IshiAya's Garden Bistro
A. Luna St. cor. Villaruel St., Tabaco, Albay
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I'm back in my parent's hometown for the UNDAS or All Souls' Day and I had to chance to visit TABACO's famous chef Aya Medel (former sexy star turned Chef ). Her resto was a fusion of Japanese and Filipino cuisine with a Bicolano touch. I like her interior. It's modern and spacious. There's a Yakiniku table outside and the garden was so pretty..
We ordered all the sushi on her menu, tuna sashimi and Ishiaya salad for starter and all was yummy. I get to try the Ramen as well and the spicy taste reminded me that the Chef is a bicolana.. and the Mayon 360 (photo on the review) was my fave. It's Laing, rice bacon and shrimp paste..it was divine! and the desert was Dulce de Aya (named after her ) was ice cream and mango bits with a little rum .
Value for money is 5 star.. Plus the chef will really come to your table and ask you about how your food is.. You can also get to have a picture of her..
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The pedicab drivers know it as "ke Aya Medal", after the restauranteur whose claim to fame prior to graduating from the Center for Asian Culinary Studies and becoming a chef was as a sexy star in R-rated movies in her younger years. I liked the place because it was more ambitious than any other restaurant in our small city that's not really known for exceptional cuisine. Firstly, it's menu consisted mostly of Japanese dishes. I think the only non-Japanese food we tried there were the crispy pata (a generously meaty dish) and the garlic chicken. Secondly, the open kitchen -- a rarity, and gave the place a clean and modern feel (the beer garden style is more the norm elsewhere in the city). There was an idiosyncratic charm in the Japanese-Bicolano fusion of the style and decor: kimonos and kimonas for the servers, Japanese and Bicolana lasses in murals with Mayon Volcano and Cagsawa ruins -- just imagine it. There's also outdoor garden seating that's lit by lamps at night for the ubiquitous beer lovers served by an outdoor bar. The food was good as expected. The sashimi tasted fresh, and the sushis were tasty -- we had the IshiAya and Dalmatian rolls. I also liked the special house salad. We tried the Hotpot that at PhP800+ I thought was too expensive for what we ended up with. Not everyone could figure out how to mix the sauces -- something the otherwise very helpful servers could have taught us. What made up for it was what capped the night. It was my mom's birthday and though I'd requested that they bring out the cake after our meal, what I didn't expect was for the wait staff and cooks to all come out and serenade my mom a happy birthday. Overall a very good experience and I would come back again. Definitely recommended.
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