Friends and I indulged Saturday night and had the best/worst dinner at Zensho Teppanyaki Restaurant and Sushi Bar at Tomas Morato. Best, because HELLO ALL THE JAPANESE FOOD YOU WANT; worst, because DEM CALORIES. I didn’t eat the entire day just for this!
For PHP695+ (with service charge, the six of us paid PHP757 each), you get to eat all the Japanese food your little glutton heart desires. What makes Zensho different from other all-you-can-eat buffets is that it isn’t a buffet. You order your food ala carte and they serve it to you freshly prepared. I like this set-up because you don’t have to wonder how long that plate of salmon sashimi has been sitting on the shelf! If you call ahead and make a reservation, you can request a “teppanyaki table” and watch the chef cook your food in front of you.
Zensho provides you with a separate menu/order form (two slips of paper) that lists the food their dinner special offers. I originally thought we’d have to keep asking for more slips but after your initial order, you can just tell the waiter or your cook what you want. Service was prompt and staff were very attentive with at least two waiters hovering by our area.
Tin and I arrived before everyone else so we took it upon ourselves to order the first batch of food.
We must have ordered 10 plates of salmon sashimi and four of the tempura. The ebi tempura was a bit on the scrawny side which is irrelevant since we could always order more. All that mattered to me was that the shrimp and the batter were perfectly balanced.
Three of us kind of went crazy over the Oyster Motoyaki, their house specialty. So soft, creamy, buttery and it slides right off with just one slurp!
Not pictured: tuna sashimi that I finished off on my own, Ysa‘s tamago sashimi and beansprouts teppanyaki (‘TEH, NAG EAT ALL YOU CAN KA PA PARA SI ITLOG AT TOGUE), pork teppanyaki, kani salad, yakisoba, beef fried rice, chicken wings, and mango graham (dessert).
At PHP700+, it’s a little spendy but I found the food to be worth the price. I’ve read that Zensho tends to get packed so it’s best to phone in a reservation beforehand. Lunch hours (PHP595+) are from 11am to 1pm and dinner hours (PHP695+) are 6pm to 8pm. I’m guessing there’s a price difference because the dinner menu is more extensive and includes drinks and dessert.
168 Tomas Morato Ave. South Triangle, Quezon City