Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Got a sudden hankering for Japanese food?

Why not drop by Hashi Donburi’s newest branch in QC?

Step up to the second floor of the building across ABS-CBN and you will enter what appears to be a laid-back izakaya where you can sit back and have a hearty serving of your favorite Japanese food.

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Here’s a sampling of what you can enjoy here:

Salmon Sashimi (Php299). Slices of fresh salmon served that’s great for starters.

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Tantanmen (Php299). Slightly spicy ramen with a peanut-based broth topped with pork slices and egg.

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Tonkotsu (Php269). Savory miso-based ramen topped with pork slices and egg. This is quite hearty and well-suited for a rainy day.

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Gyudon (Php199). Rice bowl topped with beef and onion simmered in a sweet sauce with dashi.

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Tendon (Php179). Rice bowl topped with battered and deep-fried prawns in donburi sauce.

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Oyakudon (Php159). Rice bowl topped with simmered chicken, egg and sliced scallions.

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Chicken Teriyaki Bento (Php199). A meal set that includes chicken teriyaki, rice, sauteed veggies, potato croquettes and miso soup.

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Chicken Karaage Bento (Php199). A meal set that includes chicken karaage, rice, sauteed veggies and potato croquettes. I suggest you request for a serving of Japanese mayo (and add a bit of wasabi to that) as your dip.

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Among Hashi Donburi’s menu items, I found the bento boxes the best value in terms of price, serving size and taste.

I now count this resto among my lunch choices in the area.

Hashi Donburi, Tomas Morato

Planning a party? Hold your gathering at Hashi Donburi and take advantage of these value-packed party packages:

Set A (Php4,499 good for 10-15 pax). Two servings each of edamame, ebi furai, yakisoba, tonkatsu, chicken karaage and chicken teppan plus three rice platters, 60-piece maki/sushi platter, four pitchers of drinks and 4 servings of tempura ice cream.

Set B (Php4,999 good for 10-15 pax). Two servings each of korokke, tempura, ebi furai, seaweed salad, yakiudon, beef teppanyaki, chicken karaage and chicken teppan plus two rice platters, 48-piece maki/sushi platter, one big ramen serving and 4 servings of tempura ice cream.

This Hashi Donburi branch is located at Second Floor, 139 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City, open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 77206040.

The original branch is located at 1607 Dapitan Street, Sampaloc, Manila.

Hashi Donburi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Japanese seafood dinner at Omakase, Greenhills

In our bid to eat a bit healthier after a bout of errands in Greenhills, Hubby and I opted to have an early sushi dinner at Omakase.

This Japanese resto started out as a takeout counter in Quezon City. The term omakase actually translates to “I leave it up to you.” In Japan, diners can sometimes leave it up to the chef to serve his recommended selection of seasonal specialties instead of ordering their preferences.

While that is not the system set in place in this restaurant, it does boast of an excellent selection of maki and sushi.

Hubby and I dined on a sampling of this selection with our orders:

Sashimi: Salmon (Php300) and Tuna (Php300). Raw fish sliced into thin pieces and served with soy sauce and a little wasabi.

Omakase, Greenhills

Omakase, Greenhills

Omakase, Greenhills

Spicy Maguro Roll (Php310). Deep-fried spicy tuna topped with ebiko and scallions.

Omakase, Greenhills

Chirashi Don (Php385). Assorted raw seafood over sushi rice served with miso soup.

Omakase, Greenhills

Omakase, Greenhills

Ebi Tempura (Php370). Five pieces of lightly battered and deep fried shrimp served with tempura sauce.

Omakase, Greenhills

These classic seafood dishes (our go-to fare whenever we’re at a Japanese restaurant) were promptly served by the wait staff. The raw fish in the sashimi and chirashi don were fresh and flavorful.

This Omakase branch is located at Ground Floor, Connecticut Carpark Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, open daily from 11am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 84709807 or +63 930 2523575.

Other branches are located at:

  • Pasig: Ayala Malls Feliz
  • Marikina: ESJ Building Gil Fernando Avenue
  • Quezon City: Il Terrazzo Mall Tomas Morato, Holy Spirit Drive Isidora Hills Subdivision
  • Muntinlupa: Molito Commercial Complex Alabang
  • Makati: Grab Kitchen Glorietta 2

No time to visit an Omakase branch? Have your orders delivered to you via Food Panda.

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Unli Japanese Hot Pot at Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Nabemono (from the Japanese words nabe or “cooking pot” and mono or “thing”) is a variety of Japanese hotpot dishes. This is usually cooked on the table starting a flavored stock with diners adding pre-cooked and uncooked ingredients to the pot.

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

I seldom get a chance to eat at hotpot places so I got all excited when I heard that the newly opened branch of Soru Izakaya in Tomas Morato offers a hotpot dish. Dubbed the Soru Nabe Special (Php599 per person), it provides diners unlimited refills of:

  • Broth: choice of two among Tonkotsu, Spicy Tonkotsu, Sukiyaki, Curry, Chicken, Miso and Spicy Miso
  • Meat: beef, chicken and pork
  • Seafood: shrimp, clams, mussels, squid and fish fillet
  • Balls: assorted balls and kani
  • Noodles: vermicelli, glass noodles and egg
  • Entrees: gyoza, yakisoba, tempura, beef bowl, pork bowl, smoked pork bowl, chicken wings, vegetable tempura, takoyaki
  • Vegetables: napa cabbage, carrots, squash, white onions, enoki, bokchoy, corn, taro, kangkong and black fungus
  • Sides: kimchi, potato marble, kakiage, cucumber, steamed rice and chahan

You know what got me more excited? The fact that from December 11 to 18, the Soru Nabe Special is at 50% off!

So off my office friends and I went to Soru Izakaya to enjoy this offer.

This resto boasts of the same colorful and visually appealing decor which takes its cues from bishoujo (pretty girl) manga, traditional Japanese art, the colorful Tokyo night life and the emergence of speakeasies.

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

There’s a separate section for hotpot diners wherein two rows of four tables (total of eight tables) are equipped with table-top stoves which can accommodate the hot pots.

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Each pot is divided in the middle to allow diners to cook using two different broths simultaneously.

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

We found the Soru Nabe Special very filling and satisfying due the variety of its inclusions.

What can be improved, though, is the spacing of the tables in the hotpot area. They were placed too close together that we had to stand to allow other diners to pass thru to their seats.

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Also, the staff took some time to fulfill our refill requests.

Still, this ain’t bad for lunchtime adventure.

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

Soru Izakaya, Tomas Morato

And here’s some good news: the unli hotpot is back from January 9 to February 9 with options for Php299 and Php399 packages, minimum of two people per table.

So what are you waiting for? Drop by with your friends and eat your fill!

This Soru Izakaya branch is located at Scout Torillo corner Scout Hernandez, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 11pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 12 midnight.

Other branches are located at:

  • Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • 140 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

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Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Back when I worked in the Ortigas area, my officemates and I used to venture to the foodie-friendly Kapitolyo for our happy lunches.

One of our favorite haunts is Ramen Cool which was established in the area before the ongoing ramen craze.

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

It offers Japanese food lovers their favorite dishes, some with a few twists.

This branch now offers lunch sets which allow diners to enjoy a well-curated set of dishes which include solo servings of a main viand, soup, salad, drink and more all for under Php400. In this way, diners can have a flavorful variety of Japanese dishes while still staying on budget.

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

While out on field work in the area, my coworkers and I took advantage of these offers by ordering:

Karaage Lunch (Php219). Chicken karaage served with iced coffee, plain rice, pulled pork ramen, two pieces of California Maki and Kani Salad.

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Tuna Ahi Poke Lunch (Php269). A yellowfin tuna poke bowl served with iced coffee, miso soup, yakisoba and kani salad.

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Chirashi Lunch (Php379). A bowl of chirashi (sushi rice topped with various sliced and chopped sushi flavored with Japanese mayo, wasabi and spring onions) served with iced coffee, miso soup, yakisoba and kani salad.

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Aside from these lunch sets, our group’s orders also included:

Seared Tuna Salad (Php315) and Spicy Tuna Salad (Php295). Both prettily served on a specialized bowl which kept the salads cool and the greens crisp.

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

Karaage Wasabi Mayo (Php195). Japanese-style fried chicken doused with wasabi mayo.

Ramen Cool, Kapitolyo

It was a delicious return to an old haunt and I’d love to revisit the place and its specialties again soon!

This Ramen Cool branch is located at 25 East Capitol Drive, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City, open Sundays to Wednesdays from 11am to 10.30pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 12 midnight. For inquries and reservations, call +63 2 86360972 or +63 2 89984168.

Other branches are located at:

  • San Lorenzo Village Condominium, San Lorenzo, Makati
  • Westlife Building, West Avenue, Quezon City

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A tonkatsu lunch at Fumizen, Tomas Morato

It’s the first working day of the year!

And do you know what I’ve been looking forward to since the day started?

A #happylunch with my office buddies, that’s what!

For today’s foodie adventure, we decided to give the newly opened Japanese restaurant along Sgt. Esguerra Street a try!

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

Located within walking distance from our office is Fumizen which specializes in premium katsu. It is a local franchisee of a long-established Japanese restaurant which was founded over 40 years ago and patronized by Japanese officials and celebrities.

It has a cozy atmosphere and a minimalist aesthetic with polished wood and gray upholsteried furniture set against clean white walls sparsely decorated with silhouettes of bamboo.

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

Katsu refers to “cutlet” in Japanese. It is usually a piece of meat coated in panko breadcrumbs and deep-fried to achieve a bright golden color and a crispy outer layer which gives way to tender. juicy and flavorful meat inside.

At Fumizen, diners can enjoy Katsu Sets which consist of a katsu variant plus unlimited rice, miso soup, shredded cabbage and fruit slices. The katsus may be enjoyed by dipping the pieces in Fumizen’s secret katsu sauce, rock salt or the resto’s signature truffle salt.

Our happy lunch at Fumizen included:

Rosu Loin Tonkatsu Set (Php375). This is the richer cut of pork loin owing to a strip of fat along one side.

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

Hire Tenderloin Tonkatsu Set (Php405). This is the leaner, less fatty cut of pork.

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

Fumizen also has ongoing Lunchtime Deals that some of my companions availed of. These deals give significant discounts on selected katsu sets such as:

Chicken Karaage Set Meal (Php199 from Php255). Japanese-style fried chicken best dipped (as we’ve discovered) in Japanese mayo with a bit of wasabi.

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

Menchi Katsu Set (Php199 from Php350). Patties consisting of two-thirds ground pork and one-third ground beef prepared and cooked katsu-style.

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

The katsus are well-cooked with the panko-breading adhering well and providing a satisfyingly crunchy texture to the meat. I found dipping the katsu in truffle salt winderfully heightens the flavor.

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

What could use a bit of work is the rice which could be a little stickier to serve as a foil to the katsu.

The wait staff is polite and accommodating but could use some more training on product knowledge.

Still, with the quality and afforadability of Fumizen’s katsu sets, it sure looks like my officemates and I found a new favorite Japanese resto in our area!

Fumizen, Tomas Morato

Fumizen is located at 34 Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, Bgy. South Triangle, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 77931894

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The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

It’s great to have officemates who love to eat (not as much as I do, but still).

Before we took our holiday break, my boss decided to treat our team to dinner at The Alley by Vikings in UP Town Center.

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

What sets this buffet restaurant apart from the others is that it takes the form of a street-style food hall which incorporates concepts from around the world. Walking around the stations, you get a feel of touring the streets of the countries where the featured food items originate.

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

Instead of filling your plates yourself, you can request for small servings of the dishes from their respective stations, similar to the street food tripping experience. For example, our “food trip” here included the following stations:

  • Hao Chi – for Chinese dimsum and Peking Duck
  • Yatai – for Japanese sushi, sashimi and okonomiyaki
  • O’Sean Eleven – for seafood chowder
  • Just Steak a Minute – for freshly grilled steaks and other meats
  • Ferino’s Bibingka – for freshly made puto bumbong
  • Hunnycomb – for cakes and pastries

Buffet Rates:

  • Weekday Lunch: Php738 for adults, Php188 for kids 3ft for 4ft, Php388 for kids 4ft to 4ft 6in
  • Weekday Dinner/ Weekend or Holiday Lunch and Dinner: Php938 for adults, Php288 for kids 3ft for 4ft, Php588 for kids 4ft to 4ft 6in
  • Kids below 3ft eat for free

There are a lot of food choices, and more food stations than the ones I mentioned, which can be quite overwhelming. Refilling the more popular stations such as the sushi and the muscovado sugar for the bibingka took a long time.

I would also guess that the air-conditioning couldn’t cope with the volume of diners as it was quite warm where we were seated.

All that said, it was still a good time spent with my office buddies.

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

This branch of The Alley by Vikings is located 2nd Level, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Ayala Mall, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 2.30pm and from 5.30pm to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 82771888, +63 2 82772888, +63 917 6735888 or +63 918 9078888.

Other branches are located at:

  • 2nd Level, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, A. Bonifacio Street, Brgy. Balingasa, A. Bonifacio, Quezon City
  • C1, Upper Ground Floor, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • Planning a visit to The Alley by Vikings? Here are some promos you can take advantage of:
    • 20% off Weekday Lunch for every group of 5 pax from January 2 to February 28, 2020
      Birthday celebrants eat for free on the day of their birthday if accompanied by one full paying adult, or within their birth month if accompanied by four full-paying adults
  • (Note: Terms and conditions apply for the above-mentioned promos.)
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    Unli Japanese fusion dishes at Yakikai Buffet Restaurant

    Bid adieu to your diets, Quezon City peeps, because here’s another reason to eat all you can!

    Hidden away in one of the streets in Quezon City’s Scout area is a newly opened restaurant offering unli servings of Japanese fusion dishes: Yakikai. Its name is a combination of the Japanese words “yaki” (which means “grilled”) and “kai” (which translates to “meeting or gathering”).

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Set in a renovated two-story house along Dr. Lazcano Street, Yakikai offers diners comfortable seating options indoors or al fresco.

    Here, families and friends can meet up and enjoy each other’s company while indulging themselves in refillable yakiniku and a buffet of Japanese and Korean dishes.

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    And thanks to Yakikai’s Opening Promo, you and your gang can gorge yourselves on its set meals at discounted rates this December!

    Premium Set (Php339 from Php499). Includes chicken teriyaki, spicy chicken yakiniku, samgyupsal, galbi sauce pork, peppered pork shoulder loin, sliced beef, beef tare yakiniku, spicy beef and fresh shrimp.

    Emperor Set (Php599 from Php699). Includes chicken teriyaki, spicy chicken yakiniku, samgyupsal, spicy samgyupsal, galbi sauce pork, peppered pork shoulder loin, sliced beef, beef tare yakiniku, spicy beef, fresh shrimp, beef steak (chuck eye roll), jjamppong nobe, salmon sashimi and ebi tempura.

    Both already sets include unli refills of cheese as well.

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Plus, birthday celebrants can eat for free within their birthday month as long as they’re accompanied by seven full-paying adults and can present a valid ID.

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    With its comfortable surroundings, wide array of dishes and its accommodating wait staff, Yakikai seems poised to be the new destination of choice for buffet hunters.

    So go ahead and schedule the next barkada meet up or family celebration at Yakikai! And be sure to wear something loose (wink! wink!).

    Thanks to Bunny of AlwaysTheFunnyGirl for extending the invitation!

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai, Tomas Morato

    Yakikai Buffet Restaurant is located at 122 Dr. Lazcano Street, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City, open daily from 4pm to 2am. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 927 1383980 or +63 929 8235452.

    Yakikai Buffet Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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