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 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.
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.
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. 😀
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:
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!
We then proceeded to the day’s main event:
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.
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 best friend read somewhere that Sambo Kojin’s blueberry cheesecake was to die for so she tried it. Apparently, it wasn’t. Really.
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…
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.
For Php650 (weekend rate) per head, it was a pretty good deal. Do know however, that drinks are excluded from the said rate. No worries though, for you can always have bottomless water. LOL.
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)