Sambo Kojin | A Japanese-Korean Buffet

Have you heard of the smokeless grill buffet craze? No, it's not Yakimix, that's so last year! Here's the latest, and may I say the upgraded version of a Japanese-Korean buffet: Sambo Kojin.

Sambo Kojin at Eastwood City
move over Yakimix!


For only P595/head, I gave it a shot. My friend Rhye and I decided to check it out. We confirmed our reservation and after a moment the staff assisted us to our seats. Everything is well organized, I'm impressed.

trust me, you need to make a reservation before going here
or else wait to be seated


Sambo Kojin is located in Eastwood, at the 2nd floor of Something Fishy to be precise. Tables and seats are well-spaced. The buffet table is filled with Japanese and Korean delights.

the staffs always make sure that there's enough food in the buffet table
plus points for Sambo Kojin


I've been to a few buffets including Crossover at Dusit Thani, HEAT at Shangri-la, and Dad's/Saisaki - but I always find the tempura baskets empty, or almost. And to be able to have some, I need to wait for the chefs to refill them. I guess you have experienced this too.

That's the plus point I experienced in Sambo Kojin, the chefs are always alert to refill the almost empty dish right away. Perfect!


Let the Food Porn Session begin!

Ika Rainbow, Torikatsu, Sakana, Veggie Tempura
Tonkatsu, Fish Tempura, Kani Tempura, Ebi Tempura
freshly refilled plates from time to time


Beef Curry, Yakisoba, Katsudon, Tofu Steak
Yasai, Gyoza, Beef Stew, Chapchae, Spicy Wings and a lot more
the best part: you can request for a Sukiyaki and Katsudon! woohoo! ^_^


Closer Look


the smiling chefs with the meat/fish/prawn/veggies to be grilled
the variation is crazy!


Sushi and Sahimi section
I got some Unagi Maki (eel), the taste is awesome


Sashimi Lovers Delight


Again, for P595 Im not expecting much. For this kind of buffets, I accept that some of the food may be bland. Surprisingly, Sambo Kojin is way different. The food are freshly cooked and flavorful.

your own set of condiments are placed in your table


the best part of a Japanese meal - Sukiyaki
their version is good, I want another round


Varieties of Tempura
that ika rainbow tempura is outstanding

Tempura, round 2!


hot and steamy Kamamechi Rice Bowl
the rice is rich and very flavorful


Chilly Wings and Yakisoba
surprisingly good


Now it's time to try the smokeless grilling pot right infront of your table.
May aliw factor ito! ^_^


asparagus, shitake, some unidentified veggies wrapped in bacon
everything tasted yummy


salmon, prawn, teriyaki strips, etc
the salmon is heavenly


I dont know how the chefs did it, but they did the flavorings well


Rhye while waiting for our grilled items
grilling is easy and fun afterall!


the finished product
finally luto na, it's time for me to eat!


the hungry blogger
ako na ang walang poise kumain ^_^


As much as I wanted to eat everything again and again, my stomach can't bare it. Im fully satisfied. There's not even a room left for dessert.

Cakes and Pastries
not the highlight for me


Chocolate Fondue and Ice Cream station
not a fan as well


I got a Vanilla Ice Cream and some Pastries


Thanks Rhye for reminding me that Im beginning to be chubby now. You're such a true friend. I stopped eating the moment you said that. Hahaha


All the reviews and raves I read from the forums and blogs are correct. Sambo Kojin offers a remarkable Japanese-Korean Smokeless Grill buffet experience. For the price of P595/head, this is the best buffet / yakiniku I tried for its price range. Grill all you can + Eat all you can, til your stomach burst! ^_^

Sambo Kojin
branches: Eastwood City Walk and 201 EDSA
reservation / contact no. 421-0145 to 46 / 726-4520
website: http://sambokojin.com/


i love Eastwood!

specially this dancing fountain show - for free!


55 responses:

Chyng said...

my blog is turning to be a Food Porn!

after this one, pass muna ko sa mga kainan sessions. chubby na ko!

The Gasoline Dude said...

WAH! I WILL MAKE RESERVATIONS & GO THERE IN APRIL! Thanks for the recommendation. I love Jap food. :)

docgelo said...

asar ako today sa yo chyng,
ginutom ako ng post mo!
inggit pa ako. hehehe..

japanese food is love.
buffet is divine.

don't quit the pig-out thing.
we only live once.
sama ko bang MD? hehe..

PS : i had an authentic yakiniku buffet in Don.K! in Tokyo; you might want to take a peek at my sidebar (tokyo adventures)

lakwatsera de primera said...

You are such a food pornographer Chyng :) ang sasarap nito!

danda said...

Sarap! Pupunta talaga kami jan, soon! :D

Abou said...

sumptous chyng

sana i clould check that out (wishing? haha)

rob said...

.. jap food lovers paradise! grilled salmon lang chyng, masaya na ko, lam mo yun. hehe.

.. chubby ka na? di ka na kakasya sa xs nyan! lol.

Sidney said...

Where is "Something Fishy". I want to try this out... although my stomach might actually burst :-0

goyo said...

Hindi pa ako nakakapagtanghalian. Lalo tuloy akong nagutom. :c

Sa kasamaang palad, hindi pa ako nakakakain sa mga eat all you can resto etc etc. Hahaha.

The Manila Girl said...

Tempuraaa!! Yum yum yum! Must try this soon. Sigh, I'm getting fat na rin.

Chyng said...

@gasdude,
amke sure you do. perfect kasi after you stepped out of kojin, gimikan na agad! tugsh tugsh ^_^

@doc,
ikaw may kasalanan bakit ako na-addict sa buffet at japanese food. parusa mo: treat mo kami sa Umu pag uwi mo! hehe

@claire,
porno na ito! =)

@nicole,
life wont wait. go na kayo ni Neil!

Chyng said...

@abou,
panira ng diet!

@rob,
you'll love the grilled salmon here!
ayun na nga, magddiet ako para sa rashguard! ^_^

@sidney,
hey sidney. this is located in eastwood city.

@goyo,
try mo baka masulit mo. dali!

@manila girl,
now im relieved, im not the only one.. hehe

lakwatserong tatay said...

wow, nagutom ako dun,

try namin ng wife ko yun, malamang matutuwa un sa mga desserts....hehehe...

thanks mam chyng for sharing...at malamang lalo akong tataba...hahaha..

excited na ko...

empi said...

Nakakagutom naman yan, Chyng!

Diamond R said...

di ko palalampasin yan pag uwi. wow thanks chyng. ang galing ng concept ng resto.

ellen joy belmonte santos said...

sobrang dami talaga ng tao dyan pag dumadaan ako pero ma itry nga minsan =)

Madz said...

Naku I want to go there! Forget the measly food selection in Tong Yang! Chyng nakakainis ka bakit mo ako ginutom??? :P

Maaya na si BF dyan, matuwa sya sa sahimi selection for sure!

Mr. Chan said...

nakakagutom lang! nice photos Chyng! :) Kain lang ng kain! :)

C A R L A said...

the photos say it all!!! :) gutom na ako! thanks chyng for sharing

khantotantra said...

wow, meron palang ganyang sa eastwood. :D

Mukang pahirapan ng konti para makakain dyan.

At nakaka-engganyo ang mga sushi sa pics.

kg said...

grabe! ang sarap nung tempura! i want to eat one now!

chyng, bakit kain ka ng kain pero di ka tumataba? ano secret mo?

dong ho said...

take note. take note. take note. hahaha... dito ko ngayon nalalaman mga hinahanap kong japanese restaurant. kim chi at jiampong pa lang natitikman ko sa korean food.

gillboard said...

not bad for 600 bucks. kaya lang ang layo.

nakakagutom.

Richard said...

wow!looks yummy!i wanna try that- soon. he he! never been to japanese-korean food..

konnichiwa!

pusang kalye said...

at sa libis lang pala to dimo ko niyaya? kelan ba yung 1st natin? 1st and last yun at fail pa kasi diko nablog kasi wala akong nakuhang pics. namiss ko yun.

kelan mo ba ako yayayain uli? hehe.

ikaw na talaga ang authority sa food blogging. winner ang mga shots. makapag food blog na nga this year!!!

hahaha

bing said...

interesting. bloghopped from lawstude. you were mentioned at docgelo's, so here i am. :-)

lovely, lovely, is all i can say. i love to take pictures of food.

these collection made me salivate.

Ian said...

Would love to try this one... but Yakimixx siguro muna...

Hey Chyng, care for link ex?

Photo Cache said...

this is my type of place. and the price is affordable pag andito ka. i thought that is still high by pi standards, or have i lost touch with the pi way of living?

JeffZ said...

like et.. Food Porn! Food Fest!..

nakita ko pa lang ung tempura na sandamakmak naumay na ako.. :P

Okay lang maging chubby Chyng, at least for a change.. hehe :)

Robbie said...

595 onleeeeeeee?!?!?!?!?

Food porn na talaga. Travel porn na nga food porn pa. Hindi dapat pinupuntahan ang blog mo kapag depressed. Wahahaha!

markpogi said...

Thanks for sharing chyng. I've been following your blog for quite sometime now and lagi akong nagugutom pag tungkol sa food yung pinopost mo. XD

Ill add you na rin sa blog roll ko if you don't mind. ^_^

hArTLeSsChiq said...

nakakagutom naman...will definitely try this one out SOON! :)

poot said...

Pinalala mo tiyan ko Ate Chyng. Hay. Malaking problema ito. MALAKING GASTOS. Hahaha.

In fairness, medyo mura nga ang per head nila, "EAT ALL YOU CAN AT THAT"! Pero bakit ang haba ng nakapila? Isa lang ba ang table? Hahaha.

princess_dyanie said...

Sabi mo magkasama tayo kakain jan. tse! bye! *tampo mode*

Kura said...

I never tried eating korean food. Golbanggi, Bulgogi, kimchi, kimbop,Chapchae... lahat yan sa koreanovela ko lang nakikita. Hihihi! thanks for sharing. Now I'm hungry

BTW, Rhye looks familiar.. kilala ko ba siya? hihihi!

bertN said...

Buffet heaven na yan sa akin!

thelostrays said...

wow parang ang sarap!!! and for the price, not bad...tsk tsk nakakagutom!he

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

At 595 pesos, wala pa yatang $15 yang buffet meal mo. That's a great bargain Chyng! Dito sa NY, we pay 25-30 dollars for a really good buffet restaurant. I might try that pag umuwi ako ng Pinas :)

C A R L A said...

im checking the photos again. i wish i will have time to go to Eastwood when ill be in manila next month :)



i hope you don't mind, i gave you a style award :)

http://crazysidviciouslover.blogspot.com/2011/01/sinulog-2011-and-award.html

KRIS JASPER said...

I'll definitely visit this place when I go home... Cool and not pricey... in here the average buffet (per head) will cost us £12.00

pusang kalye said...

oi--baka ikaw yung BIG BAD BLOGGER HA.lol

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

gusto ko ma-try yung grilling! nainggit ako sa mga Korean novela kapag napapanood ko yan eh. hehe

rome said...

Im so inlove with the pics! sobrang ganda! I hope you dont mind my question, What brand/type of camera are you using for capturing foodies?

Madz said...

Thanks to your great, drool worthy post Chyng, BF is taking me here on my bday :P

Allen said...

And of course alam ko kung gano ka kawalang poise kumain. Hahahahaha! Miss you ate chyng! Nawalan na ko ng passion magblog and i dont know why. Hahahaha.

Hi! I'm LiLi! said...

oh lard. why did i drop by sa blog na to at 10:49 pm. now, i am hungry again. naaamoy ko ang mga pagkain sa picture pa lang. aigoo!

http://lildivine.blogspot.com/

ingrid said...

nakakagutom naman ito!
from the photos it looks like Dad's ultimate buffet spread.
I think triple V owns this one too like Something Fishy.
San ang entrance nito? So tinanggal na buffet sa Something Fishy?

Calvin said...

uy ok to. alternative sa yakimixx although mukhang almost the same yung price and type of foods. pero sige masubukan.

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

wow, ang sarap naman! next time mapunta ako ng eastwood will have to check out this place! mukhang ang sarap ng sukiyaki at sushi! wow!!!! kagutom naman!

Axel said...

sorry naman, lately ko lang na-try ang yakimix eh.. pero dahil mukhang ok dito try namin toh.. hehehe..

Keith said...

Sarap sobra dito! Way way better than yakimix..

marga said...

Adik na adik talaga ako sa pictures mo! :-) We went to Sambo in EDSA-Santolan and we had a table reserved for us! It's far better than Yakimix, noh?

http://margareyes.tumblr.com/post/7501879722/sambokojin

Anonymous said...

i like your blog... the word FOOD PORN is apetizing..hehehehe

good luck

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Mary said...

BIG DISAPPOINTMENT with SAMBO KOJIN EASTWOOD-- drove two hours from Cavite ..arrived at sambo KOJIN 1030 am --- got turn down ....everything reserved!!!! not even open ...11am opening... what a waste of time....embarrassed with American visitor with me this morning... only one group waiting when we got there
Mar 18 2012

Chyng said...

^ you should have called first and reserve some seats. lesson learned the hard way for you.

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