Saturday, September 11, 2010

Little Tokyo Series: Riozen

September 11, 2010
2277 Chino Roces Avenue,
Makati City

Been craving some good, clean, authentic Japanese food lately and so we headed to Makati's Little Tokyo. Walking through the courtyard, you could immediately hear a crowd and smell the freshly made Takoyakis and Yakitoris. Being a lover of these Japanese sidestreet goodies, I wanted to try it out so we asked if we could order from them (Hana) even if we were seated at Riozen. They gladly said yes and we were excited.

Sadly, Riozen didn't have the Uni Sashimi so we ordered it also from Hana. So that's Yakitori, Takoyaki, and Uni from Hana and the rest from Riozen:

Katsu Curry - One of my favorite dishes in any Japanese menu but been eating it so much when I was a kid that I decided to stay away from it for so many years. I've been reminiscing about it and when I heard that this restaurant served one of the best curries, I just had to try it out. Riozen did not fail to step up to the plate. Unmoved from its pedestal, it still served probably the best curry I've tasted in years. Just thinking about it while now makes me salivate onto the keyboard. Pardon me while I wipe the drool from it. The pork cutlet was cooked perfectly but the heart of the dish was the curry sauce. Perfectly made, seasoned, and thick. Tasting it catapulted me to my childhood. A taste I vividly remember. Transporting me to my fondest childhood foodie memory.

Sukiyaki - The soup was a bit on the salty side. The meat was tender but inconsistently cooked. I honestly have had better Sukiyakis than this. Overall, it was just ok and really nothing as magical as I had hoped for after that curry dish.

Mixed Tempura - As an homage to the cuisine, we just had to order some Tempuras. You can't go to a Japanese restaurant without sampling one of these deep friend goodies. Sadly, Riozen's version was also not as good as I had hoped for. The batter was not that tasty compared to the ones we had at Konbini and is pretty normal given that this was Little Tokyo.

One out of three orders is pretty bad for a resto in the so-called "heart" of Japanese cuisine in the Philippines. Again, am I being to meticulous about this kind of cuisine since it is one of my favorites? Have my sampling of really authentic food from Japan heightened the standards of my lowly Filipino palette? In more ways than none, I am happy. Happy that my search is still not over and optimistic that after so many heartbreaks, I can once and for all find the one.

Little Tokyo Series: Hana

September 11, 2010
2277 Chino Roces Avenue,
Makati City

There was no Uni Sashimi at Riozen and since we were craving for it, we decided to get it from Hana.

The Uni was really sweet and succulent primarily because of its freshness. Sadly, there were bits of grainy parts. Apart from that, it could have been perfect.

The smell of grilling Yakitori grabbed us by the collar and we got some too.

They were perfectly cooked and generously salted. We asked for the Terriyaki sauce on the side so that it would not have dilapidated the raw flavor of the grilled innards. A bit pricey but awesome nonetheless.

People were talking about Hana as having one of the best Takoyaki so we had to try it.

They were indeed the best Takoyakis I've ever tasted. They were fried perfectly outside but creamy on the inside. The creaminess was not indicative of it being undercooked but of cooking to perfection. We could not get enough of it but were really stuffed with all the food.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Sunday, September 05, 2010

We Want You!

September 4, 2010
Army Navy
Glorietta 5, Makati City

The burger was just ok. It's not something you would travel to great lengths for. I mean if you live in the area, this is awesome for the late night munchies. Other than that, I'd stick to my own friendly neighborhood burger joint for my stoner cravings.

The ice tea, on the other hand, is a different story. It is definitely one of a kind and nothing like I've tasted before. Freshly brewed Libertea Iced Tea which can quench the biggest thirsts. This, I would come back for because Army Navy is the only place that serves it exclusively.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Cee Lo Green - Fuck You

Thought of this so many times but only Cee Lo Green had the balls to say it through music and eventually become the next youtube sensation.

Music is truly the language of the heart. Yes, even a broken one.

Update: After getting 4,214,018 views in just a week, Cee Lo Green releases the official video.

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