Love Japanese dishes? Great! I’ll let you in on a secret.
If you’re on the lookout for really good Japanese food, I’ve got just the place. Over at Astoria Plaza in Ortigas Center, you will find a very unassuming establishment that serves some of the most delicious Japanese offerings one can find anywhere around.
One of the most well-known Japanese restaurants in the country, and arguably the most authentic of them all is Yurakuen.
Being a lover of Japanese food myself, I recently dropped by Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant at Diamond Hotel to indulge on a good number of their spectacular offerings.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated with teppanyaki tables and how food is cooked in front of you. So, Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant was most definitely a dinner date I ain’t going to miss. But, apart from feeling like a giddy child again, I arrived prepared with a ready and able tummy.
I love Japanese food. You probably already know this if you’re a regular reader of my blog.
But, what you probably aren’t aware of is that apart from sushi, sashimi and shrimp tempura, Teppanyaki dishes are the ones I really look forward to having whenever I visit a Japanese restaurant.
For the benefit of those who don’t know what Teppanyaki is… Wikipedia’s definition is as follows:
“Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan (鉄板), which means iron plate, and yaki (焼き), which means grilled, broiled, or pan-fried. In Japan, teppanyaki refers to dishes cooked using an iron plate, including steak, shrimp, okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and monjayaki.”
If you enjoy teppanyaki food as much as I do… or if you are simply curious to know what makes teppanyaki different from other dishes, well then, you’re in luck! There’s no better time to satiate your curious palate than now.
Osaka Ohsho is currently having a really awesome Teppanyaki Festival which is sure to delight all their customers.
I love eating spicy food and curry is no exception. Every now and then, I’d ask my wife to whip something up in the kitchen that has a touch of curry in it like Chicken or Beef Curry, perhaps.
But apart from having them at home or heading over to the nearest Indian restaurant (which more often than not ends up quite pricey), it’s fairly difficult to find other places to grab a good curry fix.
Thank God, my wife and I recently discovered what I would (now) consider to be any curry lover’s “happy place” – Eri Curry.
Eri Curry is one of the younger food spots located at the 3rd Level of SM Megamall’s Atrium area and boasts of a totally different take on curry dishes.
With a vast selection of Japanese curry dishes to choose from, Eri Curry is sure to make converts of anyone who is not a lover of spicy food.
Great food, just like great experiences, need to be revisited.
Because my first trip to Genji M was an astounding success for my taste buds, not to mention my belly, it was an absolute given that I would return for another round of delicious unlimited sushi, maki and rolls.
Lo and behold, upon arriving I immediately noticed that Genji M seemed to have souped up and improved its menu, service, manpower and ambiance since the last time I visited.
How much of an improvement you ask? Well… because of the establishment’s sudden rise and incredible success, Genji M made a couple of notable upgrades such as a change of management, a new head chef, a faster and better system and a whole slew of promo options. All this so you, the customer, may have a better dining experience. They also have a new menu with a whole slew of mouth watering items that I can’t wait to try. I’m actually excited to tell you all about it and get you raring to go back the same way I did.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a preference for Japanese cuisine.
But back when I was a kid, Japanese restaurants were notoriously expensive. It was quite impossible to frequent these establishments without ruining one’s budget.
As time went by, Japanese restaurants started popping up all over the metro. Different names, all sorts of offerings, not to mention the ever popular buffet concept we’ve eventually grown accustomed to. Although these establishments have started sprouting here and there, and prices of Japanese food have dramatically lowered, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality and taste of what these young restaurants offer are satisfactory.
Fortunately, there are a few places that offer affordable Japanese dishes that are superb in taste and presentation. You just have to look hard enough to find them.
One such place, is Yumi
Yumi Japanese Restaurant is located at the mezzanine area of the new wing of Promenade, Greenhills. The new wing is where all the Dolby Atmos movie theaters are situated.
Offering delectable, delicious and attractive dishes without the outrageous cost, Yumi is one establishment that attracts droves of customers and passers-by on a daily basis. People who’ve been to Yumi for the first time always come out happy and satisfied… some cannot even believe how Japanese dishes this good can be offered at very affordable prices.
Genji M is quite a familiar fixture along Kalayaan Ave., Makati City. It’s been in business since October 2013 but operating under the name of “Far Eastern Asian Cuisine” for the longest time until they eventually changed their name to what it is now.
Together with the new brand, the place has undergone a facelift to become a truly local restaurant in Manila.
I recently visited this newly revamped establishment and discovered that Genji M has shifted from targeting foreign customers to now meeting Filipino customers’ taste and expectations.
Just how are they trying to draw droves of new patrons to their restaurant, you ask? By offering a vast variety of UNLIMITED sushi, sashimi and rolls at very affordable prices. Not a bad strategy, eh!
I love eating. It probably may not seem physically evident now after dropping 50lbs a couple of years back but I still do.
I love good food. Who doesn’t? And every chance I get to try new food spots, I immediately grab the opportunity. I guess you could also chalk it up to having a travel/food blogger for a wife. I may not be as critical as my wife when it comes to dissecting the different flavors of a dish and how it exquisitely tickles the palate, so to speak… but I do know good food.
Ever since I was a kid, whenever a person would ask me what kind of cuisine I enjoyed the most, I would always reply, “Japanese”. No question that Japanese food is undoubtedly delicious… but the cuisine has also endeared itself to me perhaps because of how their dishes are presented.
Just last Tuesday, my wife and I were invited to try out Manila’s newest Japanese fine dining establishment – “MAGOSABURO“.
I just came from one absolutely amazing food experience earlier. Japanese cuisine heaven! The place… “Magosaburo”! I will tell you all about it very soon. Watch out for it here on my blog real soon. *burp!* Excuse me! Hehehe…