Japan’s MOS Burger to open pop-up store in Robinsons Galleria this January

MOS Burger, the second largest burger chain in Japan, will have a pop-store in Robinsons Galleria this January 2020 prior to the opening of its first branch in the Philippines.

The pop-up store will sell two items from its standard menu: The Signature MOS Burger and the Yakiniku Rice Burger.

“We can’t wait to open the first MOS Burger in the country. As we prepare to open its doors to the public, we’re giving everyone a chance to enjoy its well-loved burgers,” said Masahide Araki, President of MOS Burger Philippines, Inc. A joint venture between MOS Foods Services Inc. of Japan and Tokyo Coffee Holdings, MOS Burger Philippines will own and operate MOS Burger restaurants in the country.

The first MOS Burger restaurant in the Philippines is slated to open in the first quarter next year in Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas. More store openings are scheduled in 2020 in different commercial malls and business districts.

MOS stands for “Mountain, Ocean, Sun.”

“We are excited to fulfill MOS’ ‘Making People Happy Through Food’ promise here in the Philippines,” said Araki.

An authentic taste of Japanese cuisine in Cainta: Fukurou Nihonryori

I have lived in the East for most of my life… in the Far East, it sometimes feels like, because of all these horrendous traffic jams! Sometimes, the hassle of going to places far north to Quezon City or down south to Muntinlupa, for instance, can be quite daunting.

Well, it’s a good thing then that the East is starting to become even more interesting with all the food destinations it offers. That way, Eastern foodies like me won’t have to travel far for gastronomic adventures.

One such destination is Fukurou Nihonryori, located along Marcos Highway in Barangay San Isidro, Cainta. I admit: I have often overlooked this area when I go looking for new food places. I usually gravitate towards the places nearer my home in Pasig, or skip on to Marikina or Antipolo.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

This just makes my first dining experience here even more special. Imagine: a treasure trove of Japanese dishes available all this time, right under my nose!

Together with fellow food bloggers from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attended a foodie meetup here and quickly got myself acquainted to a new favorite place for Japanese cuisine in my neck of the woods.

In Japanese, “fukurou” translates to “owl,” while “nihonryori” translates to “from Japan.” The Japanese regard the owl symbol as a lucky charm; in the restaurant, the owl emblem can be seen in the menus and paper placemats.

Inside, the place is simple and welcoming yet elegantly designed, perfect for gatherings of small groups or intimate dinners for two. Pinewood furniture complement the beige interiors highlighted with Japanese watercolors of nature. Light installations add some warm illumination to the room for a relaxing atmosphere and to showcase the meticulously prepared and beautifully presented food. The resto also has a well-stocked bar for those who also want to indulge in some spirits along with their meal.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Our meal of tasty and authentic Japanese dishes consisted of:

Vegetable Fried Rice (Php110). A type of yakimeshi (Japanese fried rice) that complements the other Japanese dishes.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Saba Shioyaki (Php325). Grilled mackerel with a crispy skin and tender meat that’s just so flavorful.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Tebasaki (Php125). A yakitori (skewered meat dish) made of bone-in chicken wings (“tebasaki” translates to “wing tips”) which is seasoned after frying.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Sashimi Moriawase (Php695). A sampler of various sashimi (fresh and thinly sliced fish) which include yummy morsels of salmon, tuna, mackerel and squid.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Tempura Moriawase (Php398). A basket of shrimp and vegetables all coated in light batter and deep-fried, accompanied by a tempura dipping sauce.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Yaki Samon Mayo (Php135). Two hefty slices of salmon draped over balls of Japanese rice and complemented with Japanese mayo and fish roe.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fried Maki (Php265). Rolled sushi of mango, kani (crabstick) and ebi (shrimp) which is also deep-fried before slicing which gives each piece a crispy texture unlike other maki.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Sukiyaki (Php350 for half | Php650 for full). One of the resto’s nabemono (hot pot dishes), it is made of beef slices, tofu, noodles and veggies cooked in shoyu and Japanese wine giving the broth a sweet-savory taste.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Miso Ramen (Php328). Chashu pork slices, tamago (soft-boiled egg), carrots, wakame (seaweed), leeks and nori in a bowl of slightly spicy miso-based broth.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Zaru Soba (Php220). Chilled buckwheat noodles served with mentsuyu (sauce made from sake, mirin, soy sauce, kombi and dried bonito flakes) for dipping.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Japanese Cheesecake (Php198). Fluffy cheesecake made in the traditional Japanese way drizzled with dulce de leche.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Kinako Korumitsu Mochi Ice Cream (Php158). Vanilla-flavored mochi ice cream topped with soybean powder and syrup.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

We also chased our thirst away with some house-brewed iced tea.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

These dishes – some already familiar to me and my companions, some not – served as a sampling of the sheer breadth and variety inherent in Japanese cuisine.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

I’d love to come back and discover more of it. But that’s an adventure for anothef day.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Thanks to Chelsea Tuazon and the staff of Fukurou Nihonryori for the warm welcome and the fabulous Japanese food feast, and to Alfred Pineda for extending the invitation.

Fukuruo Nihonyori, Cainta

Fukurou Nihonryori is located at Ground Floor, The Pinnacle Plaza, Marikina-Infanta Highway, Bgy. San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 10pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 917 1336302.

Fukurou Nihonryori Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, 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 and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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Filling Japanese bento meals at Kazoku, Tomas Morato

With the welcome break of sunshine after several days of bad weather, a friend and I decided to have lunch out.  We have not gone far from our office building when we noticed a newly opened Japanese restaurant nearby.  Eager to try out something new (and not wanting to walk too far while wearing my wedge heels), we decided to give Kazoku a try.

Kazoku is the Japanese word for “family.”  It can also refer to the Japanese empire’s hereditary peerage, the nobility, in feudal Japan.

The restaurant displays several Japanese design sensibilities which include elegant lines and the restrained use of  color.  Here and there in the spacious dining space are splashes of elements that add personality to the space such as a line of Japanese dolls displayed on a counter or the long chandeliers hanging from the high loft-style ceiling.

Kazoku, Tomas Morato

Kazoku, Tomas Morato

Kazoku, Tomas Morato

Kazoku, Tomas Morato

Kazoku, Tomas Morato

What ultimately drew us in to this resto is its bento meals.  Reasonably priced at Php188 each, our bento orders of yakiniku (grilled marinated strips of beef cut sukiyaki style) and chicken teriyaki (tender and juicy chicken pieces broiled with a savory-sweet glaze of soy sauce, mirin and sugar) came with miso soup, cabbage salad, sticky Japanese steamed rice, slices of tuna sashimi and California Maki, quite filling meals considering their price point.

Kazoku, Tomas Morato

Kazoku, Tomas Morato

Kazoku, Tomas Morato

Kazoku, Tomas Morato

Kazoku, Tomas Morato

Other bento offerings include Tori Karaage and Tonkatsu also priced at Php188 each, and Gindara, Shake and Tempura priced at Php288 each.  Bento meals are available weekdays from 11am to 2pm.

If you brought more of an appetite with you, you can go for its Yakiniku BBQ All You Can Eat offer.  At only Php488++ per person, you can grill and eat your fill of barbecued beef, pork, chicken, sausage and shrimp.  This comes with refillable soup, salad, appetizers and rice, as well your choice of juice or beer. You can even add Php188 to make your beer refillable.

Kazoku Japanese Restaurant is located at 2nd Floor, The Grandia Place, 143 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City.  It is open daily from 11am to 11pm.  For inquiries and reservations, call +63 917 8219841.

Kazoku Japanese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Japanese Barbecue at Sandaya Yakiniku

I attended the 12th leg of Cruising Magazine’s Taste #TravelForFood road show here. I’ve only ever been at Fisher Mall once before and I’m glad to discover another great place to eat here since it’s so near my workplace.

The place is well lit and well laid out. The party which consisted of about 40 people were able to sit comfortably in tables of six. Each table has a grill at the center with which to grill the yakiniku.


Our sumptuous repast consisted of:

– Appetizers: Kani Salad and Spicy Tuna Maki (not too crazy about the maki, though; I prefer California maki). There was also an assortment of side dishes consisting of kimchi, achara and sauteed beans.


  

Mains: Japanese Style Beef Stew (quite a novelty for me – the broth was creamy and flavorful with tender bits of beef and ox tripe) and Special Assorted Barbecue Set (love the juicy and well-seasoned meats, however, I prefer to eat them sans the special sauce)


  


– Side: Japanese rice (not sticky enough for me)

The wait staff are approachable and accommodating although they seemed overwhelmed by the size of the group (or our appetites!) as some of the food took a while getting to us.

I look forward to sampling this resto’s other offerings in the future.

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