Can you believe that January is already over?! It flew by so fast I can’t remember what I did the last 31 days! Well, let me have a bit of a lookback on the past month through the places where I was able to eat for the first time. Since I can’t do a full on review of these restaurants, I’ll just give you some snippets of my experience with them.
Kichitora of Tokyo
The first new resto that I got to try this year was Kichitora of Tokyo. It was time for the yearly get together with my high school friends and someone chose this place because it’s been receiving rave reviews. Boasting of “authentic ramen goodness”, Kichitora of Tokyo aims to prove why the Japanese noodle soup is considered as Japan’s soul food. So we had ourselves some ramen and everyone was in agreement that it was indeed great!
Note that their servings are big, and a bowl of ramen is good for at least two people. They do, however, serve small ramen bowls.
Address: 2F Glorietta 5, Office Drive, San Lorenzo, Makati City
And because Moche and I realized our lack of experience with ramen, always opting for sushi or bento whenever we go out for Japanese, we decided to try another Japanese restaurant that I’ve been dying to try: Nihonbasihi Tei. We came in after one of my Saturday Spanish classes and were fairly surprised that the restaurant was not so packed.
Excited to try at least two varieties, we ordered a ramen each. It was really funny that the waitress told Moche that the ramen serving is big, making us think that his order was the only one that’s good for sharing because it was more expensive. But no, their servings were huge! I was only able to eat about 1/5 of my food! Plus, all their ramen sets come with an onigiri – a rice ball (well, triangle) wrapped in nori. I was so full after that! And oh, yes, the food was delish!
Address: 806 Arnaiz Ave, Pasay Road, Makati City, 1223, Metro Manila, Philippines, Philippines
Unwittingly enough, we found ourselves in another Japanese restaurant after a couple of weeks. This one was the Healthy Shabu-Shabu in Festival Mall. We haven’t gone to a shabu-shabu restaurant in a while and we felt hungry enough to try one again.
It was a good thing, too, that we went there because we finally found out the proper way to cook the meat, shabu-shabu style. The first step is to crack the egg and beat it in a bowl using the chopsticks. Then, spread the egg on top of the meat using the shabu-shabu ladle. Next, drop the meat into the boiling soup for not more than 10 seconds. Lastly, dip the meat into the sauce and discover how meat can be so tender and so yummy!
We definitely had a lot of fun playing with, er, cooking our own food. I guess the only negative thing about shabu-shabus is that you smell like food afterwards. But it’s a really enjoyable way of learning how to cook while eating at the same time.
Address: 2F Promenade Entrance Festival Mall, Filinvest, Muntinlupa City
Nomama Artisanal Ramen
It was another post-holidays get-together (though we were just two) and since I am now working in Ortigas, I got to discover several places I’ve never been to before. One of them was Capitol Commons. We were supposed to check out the food trucks but as it was a weeknight, we weren’t able to find any. So my friend and I ended up eating at Nomama Artisanal Ramen. However, my friend was on a diet and I was afraid to try the ramen, thinking of the enormous servings that I’d be forced to handle by myself. So we ended up ordering their Soft Shell Crab Salad and the Nomama Seafood Tempura. The salad was okay for me, but my friend didn’t like it too much. For her, the dressing was too sweet while I thought it had just the right amount of spiciness and sweetness. Meanwhile, I have never been a big fan of tempura (too oily for me) so I don’t really know what came over me and made me order that. Anyway, the tempura was fine and it was also good for two.
Address: Capitol Commons, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
The last new find for the month was ThaiDara, this quaint Thai restaurant that we found while walking around East Capitol Drive in Pasig. Moche and I are fans of Thai food so we just had to give it a try. ThaiDara prides itself for serving Thai street food. Again, the portions were big but compared to the other restaurants I’ve mentioned, the prices were really cheaper. Too bad we weren’t hungry when went there. We only tried the house specialty: Pad Thai and Tom Yum Shrimp.
Address: 23 East Capital Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Note: Store hours are from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, 5 PM to 10 PM (Mon-Sat). They are closed on Sundays
And February in here. I hope that the next 28 days would be conducive to more gastronomical adventures. Until the next set of restos!