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Sweet Broth on a Rainy Day

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

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and of course my favorite salmon

and uni!
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…

June 1, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , , , , , | 8 Comments

kampai

As i was browsing through japanese food reviews of manila, i realized that ive never eaten in half of the restaurants described as the best japanese places in town (and i call myself a japanese food enthusiast!). So when i was asked where i wanted to eat last night i said i would put my trust in the chef (omakase)

There are actually 3 branches of omakase, 1 in tomas morato, another in alabang and the 3rd in eastwood. Being pasig dwellers we headed to the intrepid building right across the accropolis gate on e rodriguez.

Frankly the place didnt look like my kind of good eats, the parking outside was crowded & flanked by a lot of pedestrians lining up for the 207M lotto and those trying to get on a commuter jeep. Luckily the guard pointed us to basement parking spaces right after ministop where you could enter the building avoiding the crowd.

Omakase is situated at the 2nd floor and upon entering, i knew we would not be getting fastfood versions of japanese food. Oh joy!

we started with the JCS maki platter

JCS maki platter

JCS maki platter

this is named so because it contains the jurassic maki, the seabreeze maki and the crazy maki.

of course i had to order their sukiyaki

sukiyaki

sukiyaki

they wonderfully brought the bowl of my favorite soup with the egg still intact and that made me happy. some japanese restaurants would serve it with the egg already in the bowl and thus the egg would already have been cooked. something i dont like. the soup however was not the best ive had. it could have been better.

for the main course i had ordered the tofu steak

tofu steak

tofu steak

this was delicious! the steak rolled around the soft tofu was thin and tender.

japanese fried rice

japanese fried rice

hubby ordered tempura

mixed tempura

mixed tempura

and my father in law ordered rib eye

japanese rib eye

japanese rib eye

any meal would not be complete without dessert so we had scoops of ice cream to top off dinner

green tea ice cream

green tea ice cream

coffee jelly topped with vanilla ice cream

coffee jelly topped with vanilla ice cream

overall, omakase is a place you’d want to go to if love maki and want good japanese food thats affordable but not run of the mill.

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it was a good and satisfying dinner

warm sake

warm sake

kampai

February 21, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment