My fam and I do enjoy being so near what we consider to be our neighborhood mall, SM City East Ortigas.
As it is the site of quite a number of great restaurants, a delicious meal for the family is just a short drive away.
Imagine our excitement when we got word that BOTEJYU is opening a branch here.
This chain traces its roots back to Osaka, Japan where it was established in 1946 as an okonomiyaki restaurant.
Okomiyaki is a dish that emerged in postwar Japan during a food shortage. As American provisions were unloaded at Osaka and Kobe ports, the locals discovered American flour mixed with water results in a pancake that can serve as an alternative staple food.
BOTEJYU’s founder Eikichi Nishino discovered another culinary delight which also makes use of an American provision – mayonnaise – this time, as a topping for okonomiyaki.
The dish is central to the restaurant’s concept that its name was coined after the sounds heard when cooking its signature dish: “BOTE” from the sound made when flipping the okonomiyaki and “JYU” from the sizzling sound it makes as it cooks on the teppan grill.
Being a family of Japanese food lovers, we lost no time in dropping by this newest BOTEJYU branch in SM City East Ortigas to try out delicious selections from its extensive menu, such as:
Edamame (Php121). Lightly salted boiled green beans.
Fresh Salmon Sashimi (Php395).
Seattle Roll (Php315). Sushi roll made with salmon, cream cheese, avocado and mayonnaise.
Spicy Maguro Tuna Roll (Php315). Sushi roll made with spicy tuna, cucumber and lettuce.
Diced Beef Garlic Steak (Php490). Tender beef cubes sauteed with Botejyu’s signature Chaliapin sauce.
Premium Mix Moonlight-Egg Oko (Php495). Okomiyaki made with Botejyu’s original batter, cabbage, beef, pork belly, shrimp, squid and fried egg cooked on the teppan grill and topped with Botejyu’s original tomato sauce, special sauce and white mayonnaise.
We also took advantage of one of BOTEJYU’s Kazukp Tumori (Family Bundles), deliciously curated meal sets meant for sharing that also offer great discounts. Our order of Family Bundle F (Php1,995) already included four sets of rice, miso soup, kimchi and iced tea, as well as:
3pcs Original Mayo Takoyaki. Made from flour-based batter with bits of octopus and spices topped with takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayo and katsuoboshi.
Pork Tonkotsu Ramen. Ramen noodles in tonkotsu broth with char siu pork.
California Roll. Sushi roll made with crab meat, avocado, cucumber, ebiko and mayonnaise.
3pcs Tempura. Crispy prawns fried in special batter and served with tempura dipping sauce.
Grilled Pork Rib Hokkaido Style. Tender pork steak grilled then glazed in umami-flavored sauce.
Teppan Grilled Pork Gyoza. Japanese potstickers served with aromatic soy sauce.
Original Chicken Karaage. Japanese-style crispy fried chicken infused with garlic flavor.
With such a sumptuous array of Japanese dishes so readily available to us, it sure looks like we’ll be spending more time in our neighborhood mall!
This BOTEJYU branch is located at Ground Floor, SM City East Ortigas, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Barangay Sta. Lucia, Pasig City, open daily from 10.15am to 7.45pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 917 8524657.
Other BOTEJYU branches in Metro Manila are located in:
- Alabang: Festival Mall Expansion Wing
- Caloocan: SM City Grand Central
- Las Pinas: Evia Lifestyle Center
- Makati: Ayala Greenbelt 3, Ayala North Exchange
- Mandaluyong: SM Megamall The Atrium
- Manila: SM City Manila
- Paranaque: Ayala Malls Manila Bay, SM City Bicutan, SM City Sucat, SM Southmall
- Pasay: SM Mall of Asia Galileo Wing
- Pasig: Ayala Malls Feliz, Estancia Mall Capitol Commons
- Quezon City: Ayala Vertis North Mall, Fisher Mall, Robinsons Place Magnolia, SM City Fairview, SM City North EDSA, Trinoma Mall Garden Area
- San Juan: O Square 2 Greenhills Shopping Center
- Taguig: One Bonifacio High Street Mall
BOTEJYU also accepts orders for delivery through its website and via GrabFood and FoodPanda.