If you’ve been reading this blog for some time now, you would have noticed that there are a lot of Japanese restaurants featured here. It’s one of my family’s favorite cuisines out there. Since we’ve been in the Chinese food industry for years, we tend to eat at places which serve something different. Unfortunately for us, most of the really good Japanese restaurants are located in Makati, which is a bit far from our place. When we just don’t have enough time to spare, we simply go to Omakase.
My family and I first dined at Omakase years ago, when they still had a branch in one of the side streets near Tomas Morato in QC. My first blog entry about it was back in 2008!
A few Sundays ago, my parents and I decided to head there to have dinner with my brother and sister-in-law. My mom ordered a serving of her favorite California Maki (Php165.00) while we waited for them to arrive.
A personal favorite of mine: the Spicy Tuna Salad (Php230.00). This appetizer consists of chunks of raw tuna, tossed in spicy mayo, then topped with bits of fried tempura batter and spring onions. I think this is one of the best ways to start a meal at this restaurant. It was the same dish that I enjoyed years ago.
Dad wanted something hot to eat while waiting for my brother and sister-in-law, so he decided to order a serving of Nabeyaki Udon (Php250.00). It was a huge serving and was enough to serve my parents and I, with some leftovers. It managed to keep my Dad’s hunger at bay, although he mentioned that he didn’t like it that much since the broth was too sweet for him. The taste was very similar to hot tempura sauce. The udon itself, though, was nice.
Most of our dishes that night included a bowl of miso soup.
When my brother and sis-in-law arrived and have selected what they wanted off the menu, Dad and I placed our orders for a bowl of Chirashi (Php290.00) each. It’s basically a bowl of Japanese rice, topped with different kinds of sashimi. In the photo above, you can see the uni (sea urchin), tuna, crab meat, ika (squid), shrimp, salmon, ginger slices, pickled radish and tamago. I split my bowl of chirashi with Mom.
I was craving for some Tori Karaage (fried chicken, Php150.00) and decided to split an order of it with Mom as well. This was just okay for us, since it was a bit too dry for us to really enjoy it. We still think that the ones from Komoro Soba are still the best ones in town.
My brother went with a platter of Nigiri Sushi, which was just okay in his opinion.
My sister-in-law (whom, I think, has gotten used to my habit of taking food photos) ordered a bowl of Gyu Don (Php250.00) for herself. She said that it was first time to eat at Omakase and found this to be pretty good.
We don’t really get to visit this restaurant as often as before, but we still think it’s a good place to go to for a satisfying meal. Service is quick in general, but can get a bit slow during peak hours. The tables in this branch are spaced pretty close together, so it can be difficult to have a decent conversation with your companions when the place becomes full. You’d be overhearing other people’s conversations whether you like it or not.
If you’re interested to learn more about Omakase, you can check their official Facebook page by clicking here. 🙂
**Omakase has branches at the following locations: Il Terrazzo, Libis, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Triangle Gardens and Greenhills Shopping Center.