SamboKojin: Not your ordinary yakiniku

Thursday, June 16, 2011 § 4

Last Monday, as the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA championship title, boyfriend and I decided to celebrate by going to a yakiniku buffet. It was a choice between Yakimix or SamboKojin. Since I was craving for more than just grilled meat, we decided to go with the latter. The good thing about SamboKojin is that you can actually call them for dinner reservations unlike some restaurants that only accomodate walk ins.

For 499 (lunch) or 599 (dinner and weekends), you not only get a wide array of meats but also a variety of Japanese and Korean dishes that can satisfy your every craving. For starters, you can choose from their set of Korean appetizers that include bean sprouts, marble potatoes, anchovies and of course, kimchi. If that's not your thing, you can walk a few steps to the sushi table where they have really good unagi sushi and a wide assortment of maki and sashimi. From the picture above, you can see that the salmon sashimi plate is empty. It's probably because their salmon is fresh and fatty. You can always ask for refills from the chef if it runs out. You can also order beef sukiyaki from the waiters.

The appetizers are real good but don't forget to leave A LOT of space for the main event, the grilled meats! They have beef, pork, chicken, fish, shrimp, squid, crab sticks and for our vegetarian friends, corn, mushrooms, asparagus, bell peppers and a whole lot more. Don't miss out on the enoki mushrooms wrapped in bacon! You can also check out the tempura table, which never runs out of shrimp tempura, and dishes like yakisoba, japchae, beef curry, tofu steak, katsudon, beef stew (kalbi chim), leek pancakes and lot more.

In every table, there is a condiment tray that contains different kinds of sauces. Some of their meats are already pre-marinated in these sauces but you can further enhance the flavor by adding some more. You can also do what we do, which is to cook the meat first and just dip them in whatever sauce we like. My personal favorites are ponzu, teriyaki and the sambokojin sauce. If you want rice with your meats, there is plain rice in the buffet table, or you can ask the waiters for a serving of kamameshi rice.

To cap this bountiful meal off, we headed to the dessert table. Just like every other yakiniku place we've tried, the desserts are quite disappointing. The fondue isn't hot, the apples are a little brown already and the cakes are ordinary. However, we can't really complain since after our meal, we were so full already. They do have ice cream that you can top off with marshmallows, sprinkles and a scoop of the chocolate from the fondue. That's enough for us.

By the end of it all, we were already having a hard time walking because our tummies were so heavy. Buffets are always a great bonding experience for us since it gives us a lot of things to talk and laugh about, especially when I end up eating more than him!

Give SamboKojin a try and go home happy.

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