Showing posts with label Japanese food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Japanese food. Show all posts

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Okuya Japanese Restaurant, Naga City

Arriving Naga after quite a long drive, we had a good lunch at Red Platter, and then proceeded to check-in at a hotel. Afterwards, we proceeded to meet with our contacts there and brief the people who would be conducting field work with us. Still quite tired from the travel and wanting to have an earlier dinner, we decided to go to a Japanese restaurant we spotted while making our way to our hotel. We wanted to have some comfort food before we called it a day and Okuya presented us with our favorite in the form Japanese food.

Entrance to the restaurant
Salmon sashimi is among those we regard as comfort food
They have a lot of items on their menu including bento sets and other combos
Restaurant interiors - clean, orderly, well lighted
Chicken teriyaki box
Tempura
Yasai itame
Their version of shoyu ramen
Tuna maki
The food at Okuya was okay. We thought the quality and presentation was generally at par with the Japanese restaurants we usually eat at around UP. The ramen though was average so perhaps that's one item that you're better off with the better known ramen restos. The sashimi, teriyaki, maki and tempura were enjoyable. The service was also very good and the prices didn't hurt so there's value for money here.
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Fukurou Nihon Ryori, Marcos Highway

There's this Japanese restaurant we usually spot along Marcos Highway near where we used to reside. The name is interesting as 'Fukurou" translates to "owl"in English. Without th 'u', "fukuro" translates into "bag" or "pouch". It is the latter which first came to my mind as I drove past it on the way home or heading to the office. The kanji on the menu though clearly meant "owl". We had wanted to eat here but just didn't have the chance to do so. One time I checked for lunch, it was a Monday and they were closed. A few weeks ago, we finally were able to eat there after attending to some errands in the area.

Menu - note the kanji at the top
Table set-up - yes, that's a real plant on a small pot
Restaurant interior - I only took photos of the areas where there are no customers as I usually didn't want to intrude into anyone's privacy. There were two other couples at the restaurant including one who seem to be on a date.
More of the restaurant's interiors
The bar showing a nice selection of Japanese wines and liquor including sake, shochu and whiskey
Appetizer - some traditional sweet-covered dilis (anchovies) over minced cabbage and some pickles
Their menu includes kid's meal items
Salmon sashimi
Katsu curry
Tonkotsu ramen
Melon shake and lemonade
Mochi with ice cream fillings
Japanese cheesecake
The food was good and authentic in taste. The presentation was also done very well and the service is also good. We thought this was a nice addition to the growing number of restaurants along Marcos Highway and particularly near Town & Country Executive Village, which had a commercial arcade that's been transformed into restaurants and cafes. It's definitely a welcome redevelopment of the area and we hope it attracts people/customers so they'd be encouraged to continue with business. For this particular restaurant, we hope they can attract more customers, too. I have always maintained that the area needs more authentic Japanese restaurants other than those in the malls (Note: I think Ayala's Feliz Mall has a really good selection of Japanese restaurants. And that's why we like to go there to address our cravings for Japanese food.)
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Ooma Japanese Restaurant

The Clairvoyant had been telling me about this restaurant they like to go to for lunches at Bonifacio High Street. One time we were able to escape for a date (our daughter allowed it :) ) we decided to have lunch at Ooma at their branch at SM Megamall.

Their take on the maki with a little kick
A very interesting presentation of the tori (chicken) karaage, which was crunchy and tasteful
The modern take on donburi was quite delightful with the meat melting in your mouth
Our drinks included an order of their own blend iced tea and the complementary (bottomless) mugi cha. I love mugi cha and it brings back memories of summers in Japan in the 1990s.
The food was really good, the service excellent and the prices won't punch a hole in your wallet or pocket. I am not surprise at all why they were full despite so many other Japanese restaurants in the mall and it the generally area where its located. We will definitely come back for another meal soon.
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Monday, November 19, 2018

Torimomo Japanese Restaurant, Feliz Mall

We were supposed to have lunch at another restaurant last Saturday but then ended up in another. The plan was to have a nice meal at one of our favorite Japanese restaurants that now has a branch nearer our place. It helped that we were coming from a picnic at the UP Diliman campus so it was along the way back. As we made our way to the restaurant, we chanced upon another that looked to be newly opened or having a soft opening. We liked what we saw in the menu one of their staff were showing passers-by so we decided to have our lunch there. Our daughter loves salmon sashimi so seeing that in the menu made our decision easier. :)

The interiors were definitely colorful and I like the paper lamps that advertised a Japanese brand beer
It was a soft opening so many of the staff were on on-the-job training (OJT) mode
Match It! promo for drinks, rice, miso shiru, and desserts
I took this photo of the wall as it reminded me of typical walls in Japanese restaurants that featured major items on the menu. Of course, it is not so obvious if you can't read it. :)
The salmon (shake) sashimi was good.
We ordered a sampling of their barbecues including bacon-wrapped enoki and asparagus, beef cubes and chicken. We highly recommend the bacon-wrapped enoki and asparagus!
Their version of chahan tasted good. My only suggestion is for the rice to be more sticky. You can't really get a good handle with the chopsticks.
I didn't expect much as they weren't a ramen restaurant but their version of the tonkotsu ramen was definitely a pleasant surprise. My only "complaint" is the serving size - bitin!
Torimomo is a good restaurant that I would highly recommend especially for those who like Japanese-style barbecue. They also have a lot of items in their menu so there's something for anyone who likes other Japanese food - cooked or uncooked. I think the prices are reasonable, too, for the quality and serving sizes. The staff are still under training but this should improve very soon and the managers look to be on top of things based on observation. We're looking forward to the next meals there.
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Shachihoko Japanese Restaurant, Circle Mall, Marikina

We finally got to go to Marikina again to try out one of the many restaurants in the city. There are actually several areas where you can have good meals in the city. These include Lilac Street, the streets near and around City Hall, Gil Fernando Avenue, and the Circle Mall in SSS Village.

I usually pass the Circle Mall of SSS Village en route to my office via the Tumana route and have been curious about this ramen restaurant.
We had an early lunch and arrived in time for the restaurant to open business for the day.
We were the only customers so it was easy to take photos of the restaurant. The main dining area is on the 2nd floor.
Nice clean set-up with ample space for groups
They had lunch sets (bento) and typical Japanese desserts, which were presented to us when the waitress handed us the menus (opened to these pages).
Menu
Ramen and udon items in the menu
Donburi or rice toppings for people on the go
Other Japanese food favorites on the menu
I had the Shiroi Ramen, which was delightful though a bit on the creamy side. That's gyoza near my bowl. We usually order gyoza to go as additional viand on the side whenever we have ramen.
The bar set-up at the first floor allows customers to observe the kitchen.
Shachihoko serves good food and the service was also good. To be honest, the ramen is good though not at the level of the more authentic restos (e.g., Ikkoryu Fukuoka, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, etc.). It should satisfy your Japanese food cravings though and it is on the more affordable side.
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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Osaka Takoyaki Restaurant, SM East Ortigas

We were looking for a place to eat dinner at before we watched "The Black Panther" a couple of weeks ago, we decided to try out a Japanese-themed restaurant at SM East Ortigas. The restaurant's specialty is takoyaki or octopus cutlet balls. The restaurant's menu also had many other choices for those who wanted to have something heavier for their meals.

The interiors attempt to recreate an authentic Japanese restaurant.
Aside from takoyaki, the restaurant also claims to serve good curry meals.
I ordered ramen as I wanted to have something that wasn't too heavy a meal prior to watching a movie where we will also be having some popcorn.
Their version of horenzo, which is spinach-based but laced with spices. This was supposed to be the counterpart of kimchi, which Korean restaurants serve with meals.
The wife tried their curry and it turned out to be very good. I think I liked it more (I had some as it was a generous serving.) than the ramen I ordered.
Their takoyaki was the real deal. I've had a fair share of takoyaki here and when I was in Japan so I think I know what authentic tastes like.
This is a good restaurant but with room for improvement. I thought the ramen was ordinary but the curry was good and the takoyaki very good.
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