Guys, how did you celebrate your Christmas Party? We in the office had a simple but enjoyable one. We did the exchange gift-giving and raffle draw at the office where I got a hot pink handbag, rustic gold pendant necklace and silver cuff from my monita (not what I expected, still I’m happy =)) and Biodroga facial products (jackpot!). Afterwards, we went to Sambokojin at Eastwood Citywalk for our dinner.
Sambokojin is a classy eat-all-you-can buffet restaurant that houses a wide selection of Japanese and Korean cuisine, from sushi to dessert. It’s reasonably-priced for Php595 per head since most likely you’ll never leave the place without feeling satisfied, or happy like us.
My plate, Round 1 (notice how the makis are swimming in tonkatsu sauce.Fail, IKR LOL)
My plate, Round 2 (much better)
As for my Japa-nice adventure, I tried different kinds of maki on my plate but I love the one with the Japanese mayo on it. Of course I got a teaspoon of wasabi paste to complement my maki. I also liked that there was a huge yakiniku grill on every table and we grilled different kinds of thinly-sliced marinated meat and seafood. And I must say the beef was delicious. It was sweet, tender and marinated just right. Although I haven’t fully appreciated it that time, I bet I would on my next trip. BTW their crabsticks are divine! Those were the sweetest, freshest, and most delicious crabsticks I’ve ever tasted.
Anna grillin’ like a pro! Teehee!
Aye, corn-frying expert hehe =D
And if that’s not enough, I went to the tempura section to get ebi tempura and chicken tonkatsu (breaded chicken that looked like cordon bleu). They’re not that different from the ones I’ve already tasted but they’re delicious nonetheless. Aside from the food, I also had half a cup of miso soup with fresh seaweed bits and small tofu pieces and iced tea with lots of lime wedges.
Dessert (I only ate 2 of them, the brazo de mercedes and glazed cream puff =( )
Vanilla and strawberry ice cream
So all in all I’ve had 3 rounds of Japanese goodness and I’ve topped it off with a cup of vanilla and strawberry ice cream and honey-glazed vanilla cream puff. Unfortunately, I haven’t eaten the small piece of blueberry cheesecake and strawberry cake since we have to leave already (Sayang! haha!). I was about to tuck them away with a tissue (which I unfolded in case) but too bad I can’t do that because apparently, it’s not allowed hehe.
Sushi catastrophe courtesy of Vlad
So that’s it. I really had a hard time breathing in between all those food and as much as I would like to gorge, I can’t because my mind has adjusted to eating food in moderate portions (effect of my diet I guess) and I felt quite dizzy from our travel to Eastwood Citywalk (only a 30-minute ride from our office but the driver was brake-crazy!). One thing I’ve learned from this experience: don’t hesitate to take different plates for each of the courses. Anyhow, they have plenty! The tonkatsu sauce smothered on half of my plate kinda ruined the taste of the other food I have.
My officemates having a good time
My verdict: it was awesome! The waiters were very accommodating, the place was roomy, neat and clean, and the restroom is huge, clean and well-maintained. They also have a large receiving room with lounge sofas to accommodate waitlisters. I can’t wait to go back to Sambokojin again. I want to bring my family or some close friends and let them have the good experience I had with this restaurant. Thumbs up! =)