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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Akamaru Special (Php 490.00)
IPPUDO’s original tonkotsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. Served with thin noodles, pork belly, kikurage and spring onions. A refined, modern-style ramen.
Finally! The best ramen I tasted in the Philippines ever! A friend of mine brought me here recently and brief me with the available choices.
They have three kinds of ramen: Shiromaru Motoaji, Akamaru Shinaji & Karaka-men – from non-spicy to spicy. There is an option to upgrade these to Tamago (with soft-boiled egg), Chashu (with simmered pork belly), or Special (with soft-boiled egg, pork belly and seaweed). Also, you can choose the hardness of noodles from soft to very hard.
This restaurant captured my attention because it is just across Fitness First in SM Megamall. It also had advertisements hanging inside and outside the mall. Tenya, obviously, is a Japanese restaurant that specializes in Japanese cuisine and prides itself with its tempura. Since I generally like tempura, I decided to give it a shot one random night after working out.
All-star Tendon (Php 325.00) – black tiger prawn, squid, salmon, kani stick, green beans, mushroom. This dish was about putting together different kinds of tempura in a single rice bowl. The best picks for me were the black tiger prawn and squid. They were just perfectly cooked and seasoned.
Now that I know that they serve these pieces well, I might as well drop the kani stick, salmon, and mushroom then get Asakusa Special Tendon (Php 315.00) on my next visit. This dish has three pieces of black tiger prawns and some green beans. Just exactly what I want on my rice bowl.
Their Karaage (Php 175.00) is a must try! The crunch, the appeal to the palate, the tang of the lemon, I just can’t get enough of that experience! I would absolutely get this side order again.