Recently, my friends and I visited Wafu in Greenhills to try the Wafu Teppanyaki Omakase Buffet—which consisted of a 12-course meal that they cook right in front of you. The rules were simple: once you finish all 12 dishes served, you can order as much as you want of any dish in the set—provided you eat everything in a span of two hours. Our group, as expected, kept ordering the steaks and ice cream.
That evening when we decided to challenge our bellies, the buffet was on a 50% promo which meant that we only paid Php 900 per head.
I was a little skeptic because I was never one to be good at eat-all-you-can buffets. I tend to get takaw-mata, and most times my tummy can’t handle all the food despite my love for it. I guess because I’ve been so sickly lately, my appetite hasn’t been the same either. But I tried the Wafu Teppanyaki Omakase Buffet anyway and here’s what I think.
- Miso Soup
- Wafu House Salad
- Tofu Steak
- U.S. Hanger Steak
- Blue Marlin
- Hard Seared Sous Vide Chicken
- Grilled Salmon
- Ebi Tempura
- U.S. Tenderloin
- Dorado Fish
- Sushi Sampler
- Wafu Ice Cream
You might have a hard time finishing everything if your appetite is as strange as mine. The food, in general, was okay. It wasn’t wow or anything, but it was fun watching our chef cook in front of us. He had little tricks up his sleeve, including a mini fire show. There was also something lacking, but I can’t quite place what it was. Although the restaurant is a fine dining Japanese restaurant, something didn’t feel very Japanese-y about the food. Once you got too full with the dishes, they all started to taste similar to each other (like it was just one big galore of Japanese mayonnaise). I was also unhappy with my drink, which was bottomless orange juice (included in the buffet since you have a choice of ordering either that or unlimited iced tea), but I ended up trading my drink with the Cupcake’s iced tea because the juice was too strong and tasted too artificial.
I guess this is how I feel because I was very overwhelmed with all the food. I was also in a bit of a hurry to finish everything due to the limited time given. I couldn’t really savor each dish, which is something I always do. Among the 12, my favorites would have to be the Grilled Salmon and U.S. Tenderloin. The flavors and sauces were something I appreciated.
L-R: Ian, Mitzie, Ange, Pipay, and Pom
Despite not eating as much compared to everyone that night, I’m willing to return to Wafu—this time to try their regular dishes not included in the buffet. The restaurant has a really nice feel to it, and I found myself very amused with their dark gray egg-shaped couches. I hope I get to sit on one of those next time!
Greenhills Shopping Centre, San Juan (beside Gloria Maris)
(02) 570 3242 or (02) 570 3364
0917 877 0101