Makati Cinema Square, 150 Amorsolo Drive, Makati, Metro Manila
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I've been very busy lately that I stopped writing a review with restaurants. I should have checked the ratings of Unakichi before dining with my friends. No wonder that it has a poor rating. Food is way too over priced. 5++ for a small portion of tempura and 1+++ for an eel. There's nothing special with the taste and quality of food they serve. Specially that Little Tokyo is near, I would prefer to dine in Little Tokyo since the price of food there is reasonable.
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Fridays would be like a dinner date in a new place. Well, my companion takesme to this Japanese resto, that he's curious about, its Unakichi. The resto specializes in different eel dishes.
The location is near Makati Cinema Square, and right beside a show club. Quite not ideal place, yet the foodie in us don't really mind. The place has nice lighting with neat interiors. Entering the place, most of the diners when we came in are Japanese.
🇯🇵Umaki, rolled eel omelette
🇯🇵Unadon (P590) grilled fine eel in a large bowl
🇯🇵Unatamadon (P590) grilled fine eel cooked with egg & onions
Verdict: i am not an expert in terms of eel dishes. All the dishes were okay though nothing spectacular. But my bf, who happens to be an unagi fanatic is not satisfied. Also, we find it a bit pricey.
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Their eels, which is supposed to be their specialty, taste a bit muddy. The rest of our order was ok. A bit pricey but service was good. They have roughly 5 pages (or more) of different ways how they can serve the eels. Which got me all confused haha!
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So I read an article about this place, and how it was like the best thing that happened to eel. Well f that. Not true at all.
Basically I wasted 490PHP of my hard earned money, alam mo yung parang winithdraw ko siya tapos pinunit ko yung pera ng walang dahilan. Seryoso.
I was famished and expecting a good meal because of what I read, and I was not satisfied one bit.
I ordered their lunch set meal, parang Yayoi setting kasi naka tray na siya may soup and salad na kasama. Kung sa Yayoi, masarap lahat ng nakalagay sa tray, dito walang masarap. Haha! Promise.
Yung eel lasang damo. Di ko alam bakit ganun? As in itsura niya eel pero pag kain mo para kang kumuha ng damo sa kalye tapos sinubo mo. Kambing hits. #SheepLife
Actually irrelevant na na idescribe ko yung iba kasi yung eel yung binabayaran mo dun e tapos yun di masarap? Tsaka mag aaksaya pa ko ng effort mag type e inaksaya ko na nga pera ko.
Ngayon lang ulit ako nbadtrip ng ganito about food.
Maganda yung interiors though, at ang bait ng mga servers.
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Let me just say it- It's overhyped & overpriced.
When I go to Japan, I always make it to a point I get to have good eel as bf & I love it. So when I read that Unakichi was served by a Jap chef, we headed to Makati as soon as we can. The experience?
My order was the fine Unagi, half size at Php980, it comes with a miso soup. The excellent unagi was around Php 1,500. We also had tempura & my all time fave chawanmushi. We waited a short 10mins before the eel was served and what I got was an average eel. It was said to be sourced locally from an eel exporter to Japan and local did it taste. The sad part is that, some of the skin had burnt parts and half of it was thick & rubbery but the other half was ok. The rice was delicious but lacked sauce. it was pale I tell you.
The tempura was just na-uh. It tasted floury and had terrible batter with tiny shrimp. The chawan that came in last which is a bit annoying was the saving grace though. It was really yummy. Not too salty from the dashi powder too & filled with chicken chunk but the eel on top was cloying for me at that point but could have been good if It have been served first.
The ambience? There was a super, extra "tipsy pig kind" of loud group of boys having a drinking sesh. They were super noisy even the chef was eyeing them. So, maybe not the best experience but worth a try.
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