If you are looking for some Japanese food comfort, Omakase will definitely satisfy you.
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.
Salmon Sashimi (Php 240.00). Very fresh, smooth and silky. I always look forward to having this in Omakase.
a.k.a. Half Bound Lord of Fishes Pose. Relax the shoulders and push them away from the ears. Start by bringing your inner thigh to the opposite side belly. Throw your gaze through your back shoulder. Inhale to lengthen and exhale to twist some more. Slowly reach both hands to clasp.
Salmon Sashimi (Php 330.00). Fresh, quality, large slices of Salmon Sashimi. Perfect with some wasabi and Kikoman sauce!
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!
For gloomy days. Zara x Forever21.
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.
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.
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.
Takoyaki (Php 178.00) is a good pick. These octopus balls come with mayo, katsubushi and sweet takoyaki sauce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
For Php 315.00, you’ll get 10 pieces of this high quality Chinese dimsum.
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.
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.
Sushi Nori is one of the best sushi joints out there. You can choose how you want your sushi prepared, either Temaki Handroll or Maki Rolls.
Sushi Dreams is my favorite among all their special sushis. For Php229.00, I get six rolls of this high quality, carefully crafted sushi. It has Salmon, Kani, Cream Cheese, and Crunchy Tempura Flakes. The rice they use has a really good texture and the rolls are very intact. In every bite, I taste how all the flavors come together with a sweet kick. Also, the tempura flakes adds more experience and sensation.