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Dotonburi Sushi
I’ll be posting a lot of backlog from my last Osaka trip so this is just a heads up. I get a lot of messages from family and friends asking me what my favorite Osaka food finds are so I thought it’d be convenient to just post them all here for everyone to see.

Dotonburi Sushi
I have no idea what this restaurant is called but we found it when as we were walking around Dotonburi for brunch. It was a brightly lit take-out sushi and sashimi joint where all the fish is freshly packed and refrigerated, just like in the grocery aisles. What sets this place apart from a grocery is that there are stools and high tables on one side where diners who buy their fish can dine. The tables have soy sauce, tissue and chopsticks and the place sells drinks as well.

Dotonburi Sushi
It’s a pay at the counter kind of place. I can’t say it’s a restaurant cause it’s a lot more like a deli with rows and rows of pre-packed sushi and sashimi.

Dotonburi Sushi
There was even a booth where they were selling fresh and grilled oysters for ¥400 a piece.

Dotonburi Sushi
We had grilled oysters topped with soy sauce, butter and lemon.

Dotonburi Sushi
Then we looked through the different rows of fish and picked out the stuff we wanted to try. There was a wide array of sorts, from the affordable to premium.

Dotonburi Sushi

Dotonburi Sushi
I was happy to see fresh slabs of otoro in the mix. It’s the fattiest best part of any tuna and comes straight from the belly. It’s usually pricey but in this fine establishment, Otoro Sashimi was ¥1500 which at Php 550 is affordable.

Dotonburi Sushi
Of course, I ordered it. After paying, you can have it sliced by any of the chefs on-hand. If they’re not prepping stuff for customers, you’ll find them slicing and packing more fish and putting them in more take-out containers.

Dotonburi Sushi
Sake Nigiri and Rolls for ¥500 / Unagi Nigiri for ¥200 / Tamago for ¥100

Dotonburi Sushi
Look at the stripes on the salmon slabs, absolutely gorgeous. Tasted great and fresh as ever.

Dotonburi Sushi
The Otoro was served with hot, seafood miso soup with baby clams. It was the best sashmi I ever tasted. It melts in your mouth just like butter and it’s rich, creamy and just such a dream to eat. I savored every second I had it in my mouth. It’s best eaten with your eyes closed.

Dotonburi Sushi
We also saw that they were filleting a huge tuna by the time we were done eating. It’s some sort of tourist attraction there. There are guys gutting and cutting this huge fish and showing the different parts of meat inside.

Maybe you’ll all laugh at me when I say this was one of the best sushi/sashimi meals I had in my life. Never cared much for ambience and I find that the most unassuming places end up surprising you. What makes this place so special to me is how fresh everything is and the quality of the products and the prices all just don’t add up! It’s too good to be this cheap but I’m glad. Thank you Japan for going above and beyond my expectations every single meal.

It’s strange but I’ve been visiting Osaka yearly for 3 years now and I find that sukiyaki shops are hard to come-by. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of restaurants and food everywhere – but the thing with Japan is that most (if not all) restaurants just serve the same kind of food. If you want sushi, you go to a sushi place, ramen shops will only have ramen, katsu shops will only have katsu, you get my drift. I always stay in the Shinsaibashi area which is just walking distance to Dotonburi and Namba – and I don’t know if it’s just me but sukiyaki restaurants are few and far between. There seem to be a lot of shabu-shabu Japanese hot pot places but nope, not a lot of sukiyaki joints.

The first time I discovered Syabuya Sukiyaki was on one of the last few days of my trip last year. I was hell bent on eating sukiyaki and lo and behold, a google search came up and lead me straight to the mall – Namba Parks.

Sukiyaki Namba Parks
Tried both the Japanese Beef Lunch Set (¥2,037) and got Imported Beef on the side just to try. The lunch set comes with everything in this photo but since it’s a set, this is pretty much your whole meal.

Sukiyaki Namba Parks
I never ordered the Imported Beef again – as you can tell by the photo it’s lean and barely has any marbling.

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Their menu is pretty straightforward. You pick if you want Sukiyaki or Shabu-Shabu. Beef or Pork? Japanese beef or US beef? Do you want to eat a set or unlimited? When you pick the unlimited option, everyone in the table has to get the same thing.

Sukiyaki - Namba Parks
I went back with my family and we all got the Unlimited Japanese Beef Sukiyaki Set (¥4,298). This comes with unlimited everything – beef, rice, raw egg and veggies. It’s a steal at Php 1570 if you ask me cause you’d be hard pressed to find unlimited sukiyaki this good at this price point anywhere in Manila.

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Just a closer look at the Special Japanese Beef. Check the marbling on that thing! It’s embarrassing to admit but I think we finished twelve of these trays total. Sulit na sulit! Lol.

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It’s a full plate but enoki is all that matters. They served us about 4 small extra plates of enoki.

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If you’ve never tried sukiyaki, it’s basically a Japanese hotpot stew. You start by letting the soup (soy sauce, sugar, mirin) boil, slowly adding leeks and some onions for a bit more flavor then when it heats up, you dip thinly sliced beef in and swish until it cooks.

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What really sets this dish apart is the quality of the meat. Because prep is so simple, the ingredients really do stand out. Just by looking at it, you can tell Syabuya’s Japanese beef is top-notch.

Sukiyaki - Namba Parks
Swish til it’s brown!

Sukiyaki - Namba Parks

Sukiyaki - Namba Parks
When the meat cooks, you dip it in in a separate bowl with beat raw egg and eat it. You can have it alone or with Japanese rice or noodles or tofu or veggies. I particularly enjoy eating it with rice and sometimes enoki. Dipping it in raw egg is a must. It enhances the flavor, adding a creaminess to the bold taste of the meat and the sweetness of the sauce. It just balances everything out better.

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This is all the natural oil that came from the fat in the beef. The soup had zero oil in it, just had to take a photo for reasons unknown.

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The aftermath. Thankfully they remove the trays of beef every time they see them empty otherwise our table would have a little tower.

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The bill!

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Sukiyaki Namba Parks
The restaurant is located at the 6th Floor of Namba Parks – it’s in the area where all the other restaurants are so it shouldn’t be hard to find.

Syabuya Sukiyaki
しゃぶしゃぶ食べ放題 しゃぶ家 なんばパークス店
Phone: 06-4396-1729
Namba Parks 6th Floor, 2-10-70,
Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku,
Osaka-shi, Osaka, 556-0011
Menu & More Info from Gurunavi
Click to see their Japanese calling card!

Universe Gastrolounge
I haven’t been too present in the blogosphere but once in a while, I get to sneak out of work and try new places with fellow blog-folk. When Aldous invited me to join and sample the dishes Universe Gastrolounge, I just had to be there.

Universe Gastrolounge
I learned that Universe was Opus re-branded, owned and managed by the same group. Never went to Opus so I have absolutely no point of reference BUT I did know that Chef Aracama handled food so I had great expectations. (This is because of the time I had a shoot at Republiq and they fed us Korean Steak Tacos which were awesome. So I asked the waiter who the chef was and he said Aracama and I was loyal forever.)

Universe Gastrolounge
When I stepped in I thought Universe looked pretty cool. It had a comfortable lounge vibe with exposed brick walls, those neon scripty lights and a huge chalk wall. We were about 6 bloggers there so it was an intimate event with a whole lot of food. I didn’t get to try everything and since there was just so much but so I’ll write about the stuff I particularly enjoyed in more detail.

Universe Gastrolounge
I don’t particularly enjoy white bread but I liked the Black Bikini. It’s a grilled sandwich with prosciutto, truffle jam and cheese. This is something I’d want to recreate at home.

Universe Gastrolounge
We were served other sandwiches too like the Patty Melt and the Monte Cristo Benedict. But since my bread quota was up, I just had the potato chips and garlic aioli.

Universe Gastrolounge

Universe Gastrolounge
For starters, we also had Chicken Cobb Salad, Mixed Mushroom Dip and Patatas Bravas.

Universe Gastrolounge
I was surprised to find that they served sushi! First non-Japanese place I tried that dished out sushi.

Universe Gastrolounge

Universe Gastrolounge
Featuring the Electric Eel, Futo Wacky and the Crunchy Caterpillar.

Universe Gastrolounge
When it comes to pizza, I feel that the ones with the fewest ingredients work best. The Italian Sausage pizza they served was topped with just crumbly Italian sausage and roasted garlic – all soft and paste-y.

Universe Gastrolounge
If you’re into more American flavors, the BBQ Chicken pizza was alright as well.

Universe Gastrolounge

Universe Gastrolounge
We had the BLT (Bacon, Linguine & Truffle) Pasta as well as the Linguine Vongole. I don’t know why but I honestly don’t enjoy linguine noodles so I thought that the pasta was just OK.

Universe Gastrolounge
For mains, I thought the best thing they had was the Café Rep’s Crispy Bagnet Pork Belly which was served on a bed of kimchi rice with lechon sauce. I could eat kimchi rice with anything but honestly, the bagnet was a winner. Easily the best dish on the menu.

Universe Gastrolounge
Hesitant to try the Meatloaf and Gravy at first, my curiosity got the best of me. It wasn’t half bad. Paired with the mashed potatoes and gravy, it felt like eating a block shaped burger steak.

Universe Gastrolounge
The Boneless Beef Riblets tasted exactly like the chicken on the BBQ Chicken Pizza so like I said, if you’re really into the American BBQ taste – go for it.

Universe Gastrolounge
Dessert was a favorite for everyone, I think. The Trailer Park Monte Cristo is a deep fried, peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This doesn’t look like much but it was so good I had to stop myself from devouring the entire plate.

Universe Gastrolounge
They served us the Banana Foster Sundae as well which I didn’t get to try cause I was already guilty for having the Monte Cristo. Looked good though!

Universe Gastrolounge
If I found myself back at Universe or in the midst of friends who just want to go out and party, I’d take comfort sitting out and eating. They don’t call it a Gastrolounge for nothing.

Señor Pollo QC
Lets start with the aftermath. I ordered half a roasted chicken, two spicy rice sides, one patatas bravas and lechon asado. I obviously enjoyed this meal as did Kathy.

COLOR GRADING
I was in the Timog area that day because we were color grading the music video I did for Ang Bandang Shirley’s Nakauwi Na. It was the first time I was at Quantum and the whole idea of being in Timog excited me cause it meant I could finally go and try Señor Pollo. Here’s a quick flash photography portrait of what the color grading set-up looks like. The entire act takes a lot of hard work and it’s pretty tedious since you can pretty much manipulate colors in any part of the frame. Imagine, Photoshop in video form.

Señor Pollo QC
I was there since 3PM in the afternoon. We were working straight until the evening until we decided it was time to go look for food at around 10PM. Since I was reading up on Senor Pollo all day, I knew we were safe cause it’d be open til 1AM. Finding the place wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be, when you’re on Tomas Morato heading straight for the Timog side, Scout Rallos and the F7 building would be on your left. F7 is a nice building with interesting dining choices like Purple Oven and Uncle Moes. The best thing about it? Valet parking. I didn’t avail of this service since there was a lot of space.

Señor Pollo QC
ON TO THE CHICKEN! Kathy and I decided on sharing a Half Order of Roasted Chicken + 2 sides (Php 299). For sides, we picked the Spicy Rice and Patatas Bravas. The chicken itself is served with chimichurri sauce and garlic sauce. We ordered an extra order of Spicy Rice since it was awesome and later found that it was the last batch of rice in the restaurant. Score!

Señor Pollo QC
Oh man, this was heaven. I mean, just look at it. Took my first bite and I was hooked. The chicken was tender and roasted perfectly, that fire roasted flavor was spot-on: hint of sourness from the chimichurri, the creamy garlic sauce and the chicken combined with the spicy rice.

Señor Pollo QC
So. After trying this and liking it so much, I thought I wanted something more. Just a chicken quarter wasn’t enough so I settled on ordering Lechon Asado (Php 200) as well. This was good too but the chicken was way better. I thought the pork was too fatty.

Señor Pollo QC
Aaron and Gen followed shortly and enjoyed their meal as well. Too bad there was no spicy rice left when they arrived.

Señor Pollo QC
We were all happy campers. It was everyone’s first time at Senor Pollo that night.

Señor Pollo QC
Here’s a shot of the menu for reference. Compared to the old reviews I used to read, they seemed to have increased their prices. I can’t complain since they seem to be doing well for themselves. I remember leaving a bit before midnight only to find that they’d already run out of chicken to serve.

Señor Pollo QC
The waiting staff is great too. Knowledgable, polite and just pleasant overall. I drink a lot of water and I really liked how they were sensitive to that cause despite the fact the place was packed, my glass was always full. Can’t wait to be back! Hopefully I find myself in the area soon.

Señor Pollo
F7 Building, Scout Rallos Street,
Tomas Morato, Quezon City
0917-833-1033
Open til 1AM

Kimpura GB5

Every Sunday, I have lunch out with my mom’s side and last weekend we ate at one of my teppanyaki favorites, Kimpura. I just love Japanese food in general so take me anywhere good and I’ll be happy. I won’t be posting prices here because I have no idea how much the meal we had was thanks to my generous grandma.

Kimpura GB5
For starters, we had unagi rolls – grilled eel, teriyaki sauce and sushi rice. Very basic dish done right. I liked that they were generous with the unagi but would’ve prefered if this had a slice of avocado somewhere in there as well. I also realized while eating this that I don’t enjoy sushi when the rolls are too big to stuff in my mouth,

Kimpura GB5
If you want to be on the safe side, get Greg to be your chef! He’s the expert at toasting steak fat to those little crispy bits you won’t beat yourself up for eating. It was also nice of him to ask if we wanted MSG in our food. We declined.

Kimpura GB5
We had tempura, steak, oysters and fried rice.

Kimpura GB5
I do not have anything bad to say about fried rice. Ever. Don’t shoot me though when I say that I honestly kind of missed the MSG on this thing and generally, I thought it needed more black pepper.

Kimpura GB5
Buttery oysters with green bellpeppers and onions. Mmm… There were small pieces here and there, I wish they just served big oysters. Bigger oysters would’ve just made every bite better.

Kimpura GB5
Observe the mountain of fat and oil on the right hand side. Mmm…

Kimpura GB5
I’ve been eating organic grass-fed beef for almost two years now and I can honestly taste the difference, especially when served thicker cuts like steak. Grass-fed beef just has so much more flavor, it’s richer and just better quality in general. When I’m served corn/grain fed meat whether it’s from the US or local, I can tell. This steak was cooked well, medium, the garlicky buttery teppanyaki taste was there but the meat was just OK. It was tender, yes but I was missing its flavor. If you’re interested to know the difference between grass-fed beef and grain-fed beef, click this.

Kimpura GB5
At the end of every meal here there’s the promise free dessert. We were given a choice of fruit or ice cream. Since we were all feeling pa-healthy, we opted for fruit. Thankfully the pineapples were sweeet.

Kimpura’s probably the best restaurant I know to go to eat teppanyaki cooked right in front of you just because it’s the only one I know (apart from Inagiku, but that’s cheating cause it’s in a hotel). In the future, I hope they start offering grass-fed beef to improve their steak. Where is the best teppanyaki restaurant in Manila anyway? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Kimpura
4/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St
Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 621-6791 to 93
*with branches in Greenhills and Trinoma

There was a time I kept seeing photos from Sunshine Kitchen come up on my Facebook feed. Always photos of friends, cross-posting via instagram. Only one thought filled my mind everytime I’d see them, WHERE IS THIS PLACE? When can I get my hands on that beautiful Pizza al Nero?

Sunshine Kitchen

Next thing I knew, I found out the place was just at the Fort so when Carina and I didn’t know where to grab dinner we just headed straight there. It was almost 10PM but a quick online search told me they were open til late.

Sunshine Kitchen
Of course, we ordered the 6-Hour Slow Roasted Porchetta (Php 480) to share. We decided we’d save getting pizza for another time cause we weren’t as hungry as we thought. Getting this was a no brainer, it’s basically an Italian lechon recipe and tough to get wrong. Problem was, I feel like we headed over at the wrong time. The meat was tender and tasty but the skin was hard and chewy. Far away from the experience I expected, peeling the skin off with my fingers and biting into it to find a resounding crunch. Maybe it was cooked at lunch, reheated in the oven and served to us at 10PM? I’ll never know but somehow I felt that this couldn’t have been right. The rice pilaf and green beans on the side were generous and good as well, keeping the Pinoy appetite in mind.

Sunshine Kitchen
Served with freshly baked rolls, the Creamy Crab and Shrimp Dip with Artichoke (P 380) was brought to us piping hot. I’m really particular about the temperature of my food so I enjoyed this. The serving was generous, there was a lot of crab meat, shrimp and artichoke in this and the bread was good. This falls into the category of baby food in my book though cause it’s pretty safe-tasting, comfort food too for someone who likes thick, cream based stuff.

I still keep reading rave reviews about this place and that’s enough to get me back in there. I’d probably go back at lunch just to get a decent serving of Porchetta. I’m getting curious about the stuff of dreams every other review I read on the internet talks about, the melt in your mouth tender meat paired with skin so crisp. I’d also like to give their squid ink pizza and Cabanatuan longanisa a shot. Til next time, I guess!

Sunshine Kitchen
2nd Floor, Fort Pointe Building,
The Fort Strip,
5th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio,
Taguig
Phone: 0929-813-9775

Chubby Chicken
The nice folks at Chubby Chicken had me over for lunch the other day to sample some dishes. I’m hardly ever in the Katipunan area so I had to schedule this right, I was pretty excited though because based on what I read about them online. When I found the restaurant on the corner of Rosa Alvero St. and Esteban Abada (behind McDo Katipunan), there were quite a lot of people so it was pretty busy. I approached the cashier and found out the owner had planned out a set menu for me.

Chubby Chicken
Their signature dish, Chubby Chicken, seemed like something I’d have constructed myself. I’m a big garlic sauce fiend and combining it with a hunky soy glazed chicken leg was nothing short of genius. At just Php 118 for 2 pieces, it’s obviously a steal. The chicken legs they use are big pieces that remind me so much of home. They are extremely generous with their soy glaze and when you bite into the chicken, there’s a resounding crunch. Combining the sweet, salty glazed chicken with a creamy garlic sauce tasted just about right. Service is fast too which is such a plus.

Chubby Chicken
Next was Carbonara with Chubby Chicken Strips (Php 145). I like it when carbonara is so thick and creamy and slathered generously with about-to-be-crispy bacon. Taste wise, this was yummy carbonara, comparable to the kind I’d make at home. My only issue with this though was that the noodles weren’t al dente, they were a tad mushy. The Chicken Strips were like a elongated chicken nuggets served with glaze on the side. I enjoyed how meaty this was but I prefer the original chicken just cause it’s crispier.

Chubby Chicken
They also served a Chubby Chicken Taco with Fries (Php 75). While I liked how this tasted since it was really garlicky I wish there were two chicken strips in there to balance out how big the taco shell was.

Chubby Chicken
Chubby Chicken also provides a wide array of imported soda. They let me sample this A&W Cream Soda for kicks.

Chubby Chicken
Carina’s sister Bebeng ordered the Chubby Chicken Parmigiana (Php 165) and I had a bite of it and thought it was just okay.

Chubby Chicken
For dessert, they served us Chubby Twinkies (Php 115) and since the Twinkies company closed in America I don’t know how long they’ll be able to keep this up. The Twinkie was coated in batter and fried to a crisp, then they put chocolate ice cream next to it topped with chocolate crumbs. I have this weird thing against fried bread so I wouldn’t have been a good judge for this but Beng certainly enjoyed it. She liked the Twinkie corners best because they were so crisp.

Chubby Chicken
Also, this might sound super funny but I thought their chicken was so good. I ordered another 2 pieces but this time, I paid for it. Hahaha

Chubby Chicken
Seriously, looking at these photos again made my mouth water and if they could deliver I’d probably order often. The verdict? If I ever find myself in Katipunan and I’m craving a good fried chicken meal, you’ll find me back in Chubby Chicken.

Chubby Chicken
G/F Unit 1B Xavier Residences
Esteban Abada St cor Alvero St
(behind McDo Katipunan)
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Philippines
09172526480

Disclaimer: Chubby Chicken invited me to try their food so I could review it. Beng paid for her Chicken Parmigiana and I paid for an additional order of Chubby Chicken. Views posted are honest and mine. LOL I don’t really know how disclaimers should go obviously.

If you’re in the Fort often, the CBTL 26th St. Bistro really is hard to miss when you’re driving along 5th Avenue. It’s huge, the place is well-lit and finely furnished behind floor to ceiling glass windows. Carina and I headed there earlier today to go on a work date expecting it to be a bigger version of the coffee shop with more kinds of food. We were wrong.

The first thing I asked when we entered was where the nearest outlets were. We were armed with our laptops set to get work done and to our horror, the waitress said there were no exposed outlets near tables at all. That’s weird. I guess, I won’t be getting any work done there. It is a bistro after all and people don’t really expect to plug their gear in when they set foot at a restaurant. I wish this place could’ve been both though. I think it’s also important to note though that they had a free internet connection up but it didn’t seem to work.

We were presented with the menu which really had a wide selection of yummy looking dishes. The front page boasted all-day breakfast choices with interesting variations of pancakes, I remember Carina pointed to a Chocolate x Sea Salt & Caramel variation. I also made a mental note to try their US Angus Beef Tapa some time else. Flipping through the menu, I thought the meals were on the pricey side but still relatively fair.


I ended up getting the Herb Crusted Salmon with Lemon Rissotto and Hollandaise Sauce (Php 495). I was in the mood for something that tasted fresh and light but needed it to fill me up because I was starved. This did just that. The serving size was just right and both the salmon and risotto were perfectly cooked with flavors that balanced each other out. The herbed salmon crust and the slightly sour lemon risotto also worked well with the creamy Hollandaise.


Carina ordered the Portabello Mushroom Ciabatta (Php 395) sandwich which she enjoyed completely. This was a sizable sandwich filled with fat portabello mushrooms, feta cheese and zucchini. The waitress also mentioned that all sandwich orders come with fries. She wiped out this entire plate so I’m assuming there was nothing to complain about.


When we were done feasting, Carina had the African Sunrise Tea Latte (Php 165) for dessert. This is a drink she typically orders at CBTL and I don’t understand why. In my opinion it tasted like a bunch of flowers.


We also ordered the Pannacotta Sampler (Php 235), which we shared just because something this decadent can’t be good for solo consumption. Among everything we ordered here, this had the best value for money. An order came with three flavors of pannacotta; classic vanilla, Earl Grey and espresso, and two chewy chocolate chip cookies. We loved the silky texture of the pannacotta. I get really OC about this because I seriously hate when noticing the gelatin. This was straight up creamy and as rich as it should be. It was nice that CBTL decided to go a tad experimental on this because the Earl Grey pannacotta was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. So, so good. We tried to ask if we could order just the Earl Grey but they said it only came in this set. It’s so worth it though. I wish they’d give one more cookie though or at least make the cookies bigger to even it all out.

Overall, at its Soft Opening stages. I think CBTL’s Bistro is right on track with what it has to offer. It would’ve been better for them to still keep a part of the place like the coffee shops just cause it would’ve been a nice place to get some work done as well. Maybe that’s something they’ll consider in the future.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf 26th St. Bistro
(Same building as Wildflour)
G/F Net Lima Bldg., 5th Ave cor 26th St
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Yomenya Goemon
I remember coming from the Greenbelt 3 parking lot and seeing what once was SuperBowl, boarded up with this blue Samurai pictured there and the words “Japanese Spaghetti: Coming Soon” on the wall. It was a weird combination that just sounded, interesting?

Yomenya Goemon
When Carina told me Yomenya was open, we headed there that day to try it. Neither of us have ever tried Japanese spaghetti before. I mean, what IS Japanese spaghetti anyway? The menu was packed with all these different variations. They even serve pizza too!

Yomenya Goemon
Remembering our whole splitsies deal, we agreed on ordering the Mentaiko with Shrimp and Japanese Herb Pasta(Php 395). The waiter said it was the best-seller and it was unique to us both. Mentaiko is this marinated spicy cod roe.

Yomenya Goemon
Their servings are pretty sizable so it was good to share. The thing was, when we first tried it, the flavors were so weak and just bland. The mentaiko wasn’t even spicy. The nori on top was a great touch and quite frankly, was the tastiest thing on that plate. Noodles were al dente but the rest of it was just so boring. But nevermind, I wanted to give this place another shot and order something else.

Yomenya Goemon
Carina was pretty full and I was breaking my diet with double the carbs. Haha, the glutton inside couldn’t rest. I went with something familiar this time, and safe. My favorite squid ink pasta is all the way in Boracay’s D’Mall at Aria so I was curious about how Yomenya’s would fare. They seem to have a lot of seafood oriented dishes. All orders come with some clear broth soup with tofu in these little cute cups.

Yomenya Goemon
Their Squid Ink Spaghetti (Php 240) comes in an oil based sauce and was nice and garlicky when I tried it. There were just a few squid rings that came in the dish, maybe like 8 teensy rings at most and the squid ink wasn’t strong enough to coat my teeth. I enjoyed that there was a hint of spice from the chilli flakes though. This was pretty alright but if I ever go back to Yomenya, I’ll probably take my chances on something else since this was also pretty boring.

Other than that, they have really good service. The waiting staff was attentive and always filled up my glass of water. The glasses there are really small and I happen to drink a lot of water. They’re also all really pleasant. Yomenya Goemon’s interiors are quite cozy and they have a lot of couch spaces to take up. Overall, it’s a pretty cool place but based on the dishes I tried, it’s really nothing special save for the fact I enjoyed pasta with chopsticks.

Yomenya Goemon
2/F Greenbelt 3, Esperanza St
Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 729-0586

In an effort to lose some weight and cut on spending, Carina and I decided on splitting meals every time we eat out. Like normal people, we’re now limited to having a dish each. Like, share one appetizer and one main or just have two mains or whatever. I have this terrible habit of over-ordering, thinking family style for just two people. I usually go for 3 mains (1 main each and one to share) and 2 appetizers. But yeah, those baboy days are done.

Found myself back in Greenhills for two meetings and since I’ve always been curious about Arya, I thought it’d be a good time to try it out. Their menu is thick and extensive and there’s certainly a lot I’d go back for. I learned recently that Carina hasn’t ever tried Falafels! So we’ll order that next time. Their Keema looked ridiculously good too.

We decided to get the Lamb Biryani in an XL portion (Php 658). The waitress said it’d be good for two people if they weren’t starving. I was hungry but trying to lose weight so I thought it’d be fine and look, I was right!


It’s basically stewed lamb shank with spicy biryani sauce atop a bed of biryani rice. Yum. I like that Arya keeps its yogurt garlic and chilli sauces in little bottles on every table, that way I don’t have to keep bugging the waitresses for extra sauce like I do in other places. Sometimes pay extra charge pa yan! But in Arya, it’s unlimited!


The meat was practically falling off the bone. It was so tender, I could’ve probably shred it with forks if I tried. The biryani sauce was loaded with so much spices, I loved how it smelled. Carina and I dined with such gusto, devouring the stew partnered up with aromatic saffron biryani rice.


I have to admit, sharing this with someone was kind of bitin. I could effortlessly eat this myself. Nobody ever said the path to weight loss was easy anyway. Til next time then!

Arya Persian Restaurant
Unit L-9 GH Promenade Mall, Ortigas Ave
Greenhills, San Juan
(02) 584-6266

Robinson’s Manila
Level 2, Midtown Wing
Pedro Gil corner Adriatico St.
Ermita, Manila
(02) 567 – 3800

Podium Mall
ADB Ave, Ortigas Center
Pasig City
(02) 571 – 3962