Sushi Ninja – Westgate Center, Alabang

Having Sushi Ninja across Fitness First in Westgate Center is a blessing and a curse. It’s good to have one of my favorite cuisines within reach but that can simply waste all the sweat and tears shredded on workout, too.

I did not expect the place to be crowded because it looks quiet and neat from the outside. They definitely are able to establish a good customer base for the quality of food and service they provide.

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Sake (Salmon) Sashimi (PHP320.00). This is a staple for me whenever I go to a Japanese restaurant. 7 slices for PHP320.00 is not bad. This sake sashimi is not the best but far from being the worst either.
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Hiroshima Maki (PHP380.00). I was surprised with the serving size of their maki rolls. Unlike the typical case when food looks bigger in photos, this one looks much smaller in photos. If you are not a heavy eater, try not to order too much. This roll has spicy salmon, kani, ebi tempura, spicy mayo, tempura flakes & ebiko. Just imagine how much seafood there is and how rich the flavor is. With everything taken with one bite, it’s an explosion for flavors! Want more spice? Ask for more spicy mayo for hotter experience!

 

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Shinjuku Maki (PHP490.00). This roll is even bigger than Hiroshima Maki. I had difficulty eating a piece in one bite. This roll is deep-fried with spicy tuna, unagi, tamago, topped with kani, ebiko, Japanese mayo, special sauce and black sesame seeds. The sweetness of tamago gave this maki a unique experience. Again, the balance and blend of flavors in this is just delectable!

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Oedo Toshi (PHP360.00). It is my first time to see this way of serving wagyu beef. A slice of wagyu beef with wasabi mayo and negi on top of a toshi. Toshi is deep-fried battered rice ball. Although I am not a fan of this, the wagyu beef is tender and complements the rice ball well.

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Singapore: An Asian Food Haven

Singapore is a country where several Asian cultures meet. That makes it an excellent spot to have Asian food adventure that will surely satisfy your curiosity. Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, name it! Singapore will surely have something to offer!

Here are some that I have tried during my recent visit. I highly recommend these to everyone who’s planning to visit this country.

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Squid Pops from Old Chang Kee. Crunchy and tasty. Streetfood is common among Asian countries. It is very convenient to eat and very easy to find. But never underestimate the taste of these food because you will not probably stop munching on these!

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Derwish is a Turkish restaurant along Arab Street. Service and food are decent.

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Chendol Ice from Mei Heong Yuen in Chinatown. Chendol is a traditional dessert made from coconut milk, rice flour, palm sugar and shaved ice. This one has beans in it. Very refreshimg dessert – perfect for all-year-round hot weather in Singapore.

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This is officially my favorite dimsum restaurant – Sweechoon. The Xiao Long Bao has a very savory broth and generous amount of filling. Also, don’t forget to try the custard buns! I will always go back for those sweet tender buns!

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Prawn noodles from Fried Hokkien Mee. This is a very satisfying meal! The taste of the seafood and chili just explodes in every bite. Don’t like spicy food? Don’t worry, chili is served separately.

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Ayam Penyet from Ayam Penyet Ria. Ayam mean chicken while penyet means smashed. This is an Indonesian food which is basically a fried chicken smashed to be tender and served with vegetable sidings.

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Japanese food at Koh Grill & Sushi Bar. Now this is my favorite Japanese restaurant in Singapore. I will have a dedicated post  for a more detailed review on this. Definitely don’t miss this out when you go to Orchard Ion!

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Singapore is famous for its Chili Crab. I had my own share of experience in a mom & pop restaurant named No Signboard in Geylang. It is a humble restaurant but well-visited. The chili crab here is massive and definitely fresh – straight from the aquarium. The sauce has a very rich flavor and not very spicy. I really enjoyed the tenderness of the diner rolls dunked into the chili sauce. The experience is just exquisite!

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Again, Singapore is a warm country. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated. This is a freshly squeezed iced sugar cane juice. I thought it would be really sweet, but it isn’t. Very refreshing drink though!

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Irvin’s Salted Egg potato chips. It has a very strong salty taste and a bit spicy. However, I barely taste the “salted egg”. It seems like I only taste salt most of the time. It could have been better if they will be generous will the salted egg. Nonetheless, this could be addictive if you like salty chips. I have to try their fish skin next time!

Did I miss to try anything? Comment below and will add that on my list for my next visit!

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Red Panda – Xiao Long Bao

Red Panda is such a disappointment. There is a dead cockroach on the floor and there are couple more flying insects hovering around the table.

This Xiao Long Bao is too dry for a soup dumpling. Typically the soup should be gushing from the dimsum when you pierce the wrapping. This one does not have even a single drop. The ginger dipping is also soaked in oil – too much oil that it defies the taste of the ginger. The color itself is already a hint that it appears overcooked which probably caused the soup to dry out. For Php 195.00 per five-piece, this is a very bad order.

Red Panda - Xiao Long Bao

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Omakase

If you are looking for some Japanese food comfort, Omakase will definitely satisfy you.

The Seventh Hero - Omakase - Tenzaru Soba

Tenzaru Soba (Php 255.00). I am very happy with this piece. It is a combination of different kinds of tempura and cold noodles. To eat this, you have to toss the raw quail egg, radish and wasabi into the dipping sauce. Get a portion of the soba, dip it in the sauce, and enjoy the soothing texture and taste of this amazing dish.

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Salmon Sashimi (Php 240.00). Very fresh, smooth and silky. I always look forward to having this in Omakase.

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Sushi Nori – OMG Roll

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OMG Rolls (Php 289.00). Blow-torched Salmon, Ebiko (prawn eggs), Cucumber, Aburi Sauce. This sushi has a slice of salmon inside and outside the roll. The rolls are topped with Aburi sauce which gives a creamy and rich taste to it. The creaminess and richness is balanced by the crunchiness and freshness of the cucumber in every bite. Must try!

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Tokyo Bubble Tea

Past midnight and still can’t decide what to eat. One thing is for sure, Japanese food is always an option. Good thing Tokyo Bubble Tea in Eastwood City is still open.

The Seventh Hero - Salmon Sashimi

I always look for Salmon Sashimi (175.00). To my dismay, I can tell that this one is not fresh at first glance. It is not even cold.

The Seventh Hero - Sunshine Rolls

Sunshine Roll (Php 265.00) has baked salmon, mongo, cucumber, kani and tamago. It is topped with cream cheese sauce and house blend fruity mayo. This one is a feast but not in good shape. The rolls fall apart easily because the rice is not soft and sticky enough. It also lacks the freshness of the fruity mayo and cucumber.

The Seventh Hero - Takoyaki

Takoyaki (Php 178.00) is a good pick. These octopus balls come with mayo, katsubushi and sweet takoyaki sauce.

The Seventh Hero - Royal Milk Tea w Egg Pudding and Bubbles

Of course, I will definitely not miss the Royal Milk Tea with Egg Pudding and Bubbles (Php 135.00). This is their classic milk tea. Just like other milk tea shops, you have the option to adjust the sugar level and the sinkers.

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Watami – Shangri-La Plaza

This is a disaster for someone who likes Japanese food. The price is cheaper than others but the quality of food is below acceptable.

The Spicy Salmon Tempura is not spicy at all. It doesn’t even tastes like there is Salmon in there. It just tastes like rice rolled with a sheet of nori for a price of Php 225.00. The pieces of these rolls are also plated chaotically in an old, almost decomposing, chopping board.

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The cold soba doesn’t come with anything other than the dipping sauce. The dipping sauce is actually good and refreshing. There is a generous amount of soba but it’s a boring dish for Php 225.00.

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The meat in their skewers are tough so I do not recommend those either.

If you are looking for an enjoyable Japanese cuisine experience, Watami should probably be one of the last things on your list.

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Din Tai Fung – Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao from Din Tai Fung is definitely a must try! They have a variety of Xiao Long Bao from seafood to vegan but nothing beats this classic Pork Xiao Long Bao.

Unlike other dimsums, Xiao Long Bao has broth inside and is eaten in a specific manner. Prepare the dipping sauce by adding one part of soy sauce and three parts of vinegar to the ginger dish. When the dipping sauce is ready, dip the dimsum lightly then place it in a spoon with some ginger. Pierce the dimsum to release the broth and let the dipping sauce, ginger and broth come together. Lastly, enjoy this spoonful of goodness!

The Seventh Hero - Din Tai Fund - Xiao Long Bao

For Php 315.00, you’ll get 10 pieces of this high quality Chinese dimsum.

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Kimukatsu – 25 Layers of Mille-Feuille Katsu

Kimukatsu brings your typical cutlet to another level – Mille-feuille style! Mille-feuille is actually a french pastry that consists of thin layers of  puff pastry and cream fillings. When you apply that concept to a katsu, you get 25 layers of thinly sliced pork stacked together – the Kimukatsu.

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It is my first time so I want to try the most basic in their menu. The Plain Kimukatsu is very straight forward. There is the natural taste of juicy pork and crunch from the breading. This goes well with generous amount of katsu sauce with ground sesame seeds.

For Php 380.00, you get the amazing piece of Kimukatsu, unlimited rice, miso soup (red or white), cabbage and Japanese pickles. The red miso soup is salty than the white one so choose according to your palate. For the cabbage, I highly suggest the wasabi dressing. It has the taste of wasabi but without any hot and burning sensation.

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