Wednesday, May 2, 2012
We were invited to Sunday lunch by our friends who had guests visiting from the USA. They made the best decision by having lunch at Tsukiji in Makati. The guests were very impressed, so was I.
This was only my second time to eat at Tsukiji so I was thrilled to have the chance to blog about it.
Our big group sat in this private function room. The kids sat outside.
The food in Tsukiji was expensive but the quality and taste was unparalleled for Manila's standards. Take for example this kani (faux crabmeat) salad. The bowl was about medium sized and an order was probably good for 3-4 people to share as starters. I could finish one order as my whole meal. It cost P980 but I would order it again. The kani wasn't like anything I've ever tasted or seen in any other Japanese restaurant. It was sweeter and the texture was finer and there was a generous amount in the salad. I also appreciated that the salad wasn't drowning in mayonnaise.
kani special crab & mayonnaise salad P980
This was the best agadeshi tofu I've ever eaten. At P100 each it should be. The tofu was ultra fine and melted as soon as my teeth broke into the crispy exterior. I really liked the addition of grated radish and ginger in the well seasoned tempura sauce. No watery brown sauce here.
agedashi tofu P300
They fly in their fish from Japan that's why you can be assured of the quality.
salmon sashimi P1,450
California maki P390
I eat mushrooms almost every day but I've never had it this good. So simple yet so tasty.
shimeji mushroom butteryaki P380
I think this fried rice came from one of the sets. I gave in and tried a little and really, really, really wanted to eat the whole bowl. The rice was almost sticky and the flavors were just perfect. I could have eaten this bowl of fried rice by itself.
vegetable fried rice
I pushed away the fried rice and comforted myself with this bowl of sautéed veggies with generous pieces of fish cake. Yehey carbs in an equally delicious form.
The sukiyaki was quite big and good for sharing. As expected it was sweet and the beef was excellent.
sukiyaki set P870
This was grilled pacific seasonal saury fish from Japan.
shin sanma shioyaki set P540
The fish set came with a small dish of tuna sashimi and the appetizers below.
maguro tuna sashimi
I don't know what the one on the left was called but whatever it was I loved it! It was salty and the texture was very interesting. The one on the right is called tarako oroshi or codfish roe.
Their tempuras were coated with just the right amount of batter, not too thick, not too thin and very crisp. Another plus was the lack of grease. The paper below the fried shrimp was barely wet from oil.
ebi tempura P650
kisu tempura P450
Look at all those veggies just barely coated with batter. In other restaurants you can barely discern the veggies hidden underneath thick batter.
kakiage tempura P450
Our hosts brought a couple of bottles of wine.
Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere
Eating at Tsukiji is definitely an experience you shouldn't miss. You really get what you pay for. Next time I want to try their steaks since they had a lot of imported beef in their menu.
3rd Floor Milky Way Building
900 Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road)corner Paseo de Roxas,
Makati City 1200 Philippines
telephone:(+632) 843-4285, 812-2913
Private Rooms are available for groups of 5 to 30. Smoking and Non-Smoking seating are available. Menu is available in Japanese.
LUNCH: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
DINNER: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm