First of all, I'd like to greet everyone a happy new year! I know it's been ages since we last posted, but don't worry because we're back for good! :)
Today I'd like to talk about a place that practically everyone is familiar with and is easily my favorite among the Japanese food offerings in Manila. I'm talking about Omakase, a trendy Japanese restaurant with good food that gives a modern twist to old classics.
According to my trusty source, Wikipedia, Omakase is actually a Japanese term meaning "It's up to you", and is a style of serving food in sushi restaurants, where it's "up to" the chef to serve you a complementary (by which I mean they complement each other, not free) series of dishes meant to be eaten one at a time. While this Omakase does not exactly offer this type of service, it's interesting to note because their name suggests that they put utmost importance in the quality, presentation and service that they offer to their customers.
As you can see from the photos, the place is decorated in a contemporary style that reflects their fusion cuisine, blending old Japanese with modern Western tastes.
First of all we have this seaweed salad. Unfortunately I don't know the exact name, but I'm pretty sure the waiter will know if you ask for it when you order. Anyway, this salad is light and refreshing while crunchy at the same time. It's seasoned with toasted sesame seeds, giving it a nice nutty flavor as well.
The next dish is Spicy Tuna Salad, containing large chunks of fresh raw tuna dressed in spicy Japanese mayo, with bits of fried tempura batter which I can't help but think are those bits of batter left in the fryer when they're making tempura, but it doesn't matter because this dish is just amazing. Don't worry about the spiciness, because it's only mildly spicy, just enough to give a kick to the dish.
A long time ago, I actually refused to eat raw fish, because the first time I tried it (in another Japanese restuarant) it was too slimy and fishy for my tastes. But once I encountered this Spicy Tuna Salad at Omakase, I was forever converted, true story.
|Spicy Tuna Salad|
The American Dream was delicious, with salmon and cream cheese, covered with batter and deep fried. It's perfect for customers who don't like raw fish. It's to be dipped in the sweet soy sauce/Japanese mayo combo dip served together with the platter.
One other roll was a spicy tuna roll (a little too spicy for me, but pretty good, nevertheless), while the other was filled with crispy salmon skin. They were all excellent, but I wish I could remember what they were called. :(
|SAR Sushi Platter|
The fried rice at Omakase has meat, scrambled eggs, fluffy rice and sweet soy sauce, plus fresh veggies like carrots and green onions. You can order it in individual portions or in a large bowl, good for 4, like the one pictured below.
|Chicken-bacon roll (?)|
Do let us know what you think with a comment or a message on our tagboard to the right! If you have any suggestions on places in Metro Manila we just have to try, feel free to leave a note! :)
UG/Level 2, Il Terrazzo Mall, Tomas Morato, QC
Tel. No.: 332-4115
Branches: Alabang Town Center; Libis