UPDATE! As of May, they increased the sushi buffet price from P399 to P499, ultimately making the total price to P300 (with P250 voucher and tax inclusive) as opposed to the original P180-something. This is probably because the previous price was too low and wasn’t sustainable. But hey! With all the sushi variety available- octopus, salmon, fatty salmon, big maki, squid, etc., that price is still pretty much a steal! :)
After that self-motivating seminar about savings and finance mom invited us to at the Intercon Hotel, it’s sushi time at Genji-M! I’ve got to say, of all the Japanese restaurants I’ve been to, our dinner here has proven to be a memorable one!
Location: Everyone’s familiar in one way or another with Makati City’s Makati Ave., I presume? Just make your way there and make a turn to Kalayaan Ave.! For Landmarks, it’s just beside St. Giles Hotel- here’s a map.
The interiors are your usual modern Japanese/Korean designs you’ll find in almost all the same-themed restaurants in the city. It’s quite spacious as it can cater to about 12-15 groups of four. There’s also ample parking on the front and side of the establishment, not to mention on the adjacent streets and buildings.
It can get a little busy though in rush hours, though. The restaurant is separated into two areas: public and private. Private rooms can cater to smoking groups of four or eight who want a little peace and quiet.
The restaurant has actually already been dined at by my family before, but alas it was without me. But thankfully, the sushi Gods has spared me from forever depriving me of their blessings! They’re currently known for their eat-all-you-can buffet for Rolls & Sushi (P399), Sashimi (P699) and Premium Sashimi (P1499) which aren’t half-bad for their prices vs. the food quality. Not bad at all! These are their regular prices, but they’re running a promo now until May 2014 that will make you want to dine here every day!
You’ll be given a checklist where you get to decide what to order and how many. Don’t worry, this isn’t a one time thing so feel free to go at your own pace. They’ll serve it to you and you’ll be given another list afterwards.
There’s also unlimited miso and one glass of iced tea free when you avail the buffet!
So what happened was we arrived in the restaurant a little-passed 9 o’clock, meaning they’re about to close soon and we’ll need to order everything we think we can eat on the first round. Hence, the massive four bigass platters you saw on the first picture. There were six of us, and we each got the P399 Rolls and Sushi Buffet- so in total the bill should be P2,400-ish, right? Yup, but they have a promo now of slashing away P250 per person c/o their printable vouchers online! What, where? Hold your horses! I’ll post the voucher at the end of this post.
The first platter was overwhelming enough- I thought that was it. But lo and behold! I don’t know what numbers mom and sis put on the checklist, but we ended up getting four full platters. FOUR! If you’re gonna order that in some other non-buffet restaurant, it’ll surely cost above P5,000, but we got away with it with P900!
So everything’s supposed to be sugar and rainbows now, right? NOT. What’s rule number one in buffet restaurants, again? No leftovers! Since it was the last call for orders when we arrived, we bet everything in one shot- ordering too less and too much will be disappointing, but at least in the latter we’ll be all full and stuffed! So yeah, we risked it all with ordering more. For the sushi!!!
Here’s the gist of what we had:
Not included in the photos are the Tuna Sushi and the Flying Fish Roe Sushi.
Having just six average semi-hungry humans on the roster, of course we weren’t able to finish it all. Thankfully, since we’re the last customers in the establishment, Genji-M felt considerate at the time so they let us take home the remaining sushi at the additional cost of P100- for the plastic containers to pack them with. :)
The Verdict: I believe it is pretty obvious how we feel about Genji-M and its P400-turned-P150 Rolls and Sushi buffet, but for formality’s sake, let me say that it is quite a remarkable experience- indubitably! Never have I imagined having unlimited pro-restaurant-type sushi for such a cheap price. No one would, not anywhere! As for the taste and quality- they’re all good, tasty and fresh! But what caught my eye and tongue was their wasabi- it was dark green and putty-ish. Not sure how to grade wasabi, but I’m certain it’s one of the best I’ve tried.
I wouldn’t mind paying the regular price for this, even for the P700 sashimi! Their Premium Sashimi also piqued my curiosity, but I guess that’s for another visit when I have more moolah on hand. >.
So I suggest you print these vouchers out before their promo ends on May 31, 2014!
If you’re looking for more, their P1,499 Premium Sashimi also comes with unlimited beer for free! Additional P200 though for the Unli-Sushi and Unli-Sashimi buffet.
GENJI-M Japanese/Korean Restaurant
8485 Kalayaan Ave. Cor. Makati Ave., Makati City
Tel. No. (02) 804 2883