I was craving for sashimi as well as sushi, and i knew just where to get it
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I know we said we would stay away from buffets but we just couldn’t help it..
it was raining cats and dogs on a sunday and i could not think of anything better than a hot delicious soup to chase away the blues on such a gloomy day so we headed to kuretake
the taller than usual hot tea glass gave a warm welcome to one of my favorite japanese restaurant
we ordered the sukiyaki teishoku to satisfy my warm soupy craving
i just love this dish! the sweet broth, the tender beef, the soft butter like tofu and my favorite mushroom! yuuum!
i also love the fact that they let the diners mix the egg into the soup themselves
because as we all know i like egg dishes a little undercooked so plopping it in just as its about to be eaten is the way to go
the teishoku comes with a bowl of japanese rice, tiny bowls of japanese spices and mushrooms, a plate of sashimi
and chawan mushi
which just happens to be one of my favorite appetizer
the slices of sashimi included in the teishoku was not enough for us so we ordered another plate of assorted sashimi which had a couple of pieces of baby octopus, ika, maguro
and of course my favorite salmon
wow, this was particularly a treat because i dont get to eat this very often. the soft buttery flavor just melts in your mouth!
a delicious warm soup to chase the rainy gloom away…
A famous sociopolitical author once said, “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”
The Holy week has been fruitful for me
i have learned how to slow down, to stop and smell the flowers as others may say, and how important it is to do so in life
and now, im just about raring to go!
we began our day by hearing mass with an excellent homily by Father Concepcion and then, excited after 3 days of abstinence from meat, we headed for M Cafe.
i have heard a lot of good reviews about this place, more so after winning the best brunch category in the Gold Spot and so, without batting an eyelash, i reserved a table a week before easter just to make sure we would be seated.
this proved to be a good idea as majority of the tables were reserved when we got there.
i started my breakfast with yogurt, cheese and bread and then had a tomato, mushroom and cheese omelet made by the chef to pair with sausages.
the omelet was cooked very well! it was fluffy and still moist in the middle and the added mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese complemented each other!
when that was gobbled up, i headed to the spanish cold cut plates for a refill. there were also grilled vegetables beside the platters that looked wonderful!
i cannot name all the slices i got but they were all delicious!
the japanese table was next on my agenda
although i was disappointed that they did not have salmon sashimi, the maguro made up for it! it was so fresh, and the slices thick enough for that melt in your mouth sensation! yum!
oysters are always on our radar when eating at buffets and fortunately, majority of them offer this.
the oyster platter at the M Cafe brunch buffet empties out fast. luckily, we were near the kitchen door so when a waiter came out with a tray, we were right behind him to get the most succulent of the batch! hahaha!
after our fill of our favorite mollusks, we headed to the chinese tables. there were crab cakes, calamari, vegetable tempura, crab cakes (ok i said that already!), shrimp hakao, soimai, sharks fin, and chicken shiitake.
i had just gotten small pieces of each, as at this time, my jeans button was already screaming murder! hehehe!
there were more to taste: waffles, pasta, rib eye, baked salmon, filipino breakfast items like fried rice, tapa, and other chafing dishes i didnt dare to open anymore, less i had to be carried out of the restaurant from sheer fullness!
but i could not leave without dessert and this light taho seemed perfect for the already stuffed. hubby sampled their cakes and was satisfied…next time ill leave more room!
our scrumptious brunch culminated with a perfect cup of illy coffee
and as the easter bunny looked on, we sat and savored the pleasant ambiance, the courteous and efficient staff and delectable dishes we sampled.
and i thought, if all happiness really depends on a leisurely breakfast, then i must say, we are set for life!