Review: Unlimited Sushi & Sashimi at Genji M (Kalayaan cor. Makati Ave., Makati City)

Review: Unli Sushi, Sashimi, and Rolls Buffet at Genji M Japanese/ Korean Restaurant (Kalayaan cor. Makati Ave., Makati City)

Last weekend, we were invited by friends from Nuffnang Philippines to dine at Genji M, the newest Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant located at Kalayaan cor Makati Ave., Makati City. From the intersection of the bustling streets of Kalayaan St. and Makati Ave., it took less than three minutes by foot to get to the restaurant. It was easy locating the place once I saw Metrobank and MPT Suites which stood across Genji M, and the red, white and black color combination that revealed the place.

The interiors spoke of strong oriental influences, such as the cherry blossom trees and the paper lanterns that decorated the dining area. Like many authentic Japanese restaurants, or rather, traditional sushi restaurants in Japan, Genji M was designed with a seating area for customers facing the chef across the sushi counter. There were also private rooms for guests who enjoy dining within the confines of a private space.

Fusuma sliding door design reminiscent of traditional Japanese teahouses

Hallway to private dining areas

Genji M started operations in October of 2013, catering to Koreans and Japanese with its main menu of Tuna Sashimi, hence the tag line, “Home of the Tuna.” The owner of Genji M, Mr Sam Lee, welcomed us warmly during our visit, and told us about his vision for Genji M to employ People with Disabilities, such as wheel-chaired handicapped individuals, as chef of the restaurant or future franchises someday.

Genji M owner Mr. Sam Lee

Food

The feast we enjoyed that night was nothing short of incredible. We were treated to a sushi platter featuring seven kinds of sushi, two kinds of maki, and a platter of six different sashimi. We also had two plates of vegetable salad, both of which we found immensely tasty. Genji M’s resident main chef, Chef Park, made sure that everything was to our liking: from the quality of the ingredients, to the presentation of the food. And the staff was so friendly, too! They urged us from time to time to ask for refills, and were courteous at all times.

Genji M’s Sashimi Platter with their popular Tuna Sashimi (one set from the back, and another from the belly), squid, lapu-lapu, salmon, and octopus atop thin, white strands of chewy noodles

More than the sushi and sashimi overload, I really enjoyed the restaurant’s unique offerings, such as their Samgyubsal sushi (Korean pork), Sea Urchin Sushi, Bulgogi Roll, and Spam sushi.

Bulgogi Roll

Sea Urchin Sushi

Spam Sushi

The Bulgogi Sushi tasted like Gyudon on top of a small mound of rice wrapped in nori. The Sea Urchin Sushi tasted like nothing I’ve had before. I can’t really describe how it taste, so you have to go try it out for yourself when you drop by. Besides, it’s the only place I’ve been to that serves Sea Urchin sushi, so don’t miss out on that one. And the spam sushi? Probably our favorite that night. Don’t ask for any ketchup, though.

Apple-flavored Iced Tea

Korean Soju

People from our table shared a jovial toast of a shot of Korean Soju before our dinner concluded. I tried drinking more of it, but it was too strong for me. I loved the Apple-flavored Iced Tea and had it frequently refilled throughout dinner. The restaurant also offers beer, sake, wine and other beverages to their guests.

With their unli sushi, rolls and sashimi promo, you get to order more only after you’ve emptied your platter. Filling out this checklist to order only the ones you like, you get two pieces of every item you choose. But if you fail to consume the items you’ve ordered, you pay a small penalty of 5% on top of your bill.

Lunch Specials at Php 250
Unli Sushi and Rolls for Php 399
Unli Sushi, Rolls, and Sashimi for Php 699
Unli Premium Sashimi inclusive of Unli Sushi & Rolls & Tuna Seafood Shabu-Shabu for Php 1499

It’s one of those few places that goes at par with high end Japanese restaurants at the cost of a meal in low-end converyor belt sushi places. For a little over Php 600, you get to treat yourself to a fancy Japanese dinner with all-you-can-eat sushi and sashimi, plus sample fusion makis unique to the restaurant. The whole ambiance of the place which makes you feel like you’ve teleported to another era completes the authentic dining experience. I look forward to trying out their Lunch Specials on my next visit, and sampling more of their Korean menu items.

Genji M
Kalayaan Ave. Cor. Makati Ave.
Makati City
Contact (02) 804-2883 for Reservations
Open from Mon – Sun: 11 am – 2:30 pm | 4:30 pm – 10 pm
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4 comments to Review: Unlimited Sushi & Sashimi at Genji M (Kalayaan cor. Makati Ave., Makati City)

  • Paula Alagao  says:

    Wow Japanese and Korean fusion! :)

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  • Louie  says:

    obviously biased . and all people who commented have not went to this place yet… it seem to real to be true. I gone to this and boy was it dissapointing! EXTREMELY snail service.. 15 min interval of sushi that is 4 to 8 pieces … how unli is that?

    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Louie. I hope you’ll understand that I am merely writing about my personal experience. We were told by the management that after we wrote about it and shared the discount coupons to our readers, there was an unexpected boost in the number of customers, that they were unable to accommodate them with the same quality of service we enjoyed. It seems to be a good problem, actually. So far, my other readers who went to the place found their experience satisfying and not as disappointing as you put it. I do understand your frustration, though, and I hope you’d try it out another time.

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