Eat Your Heart Out At Sambo Kojin

You can ask every soul I know and I’m sure they would tell you–unblinkingly and straightforwardly–that I’m not an eat-all-you-can buffet person. Yes, food is my greatest weakness. I’ve always had the appetite of a woman half my already-tiny frame, you see. My family and I once went to Spiral a few years back and I remember how I ate so few of the extensive selection that we all decided never to go to a buffet restaurant anymore because we would only be wasting our money.

So imagine my surprise when my best friend easily wheedled me into joining her and a few friends for Saturday lunch at Sambo Kojin: Yakiniku Smokeless Grill, a yakiniku place that has two locations in Quezon City and one in EDSA Greenhills. And yes, it’s just like Yakimix.

I was surprised to see this big receiving area! I've always thought that space unused in a restaurant is a table of customers lost. Haha. After "checking in," we went upstairs quickly.
I was surprised to see this big receiving area! I’ve always thought that space unused in a restaurant is a table of customers lost. Haha. After “checking in,” we went upstairs quickly. Look! My seat had a view of the buffet line. LOL.

I met up with my best friend’s brother before heading to the restaurant, which is right smack along EDSA. We (ehem) actually arrived on time, giving us an early start at the buffet line. As soon as we were ushered to our table, which was conveniently near the sushi counter, the waiters kept their distance for a few minutes to allow me to collect my frazzled thoughts.

Condiments galore!
Condiments galore!

There were a lot of condiments sitting on our table. I tried to remember what other bloggers have said about which one was the most flavorful, but I just could not think straight that day. Perhaps it was the fever I had the night before. LOL.

The miso soup that was filled with tofu cubes.
The miso soup that was filled with tofu cubes.

I guess one of the servers kept himself within earshot distance because when I told King (my best friend’s brother) that we should probably have a go at the food before the others arrived, he came marching back in and offered to serve miso soup. 馃榾

It would be impossible to narrate in detail every food I ate. So I think I’ll let just let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy:

There were two food displays filled with sushi and sashimi. I seriously wanted to eat a piece each, but I was afraid my tummy would give up 'cause of these.
There were two food displays filled with sushi and sashimi. I seriously wanted to eat a piece each, but I was afraid my tummy would give up ’cause of these.
I particularly liked the spicy tuna sushi and of course, my favorite salmon and tuna.
I particularly liked the spicy tuna sushi and of course, my favorite salmon and tuna.
First plate of sushi!
First plate of sushi!

Here are some of the sushi and sashimi I ate devoured. I really tried to down as few sushi rolls as possible because of, well, the rice. The Spicy Tuna Sushi is the one at the bottom-right of the plate. It was really good!

They don't have Tempura on display because they serve it straight to your table--probably fresh from the kitchen. Riiight?
They don’t have Tempura on display because they serve it straight to your table–probably fresh from the kitchen.

We then proceeded to the day’s main event:

Meat, pork, chicken in BBQ, Korean and Teriyaki sauce--to name a few. I had no idea which to choose.
Meat, pork, chicken in BBQ, Korean and Teriyaki sauce–to name a few. I had no idea which to choose.
This is where we got really stuffed. Bacon-wrapped asparagus, shitake mushroom, crab meat and more!
This is where we got really stuffed. Bacon-wrapped asparagus, shitake mushroom, crab meat and more!
Drooling now! We definitely love this. Actually, my best friend Kwin love this most.
Drooling now! We definitely love this. Actually, my best friend Kwin love this most.
Yakiniku. We have all sorts of meat grilling. Oh and they have onions too, which explains why we have an onion ring grilling there. Haha.
Yakiniku. We have all sorts of meat grilling. Oh and they have onions too, which explains why we have an onion ring grilling there. Haha.

One of the waiters told us to drizzle the plate–and food–with the sesame oil they have on the condiment rack. It’ll prevent the meat from sticking to the plate. 馃檪

One of the waiters was kind enough to fill our individual sauce platter with SamboKojin's best sauces. When you visit SamboKojin, they will explain to you which meat/food goes perfectly with each sauce.
One of the waiters was kind enough to fill our individual sauce platter with Sambo Kojin’s best sauces. When you visit Sambo Kojin, they will explain to you which meat/food goes perfectly with each sauce.
They also have cooked dishes, but I didn't sample a lot of these dishes because they're a bit too filling for me.  They have tofu steak, yakiudon, nagisa, etc.
They also have cooked dishes, but I didn’t sample a lot of these dishes because they’re a bit too filling for me. They have tofu steak, yakiudon, nagisa, etc.
Of course, I had to try their Gyoza! I liked it enough. Enough said.
Of course, I had to try their Gyoza! I liked it enough. Enough said.

We really took our time eating, for sure. We were there at 11 and by 1PM, we were only just about to get our hands (and mouths) on the dessert table.

The dessert table. They have cakes, creme brulee, ice cream, chocolate fondue, fresh fruits, etc.
The dessert table. They have cakes, pudding,聽cr猫me br没l茅e, ice cream, chocolate fondue, fresh fruits, etc.

The best friend read somewhere that Sambo Kojin’s blueberry cheesecake was to die for so she tried it. Apparently, it wasn’t. Really.

The obligatory photo by the dessert line. Me and Kwin aka Siz aka the best friend. She hoarded this area, by the way. LOL.
The obligatory photo by the dessert line. Me and Kwin aka Siz aka the best friend. She hoarded the cr猫me br没l茅e, by the way. LOL.

I was pretty sick the day we went to Sambo Kojin. I thought I had Tonsilitis because my throat was really sore so I wasn’t really in the mood for dessert. But since I was there anyway…

Of the many options, I decided to stick to just these three. The cake was dry and the pudding was a bit runny. The cr猫me br没l茅e was far from perfection, but it was the one I enjoyed the most.
Of the many options, I decided to stick to just these three. The cake was dry and the pudding was a bit runny. The cr猫me br没l茅e was far from perfection, but it was the one I enjoyed the most.
The SamboKojin people! (L-R) Niko, Me, King, Chris, Kwin and Ayra.
The Sambo Kojin people! (L-R) Niko, Me, King, Chris, Kwin and Ayra. (Photo courtesy of Chris)

All in all, I would say it was a pretty good experience. Besides the really friendly staff, who described the flavor of each condiment they have on the table, the place is pretty spacious as well. I just wish they could place little placards on all of the dishes they have so diners know if they’re eating chicken, beef, pork or whatnot.

Eating our hearts out!
Eating our hearts out!

For Php650 (weekend rate) per head, it was a pretty good deal.聽Do know however, that drinks are excluded from the said rate. No worries though, for you can always have bottomless water. LOL.

Rates:

Monday to Friday LUNCH Php499
Monday to Friday DINNER Php599
Saturday to Sunday and Holidays (LUNCH & DINNER) Php649
Children below 4 ft. Php299 No Left Over Price
(+ Php200 for leftovers)

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  • Shet nakakagutom!!! XD

    • I’m so sorry, Luis! 馃榾

  • u8mypinkcookies

    wow! lots of good food!

    • Yup! The food was pretty good. You should try this some time 馃檪

  • Rj Tiradz

    wow! been there and we fully enjoyed our dinner of variety japanese and korean food.