One of the restaurant openings I was most looking forward to last year was that of Hosaku.
Hosaku – from the Japanese word which translates to “bountiful harvest” – is managed by the Fredley Group of Companies, the same conglomerate behind restaurant brands such as Macao Imperial Tea, Mitasu Yakiniku, Nabe and Liang Crispy Rolls.
Hosaku is characterized by an exciting combination of three all-you-can-eat dining concepts.
Nabemono or Japanese Hotpot. A cooking method wherein raw foods are added to a pot of simmering soup stock to be cooked while at the table.
Yakiniku. Grilling prepared raw ingredients on a grill built into the dining table, and dipped in sauces called “tare” before eaten.
International Buffet. Various cuisines from all over the world are showcased in specified stations for diners to view and select which they want to consume.
I found this combination gastronomically intriguing, its food offerings fresh and tasty (especially the sushi!), and it service crew helpful and accommodating.
Plus, it also incorporated some novel equipment to facilitate its unique food service method such as its conveyor belt that delivers the raw ingredients to the tables, as well as its mechanized hotpot which makes it easy to get items seemingly lost in the broth.
Having attended its soft-opening with some of my foodie friends almost exactly a year ago, I was excited to see how the restaurant will figure in the local food scene.
However, the pandemic hit the metro and Hosaku had to put its grand opening on hold.
A year later, Hosaku finally opens it doors on Valentine’s Day, giving sweethearts in the metro a novel venue to celebrate the Day of Hearts, with protocols in place to keep everyone safe.
- Temperature checks at the entrance
- Health declaration and contact tracing
- No facemask, no entry policy
- Provision of hand sanitizers and alcohol for hand cleaning and disinfecting
To maintain physical distancing within its premises, it had to re-think some of its operating procedures. For example, hotpot and yakiniku ingredients are no longer delivered via conveyor belt, nor are diners allowed to help themselves to the buffet items at their stations. Instead, these are served directly on their table by the wait staff upon order.
Dining Rates at Hosaku are:
- Weekday Lunch: Php699 for adults | Php349 for kids
- Weekday Dinner: Php899 for adults | Php449 for kids
- Weekends/Holidays Lunch & Dinner: Php899 for adults | Php449 for kids
All prices have an additional 5% service charge and are VAT inclusive. Children below 3 feet in height will eat for free while the adult rate will be applied to kids above 4 feet in height.
For its grand opening on February 14, the first fifty customers in line will eat for free while the rest of the customers for the day will dine at 50% off. (Terms and conditions will apply.)
Hosaku is located at Ground Floor, North Towers, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City.