Good times and good eating with Hodai’s newest Daebag Set

With all we’ve been through during lockdowns and quarantines, one can’t help but hold out hope for better times ahead.

At the same time, we can’t help but look back on all the things we used to enjoy, like dining out to savor our favorite and spending fun times with family and friends.

Personally, I miss going out for Korean BBQ (or “mag-samgyup” as we Pinoys like to term it). The sheer adventure of grilling our own food as we talk, laugh and banter with our companions always proves enjoyable.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

A prime destination for this experience is Hodai Restaurant in Quezon City. Located in a remodeled two-story house along Examiner Street in Barangay West Triangle built in the 1960s, it lives up to its name (“Hodai” translates to “all you can” in Nihongo), it’s where you can get your fill of unlimited meats and side dishes.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

To mark its recent re-opening, Hodai Restaurant celebrates the good times ahead with its Daebag Set. For just Php599 per person, this set brings together everybody’s Korean BBQ and yakiniku favorites, plus more, into one table for everyone to enjoy.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

Seafood. Includes salmon sashimi, assorted sushi rolls (California Roll, Kani Roll and Mango Roll) and Salmon Sushi (Torched Salmon Sushi with Spicy Sauce, Salmon Maki with Mustard Sauce and Salmon Sushi) as well as fresh shrimp.

Hodai Daebak Set
Salmon Sashimi
Hodai Daebak Set
Assorted Rolls
Hodai Daebak Set
Sushi
Hodai Daebak Set
Fresh Shrimp

LA Galbi. Barbecued beef short ribs cut thinly along the bone usually served during special occasions.

Hodai Daebak Set
LA Galbi

Cheese Spicy Ribs. Tender pork ribs marinated in gochujang sauce with stringy mozzarella cheese.

Hodai Daebak Set
Cheese Spicy Ribs

Five kinds of pork. Includes Herb Pork Steak, Daepae Pork, Plain Pork, Yakiniku Pork and Gochujang Pork.

Hodai Daebak Set
Herb Pork Steak
Hodai Daebak Set
Daepae Pork
Hodai Daebak Set
Plain Pork
Hodai Daebak Set
Yakiniku Pork
Hodai Daebak Set
Gochujang Pork

Five kinds of beef. Includes Enoki Beef Roll, Plain Beef, Herb Beef, Yangnyeom Beef and Gochujang Beef

Hodai Daebak
Enoki Beef Roll
Hodai Daebak Set
Plain Beef
Hodai Daebak Set
Herb Beef
Hodai Daebak Set
Gochujang Beef

Side dishes. Includes Beef Tteokbokki, Galbi Fried Chicken, Potato Marbles, Kimchi, Japchae, Fishcake and Sour Radish.

Hodai Daebak Set
Beef Tteokbokki
Hodai Daebak Set
Galbi Fried Chicken
Hodai Daebak Set
Kimchi
Hodai Daebak Set
Japchae
Hodai Daebak Set
Fishcake
Hodai Daebak Set
Assorted Side Dishes

Did you know that “daebag” translates to “Awesome!” in Korean? In Korean dramas. it’s usually uttered as an expression of surprise at a positive situation. No doubt you will echo the same sentiment when this sumptuous spread is laid before you and your companions.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

Such a delicious bounty sure seems like a portent of great things to come, doesn’t it? Well, invite more good fortune into your life by gathering your nears-and-dears and celebrating being alive and being together over good food. (While practicing physical distancing, of course!)

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

If you feel that luck is on your side, here’s your chance to win a free Daebag Set. From September 27 to October 10, paying adults ordering the Daebag Set can play a fun game wherein they can choose one out of four boxes containing a dalgona candy with an imprinted shape. They will be tasked to trim away the candy outside the imprinted shape using just a toothpick. Any customer that successfully accomplished this feat will be awarded a free Daebag Set.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

(You might be getting flashbacks to similar scenes in the Netflix Show Squid Game, but this activity is actually a favorite pastime of Korean kids.)

So if you feel that you have been without fun times with family and friends over good food for too long, go meet up at Hodai Restaurant and feast over the Daebag Set.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

Hodai Restaurant is located at 14 Examiner Street, Barangay West Triangle, quezon City, open daily for dine-in from 12 noon to 10pm. Note: Al fresco diners is available for all customers regardless of vaccination status while indoor diners are required to present their vaccination cards.

To reserve your table, call +63 956 4605848.

Disclosure: Together with fellow foodies, I attended a food tasting held at this restaurant. Food items were served to facilitate this feature and were not paid for by the attendees.

Unli Japanese fusion dishes at Hodai, West Triangle

Considering I work in Quezon City, it’s a wonder I’ve only explored a fraction of the gastronomic choices the other side of Quezon Avenue has to offer.

This is why I grabbed at the chance to dine at Hodai together with my foodie friends.

Located in a sprawling renovated two-storey house along Examiner Street which was originall built in the 1960s, Hodai offers a cozy and comfortable atmosphere for its diners, perfect for group get-togethers and family outings. The decor is minimalist with bits of Asian accents while windows throughout the dining area let in a lot of natural light.

Hodai, West Traingle

Hodai, West Traingle

Hodai, West Traingle

“Hodai” translates to “all you can” in Nihongo, and really, you can eat to your heart’s (and tummy’s) content of Japanese cuisine (with some Korean food thrown in) in this resto.

Curious on what you can enjoy at Hodai? Feast your eyes on these!

Hodai, West Triangle

Hodai, West Triangle

Fish Teriyaki

Hodai, West Avenue

Hodai, West Avenue

Japchae

Hodai, West Avenue

Hodai, West Avenue

Rose Cream Pasta

Hodai, West Avenue

Hodai, West Avenue

Tempura

Hodai, West Avenue

Hodai, West Avenue

Sushi Rolls

Hodai, West Avenue

Hodai, West Avenue

Korean Fried Chicken

Hodai, West Avenue

Kani Salad

Hodai, West Avenue

Hodai, West Avenue

Kimchi Gyoza

Hodai, West Avenue

Hodai, West Avenue

Tonkatsu

Hodai, West Avenue

Hodai, West Avenue

Cheese Cream Spicy BBQ Bowl

Hodai, West Avenue

Hodai, West Avenue

To get your fill of these delicious dishes, choose from two value-packed meal sets:

Silver Set (Php499). Includes Teriyaki, Japchae or Rose Cream Pasta, Tempura, Sushi Rolls, Korean Fried Chicken, Kani Salad, Kimchi Gyoza and Tonkatsu.

Gold Set (Php599). Includes everything in the Silver Set plus Cheese Cream Spicy BBQ Bowl.

Note: Unli rice and miso soup are also provided on a self-service basis. Guests are also given Korean frozen sweets as desserts after the meal.

The sheer number and variety of these sumptuous dishes may be daunting at first. However, for hungry foodies and fans of unli servings, Hodai’s meal sets present quite a good deal.

And to sweeten the deal further, Hodai has irresistible Lucky 7 promo offers this July:

  • On weekdays, get 1+1 on the Gold Set. That means two people can dine on all these food for only Php599.
  • On weekends, get discounted rates on the Silver set (now at Php349) and the Gold Set (now at Php419).

So, really, there’s no better time to gather up your family and friends to feast on all-you-can-eat Japanese food at Hodai!

Hodai, West Triangle

Hodai, West Triangle

Thanks to Clarissa of Clarisays.com and Carlo of EatsCMT.Food.Blog for extending their invites!

Hodai is located at 14 Examiner Street, West Triangle, Quezon City, open daily for lunch from 10am to 3pm and for dinner from 5pm to 10pm. For reservations, call +63 956 4605848.

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Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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