Tajimaya Japanese Charcoal Grill in Alabang Town Center.


Update (May 15, 2017): T and I experienced really bad service at Tajimaya this evening.

8:15pm  - T and I arrive and was told by the hostess that they will accept us in the waiting list but they will be serving only until 9pm.  We are second in line.

8:20pm - Four tables bill out and became vacant but no one cleared the tables.  Everyone was running around but not really doing anything.. If you know what I mean. I felt like they were just acting busy and for some reason avoiding my gaze.  Two servers were attending to one table, when one of them could've started to clear the vacant table.  I called the attention of the hostess (or supervisor) to this but she ignored us and busily mopped the floor of the bar area, like that chore was more urgent than customers getting a table.  Like I said, it seemed like everyone was avoiding our gaze.

8:30pm - The group before us complain about the vacant tables ready to be occupied.  They even sat in one despite it still having the previous diners' plates just so they could be given attention.  Time was of the essence so we all wanted to be seated.   It was a cook-your-own thing anyway so as long as they give us a table and our food, we can go off on our own.  But that didn't happen. 

8:40pm - Twenty minutes later and a few more vacant tables later, we still weren't seated.  I called the attention of the hostess but she didn't mind us and kept herself busy doing whatever it was by the bar.

8:50pm - T and I just left because everyone was basically ignoring us.

Tajimaya Alabang, I know you guys are still on soft opening but that's why I'm writing about it here so you can improve on it.  If you have customers waiting and closing time is soon, just clear the tables so the customers can sit down, order, and eat.  And NEVER ignore the queries of your customers.  We wouldn't have left if we were answered properly or apprised of our status. 
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It's been a while since there's been a new restaurant in Alabang so it's a challenge for me and T to find somewhere new to eat when we're not in the mood to drive far away.  Fortunately, Tajimaya Japanese Charcoal Grill opened a branch in Alabang Town Center last month.





Tajimaya has an ala carte menu but T and I decide to go with the Eat All You Can Promo at PhP599 (plus Service Charge) per head which already includes bottomless iced tea.


The set comes with salad, sanc yu, kimuchu, namuru, beef, pork, chicken, squid, special sausage, squid roll, shrimp, and rice.  All dishes are refillable.  You don't have to finish everything they serve but you do have to finish everything you order afterwards.




The charcoal area is really hot so it only takes a few seconds to grill meat.  It feels like my face is in a sauna too :D


T and I like really like the beef.  It's thinly sliced, soft, and you can make it crispy if you leave it cooking long enough.





T likes the special sausage and said it reminds him of the Boracay chori burger.


On the other hand, I like the squid rolls because they taste like squid balls.


I ask our server if they can peel the shrimps for us before we cook them but she informs us that they can't do that.  I wonder why.  The shabu shabu restaurant in Town Center does that for us.


T and I like the rice because it's soft and a bit on the sticky side, like Japanese rice.  We both have seconds of this.


The serving size of the dishes are big so T and I don't ask for any refills for the meats anymore.. Which is actually shocking because we have quite the appetites.   Although it's more likely that you'll be ordering refills if you're in a group of 4 or more.


Thumbs Up!
Eat all you can promo.
Comes with bottomless iced tea.
Good beef and special sausage.

Thumbs Down!
If you're used to other eat-all-you-can charcoal grill places that has a bigger spread, you might find the selection of Tajimaya a bit small.
There's an eating time limit of 1.5 hours.
Bad service (see my update at the top of this post).

Verdict
Although the meat selection isn't as extensive as the other Japanese charcoal grills, I can say that it's quality over quantity in Tajimaya.  We also didn't smell so much like I spent the whole afternoon in the kitchen and that's a major plus for me.  I hate it when my hair smells like food after leaving a restaurant.


Tajimaya Japanese Charcoal Grill
Dining Date: 2 April 2017

Contact Information

Upper Ground
Alabang Town Center
Muntinlupa City
Philippines

Tel No.: (02) 809-1687

Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/tajimaya/

Operating Hours

Monday to Thursday
11am - 2pm
5pm - 9pm

Friday to Sunday
10am to 10pm

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