January 09, 2018

Lunch at Tong Yang Shabu-Shabu and BBQ Restaurant

“It’s been said that everlasting friends go long periods of time without speaking and never question the friendship. These friends pick up like they just spoke yesterday regardless of how long it has been or how far away they live and they don’t hold grudges. They understand life is busy and love is there”.
 After graduation, I always have get together with my college friends to celebrate birthdays, special events or we just want to hang-out because we have so many stories to share. There are times that we also travel within or outside the Philippines. But things change when we got married and have our own family. I moved to the Southern Luzon and I resigned from my work in Makati so I have no time to meet with my friends in Metro Manila. 

We seldom meet because of our busy schedule but last month, I planned our get together. To be fair, we always choose Mandaluyong area para gitna, because I live in the South and some of my friends live in Bulacan. Two years ago, we ate at Sambokojin so for a change I checked the different buffet restaurants in SM Megamall and I suggested Tong Yang Shabu-Shabu and BBQ Restaurant. I’ve never tried this resto pa because there is no branch near our place. 

Two weeks before our get together, my husband has been calling Tong Yang to reserve a table but no one is answering. For two consecutive days and different times, wala sumasagot. So after few days, one of my friends went to Tong Yang Megamall to reserve a table and he was informed that there is no reservation, “First come- First serve”.

Fast forward to our get together, I was in SM Megamall before the mall opening time so I can reserve a table. By the time I arrived at the restaurant, one of my friends was already there but he said, wala pa kumukuha ng reservation. Tong Yang staff only went out at 11AM to get the reservation. Make sure you know kung pang-ilan ka kasi medyo magulo at wala naman number. Be aware na lang sa mga dumadating so you will know kung mas nauna ka, hehehe! Good thing pangfirst yung friend ko na dumating sa restaurant. 

When the staff called my friend, she asked kung complete na kami but we said no, she informed us na once na pumasok kami, counted na yung 3 hours. We agreed because we’re all hungry. Hehehe! So just like Hogs & Cattle Steakhouse, may 3 hours limit lang din sila sa buffet.  

Tong Yang means winter sun in the Chinese language. It is the longest night and the shortest day period in a year. They offer Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Filipino foods from appetizer to dessert. The buffet rate includes unlimited food and drink. I noticed that the restaurant was not big compared to other buffet restaurant and the food selection was not that grand too. But one thing I like in Tong Yang is you can enjoy both hotpot and grilled foods

There are enough grilling plates and hotpot stoves on each table so cooking is not a problem. Upon seated, the staff asked us for our soup base. You choose from chicken, sinigang and satay soup. You can choose two soup based, we chose sinigang and satay soup pero walang asim yung sinigang. I remember my friend, she put a lot of calamansi juice in her sinigang soup para magkalasa. 

Here are some of the photos or check my video here

I hope there will be Tong Yang branch in the South na because even the food selection is not that grand, we enjoyed our shabu-shabu and barbeque experience. Service is just okay, I just hope that their staffs are approachable and mas okay kung nakangiti sila. hehehe! We left at 2PM, sinulit talaga namin ang 3 hours. “Time spent with friends is never wasted.” 

Tong Yang SM Megamall Buffet Rates

P545 net - Shabu-Shabu & Grill 
Lunch Buffet Monday to Friday 11AM to 2:30PM

P575 Net - Shabu-Shabu only 
P645 Net - Shabu-Shabu & Grill 
Dinner Buffet 5:30PM to 10PM
Lunch Buffet Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 11AM to 2:30PM 

Tax included. No service charge. 
Dinner rate applies for Lunch Buffet on Holidays. 

Half Price -Children 4.5ft below 
P200 - Children 3ft below 

Tong Yang Shabu-Shabu and BBQ Restaurant 
Level 4, Mega Atrium 
EDSA Mandaluyong City


  1. I love shabu shabu! Sambokojin and Yakimix are my favorite. Haven’t tried this one, though. When I worked in taipei, shabu shabu was my happy place during soshi.😝

    1. If you like Shabu-Shabu, aside from Tong Yang, try Four Seasons Hotpot and King One Rotary Hotpot. :)

  2. Tong Yang is really one of the most affordable buffets. Whenever we are in a mood for for buffet this is one of our go to place.

    1. Yes, it is affordable compared to other buffet restaurant. Wala lang sila ebi tempura. :)

  3. I think 3 hours allotment is common in many buffet places. Okay din naman, at least hindi tayo tataba haha. I was just inviting my husband to a buffet date and I'll consider Tong Yang. We haven't tried it. :) Looks good.

    1. Actually, if kami lang ng family ko, matagal na 1 hour namin sa buffet. Mabilis kami mabusog. hehehe!

  4. I am not a fan of hotpots but hooray for grilled foods. For buffet, I have only tried Buffet101, vikings and my fave Yakimix. This buffet resto looks great, sayang sana mga meron sa soouth.

    1. Medyo matabang kasi pag hotpot but healthy daw. hehehe! I haven't tried Buffet 101 naman.

  5. We haven't tried dining at Tong Yang before although I've seen it na. Mas na curious akong i-try sya now that I've read your review. Will show this to my hubby. :)

    1. Okay siya, combination of grilling and hotpot and mura din.

  6. We used to frequent Tong Yang before :) I like the food and favorite ko talaga ang shabu-shabu :) This reminded me tuloy to go back there. LOL