Shoriken Buffet: Hitting the Mark on Our Appetites for Food
Miso soup, my foodie friend?
Shoriken, after all, is a Japanese restaurant, sister resto to Yamashita and Sakura Terrace. Since opening their doors to the dining public in August, there’s been speedy developments at this newest eating place in Mines View. Now, they have a buffet to offer and I must admit, I held a little hope hearing of this buffet that there would be some kind of construct your own ramen/ramen eat all you can as one of the selections. *dreamy looks Anyway, this is as good a buffet as any, recalling the last Japanese cuisine dinner buffet we’ve recently tried at Le Monet (using the gift cert I earned from covering their French cuisine launch last year).
For P499 on Friday and Saturday dinners, and Sunday lunches, Shoriken Ramen resto provides for starters of soup; Japanese viands like roasted pork, kaarage, fried lumpia, stir fry veggies with bits of meat in it, (flattened) meat balls, a wide selection of maki and sashimi (of course), salad, desserts, and drinks. \m/ (UPDATE a few hours into 10/10/2016: Buffet available on the weekdays too. Lunch: P299. Dinner: P399)
For their colorful and attractive lineup of drinks, I started my dinner with a few sips of the pink colored beverage, thinking it’s sakura-like in some way. Pink lemonade in lychee flavor, it’s the first lychee thing that Race wasn’t averted to because it didn’t have an Albatross/Baygon scent/taste to it. =b Other than that, I filled glass after glass of their uber lemon infused water. Race, meanwhile, had three cups of coffee throughout dinner in the hopes of warming up since we were caught in a strong downpour again on the way to Shoriken Japanese restaurant.
We then went to the table further inside the resto to get our fill of some sushi rolls. So amusing, it’s my first time to see sashimi being seared in action. Wee! They had fantastic egg rolls at this spread, too. (I know better now to steer clear of the raw tuna stuff. Apparently, still icky to me. *hihi) At the tempura table beside the maki spread, the batter covered vegetables and shrimps were also deep fried on the spot when you order it. I say, this is one of the best tempuras I’ve had so far, mainly because they’re not pre-fried and just left under a heat lamp to get kunat.
Moving on to the more substantial foodstuff, Race liked the slices of roasted pork, the fried lumpia, and the karaage. We’re assuming, the roasted pork is what they use to top their ramen for a la carte. I, on the other hand, loved the gyoza. Oh, nice little pocket of meat with bits of refreshing leafy things mixed in. (Was that cilantro or mint? Whatever it was, it works. *nomnom flavor)
At the salad section, there were two dressings available. I wasn’t sure what the yellow colored dressing beside the soy-sesame dressing was. I didn’t get to figure it out since I drizzled both on the greens on my plate-let and mixed in a dollop of shredded crabsticks and mayo. It tasted mainly … and mostly like kani to me … a good kani salad, if I do say so myself. =D
When we finally got our fill of the savory things, we set our eyes on the desserts. The cupcakes, mild tasting as they were, were all right. A little more flavor to them, it would’ve been easier to distinguish that one was matcha and one was lemon, etc. Anyhoo. ^^, They also had bite sized brownies and slices of some kind of choco streamline cake there.
Fruits were also available in the Shoriken buffet spread. I forgot to get some though, as they were in covered jars. Think cookie jars. *snickers
With another batch of people walking through the door eager to eat buffet (with matching crestfallen faces that all the tables on the first floor were taken), Race and I moved to the second floor and enjoyed the time being entertained by the duo they booked for acoustic nights (playing on the weekends as well) while we waited for the rain to stop. (Geez, typhoon Julian decided to go east instead of northeast. #PAGASAstalker)
X marks Shoriken Buffet and Ramen in Minesview for good food in Baguio. They hit the mark for our hunger with their buffet offering.
I’m still a-craving and raring to try their ramen though. We’ll just have to return to Shoriken Ramen on one of the weekdays.
Price: for the buffet. Again, a lot depends on how much you could stuff your face with, with what they have to offer on your visit. (TBD for a la carte.)
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***Construction of the hotel is ongoing in the building (beside Shoriken restaurant), thus, the filing under the category: Accommodation Dining.
***Thank you, Ms. Pam for giving us a 10% discount for this meal. It was nice to meet you and Ms. Gina.
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