teriyaki sauce. The Sesame Oil was very helpful in grilling meat because they keep sticking to the pans.
Of course, the Kamameshi Rice. It is a traditional Japanese rice cooked in a kettle or an iron pot called kama (Wikipedia, 2013). It’s not available in the buffet area but you could ask their ever-accommodating servers for a pot filled with rice, meat, and vegetables. I divided the serving in four and refused to ask for more. You know how rice can make a tummy feel so full, right? But if ever I’m capable of not bloating, I – alone- could finish this thing off. Please don’t forget to give it a try. This is something which is not offered until it’s asked for.
That smokeless grill. You’ll find slices of fish, mushrooms, shrimps, and some seafood and veggies rolled in beef or bacon here.
Some Sushi, California Unagi rolls, and Maki.
The meat bars.
Some vegetables, quail eggs, and corn.
Some ready-to-eat dishes.
Steamed Egg Custard or Chawanmushi. There isn’t too much flavor in it – at all, but that’s prolly why I enjoyed it and consumed two bowls at once. The food choices are overwhelming enough that I had to taste something less appealing but has a character of its own.
My Personal Favorites are:
- Meat, Seafood, and Vegetables Wrapped in Beef or Bacon are awesome! I love string mushrooms and asparagus! The wraps are well-marinated and thin enough to be cooked in 2-3minutes.
- Oh my God for the Sushi Bar!
- Say RAW meat. Their RAW is WAR.
- The chocolate fondue and the assorted toppings. Perfect.
- That steamed custard! It smells so good. I’d give it a 4.8.
- I miss the Kamameshi Rice, like totally.
A few things:
- The Miso Soup is average. Nothing beats Sumo Sam’s.
- The Kimchi is a little dry.
- I find dirty ice cream sold on streets better than their ice cream options.
- I hope they do something about the cakes.
- Their Uni Sushi or sea urchin is weird, or it’s just me. Maybe it’s me.
Prices are as follows:
Monday to Friday – Lunch – Php 519.00
Monday to Friday – Dinner – Php 619.00
Weekends & Holidays – Lunch & Dinner – Php 659.00
Children below 4ft. – Php 319.00
Toddlers are FREE of charge.
As you can see, the prices are way beyond reasonable. Just the Sushi itself could cost me more than Php 200.00 for a single serving of 5-6 slices on a normal restaurant, and I always consume no less than 20 slices every visit. The servers are so nice that they didn’t mind us staying for three hours. Lol. Seriously, they said that.
I hope I have more photos and more info for you but I didn’t consider blogging about food until recently. I’ll get better. I promise.
For further information, check their main site at www.Sambokojin.com.
For reservations, call 09178107833.