Special Promo of Hodai Fusion Restaurant

Hodai Restaurant combines Japanese, Korean, Italian dishes that takes on a new concept of a modern buffet styled setting. Base on Japanese cuisine and culture, The base of operation with its distinctive flavor, freshness of the ingredients and preparation methods.
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wide array of dishes
The logo is strategically posted and represented by a cat which is like neko with paws holding up. In East Asian culture like China, Japan and Korea, the cat presents good luck and attracts customers.
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group photo
Hodai
Hodai fusion restaurant facade

Buffet with a Twist

Hodai restaurant is an affordable all-you-can-eat twist on the current Japanese food market without the sacrifice of quality, taste, ambiance and space to share a feast with your loved ones. There is also an area where one can refill rice.

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kani salad

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fried cream dory with special sauce and pechay

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fried tofu with sauce and chopped spring onions

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fried tempura

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fried pork tonkatsu with lettuce, onion and sauce
The menu consists of three (3) sets labeled Value, Silver, and Gold. Wherein customers have the option to decide which among the sets meet with their cravings. Menu items include Tonkatsu, Japchae, Rose Cream Pasta, Kimchi Gyozas, Maki rolls, Teriyaki, Spicy Cheese barbecue and a variety of other dishes. 
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lightning fixtures
The interior is nice , clean, modern and brightly lighted. It had a capacity of between 150 to 160 customers at any given time. The old house was re-purpose as a restaurant.  One can also taste a sample of Korean ice cream.

100 Day Anniversary in-House Promo

Hodai is celebrating their 100 days in business and they are offering an in-house 40% discount promo for weekends and holidays which starts on July 27, 2019 and also 50% discount promo for weekday(Mon to Fri) on July 29, 2019. The promo will last until September.

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Weekday (Mon to Fri) – 50% off

Value Set – 399 to 199 pesos
Silver Set – 499 to 249 pesos
Gold Set – 599 to 299 pesos

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Weekends and  Holidays – 40% off

Silver Set – 499 to 299 pesos
Gold Set – 599 to 359 pesos

It is also wise to make some reservations days or even weeks in advance for those planning to have their birthday parties and big groups.

How to Commute:

1.) From EDSA Quezon Avenue, ride a jeepney bound to West Avenue/ SM North/ Panay /Project 6 ( from Delta Theater) and get off at Examiner Street. Walk towards the restaurant ( just in front of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Operation Sagip Center)

2.) From EDSA North, walk towards SM Savemore/ Paramount. One may opt to ride jeepney bound to Quiapo and get off at Examiner Street ( Php 9.00). Walk towards the restaurant.

3.) West Avenue: Another option is one can take a tricycle to the restaurant (P15 per person or Php 40 special )

4.) West Avenue- One can walk between 15 to 20 minutes walk from Paramount theater to Hodai.

Note: Promo prices posted at this site are subject to change without prior notice from the management of the Hodai restaurant. 

 Hodai Fusion Restaurant

Address: #14 Examiner street near West Avenue,Barangay West Triangle, Quezon City

Contact : 0956 460 5848 / 0920-234-1200

Operational Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

 

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Lunch Buffet at Naks Sarap Restaurant in Talipapa, Novaliches

Naks ! Sarap is one of the few restaurants within Novaliches which offers lunch, merienda and evening buffet.

buffet table

Naks Sarap facade

This restaurant recently celebrated their 10th anniversary by offering Php 99.00 lunch buffet last January 30, 31 and February 1, 2019.

We organized a Novaliches Food Trip together with some bloggers, food enthusiasts and residents back in 2009 and our small group ate at this restaurant for lunch.

Naks! Sarap interior

We got a mix review, base on our informal survey back then. Some like their price and dishes. While others are not impress with the Php 119.99 promo in 2009.

passageway going to Gloful Restort

customers

dishes

chicken adobo

pork adobo

pochero

pork ribs

kangkong

ginataang kalabasa with sitaw

There were about a dozen dishes which consists of ginisang sayote, ginataang kalabasa with sitaw, ginataang kangkong, adobong pusit, adabong manok, pork spareribs, pork adobo, pochero.

marinated chicken and pork

Grilling station where there is a choice between pork, chicken, cream dory ( pangasius) , hotdog, isaw, squid are grilled on the spot.

cream dory ( pangasius)

The cream dory, chicken intestine ( isaw) and grilled chicken are okey, but they should marinate the pork barbecue longer since the meat is tough. According to the server, it was organic.

chicken intestine ( isaw)

pork barbecue

bagoong, chilies, calamansi and atsara

Dessert/ Kakanin station – There were about a dozen of so different kinds of native kakanins: cassava cake – like the taste not too sweet, palitaw, ube, maja blanca, deep fried sweet potatoes ( camote), bibingka, sweeten saba, biko, kutsinta, malagkit na kanin with corn among others.

cassava cake

malagkit na kanin with corn

biko

kutsinta

palitaw

fried sweet potatoes ( camote)

ube halaya

ube with grated coconut

maja blanca

pudding

bibingka

Soup station: there is sinigang and rice station where one can refill their plate.

sinigang

The restaurant sitting capacity is between 75 to 100 at any given time and it had a special function rooms like ktv bar and is connected to Gloful resort.

buffet station

Over the past decade, the restaurant’s dishes and buffet selection had vastly improve but there are still rooms for improvement. The servers are also quite attentive when it comes to refilling water and in grilling pork barbecue.

awards and recognition

Lunch buffet cost Php 200 per head on weekdays, Php 250 per head for saturdays and sundays. There is an afternoon merienda buffet for Php 149.00 with additional Php 50 for bottomless ice tea.

Celebrities and Popular Personalities

There are several celebrities like Mr. Al Tantay, Ms. Janice de Belen, Chef Ella, Mr. JC De Vera, Boys Avenue, Mr. Raffy Tulfo, Mr. Chuck Mathay, Mr.Marco Sison, Mr. Rainer Castillo, Mr. Edu Manzano, Ms. Megan Young, Ms. Amy Perez,Ms. Winnie Cordero, Matutina, Shalala, Ms. Cheryl Cosim, Empoy among others.

They must add some more dishes and some food warmer, rather than focusing on grilled foods and kakanins.

Naks !Sarap facade

We gave a combined ratings of 6.50 out of 10 points- over price, food, affordability, cleanliness, staffs and accommodation.

Note and full disclosure: The author is not connected with the establishment and dined together with some friends.

Address: 542 Quirino Highway ,Barangay Talipapa , Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations : Everyday 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, 5:00pm to 9:00 pm

Landline – 939-9288 / 454-88-23 / 0999-1658526/ 0916-259-3999

Buffet Dining at Cabalen in SM Megamall

Cabalen literally translates to a fellow Capampangan, is a group of casual – fine dining restaurants known for authentic Capampangan dishes and different Filipino specialties, originating from Pampanga.

Pampanga is known as the “ Culinary Capital ” of the country with every town boast of at least one specialty food .

Bringhe 

Bringhe is a localized Capampangan version of the Spanish paella , Its closest local variation is the arroz de valenciana . One MUST Try this regional dish .

different regional dishes from the country

History :

Cabalen family started in 1974 in San Fernando, Pampanga as a small Bahay Pasalubong Restaurant selling specialty food dishes, then grew into a restaurant called “Ituro Mo, Iluto Ko”. In 1986, the first Cabalen Eat-all-you-Can, Eat-all-you-Want Restaurant was opened in West Avenue, Quezon City that ushered the expansion .to more outlets.

different kinds of popular Asian dishes

This is not my first time in this restaurant , We would normally dine at least once every quarter at Cabalen– West Avenue branch and Fairview branches . Whenever we have international delegates or participants , Our team would normally dine-in at those branches. We find the restaurant appealing and accessible combined with Filipino hospitality and ambiance to our guests.

Kilawin Tenga

Recently the restaurant had added new Asian dishes at their 3 branches -SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia and Robinson’s Place-Ermita . It had Chinese, Japanese, Thai , Vietnamese themed cuisines.

catfish flakes with shredded mango

Yam Pha Duk Fu is called Crispy Catfish Flakes in Shredded Mangoes with Onions , This is sometimes called Catfish Flakes Salad or Catfish Mango Salad.  This salad had a moderate taste compared to its Thai counterparts  . The spiciness of the salad had been adjusted to cater the Filipino taste.

crispy pata 

Crispy Pata – This is one of the best sellers at the restaurant, The crispy pata is best accompanied with liver sauce or a combination of  vinegar and soy dip with chopped chilies.

salad station

Salad Station boast of corn bits, julienne carrots ,  sliced picama , sliced cucumber, chopped bitter melon,  julienne cabbage ,  tomatoes , onions , lettuce and different kind of salad dressings .

ginataang kuhol 

Ginataang Kuhol or ( Freshwater snails cooked in coconut milk ) . Freshness and proper way of cooking snails  with spices like garlic, ginger, turmeric, kangkong and topped with red chili pepper. Makes a visit to this restaurant worthwhile.   snails if not properly prepared and cooked would leave some undesirable taste ” lasang  gilik”  muddy after taste.

Tapang Kalabaw

Tapang Kalabaw ( Tapang Damulag or Pindang Damulag) A type of marinated salt cured beef jerky in sweet and sour taste. This one is different from the one we have tasted in other parts of Pampanga province. Since the origin of the tapa is from San Fernando , It had a sharper taste and more vinegar .

Dessert Table

We love the do-it- yourself (DIY ) halo-halo with over half a dozen kinds of ingredients available . One can also add some slices of fresh fruits like water melon or pineapple . Guinomis / Ginomis is also a simple but very authentic .

The shaved ice is not coarse , young and adults will surely like to make their own mix.

There are also several rice based desserts like biko , tibok mais ( maja blanca)  , suman bulagta , minatamis na saging , chocolate fondue with marshmallows and fresh fruits slices like watermelon, pineapples , bananas , dalandan and kiat-kiat .

Bulalo soup – This is not offered in the regular buffet , but one must also try the balalo in their menu. What i liked about the Bulalo soup is that vegetables are not overly cooked , they stay their crispiness and color.

For regular Filipino buffet – the cost of buffet is just Php 298.00 plus 12% VAT , While Filipino-Asian buffet cost Php 398.00 ( offered in 3 branches ) Just try to add Php 60.00 for bottomless drink. What a big way to eat and share the experience with the entire family or barkadas.

There is also an ongoing in-house promotion of the restaurant for  individuals, companies who would like to pre-booked their events at their branches for this season . There are some exciting prices and freebies in for those who will avail . For more information and bookings, Please try to visit the Cabalen FB page and website for announcement.

Cabalenhttp://www.cabalen.ph/

Facebook Page : Cabalen

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Entertainment and Buffet Meal at Tito Renz

San Jose del Monte City , Bulacan province -Philippines

After the the visit to Angat and Norzagaray within Bulacan province, our group decided to eat at Tito Renz located along San Jose del Monte City

Tito Renz -Restaurant and Event Center

This restaurant branch specializes on buffet meal which starts as low as Php 190.00 per head. It had a wide space and ample parking areas.  The place was jam-packed with people dining and there were a lot of reservations.

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group photo at the buffet station

buffet station

At the buffet station , there are a wide array of meal which includes kare-kare, shrimps, okoy , fish fillet, kangkong , fried chicken , pancit canton , kaldereta , bulalo soup , fresh fruit slices watermelon , cantaloupe and maja blanca.

video courtesy of Lakad Pamana

There is also a small stage in which live entertainment was performed by a local band. Mr. Sergio Diaz a Colombian working in the Philippines made an impromptu performance .

video courtesy of Lakad Pamana

Mr. Roy Vincent -Santiago also sang ” Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang ” ending the fun and friendly bonding between new found friends and rekindle old friendship.

Address: M. Villarica Rd, San Jose del Monte City, 3023 Bulacan
Phone:0933 431 9325 /.09496674242

 

 

Bonding Time at Tramway Buffet Restaurant in Timog Avenue

Timog Avenue, Quezon City -Philippines

I was invited to a simple get together by Mrs. Josefina T. Cura founder and current board member of Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club . It was a post birthday celebration and get together by friends of the club. This also serves as our bonding moments .

buffet table

I was not able to join the Christmas party celebration last year due to some commitments . This is not our first time to eat at Tramway buffet restaurant.  In fact, whenever there is a small gathering or simple celebration , we would always pick the place.

some of the buffet viands

Mrs. Cura booked the Tramway -Timog branch several days prior to the event. The place is fully booked and people looking for affordable yet hearty meal must try this restaurant.  It was sunday late afternoon and the restaurant is filled to their capacity .

Tramway- Timog with clients

When we ate there, the buffet menu consisted of steamed pangasius or cream dory  , fried chicken , pancit canton, spaghetti , yang chow fried rice , fried dimsum , sweet and sour pork , pork liver , mapo tofu ,  sushi , egg drop soup, rice porridge , siomai, hakaw, salad station, fresh sliced pineapples, watemelon, papaya , cantaloupe,  siopao, buko pandan gulaman, coffee gelatin, puto , macaroni salad, among others.  The restaurant had an interesting mix of Chinese, Filipino and Japanese dishes.

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Tramway buffet meal may vary from one branch to another . The Timog branch had 5 Function Rooms (good for 14-150 pax) and 2nd Floor Function Room (good for 350-400 pax).

Timog branch cost Php 238.00 adults, Php 170 senior citizen with valid Id’s , Php 158.00 for kids 2.5 ft to 4 ft. and Php 80.00 for toddler below 2.5 ft. , They also have branches located in Banawe, Shaw and Bayview .

For those planning to eat at the Tramway buffet restaurants branches, Here are some of my tips:

1.) Try to make reservation days or even weeks in advance, especially if you are planning to invite a lot of people for any events ( headcount is a must ) . Sometimes, they will require customers to post a down payment especially in large group.

2.) Be On Time

Buffet Lunch ( Monday to Friday 11:00am to 1:00pm , 1:00pm to 3:00pm ) , ( Saturday and Sunday – 1:15pm to 3:15pm ) Buffet Evening Meal starts at 6:00pm to 8:00pm first batch  and 8:00pm to 10:00pm second batch  , so try to be early on the appointed time . Having a reservation however does not guarantee that they will wait for your entourage.

3.) Observe Buffet Guidelines , The establishment have posted them in front of the establishment. Sometimes, clients tend to bring extra person and tasting the food is strictly forbidden . They are also strict with food wastage and leftovers. They also have CCTV cameras.

4.) Bringing in of drinks and other foods inside the establishment is not allowed.

Website: tramway buffet

Address: 65 Timog Avenue , Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City

Telephone : 415-2005, 410-4237

Email: timog@tramwaybuffet.com