Hodai restaurant: Eat all-you-can Japanese fusion cuisine

Hodai restaurant, Quezon City
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“Japanese food” and “unli” are some of the words I love to hear. I’m lucky to be invited to a newly opened restaurant in Quezon City which offers unlimited Japanese fusion cuisine! And so here’s my review of Hodai restaurant.

Hodai unlimited Japanese restaurant

Hodai is a newly opened restaurant in Quezon City offering Japanese fusion cuisine. Hodai means “all you can” in Japanese — here you can choose which food set will be served to you and then you can ask for refills if you wish to.

Location and ambiance

Hodai is located in a non-commercial street in Quezon City. It’s one of those house-turned-restaurant’s that one can usually find in Mandaluyong or Kapitolyo in Pasig. In fact, the building is a 1960’s ancestral house which is then renovated to include Japanese style, as seen in shoji doors and neutral colors used in the interior.

Hodai restaurant, Quezon City

To be honest, when I arrived here I thought the tricycle driver brought me to the wrong address. If this happens to you too, don’t worry you’re in the right place! (Unless you really are lost.)

The inside is big enough even for groups of diners, and there are different rooms where you can choose to be seated.

Food

First of all, what you have to know about Hodai is that the food is Japanese fusion. There are dishes such as tonkatsu, gyoza and maki rolls, but the taste isn’t authentic Japanese and instead a little bit of both Japanese and Korean.

Hodai offers different sets of food: Silver Set for P499 and Gold Set for P599 (per person).

Each set comes with teriyaki, rose cream pasta, tempura, roll tower, Korean fried chicken, kani salad, kimchi gyoza and tonkatsu. There is also rice and soup, which are self-served in a corner.

The difference between the sets is that the Gold Set comes with an added spicy cheese BBQ bowl.

Hodai restaurant, Quezon City

At the time of our visit, there is an ongoing promo: Silver Set for P299 and Gold Set for P359. We availed of the Gold Set. These are the food included.

For the side dishes, there’s kimchi gyoza, tempura and kani salad with sesame dressing. It’s my first time to try kimchi gyoza. I didn’t really taste the kimchi, but the vegetable and pork filling was nice. I’m glad they chose this type of gyoza, to offset all the other meat dishes.

Hodai - kimchi gyoza
Kimchi gyoza.

Rose cream pasta is your classic cream pasta with chili seasoning and mussels on the side. I find the sauce too thin but this is quickly forgiven given how I like the creamy-spicy combo. This is one of my favorites in the set, though I can’t finish off the plate because the spiciness seems to build up as I eat.

Hodai - rose cream pasta
Rose cream pasta.

Another noodle dish is japchae (yakisoba in the menu), which for me has just the right sweetness.

Hodai - japchae
Japchae.

Next is the fish teriyaki and pork tonkatsu. The cream dory was tender, the pork tonkatsu has crispy breading alright. Both of these dishes have a sweet sauce, with veggies on the side.

Hodai - teriyaki
Fish teriyaki.
Hodai - tonkatsu
Pork tonkatsu.

The spicy cheese BBQ bowl is another favorite — with marinated pork BBQ slices you can scoop up with mozzarella cheese. It’s served with stir-fried bean sprouts, which are fresh and slightly sweet. Adding an additional P100 to upgrade a Silver Set to a Gold Set to include this item is worth it, in my opinion.

Hodai - spicy cheese BBQ bowl
Sspicy cheese BBQ bowl.

Next is the Korean fried chicken, which comes in spicy and caramelized glazes. I like that they have done justice to the Korean fried chicken — with crunchy, flavorful breading (I’m looking at you, Kko Kko).

Hodai - Korean fried chicken
Korean fried chicken.

Lastly, there’s the sushi roll tower. It looks splendid, doesn’t it? The tower features a variety of sushi and I was surprised to see unconventional glazes like strawberry and blueberry. My favorite here is mango sushi with strawberry glaze.

Hodai - roll tower
Sushi roll tower.

After our set, we craved for dessert and asked for Melona ice cream! This is bought separately, by the way.

Hodai - melona ice cream
Melon ice cream.

Overall, Hodai is a decent take on Japanese fusion cuisine. The food, service and ambiance is good. It’s main selling point is of course its unlimited offering, which Filipinos can’t say no to. If there’s any room for improvement, it’s food disposal. Every food in a set is served at once and leftovers are disposed of. So imagine what a waste it is if you barely touched a plate and it still goes to waste. Perhaps a better process would be to ask the customer which dish they would like to be served at first rather than laying out everything at once in the table or serving the food in smaller portions.

If you’re anywhere in Quezon City, make sure to check out Hodai!

Practical Info: Hodai restaurant, Quezon City

Address: 14 Examiner Street, Barangay West Triangle, Quezon City

How to get here:

  • From EDSA Quezon Avenue, ride a jeepney bound to Timog Ave and get off at Examiner Street. Walk towards the restaurant.
  • From EDSA North Avenue, walk towards SM Savemore and take a tricycle to the restaurant (P15 per person). If ride a jeepney bound to Manila and get off at Examiner Street. Walk towards the restaurant.

Rates (per person): Silver Set – P499 / Gold Set – P599

Opening hours: Lunch – 11:00AM to 3:00PM / Dinner – 5:00PM to 10:00PM

Hodai restaurant posts updates and promos in their FB page, so make sure to follow them.

Contact: Facebook

 

Disclaimer: Thanks Hodai for inviting us! As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you been to Hodai restaurant in Quezon City? What do you think about the food here?

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