Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Unguilty pleasure - Japanese food!

If money were not a problem, I'd definitely make sashimi a part of my everyday diet.

I love Japanese food. It is simple, elegant and best of all, healthy. Whenever my budget permits, I'd go to Japanese restaurants just to satisfy my craving for sashimi or other Japanese food I fancy. There's nothing like savoring the rich, raw taste of salmon or tuna dipped in special soy sauce (minus the wasabi, I hate spicy stuff).

Another Japanese food favorite of mine is the kani salad, a healthy dish made with kani kama (crab stick), Japanese mayonnaise, cucumber, ripe mango, carrots, lettuce and topped with tobiko (flying fish roe).

Kani salad tastes gorgeous depending on how it is prepared. I once ordered the dish at Rai-Rai Ken (Robinson's branch) and was hugely disappointed. I had better at Manpuku Bento (Food Choices, Ayala Center).

Tokyo Joe's (SM City Cebu) offers value for money when I want to indulge in my unguilty pleasure. Although food selections have noticeably been cut down, they have tasty recipes at affordable prices. My boyfriend and I always order the Lover's meal, composed of miso soup, tuna and salmon sashimi, tempura, stir-fried vegetables, rice and your choice of pork, chicken or beef bento. We'd always get a pretty good tummy fill for just Php350.

Although I'm not a big fan of sushi, I couldn't forget the delightful taste of Tempura Japanese Grill's (SM City Northwing) california maki with cream cheese the last time I dined there. If I'm not mistaken, I think it's called the Caterpillar Roll. And while I have never understood my boyfriend's love for noodle soups, I can understand why he'd crave for ramen at Nonki restaurant (SM City Cebu). Now, now, ramen really reminds me of the late actress Brittany Murphy's movie, The Ramen Girl.

Oh, I can't wait for the next time we'd dine at Mikado Eat All You Can Japanese restaurant. I wouldn't mind shelling out Php450 for unlimited sushi and other flavorful Japanese dishes.

If only money were not a problem.


  1. Aguy - a friend of mine said, "Money is just paper!" hahaah. I can't really stomach all that maki sob. The Ebi Tempura in Shabu Way is good, I heard. *wink*

  2. hahaha good for your friend! Will try Shabu Way's ebi tempura soon! Glad there's Shabu Way in Cybergate now, it's closer to where i live! =)