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omakase

So, we got creamed by typhoon Mario, to lift up our sunken spirits we are looking for our comfort food/s. Specifically something Japanese. 

It is no secret that Kei and I are huge fans of Japanese cuisine.

The food haunt I am about to share is also no secret. In fact it is very famous for its makimono.

I am talking about Omakase. This restaurant has a huge following and you have to wait to be served. But, we don’t mind.

We have kept frequenting the place. 

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Omakase (お任せ o-makase?) is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it to you”. (It is rooted from the Japanese “to entrust” (任せる makaseru?)). Usually used at Sushi restaurants to leave the selection to the chef. Customers ordering omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef.  Ordering omakase can be a gamble; however, the customer typically receives the highest-quality fish in stock at a less expensive cost than if it had been ordered à la carte. (Learned all about that from Wikipedia) 

Omakase’s Makimono is not exactly authentic as they put their own twist to it. It would be safe to say that they serve Japanese fusion cuisine. For this restaurant, We would happily say “omakase” and  leave the selection to them!  But we have our favorites of course. 

Here is a peek of their choices of their famous makimono.

this will give you a hard time choosing what you like to order.

this will give you a hard time choosing what you like to order.

We really took time to look at their selections as we liked most of them!

Their interiors are minimalist inspired and accented by cute kokeshi dolls.

We usually arrive here to get lunch, so there is a lot of people and we can’t really take a lot of photos. Sorry.

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inside omakase

They served seafood dumpling (assorted seafood wrapped in nori, deepfried and served with mayo and soy sauce) and our drinks (raspberry iced tea for me, and orange iced tea for Kei) first.

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Next came the jurrasic roll (Ebi tempura, ebiko, salmon skin, cucumber inside with unagi on top) followed shortly by the sukiyaki.

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All together in one photo: This is our initial order.

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On the next, we had a chicken bento, zigzag roll ( Softshell crab, tempura with Japanese-mayo-chili oil dressing) , gyoza and their omakase soup (wakame, kani, eggdrop soup).

round two

*I just realized we never got desserts here because we tend to over-eat!  

Eating here definitely brightened our day! Comfort food indeed. 

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  • They have branches at Tomas Morato, Libis, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Triangle Gardens and Greenhills.
  • Better to come early. Or repeat after me: waiting is worth it.
  • Worth the calories.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience with the restaurant. This is not a sponsored post, We paid for this (from) our own pocket.

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nihonbashi-tei

This time I share one of our food haunts.

We frequent lots of Japanese restaurants but we always come back to Nihonbashi Tei, it is our comfort Japanese/Izakaya (after work dinner out) food.

The place itself doesn’t really look appealing, in fact at times the place reeks of cigarette smoke. A number of Japanese tourists and their escorts are usually seen here. That being said, the place is definitely not a kid friendly or family friendly. But they do have good food at a very reasonable price. That reason alone is good enough for us.

sushi area

upon entry to the right is the sushi area

Their Spicy Toro Maki (lean tuna)  is their best seller. Every table orders this crunchy goodness.

*Kei and I usually fights over the last piece. 

The serving is also huge! I have to eat the rice part first before I can eat the top part.  Crunchy, not that spicy despite the spicy attached to the name, salty and sweet, its addicting.

spicy toro maki -200php

spicy toro maki -200php

We are also never without two orders of their Age Takoyaki. It is very different form the soft and soggy takoyaki sold at mall booths. It has a crunch to it and you can actually see a slice of  Tako (octopus) when you take a bite, they are served on a lettuce leaf drizzled with takoyaki sauce,  Japanese  mayo on the side and a generous amount of bonito (katsuobushi) flakes.

Age Takoyaki -165php

Age Takoyaki -165php

Since I am also a self confessed tofu addict. Agedashi Tofu is always a treat, soft and smooth with a tiny bit of crunch. They serve it with seaweed (nori) and bonito flakes.

agedashi tofu -130php

agedashi tofu -130php

Kei also has his staples. He is rather fond of their Curry Soba.

Savory hot soba in curry flavored broth with pork, and thinly sliced scallions.

curry soba -250php

curry soba -250php

And Japanese fried rice? That is Gohan for you. Rice cooked together with egg, vegetables, meat, shrimp seasoned with dashi and soy sauce.

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gohan -If I remember correctly this is around 60php

Of course how can we not have the Tempura and Gyoza? When in a Japanese restaurant we permanently get these as the fool-proof food in case we did not like what we chose. 

yaki gyoza -150php   ebi tempura -280php

yaki gyoza -150php ebi tempura -280php

That is all our favorites from Nihonbashi-tei.

I just realized that most of what we always get are appetizers. Whatever, I love them all the same. 

Oh, before I forget, they give out complimentary fruit too! (we got this after dinner)

complimentary watermelon

complimentary watermelon

  • They also charge a 10% service charge to your total bill. 
  • Sake and alcoholic drinks are served here.  you can buy a whole bottle and get them to keep it for you till your net visit. (We never did try those. We get coke in cans)
  • If you happen to visit at lunch time, they have the lunch set menu, that is cheaper. 
  • The wait staff are friendly, although at times they can be too busy that they unintentionally ignore you. The food can also take quite a while. 

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Landmark: the establishment is right in front of Hyatt Hotel Manila.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the restaurant. This is not a sponsored post, We paid for this (from) our own pocket.