Sakae Sushi buffet Japanese restaurant at the Mall of Asia (phone-camera)

By on November 30, 2009

Ok, so this was kinda random, not our usual “WhenInManila” type of video, but I really wanted to comment on this Sushi place I went to recently. I took that video with my camera phone.

I was hanging out with Hannah Villasis of and we were at the Mall of Asia. I was starving so we swore to eat at the first place we saw… lo-and-behold, the first place we see is this SUSHI restaurant named Sakae Sushi!

Now there are only two things in this world that I love more than sushi! One of which is a three letter word that starts with S and ends in X… and you’re probably guessing what that is right now and YES, I’m talking about the number SIX! It’s such an awesome number! Anywayz, the second thing I love more than sushi is the cult movie “Office Space.” If you’ve seen it, then you know what I mean.

To add to my momentary delight, Sakae Sushi was an All You Can Eat Sushi Buffet type of restaurant!!! I tell you, sushi buffets and I go waaaaay back! The place was really nice and it had one of those “Sushi Trains” or whatever it’s called that has sushi on little plates that go around on the “train tracks” type thing all around the restaurant. So there I was, happy as a kid at a candy sushi store. Finally, I started thinking there is a god in this cruel, self-serving, cynical world! My prayers of hunger have been answered… or so I thought….

Oh and let me first explain how “all-you-can-eat-buffet” restaurants work in the Philippines. To try and avoid “over-aggressive” people who get too much food on their plates but don’t actually finish it, these restaurants imply a “clean plate” rule where you have to pay twice as much if you don’t finish all the food on your plate. Which makes sense since there are idiotic people out there who are damn overachievers thinking they can take on the whole damn world or the whole damn sushi bar for that matter…. people like me and Hannah…

Well, we both start grabbing plates off the sushi train tracks (as seen on the video above) and next thing you know, we have a table full of sushi. We finally try one and realize…. it isn’t that good. In fact, it’s overstuffed with rice! So there’s a tiny piece of fish, overloaded with a mountain of rice! FML!

To make the story short, we ended up barely finishing our food to avoid that crazy “clean plate” buffet rule. We were stuffed and it did not feel nice. We liked the ambiance of the place, and the cool sushi train thing, but really, that place puts waaaay too much rice and not enough other stuff on their sushi. Moreover, it really didn’t feel like there was much variety in the sushi. I thought it was priced ok, at about P400 each for the buffet, but pretty much we paid P400 for too much rice.

I don’t think I’ll be coming back to Sakae Sushi anytime in the near, or distant, future. Though if I do come back it would be for the cool, “drink all you can” chilled green tea that was pretty good. But yeah… two thumbs down for the rice overloaded corporation trying to save money in expense of flavor.


Name of venue: Sakae Sushi Restaurant

Manila, Mall Of Asia
Unit 2145-2146 Main Mall
SM Mall of Asia
CM Central Business Park
Bay City, Pasay City
Tel: 632-556-0150


Price Range: PHP 400 for the “all you can eat sushi buffet

Cuisine: Sushi / Japanese food

Oh, cool pics from Hannah’s camera though! (Check out FlairCandy’s Flickr here)

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