Kitsho Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar at Traders Hotel

My friend Frannywanny and her hubby Paul now live in Singapore. They come back to Manila from time to time and Jinlovestoeat and I try to meet up with them whenever Fran can fit us in their super tight schedule of non-stop eating and meet ups. Such is the life of an in demand food blogger.

The three of us wracked our brains on thinking where to eat, preferably a place where none of us has eaten. That’s quite a hard feat since Jin has eaten in all the new restaurants Fran and I wanted to try. Fran remembered she had an invitation for her to try Kitso Japanese restaurant at Traders Hotel in Roxas Blvd. and she brought us along. Thank you Fran for bringing us. 
Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar

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I don’t eat raw fish to the dismay of Jin and Fran but I told them I will try all the sashimi at Kitsho and it was the perfect timing since all the fish were extremely fresh and imported. What better time and place to educate me on the wonders of sashimi. 

My favorite was the salmon which was firm and wonderfully oily. It had terrific mouthfeel.  I was disappointed they didn’t have uni (sea urchin) which I love. There were also a couple of Jin’s favorites not available. 

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Fresh King Salmon PHP 450.00++

Fresh King Salmon PHP 450.00++

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Hamachi PHP 580.00++

Hamachi PHP 580.00++

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Hotate PHP 420.00++

Hotate PHP 420.00++

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Salmon Oshi Sushi PHP 500.00++

Salmon Oshi Sushi PHP 500.00++

 

This was the first time I’ve had unagi (eel) sushi and I really liked it. My mom always orders unagi donburi. I like the sushi version more. 

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Unagi Oshi Sushi PHP 650.00++

Unagi Oshi Sushi PHP 650.00++

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Take Nigiri PHP 850.00++

Take Nigiri PHP 850.00++

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Unagi Kabayaki PHP 500.00++

Unagi Kabayaki PHP 500.00++

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Paul, Fran, Inah (PR rep of Traders Hotel), Jin and moi

 

The first thing I wanted to order was the uni tempura but they didn’t have stock of uni. I hope they have it when I go back.

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Ebi Tempura PHP 380.00++

Ebi Tempura PHP 380.00++

 

I consoled myself by ordering fried oysters. These were imported plump oysters with a thin coating of panko and fried to a golden brown. Delicious!!!

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Kaki Fry PHP 280.00++

Kaki Fry PHP 280.00++

 

Jin ordered the beef tongue which had good flavor but was on the hard and chewy side which was the way it was supposed to be. Fran and I were just used to the soft, you-don’t-need-to-chew kind of lengua.

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Beef Tongue Misoya PHP 350.00++

Beef Tongue Misoya PHP 350.00++

 

I love Shinjuku’s buta kakuni (braised pork belly) so I ordered this one. It lacked flavor and could be softer.

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Buta Kakuni PHP 350.00++

Buta Kakuni PHP 350.00++

 

The Japanese chef who spoke excellent Filipino came out and told us about the sources of the ingredients he used. He said most are imported from Japan.

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Japanese Executive Chef Mazahiro Misumoto

 

Inah did a lot of ordering on her own which we didn’t know of that’s why we had an over abundance of food. Well, I’m glad she did since everything she ordered were my favorites starting with these grilled King Crab legs from Hokkaido. You can’t imagine the most amazing smell when the small plates of crab legs were placed on our table. An order yielded several plates which was more than enough for the four of us to eat without fighting. 

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Grilled King Crab PHP 1,800.00++

Grilled King Crab PHP 1,800.00++

 

The crab meat was so soft and sweet and grilling added texture and a smokiness that was fantastic.

Kitsho Restaurant - Grilled King Crab

Inah must have read my mind when she ordered sukiyaki. Their version was a winner with a not so sweet broth and uber tender beef. 

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- US Beef Sukiyaki PHP 1,800.00++

US Beef Sukiyaki PHP 1,800.00++

 

My second bowl was more beef and thick, al dente sotanghon (vermicelli) which I loved unlike some other Japanese restaurants which have thin and mushy noodles. 

Kitcho Restaurant - US Beef Sukiyaki

 

The pièce de résistance was the Hot Pot King Crab. The large platter which fed all of us at least two bowls each plus leftovers was a steal at only P1,800. 

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- HotPot King Crab PHP 1,800.00++

Hot Pot King Crab PHP 1,800.00++

 

The broth was light and so sweet from the king crab legs. 

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- HotPot King Crab PHP 1,800.00++-001

 

I can’t decide which I liked better the grilled or the boiled crab legs. Both are delicious in their own way but I’m leaning towards the hot pot version. 

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- HotPot King Crab PHP 1,800.00++-002

 

I always thought king crab legs had little meat but I was wrong. Just take a look at how much crab meat I got from this small piece. If you like crab or seafood then you MUST try this King Crab Hot Pot!!!

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- Grilled King Crab PHP 1,800.00++ -001

 

Even though I was already so full I still managed to consume two bowls each of my favorite sukiyaki and hot pot. 

Kitsho Restaurant - Sukiyaki & King Crab Hot Pot

 

Inah had this sinful banana dessert. 

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- grilled bananas with vanilla & kuromitsu P150

grilled bananas with vanilla & kuromitsu P150

 

Jin and I had the matcha ice cream. Dessert goes to another stomach and ice cream doesn’t add to your fullness. The oracle has spoken.

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- matcha ice cream P120

matcha ice cream P120

 

Fran had the strawberry. Paul skipped dessert that’ why he is the skinniest.

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- strawberry ice cream P120

strawberry ice cream P120

Kitsho Restaurant & Sake Bar- coffee

 You can see from our smiles that we were all very, very happy and very, very full from the delicious lunch. I told my family and friends all about the King Crab Hot Pot and we will definitely be back for more!! 

Leslie, Jin and Fran

 

Kitsho menu

Kitsho Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar
Traders Hotel, Manila
3001 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, 1305, Philippines
telephone: (632)708-4888 ext 2312 or 2313
website

Operating Hours:
Lunch 11.30am – 2.30pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Dinner 6pm – 10.30pm (Monday to Sunday)

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  • frannywanny

    <3 <3 <3 see you again SOON!! miss you girls already

  • http://withinstrikingdistance.wordpress.com/ Diego Coruña

    If you’ve flown PAL recently, Chef Mizumoto’s name will probably sound familiar – he’s one of the 6 chefs featured in the revamped inflight menu. I chose the Japanese menu designed by him on a PAL flight to Tokyo earlier this month and thought it was quite good.

    Speaking of beef tongue, I first tried the stuff (in the form of gyūtan) on a visit to Sendai last year, at one of the better-known restaurants specialising in the dish. It wasn’t bad, but had a slightly tough side to it that didn’t really win me over (not the fault of the chef, I think that’s just how it’s meant to be). Also, with every bite, I had a hard time ignoring the fact that I was eating a cow’s tongue, which may have coloured my opinion a bit (never had lengua before so not used to chewing on the tongue of anything). Still, if you’re ever in that part of Japan, I’d suggest you give it a go at least once: Sendai’s very famous for it and, as I mentioned, it’s really not bad.

    Cheerio.

    • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com Shoot First, Eat Later

      If you eat lengua you won’t think it’s tongue at all. The last time I flew Pal in Dec they didn’t have this new menu yet. Maybe it’s just on flights to Japan?