Here’s another food review, which I’ve left unpublished for ages. Haha! Read on to find out more about Roboto San Japanese Grill Buffet, located in the Crossroads Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. They are open for lunch (11AM-230PM) and dinner (530PM-1030PM).
Roboto San Japanese Grill Buffet is brought to us by the same people behind SumoSam, John and Yoko, Mr. Kurosawa, and Marciano’s. (Hello, Marvin Agustin! Haha!) While the first three restos show likeness with Roboto San in that they all offer Japanese food, they differ in specialties: SumoSam for steaks, seafood, and sushi, John and Yoko for cosmopolitan Japanese grub, Mr. Kurosawa for Euro-Japanese cuisine, and Roboto San for buffet-style Japanese dining.
Restauranteur Ricky Laudico is the brains behind Roboto San, having developed a deep fascination for robots. Inside Roboto San, this inspiration is apparent from the futuristic, extra-terrestrial decor to the servers’ uniforms.
Roboto San offers a range of appetizers (sushi!), raw meat and seafood cuts (that you can cook on your own smokeless grill), ready-to-eat viands (Korean and Japanese, mostly), and desserts.
- Service was absolutely terrible. My friends and I made reservations for dinner. We arrived at around 730pm, and were told to come back at 8pm (when they are able to accommodate the second batch of diners). Apparently, dining at Roboto San is done in batches. For dinner, the first batch of diners are let in at 530PM, second batch at 8PM. We didn’t make the 530PM cut off, so we were booted to 8PM. We followed orders and came back 30 minutes after hanging around the Fort area. But we were let in at 9PM!! So much for taking time to call the restaurant to reserve. And when we were finally given a table, it took forever for them to clean it up. Great.
- I don’t think the batching system is a good idea. It defeats the purpose of calling in to make dinner reservations. And I really felt bad for the group of people who waited until around 10PM to get a table. Yes, seriously.
- Food selection wasn’t as wide as I hoped. Better to go to other Japanese buffet places like Yakimix and Sambokojin. (And when you are given a table at 9PM, don’t expect for the already limited buffet offerings to be stocked up and/or ready for refills. You make do with whatever is left. Ugh.)
- While the interiors are commendable (really cool futuristic stuff), nobody took time to mop the dirty floors, and wipe sticky tongs and ice cream scoopers. I found the buffet area to be very unsanitary!
- The overall experience was not worthy of the high price tag. You’ll feel “lugi” afterwards; I know I did.
I will not be back for seconds. That was such a bad dinner! I expected so much more from the group that gave us SumoSam, Mr. Kurosawa, John and Yoko, and Marciano’s — restaurants that I happen to really like dining in.
Taste – .5/5 | Ambience – 3/5 |Variety – 3/5 | Service – 1/5 | Pricing – 3/5 | Would Go Back? – No (it closed down anyway)
Roboto San Japanese Grill Buffet | Crossroads Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Roboto San Logo was grabbed from the Internet.