Eat All You Can at Sambo Kojin Eastwood Restaurant

Ebi Tempura at Sambo Kojin

Tempura (天ぷら or 天麩羅 tenpura?) is a Japanese dish of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried.

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Due to my official visit to Eastwood next month and being a Japanese food lover, I thought of finding out the best Japanese Buffet restaurant in Eastwood. Thanks to Timeless Confection of, I’ve discovered Sambo Kojin Restaurant in Eastwood Citywalk, Quezon City. It provides Japanese buffet for both Lunch and Dinner.

The best part about Sambo Kojin Eastwood is the presence of smokeless grill on the tables.

Grilling at Sambo Kojin Eastwood
Prawns, Premiun Beef and Fish on Smokeless Grill at Sambo Kojin Eastwood

I love tempura of all kinds and Sambo Kojin’s ebi tempura beautifully matched my expectations. What I did find astonishing was their Filipino-style Tteokbokki (Rice Cake). I say Filipinized because it was sweet all through out with just a bit of spiciness, nothing like the ones I’ve tried at Flammable Tteokbokki and at Sam Sam Korean Cuisine @ Food Republic, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Sambo Kojin’s version was much richer and definitely a lot tastier, perhaps because of the addition of beef, veggies and sesame seeds.

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Ebi Tempura and Tteokbokki at Samoj Koij Eastwood
Ebi Tempura and Tteokbokki at Sambo Kojin Eastwood

Sambo Kojin Restaurant Not only provides Japanese food but also assorted Seafood, Korean dishes, US beef and other specialties of these variety.

Sambo Kojin Price

Buffet prices :

Weekday LunchPHP 549
Weekday DinnerPHP 629
Weekend Lunch or DinnerPHP 659
Children below 4ft.PHP 319
 Toddler FREE

During the week, Lunch is offered from 11am to 2pm . From Monday to Thursday, dinner is offered from 6pm to 10pm and from Friday to Sunday, dinner is offered from 5:30pm to 10pm.

Sambo Kojin Menu

Menu Sambo Kojin Eastwood as seen below is updated as of July 10th, 2013.

Type: Japanese, Korean, Assorted Seafood, US beef.

Sambo Kojin Menu
Sambo Kojin Branches

Sambo Kojin Restaurant has four Branches:

  • Eastwood Branch
    Address : Eastwood Citywalk, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
    Contact No. : (632) 421-0145 to 46, 0917-3160144, 0939-9340144
  • EDSA Branch
    Address: 207 EDSA, Greenhills, Mandaluyong City
    Contact No. : (632) 726-4466 / (632) 726-4520, 0917-8964465
  • West Avenue
    Address: 15 West Avenue,Quezon City
    Contact No. : (632) 372-8846/ (632) 921-2873, 0917-8948845
  • SM Southmall
    Address : SM Southmall, Ground Level, Eastwing Food Street, Alabang Zapote Road, Las Pinas City
    Contact No.: (632)511-7843/ (632) 511-7853, 0917-8107833, 0908-8757833

Another review is by Celeste P. Gavino of of another West Avenue Branch of Sambo Kojin. She was Happy and satisfied with the food service offered.

Sambo Kojin Restaurant at West Avenue

Being Japanese/Korean/Chinese food lovers, we decided to try it out. They just opened during that time but they were running smoothly as if opened for a long time already. The waiters were attentive to our needs as diners and they served without us even asking.

I enjoyed eating my kani salad because it really tasted fresh. Not much drowned in mayonnaise to compromise with the ingredients because all the essentials of a kani salad were there. I LOVED IT! the salmon sashimi was also fresh and tasty. I don’t have anything else to say about this but yum yum yum!

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Below is a video of Japanese Korean Buffet at Sambo Kojin Restaurant EDSA at Greenhills. It shows the yummy delicious food being served at EDSA Sambo Kojin during Japanese Korean Buffet.

The food seems really very tempting especially  the tempura, sushi and ube cake in desserts. The best part of having a meal at Sambo Kojin Eastwood would be cooking in the smokeless grill. I would love to cook Prawns in smokeless grill. Moreover the arrangement in dining hall and the ambiance over there is attracting me to visit Sambo Kojin Restaurant. Waiting eagerly for my visit to Sambo Kojin Restaurant in Eastwood next month.

Review of Sambo Kojin Eastwood by people on Tumber

Rina of reviewed about Sambo Kojin Eastwood.

The prawns were of sufficient size and were seasoned perfectly. The batter for both the kani and ebi tempura was nicely crunchy. I’m glad the waiters are attentive in replenishing the supply since these babies are forever in demand.

I know getting a kettle of Kamameshi Rice is not the best idea in an eat-all-you-can buffet setting, but this one just hits the spot. It goes really well with the grilled meat, because of its fragrance and sweetness. It also used Japanese rice.

The meat was marinated well. It wasn’t repetitive since the different choices of meat had varying tastes and textures. The meat was also sliced thinly for easier cooking (it helps you judge the “done-ness” of the meat more clearly). I really enjoyed this part of the buffet, even more than how much I liked the smokeless grill experience in Yakimix.


Negative Review of Sambo Kojin Restaurant 

JB Macatulad of found something not good at Sambo Kojin Restaurant which was mentioned in his reviews. He didn’t like the sushi collection as it didn’t pose much variety and moreover some were very cold from inside.

Also there was some problem with the cloyingly sweet sauce, served with tempura.

The sushi selection may have rivaled the variety at Viking’s, but it wasn’t nearly as good overall. Many of the rolls, though colorful, were forgettable, some even cold in the center. Plus, if you looked closely, a few of the rolls seemed very similar, just refashioned and presented differently but still made from the same components. Apart from the uni, marinated tuna, salmon sashimi, and spicy tuna rolls, I didn’t really like anything else.

Overall, everything was on the sweet side, likely to cater to the Filipino palate. The tempura, for example, tasted good, but the cloyingly sweet sauce ruined it for me. Similar to Yakimix or Roboto San, Sambokojin is a decent buffet, but not one that I’d be raring to go back to anytime soon. Though not quite the same concept because they don’t offer Korean cuisine, I’d much rather go to Kitsho at Trader’s Hotel or Zensho, purely on the strength of their Japanese fare.

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