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Go-En Ramen Shop in Quezon City

GO-EN Ramen Shop – A nice legit Japanese Ramen Shoppe that serves some of the most unique and very good bowls of ramen treats that I’ve had in the Quezon City area. Owned by a couple that is still based in Japan, their recipes are authentic with some unique dishes that you’ll probably won’t find anywhere else. This is definitely my new favourite ramen place in the North.

go-en_ramen_quezon_city_cheese_ramenA personal favourite from the stuff that we tried, their Cheese Ramen. A lovely miso base and the nice springy noodles and then there’s that mound of cheese and underneath than mountain of creamy goodness is actually ground pork, then there’s some sweet corn and aji-tamago mixed in – heaven in your mouth! This is super good, a bit on the heavy side because of the rich and very flavourful soup base and as the grated cheese mixes and melts into the soup base it becomes more thick and creamy. A definite must-try! Continue reading Go-En Ramen Shop in Quezon City

Rosanjin in SM Megamall (Mega Fashion Hall)

ROSANJIN – A  nice little Japanese restaurant at Mega Fashion Hall, we had a quick lunch here a couple of weeks ago and tried their tobanyaki and kaminabe dishes. The stuff that we tried were actually quite good, most of them laid in pieces of gooey, melting cheese but all good.

rosanjin_scallop_butteryakiWe started with this Scallop Butteryaki of what they’re claiming to be Hokkaido jumbo scallops topped with uni, ebiko and cooked in butter. It was nice and plump and cooked nicely in lots of butter and then you hit a bit of sweetness from the uni – good. Continue reading Rosanjin in SM Megamall (Mega Fashion Hall)

Oudon Restaurant at The Forum South Global, BGC

OUDON RESTAURANT – After the wave of ramen houses in the metro, sometimes you crave for something different, perhaps something with a lighter soup base but equally filling. Last night I tried this new restaurant in The Forum South Global that serves good udon sets.

oudon_restaurant_forum_bgc_tenzaru_oudonThis is their Tenzaru Oudon that’s chewy, thick udon noodles served cold, you have to dip it to their nice light and flavorful broth along with other components for a more complex taste. It’s also served with an assortment of tempura and a bowl of chahan (fried rice).
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New Dishes That You Should Try at Ippudo @ippudoph

IPPUDO – A few days ago I went back to Ippudo to check out their new dishes, this includes a new ramen variant that promises to give you a new dimension of spice, I also tried their new ramen sidekicks and I really liked the stuff that they launched. So here’s a rundown of the new items that you should try on your next meal at Ippudo.

ippudo_spicy_black_ramen Continue reading New Dishes That You Should Try at Ippudo @ippudoph

THE BLACK SERIES at Eri Curry: Back to Basics Japanese Comfort Food

ERI CURRY – Is one of the first Japanese curry houses to open in the SM Megamall area and recently they expanded their menu with back to basics, traditional comfort food that they call the black series. Indulge into more familiar dishes of soba, rice meals and salads that also goes well with their existing curry dishes.

eri_curry_black_sries_featured_posterA personal favorite from the black series is their humble Gyudon, thinly sliced, flavorful, tender pieces with a sweet glaze and egg over hot, fluffy white rice – comfort food in a bowl.

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Tempura Tendon Tenya Opens First Store in SM Megamall

TEMPURA TENDON TENYA – One of the more popular tendon restaurant from Japan opens its first store in the Philippines / Manila in SM Megamall. A food staple to the Japanese people you get to try various sets of their specialty tempura and tendon dishes savored with their signature dontare sauce that gives much flavor to the dish making it infinitely more flavorful and enjoyable.

tempura_tendon_tenya_sm_megamall_featured_posterThey serve a number of tendon creations from rice bowls where the signature sauce is mixed in to various sets served with udon or soba and a number of sides where you get to partake in a teishoku style dining (rice, soup and sides also refillable). Continue reading Tempura Tendon Tenya Opens First Store in SM Megamall

Saboten Glorietta: Jumbo Hiroshima Oysters and Other Katsu Treats

Saboten is one of the more authentic katsu places to open a store here in the Philippines having two stores in Serendra and Glorietta, I remember some of my Japanese officemates and friends being extremely excited about the concept opening their store here, craving for their specials specially the grated radish katsu. Recently they launched a new line of dishes, with these jumbo oysters in the center of things.

saboten_glorietta_featured_posterJumbo Hiroshima Oysters in light and crispy batter so plump, succulent and flavorful with a bit of creamy mouth-feel once you bite into it. Good stuff. Continue reading Saboten Glorietta: Jumbo Hiroshima Oysters and Other Katsu Treats

Yakitori Sessions at Tambai Snackhouse Makati

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Tambai Snackhouse Makati, raves on social media about their skewers of meat and seafood that diners often enjoy with a nice pint or local brew. Finally tried it the other week before a scheduled dinner in the area, and I must say they have fantastic yakitori! It’s more of an al fresco dining restaurant (they have a small section though that’s covered and have airconditioning) with tables in front of the restaurant and an open kitchen that really invites diner to try their food.

tambai_snackhouse_makati_featured_posterA platter filled with skewers of the things I love, from the irresistible crispy chicken skin, some beef rib fingers, isaw, bacon wrapped quail eggs and other good stuff. Continue reading Yakitori Sessions at Tambai Snackhouse Makati

New at Yabu: The Don Series Continues with Gyudon

Yabu House of Katsu – Recently they launched new menu items called The Don Series. While I’m partial to the fatty and flaky goodness of their Salmon Don (check out my previous post about their other donburi sets), this one is quite special too as it would be the first beef dish in Yabu. Something that’s familiar, comforting and filling – the third iteration of their donburi sets is the GYUDON.

yabu_don_series_gyudon_featured_posterThicker slices of beef sets this one apart from the others that I’ve tried with the sauce, ginger, and pickled stuff on the side. Continue reading New at Yabu: The Don Series Continues with Gyudon

Chibi’s Kitchen: Teishoku Dining and Home Cooked Japanese Comfort Food

A few weeks ago we went to Evia Lifestyle Center in Las Piñas to try this quaint Japanese casual dining restaurant called Chibi’s Kitchen. It’s an interesting place, quite in a middle of residential areas but still a fun place to hang out and dine. They serve some uncomplicated home cooked meals that are both good and filling.

chibis_kitchen_featured_posterThe restaurant specializes on teishoku dining setup where you are treated to a full course meal and just some simple and good comfort food. Continue reading Chibi’s Kitchen: Teishoku Dining and Home Cooked Japanese Comfort Food

3 New Dishes to try at Ippudo Ramen

Ippudo Ramen in SM Megamall has been a big hit as a lot of people actually still line up for their ramen bowls of comfort. Recently we revisited the place to sample some of their new dishes, and I must say it tops my favorites from the restaurant, specially their new ramen variant that has both miso and tonkotsu in its soup base.

ippudo_ramen_sm_megamall_feature_posterThree new dishes that you should definitely check out, a meat lover’s dream for a ramen bowl with the intense flavor of miso and that creamy texture of tonkotsu as the base, a killer fried chicken bun that honestly tops their famed pork variant, and a deep fried gyoza. Continue reading 3 New Dishes to try at Ippudo Ramen

Le Petit Souffle in Century City Mall: A New French-Japanese Bistro

Le Petit Souffle is a new restaurant concept by young and talented pastry chefs Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla, you might know them as they spearhead the very successful craft cookie place that’s also in Century City Mall – Scout’s Honor. I was very excited about this concept as it’s quite unique, a French-Japanese inspired bistro with the desserts and sweet tooth treats the star of the show, but they have savory dishes too, some very good ones at that.

le_petit_souffle_century_city_mall_blog_posterWas a bit depressed when they told me they’re not serving any souffle because of some technical problems in the kitchen but the savior is the chocolate cake of my dreams – three to four layers of pure chocolate bliss and that fantastic Salted Duck Egg Parfait! Continue reading Le Petit Souffle in Century City Mall: A New French-Japanese Bistro

YABU Launches The DON SERIES WITH TWO DONBURI SETS

If you’ve been following Yabu: House of Katsu‘s social media pages for a couple of days there’s been this build up and anticipation about their new dishes – they’re calling it THE DON SERIES and they recently launched it with two new donburi sets, hearty and filling dishes served in a hot stone pot and is a teishoku with the usual refillable sides.

Yabu_Don_Series_Blog_PosterA meaty curry katsu with lots of gooey cheese and the salmon steak of my dreams! Continue reading YABU Launches The DON SERIES WITH TWO DONBURI SETS

Sandaya Fisher Mall: Your Best Bet for a Good Yakiniku Fix in the North?

SANDAYA FISHER MALL – Japanese restaurants, very good yakiniku places – whenever I get these cravings I always find myself going to restaurants in the South, staples and go-to’s include restaurants in Pasay Road and Little Tokyo in Makati. But for some of us that’s based in the North, there really isn’t a good place for quality Japanese food and yakiniku right? And then I stumbled upon this new place. Sandaya Yakiniku in Fisher Mall. And I must say they serve some quality meats here and the food is surprisingly good. This is my new go-to place whenever I crave for grilled meats, yakiniku style and is too lazy to travel all the way to Makati and other places in the far south.

sandaya_fisher_mall_feature_posterWagyu striploin, shortribs, kurobuta sausages makes for the most hunger inducing aroma when grilled table side. A feast of meat and lots of that fried rice that’s just perfect with the fatty meat. Continue reading Sandaya Fisher Mall: Your Best Bet for a Good Yakiniku Fix in the North?

Kichitora of Tokyo in Central Square, Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC

Kichitora of Tokyo recently opened a new branch in Central Square of Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC. It was my first time to try this ramen place and I didn’t know what to expect specially with their unique soup base (paitan) that utilizes chicken parts to make the broth. Personally I like miso for the flavor and tonkotsu for that milky texture and I was very happy that their signature base had that same velvety mouth feel to it.

A soup base with a milky, creamy texture with nice slices of meat and my favorite part when eating ramen, the ajitamago – oh those marinated soft-boiled eggs that goes perfectly with the broth, just can’t get enough of it. Continue reading Kichitora of Tokyo in Central Square, Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC