Kitsho: Eat-All-You-Can Japanese Buffet at Traders Hotel

Earlier this year, I got to visit Kitsho Restaurant and Sake Bar at the Traders Hotel for a leisurely weekday lunch. And after almost five months, I got to step foot into its dining space once again, but for a gastronomic eat-all-you-can Japanese buffet this time.
Kitsho Restaurant and Sake Bar

Kitsho Restaurant and Sake Bar doesn't regularly offer eat-all-you-can as it specializes in serving traditional Japanese dishes a la carte. However, the restaurant started offering lunch buffet dining available every Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays for P748++. The price for the eat-all-you-can Japanese buffet isn't really steep, considering this is hotel dining, but I got luckier to have spotted a voucher over at Metrodeal selling for P599, service charge and VAT-inclusive, and with free unlimited iced tea or chilled juices.

Undisclosed Note

When I called up to reserve a table for two, I was told that they have a time frame system for voucher holders. There are fixed seating times with an hour and thirty minutes each, and since most of the slots were already filled, we were placed on the 11AM to 12:30PM time slot which was their first seating. (Wish they've mentioned this on the deal though.)

The Food

The date and I arrived at Kitsho a few minutes before 12PM because of some unfortunate events. Luckily, the attendant told us that we can have a 15-minute extension so we can enjoy our stay. And so folks, this is why I don't have photos of our plates. We grabbed almost every dish on the buffet spread and immediately gobbled them down.

However, before leaving the restaurant, I made sure to snap some shots to share with you Kitsho Restaurant and Sake Bar's eat-all-you-can Japanese buffet offerings.

Vegetable Salad
Potato Salad
Horenso no Gomae

For some meal starters, they had a Vegetable Salad with three kinds of dressings, a Potato Salad and a Horenso no Gomae (Spinach in Miso-Sesame Sauce) which tasted absolutely delicious that even the meat-loving and vegetable-hating beau loved it.

Tamago SashimiMaguro, Shake and Ika Sashimi
Uni Sashimi

There were also slices of sashimis, Tamago (Egg), Maguro (Tuna), Shake (Salmon), Ika (Cuttlefish), and even Uni (Sea Urchin). Out of all the Japanese buffet offerings in Kitsho, these freshly-prepped pieces of beauty are my favorites. And now that I think about it, I still can't believe that I've consumed over 20 pieces of sashimi in one seating.

Maguro Sushi
Saba Sushi

Of course, if there's sashimi, there are also pieces of nigiri sushi. In this case, they were the Maguro Sushi (Tuna Sushi) and the Saba Sushi (Mackerel Sushi) both of which tasted fresh and looked picture-perfect. And while I appreciate these beautiful hand-formed sushi, I didn't get as much of these as I did with the sashimi.

California Maki
Kappa Maki
Mango Maki

Aside from nigiri sushi, there were also some rolled sushi, the ever-famous and buffet-staple California Maki, and then some Kappa Maki (Cucumber Roll) and Mango Maki. While I generally love sushi, I didn't get any among these three since they looked quite ordinary and dull compared to the other buffet offerings.

US Beef Sukiyaki Sukiyaki

For heartier items, there's the freshly-cooked U.S. Beef Sukiyaki which was sweet, savory and simply lovely. Then there are also some hot dishes such as the Tempura Moriawase (Mixed Tempura), Tori Kara-age (Japanese Fried Chicken) and Japanese Curry which can go well with Crispy Noodles, Chahan (Fried Rice) or plain rice.

Tempura Moriawase
Tori no Kara-age
Japanese Curry
Crispy Noodles
Japanese Rice and Cha-han

For the meal ender, I only saw this tray of fresh fruit slices. There was another tray, but it was empty so I can't really tell what that was. It also didn't help that the dessert selections don't have labels. Let's just assume that it was another plateful of fruit slices.

Fresh Fruit Slices

Aside from these dishes, the lunch buffet offering at Kitsho Restaurant and Sake Bar is also inclusive of a complimentary bowl of Miso Soup which was perfect to begin the meal with. Beverage selection during our visit was either Iced Tea or Pineapple Juice, but I think you can opt for hot tea as well like we did.

THE VERDICT

Although the selection for Kitsho's eat-all-you-can buffet may seem limited, I found the number of dishes sufficient as everything we had, from the sashimi, sukiyaki and even to the other hot items like the tempura and kara-age, was of great quality. Service and ambiance were also excellent as expected from a hotel restaurant. So overall, we were pretty happy with our dining experience. I guess my only qualm was they didn't mention on Metrodeal that they'll be implementing a time frame system for voucher holders. Other than that, I'm sure Japanese food lovers can feast on Kitsho's Japanese buffet.

If you're not too fond of sashimi, maybe you can opt to try Kitsho's a la carte dishes.

Taste - 4.5/5
Ambiance - 4.5/5
Service - 4/5
Deal Price - 4/5
Original Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5
(Note: Overall Value rating is for the discounted voucher amount we paid.)

Buffet Rates:
Voucher Amount - P599
Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Lunch - P748++


Kitsho Restaurant and Sake Bar, Traders Hotel Manila
Traders Hotel, 3001 Roxas Blvd.,
Pasay City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 523-7011 loc. 2918
Official Website
Facebook Page

69 comments:

  1. The promo for the eat-all-you-can Japanese buffet at Kitsho is still on at Metrodeal!

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  2. Am wary of buying in Metrodeal, given the recent brouhaha. They have a reputation for omitting crucial info, like this one. It's a good thing you had a good time there pa rin. And in fairness the quality of your pics are improving by leaps and bounds! Galing galing!

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    1. Yun nga eh, wish they disclosed the info about the dining system. With my voucher purchases naman, even from Metrodeal, I haven't experienced anything negative. So far ito lang yung may reklamo ako since it can mislead buyers. Anyway, thanks ate Aleah! Honestly though, I'm not too proud of my shots here. Nagmamadali and lighting was deem din eh.

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    2. It's taking Metrodeal eternity to refund me through credits. Xoi Vietnamese Resto closed down 2 months ago and I still have 3 unused vouchers. Metrodeal said it would refund through credits to my account, and until now I'm still waiting for the credits. Caveat emptor!

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    3. What this guy simply wants to say is "BUYER BEWARE"............

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  3. First time to hear about the place, but will surely soon visit it. :)
    Thanks for this insightful review and mouth-watering photos. They made me hungry. T_T Haha! ;)

    See you 'round!

    Kristel

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  4. OMG! what can i say? I am drooling right now looking at these scrumptious food you have here, big time. @_@ i love your photos they all look enticing and inviting. ggeeezzzz! i want some of those sushi

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  5. Despite being bumped off in the time, I think it's good for them to limit the number of guest for the buffet so everybody can maximize it. As usual, food looks mouthwatering.

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  6. I prefer Korean cuisine but I also love Japanese cuisine. And if all their foods look as mouth-watering as shown, I will definitely indulge. I'm drooling, craving right now!

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  7. How does it compare with Yakimix in terms of taste and variety?

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    1. I actually don't want to compare Kitsho to Yakimix 'cause for Japanese lovers, Kitsho wins hands down. If you're more for variety and not really that into Japanese cuisine, then I guess Yakimix would be a better option. However, for sashimi lovers, I would definitely suggest Kitsho. They have the freshest sashimis, plus they have Uni which costs a lot!

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  8. All the food are very inviting and mouth-watering. I am not so fond of sushi though. This may be a great place to visit, but it's a bit pricey.

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  9. I love the cherry blossom replica at the first photo! I have been on fish diet lately, and the sashimi here makes me want to invade the fridge (at 3:30am) lol! So aesthetically prepared, just how japanese food should be!

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    1. Actually, the hot dishes weren't as aesthetically prepared.. haha.. I loved how they presented the cold items though, so traditional Japanese :)

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    2. I had to scroll up again, yeah I must have missed those few dishes or my eyes were automatically blinded, I only saw the good presentation, lol!

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  10. Got the deal too! And visited it last weekend. :) We were scheduled for the second sitting though. :)

    http://www.dekaphobe.com/

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  11. Wow the foods are really awesome that deal is really amazing...Never been in a Japanese restaurant...

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  12. those japanese dishes really look mouth-watering + seeing those photos make me crave for maki now! i wonder where i can get some in the middle of this rainy day. i wish there was a mall nearby :(

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    1. Yeah, it's been raining so hard today. I'll actually have to miss a lunch out because of the rain. Anyway, take care and keep safe sis!

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  13. With the #CyberCrimeLaw now in effect, how would you justify snapping pics (which can be an indication from the #PrivacyLaw) and writing an honest point of view. I believed a company can sue you (for bad articles whether intentionally or not) that could harm their reputation. These guys are in it for the game and have now the power to control the game.

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    1. Actually, believe it or not, most restaurants encourage us food bloggers to write an honest opinion about them. Even in cases when I visit the restaurant and pay for my food, when I take out my camera and snap shots, the servers and managers go an extra mile pa to assist me. Some even share the background of the establishment. However, there are those who prohibit taking of photos and usually, when this is the case, I just don't blog about the restaurant na so I won't get into trouble.

      Also, generally, I write my reviews in a constructive and non-derogatory manner.

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  14. It's also nice that they have focused their offerings to key dishes even if its limited at least, it's their specialty.

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  15. just looking at these photos is making me soso hungryyyyy

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  16. The only Japanese restaurant we've dined in is Saisaki. I don't like sushi most especially the mackerel because of its after taste. My family loves maki though.

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  17. our family will truly enjoy dining there, i like their food presentation as it is inviting, now i am hungry :)

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  18. Everything looks yummy. More and more Filipinos are now Japanese foods' fanatics. Maybe, I have to try and love these dishes as well.

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  19. Waah! Food porn at its finest. They're very strict on their schedule but at least they're gracious enough to give you extra 15 minutes. :)

    Bebengisms

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    1. Yup, buti nga eh, or else we would've been able to maximize our stay. Good thing too there were just a few yet quality dishes, so we got to try everything within the given time.

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  20. I can't believe you ate in a 45 minutes span @_@ My family when home raving all about their buffet experience too. How unfortunate you weren't advised. When my family called for reservation, they were oriented with the time slots.

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    1. I was told naman that there's a time frame seating system when I called for reservation, but this info should have been disclosed on the voucher details. Overall we enjoyed naman, though if we arrived earlier and got to stay longer, I bet we would've enjoyed more. Parang eating contest ang peg namin 'nun eh! :))

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  21. i haven't tried this but i have tried their Latitude. i was a bit apprehensive kase baka hindi ako mabusog.

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  22. It's a good I just ate burrito before I visited this blog or I would have drooled on my keyboard (excuse the grossness please). My brother mentioned this to me last month but we never had a solid plan to go here yet because hubby is not a fan of sashimi. Japanese food for him is limited to katsudon/tonkatsu bento and California maki.

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  23. Oh my dear! Those are some good eating. Hmmmm.. I love me some sushi though. and the soup and everything! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa.. it is six early in the morning in the US now and I want to go grab those and eat it. hahaha.. I am hungry now!

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  24. I have been starved with your photos.Even in pictures,they all look delicious.My favorites are mango maki and tempura....

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  25. just by looking at your pictures makes me crave for one. How i wish i can also had the chance to eat there.

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  26. Whoa! I will absolutely eat all i can here in this restaurant! What a scrumptious food they have!! SUper!

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  27. Yum. Parang ang sarap dito.. kaso I'm not big on Jap food. :D

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  28. Oh wow! Thank you for sharing this. We (the entire family) love Japanese buffets! Even my 5-year old nephew goes crazy when he sees unlimited servings of fried rice and tempura. We usually eat in Saisaki or Sambokojin. Now, we have a new restaurant to add to our list. :)

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  29. I'm curious on the taste of the spinach. They look cute, too. Hehe... Great photos sis, I almost grabbed them from the screen. haha!

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  30. Gosh Gosh Gosh! I missed the Metrodeal promo. I hope they offer this again because just like you I am not convinced with the original price but with the promo rate I am sold.

    My family and I like to go to different dining experiences as I think that is also part of education. To be aware and familiar to different tastes of food from different cultures is like traveling to places too. Reading this post gave me an idea for a lesson plan.

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  31. I love Japanese food! I love california maki, crab stick and shrimp tempura. I wish I can visit that place so I can satisfy my Japanese cravings.

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  32. the food looks yumm.. but i can't even taste it hanggang tingin nalang ako sa pics hehehe

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  33. me too. im quitre hesitant grabbing deals online. i have read a number of bad reviews. not stating other details.
    but, ur japanese encounter looks appetizing. great dining experience yet again.

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  34. I don't like that they seem to have discriminated against you guys for the time frame. Parang so what kung sa voucher kayo kumuha? You still paid. Hmmm ...

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  35. Agree with you that in Kitso the buffet may seem limited but the quality of the food is really the reason why you would go back there.

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  36. wow, the dishes look ohhh so yummy! Lucky for you to find a great deal on Metrodeal:)I would love to dine there sometime in the future

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  37. I have been looking for an excuse to enter Diamond Hotel, now I have one. I pass by Diamond Hotel quite often but have yet to enter it unlike it's neighboring hotels (Manila Hotel, Sofitel, etc.). The price is almost the same as Yakimix' only being 100 pesos more expensive. I'd definitely try this out in the near future.

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    1. Hi akosiya, this post is for Traders Hotel's Kitsho restaurant. For Diamond Hotel's restaurants, you can check my posts HERE.

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  38. Wow! I want to try to eat here!! A must try!

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  39. Looks yummy. I love japanese food. Want to try this out. Although sometimes there are some disadvantages when buying vouchers.

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  40. Oh my! Been at Vito Cruz area lots of times but I wasnt able to try this. I think I wanna eat there after seeing this post. :)

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  41. Carol Chan

    Great review... I am certainly glad that you were able to eat a variety of food given the limited time. When it's an eat-all you can deal, we tend to linger over the food so a time frame makes the experience less enjoyable.

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  42. drooling over the japanese fare, i hope Metrodeal offers this deal again :)

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  43. Wow california maki ! its my favorite ! hope to try this japanese buffet someday over at Kitsho!

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  44. Looks mouth watering, not really a fan of sushi but there's always room for growth, thanks for the yummy pics!

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  45. mas best kaya to sa yakimix but sabihin ko ito sa boss ko para next magpapakain sya sa labas dito kami punta para ma-try namin ito.

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  46. Wow. Thanks for posting. I always see Kitsho having deals in Metrodeal so I think I'll buy it next time I see it. Their food looks wonderful and everything looks so fresh!

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  47. I love Japanese food! But perhaps not as much as you love them!

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  48. Everything looks so pretty and appetizing.

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  49. I'm drooling for those sashimi. <3

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  50. I love japanese food i wanna eat there someday!

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  51. I think we must try to dine at this resto since our family is a huge fan of Japanese cuisine! Not to mention the price, I still want to try this! Thanks for the review Sumi!

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  52. I love Japanese Food!..I hope to try this when I pass by Roxas blvd, based from your rating, I guess this resto would be worth a try :D

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  53. I also love japanese foods and I will visit this place soon :) Great review!

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  54. I often see this restaurant, Kitsho, having deals in Metrodeal and after reading your blog, I have decided to buy that deal once it comes back. Thanks for posting!

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  55. I like japanese cruisine they all looks mouth watering .. the sashimi, the susi.. Can't wait to try it here

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  56. Mouth watering, I love sushi, I want to try them all, Japanese foods are <3

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  57. great finds, great write up, thank you for sharing this. definitely try it soon.

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