Filipinos love Japanese food, and it is not a surprise that majority of the world feels the same. After all, some of the world’s best this year (2019) are from Japan such as the iconic sushi we have come to love.
In my case, I find Japanese cuisine as my comfort food. It tastes unique in my palate, but at the same time feels home. So when I was out of the country for three months and there were no Japanese restaurants around, a nostalgic pang hit me. Fortunately, few days after I arrived in Manila, a new food hall opened which really excited my foodie spirit. It is the new born My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood located at S Maison, Mall of Asia Complex.
My South Hall has eight stalls, and I am immediately magnetized to Tabemashou, a stall offering Japanese cuisines. I tried some from their menu and here are the food that satisfied my palate.
Tori Salmon Maki
For me, this is the best plate in Tabemashou. It both has mildness and boldness from every bite. All of the ingredients does not overpower each other. In fact, the salmon, the rice, and the vegetables in it complemented each other which pleased my tastes buds.
Price: Php 245
Not only that this dish is plated beautifully, it also tastes really good. Sushi is topped with a torched salmon, with a salmon skin as its base. The soft skin of the salmon have that richness of traditional Asian herbs, and the texture of the skin creates a playful feels on my mouth. Moreover, I love the mixture of freshness and smokiness it has which is typical of aburi.
In-depth with flavors is the wagyu skewer in Tabemashou. It is not your typical beef on a stick. It is seasoned with Japanese flavors that complements its fatty, but not tangy taste.
A fresh perspective is what Tabemashou’s sashimi offers. The vibrant color from the fish meat and vegetables make it even more inviting to dig in. It definitely goes well as an appetizer due to its mild and balanced flavors and texture. Definitely a food staple for me.
Beef Yamameshi rice
It ain’t Asian without the rice, and Tabemashou’s beef yamameshi rice is quite making a noise for its notable profile. The rice is well-seasoned and is a stand-alone food for me. The broth and strong flavors of the beef added depth to the whole meal. It is something I would love eating during typical days.
Spicy Salmon Sushi
Price: Php 275
Say yes to spicy Japanese food, as you try their spicy salmon sushi. The sushi is topped with a fiery salmon spiced with hot but flavorful ingredients. Just by the looks, even not knowing it is spicy, will definitely make your mouth watery.
Price: Php 255 to Php 275
This iconic dish is also available in Tabemashou. You can choose from either the Chasu Tonkotsu Ramen or the Spicy Miso Ramen. The broth is rich and has a close to creamy consistency. What I love about the ramen is the proportion in the portion of protein, carbs, and vegetables. Trying this makes me want to consume the meal on the cold months of December.
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