We don’t always eat in buffet restos (maybe just once every three months) but I had to make an exception when the invite came from the newly-opened Banzai restaurant at the SM Mall of Asia By the Bay (note: it’s in Bldg. J, beside Buffet 101).
With a seating capacity of 500, they pride in calling themselves the biggest authentic Japanese buffet restaurant in town, and they mean it! First impressions: they really stay true to the Japanese theme – from the food, to the interiors, to the decor and the chefs.
The Japanese lanterns hanging from the ceiling look like they’re ready to transport everyone to Tokyo…
There are 15 stations for food and drinks, serving everything from ramen to takoyaki..roasts..tempura..salads…sushi, sashimi & the whole lot of them. I was delighted over this buffet because I prefer fish & seafood over meat and this is now one of the best places in town to get high quality stuff for a buffet price of less than a thousand pesos.
These selections were from the Teppanyaki Station -
Actor Marvin Agustin was in the house…because he’s one of the owners! It seems Marvin prefers Japanese for his restaurants. Aside from Banzai, he also has Sumo Sam, John and Yoko, Akira and Mr. Kurosawa.
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