Wakoshu de Azabo
1/F BTTC Centre, Ortigas Ave., San Juan, Metro Manila
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Rebranding is not often undertaken by restaurants. Washoku De Azabu recently went traditional to modern in the hopes of getting more patrons.
With the leadership of Azabu’s 38-year-old Chef Toshi, who hails from Miyazaki Prefecture in Fukuoka, Japan, this new identity promises to elevate clients’ dining experience even more. Aside from the cozy and minimalist interiors, this place prides itself in its freshest and imported ingredients, and dishes plated beautifully by their chef.
The new Azabu could not have come at a better time, as they will be celebrating its 4th anniversary. In line with this, my media friends were invited for a special feast, which included Chef Toshi’s specialties and banner offerings.
First to arrive was their Cobb Salad (Php 380), an instagramable wonder, an art on a fine plate half filled with colorful crisp vegetables, fruits and blocks of cheese on thick sesame dressing.
We also had Chef’s rendition of Chirashi Sushi (Php 690). It had your usual mix of sashimi favorites like salmon and tuna plus a significant touch of uni and ikura on a spread of high quality Japanese rice. Go wild with this classic with lots of wasabi!
Next came the Ebi Tempura Moriawase (Php 420), which was a balanced serving of shrimp and vegetables, wrapped in well cooked batter. This wasn’t your typical greasy bite.
The Mizutaki or Chicken Hot Pot (Php 1250) had to be prepared before your very eyes. This soup is reheated, unseasoned and spiced up by ground chicken balls for added texture. One, however, must mixed its meat with a vinegar-based ponzu sauce to reach its full flavor.
New on the menu is the Foie Gras with Daikon (Php 450). The exquisite combination of fattened goose liver and Japanese daikon radish, drizzled with balsamic reduction is something you shouldn’t miss! This one should be taken in one big savory bite.
Now for the surprise, the Matcha Zanzai with Matcha Roll was served even if it was off the menu. It’s an endearing plate of fluffy cake, mochi balls and sweetened red beans.
Intrigued yet? They are not easy to find but they are worth the trip. Go ahead and visit Azabu by Toshi at the second floor of BTTC Center, 288 Ortigas Center corner Roosevelt Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan.
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Very nice ambience, had to pay for parking (no validation) but the food is ok. Good quality japanese food
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