Wednesday, August 9, 2006

OMAKASE

4 out of 5 stars

Japanese with a twist

I learned about this through my best friend foodie-in-crime Bernice, who will not give up her search for the perfect foie gras and/or peking duck *wink, wink.* Omakase is a quaint restaurant tucked in the same corner as Pizza Hut right before entering Eastwood. This is a must-go for adventurous eaters! Their menu includes the typical tempura or California maki, but I suggest you toss these down the drain and go for their specialty fusion dishes. For sushi, I almost always order the “American Dream,” though I’ve uselessly tried convincing myself to order other appetizers. It’s deep-fried sushi with kani, salmon and cream cheese; trust me, you won’t regret ordering this bite of heaven! Another good bet is their “Jurrassic,” which is an inside out maki of ebi tempura, kani, ebiko, and salmon skin. Being bold as they are, their dips are not just your plain soy sauce, but kabayaki (viscous dark brown Japanese sauce, which accompanies other vianda like gindara or eel) with Japanese mayo and wasabi for that kick. If you’re into raw food (which I am unfortunately not), my friends have also raved about their spicy tuna salad.

American DreamJurassic etc. Platter


For viands, I suggest the “Seafood Dumpling” – all kinds of seafood, wrapped in nori then deep-fried in tempura batter, slathered in the same kabayaki-mayo sauce. It almost tastes like their specialty maki since they use the same dip, but the crunch and cooked seafood pairs excellently with plain Japanese rice. Their chicken teppanyaki is also excellent --- and this is probably the few “normal” Japanese dishes that one should order, being that their ebi tempura etc. were below average --- as well as the “tofu steak,” with big chunks of them wrapped in beef.

For dessert, one should try their “tempura ice cream” at least once, even for the sheer thrill of eating something for the first time. Their cold tea beverages are quenchingly yummy, too!

Around 300 per meal
no reservation necessary, except for weekend lunches where it gets packed
Unit 207, Intrepid Plaza
E. Rodriguez Ave.,Libis
4370075 (delivers)
Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

other branches:

Omakase, Tomas Morato
Scout Rallo corner Tomas Morato
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 412-0002

Omakase, Alabang
Casa Susana, ATC, Alabang Commercial Corp.
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
(02) 771-1443 (delivers)
Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm


5 comments:

bern said...

i love love love love love omakase!

Sakai said...

my favorite roll here is the M2

aznpoptart said...

you should also try sushi katsu. it's on that scout street behind timog. i'm not sure if it's scout rallos. it's right beside city lifestyle's back parking lot.

graey eats said...

Sakai: Whenever I eat here again (which is usually in a few month intervals), I always order American Dream or "Philadelphia" something because the craving comes back in that month long span of time :) But I will try the M2 next time, for sure! I tried ordering another specialty sushi of theirs once (trying to be experimental), and I didn't like it, which is why I stuck to my old choices. Thanks for the tip!

aznpoptart: Will try it! thanks for the lead, haven't heard of it yet :)

aznpoptart said...

it's actually across morato from omakase. it's not very pretty but as my friend, clarie, says "it's steady".

excited about trying the new somms and amici. both recently opened a morato location. sweet!

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