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Mangetsu

Sushi dinner for my brother’s birthday.

Nice Jap feel.

Faux wooden tabletops. Cute persimmon chopstick rest.

The Japanese sushi chefs on display led us to order mostly sushi and sashimi. (we should've stuck to that)

The nice earthenware made the food pop out.

Hamachi and tuna. Look at that color on the fish. So fresh!

More assorted freshness.

Beautiful rolls of spicy tuna. I like when you can still tell the rice grains apart.

Beef tendon. Lacked some punch.

Loved the glistening jap rice!

My brother was feeling adventurous and went for the ramen pizza. Funny dish. I was surprised how it held together so well.

Grilled jack with radish and ponzu dip. Not bad.

Butterfly garnish made out of beetroot. Effort!!

Cleansing our palates with this nice vanilla ice cream topped with red bean paste and green tea syrup.

Happy birthday brotha!

Mangetsu
38 Jupiter St, Bel-Air Village
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
T: +632 478 3292

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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Japanese, Sashimi

 

Ippudo Ramen HK

I’ve had this bowl on my mind the entire morning thanks to the gloomy weather and sporadic rain.

Spotted this by chance while walking along Canton Road. I saw the big logo from outside Silvercord mall so I went in to check it out primarily for warmth because it was hella cold outside! Thought something hot would be nice.

The interiors drew me in...

Loving the theme of the place..

And the color scheme.

Perfect for the lone eater. Like me that day.

Welcomed with a fresh Asahi on tap!! It was the perfect aperitif.

Because I like heat, I had the Karaka Ramen.

Spicy ground pork with some bits that seemed like rendered bacon. Super tasty and hot!

The noodles were divine - individually firm and chewy, swimming in the thick full-bodied pork broth.

You could also top it off with ground sesame. Though I preferred not to cause I found the broth to be pretty balanced.

Comfort in a bowl.

Prolly the best ramen I’ve had to date. And I need you NOW.

Ippudo
Shop 210, 2/F, Silvercord,
30 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, HK
T: +852 2957 8893

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Japanese, Ramen

 

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Moshi Koshi

I’ve been driving by this new bright sign along Shaw Boulevard for some time. New restaurants in this area are a rarity, so I got curious and tried it for lunch.

I liked the interiors and the basic menu which I really appreciate, it shows they focus on the product.

Loving the textures.

I noticed a window and some hanging rolling pins across our table so I went to peek.

Discovering where the magic happens! It's a small noodle room where they turn on the light when a new batch is being made.

Food arrives in an instant. This was Randy's Chicken Teriyaki Bento set. Not bad for the price..

But quite uninspiring if you ask me.

I got the Shio Ramen with corn and butta.

Very flavorful porky broth. Salty for my taste. The noodles were real good! The type you need to eat quickly as they continue cooking in the hot soup. A good sign of freshness.

Check. Check. Check.

Thank you for coming to my side of town, noodle boss!

Moshi Koshi
431 Shaw Boulevard cor. Ideal Street,
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
T:+632 72-MOSHI

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Japanese, Ramen

 

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Yakiniku Iroha

We stock up on a good dinner before our journey to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert.

Quite nice interiors. I was surprised they even had a tatami area with the Yakiniku grills.

This was our cozy little nook.

The essentials. Bib, soy, lemon juice and chopticks.

All suited up for some grilling!

We first had a platter of premium assorted meat. Japanese Rib-Eye, Sirloin, Wagyu Tongue and Outside Skirt. It was my first time to try Wagyu Tongue and it wasn't too bad.

Next was assorted Japanese Wagyu. Wagyu Karubi, medium fatty Karubi and the two pieces are Karubi backbone.

Gorgeous marbling of a less fattier cut. I have to confess but I enjoyed this more than the overly marbled expensive cuts.

Being a real fatty beef, we didn't let it sit on the heat for too long as it cooked away instantly.

Need not oil the grill because the fat was abundant enough to keep the meat from sticking.

It was quite an experience with my first taste of Karubi. Many say it's texture is like butter and I disagree. I think it still possesses a good bite and merely has the richness of butter from the amount of fat. I enjoyed it best grilled plain with salt & pepper, a light dip in the lemon juice and chased with a scoop of sticky Japanese rice.

That dinner was simple but quite amazing. I will admit I was feeling a bit woozy right after. The hot tea did not help much. So it was a good thing we had some whiskey to help digest all that fat.

Iroha
1/F, Cameron Plaza
23-25A Cameron Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
T: +852 2311 4700

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Hong Kong, Japanese, Yakiniku

 

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Zuma

Back at The Landmark after a long day. This time for some down time.

While heading toward the lifts we see these performers in their balls getting ready. Claustro...

I wanted to sit in the relaxing al fresco area but the place was packed!! And it was only 6:30pm!

So we were given a table inside instead.

This area looked more like a business lounge.

Nice Prosecco cocktails to relax.

They are known for their superb Japanese cuisine here. Not to mention the wide Sake selection.

The rolls went great with our aperitifs.

I'll make sure to book a table outside next time. Imagine this at night. Photo credit: http://www.asia-bars.com

Perfect nightcap to end a busy day.

Zuma
The Landmark Level 5&6
15 Queen’s Road
Central, Hong Kong
T: +852 3657 6388

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Bar, Hong Kong, Japanese, Prosecco

 

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Asa Sushi

Overslept and hungover from a long night of Canadian Crown Whiskey, we take a stroll around Kerrisdale in search for a late lunch place.

We sat on the counter facing the street to people watch.

The inside was quiet. Guess it was an awkward hour to eat.

Hunger.

I think this was the Crazy Boy roll with cream cheese, avocado with a nice buttery texture and some spicy crab stick. Yumyum.

Salmon Sashimi. Despite it's rich flavor, it isn't as fatty. I prefer this type and also love the deep orange hue that Pacific Salmon has.

I forgot what this was called but it was helluva long sushi roll. We were left with some to take home. Very well composed.

Good random find.

Asa Sushi
2178 West 41 Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6M1Z1
Canada
T: +604 267 0077

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Canada, Japanese, Sushi

 

Kenji Tei

After a meeting on a rainy Saturday morning, we finally pay a visit to our friend’s Ramen House down south.

This small place can seat about 20 people.

Ceiling looks like ramen.

Started with a Cheese Gyoza which was fried to perfection.

Finding the warm cream cheese at the center. Served with Jap mayo and chili oil.

Ed got the Hiyashi Goma Miso Ramen. These are cold noodles served with cucumber, tomato and chicken strips and with a sesame miso dressing. Fresh flavors and not too heavy.

Dom got the Miso Tempura Ramen.

I got the Spicy Negi Ramen. It's a miso based broth with a good amount of heat and just enough corn - I hate it when they put such small portions. Nakakabitin. Ken (who has no culinary background) makes his own noodles and I didn't expect them to be this good! Well cooked ramen in a steaming spicy hot broth, finished with sweet kernels of corn. BOOM.

Even if I was stuffed and overly satisfied with my bowl of ramen, Ken insisted to try his version of the Chicken Teriyaki.

Good thing he did! It was so different from the usual. Crisp golden brown outer layer covered in a sticky teriyaki and not to forget the tender juicy chicken! Yumm!

The man behind the noodle. Great job Ken 🙂

Hurry and open one closer to us!!

Kenji Tei
President’s Ave. BF Homes
Paranaque
Philippines
T: +632 556 8805

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Dumplings, Japanese, Ramen