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Kuma Cebu: Japanese Casual Dining Restaurant

Every time a restaurant opens in the metro, I get thrilled with the idea of how Cebu’s getting more diverse when it comes to cuisine choices and flavors. Had a brief, early dinner at a newly opened Japanese restaurant today, and I was pleased to have left the eatery satiated.

Kuma Cebu, which opened  just yesterday ( 14 January 2018) is a  casual dining restaurant serving Japanese food, coffee and dessert. Initially, Kuma Cebu offers only one (1) starter, two (2) mains, a variety of desserts and beverages.

Cebu is blessed with a great selection of Japanese restaurants offering the classic and traditional fare favorites, from sushi to ramen bars. But what Cebu is currently short of is the modern, current Japanese casual dining type. Well, Kuma seems to fill in the particular category. The visit earlier, I got to sample two of the mains – Miso Glazed Salmon, and Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Burrito.

Kuma’s Chicken Teriyaki Burrito, aesthetically is a fusion of the Japanese’ temaki and the Mexican burrito, but the flavor is very Japanese. Seared chicken with homemade teriyaki sauce, fresh citrus coleslaw wonton wraps, avocado and caramelized onions. If you like your maki without the nori, then this one is for you.

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Kuma’s Chicken Teriyaki Burrito

Miso Glazed Salmon is salmon fillet capped with Japanese salad,  on top of blanched bokchoy and Kumamoto rice drizzled in home grown miso recipe and unagi sauce. This,  I’ll be craving for for sure in the coming days. One of the best salmon dishes I’ve had.

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Miso Glazed Salmon

For dessert, had the Japanese custard, Purin. It’s creamy and smooth with the right kick of sweetness. Would work well, even without the wafer roll and whipped cream.

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Purin

Walking out of a restaurant with a happy tummy is a high sign that I’ll be going back for sure to try the other offerings at this delightful new Japanese food place. Pretty excited to try their coffee which is made with locally sourced beans.

Kuma Cebu is located at Crossroads Banilad Cebu City. Soft opening operating hours is from 4PM-10PM. They might open longer during the Sinulog weekend. You may get in touch with them through (032) 520-8899 for inquiries and reservations.

Kuma Cebu’s Initial Menu as of 15 January 2018

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Kuma Cebu Menu

 

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Barikata Ramen Bar launches Loyalty Card

Last  5 September 2016, Barikata Ramen Bar celebrated its first anniversary. And to acknowledge their loyal customers’ patronage, the ramen house launched its very own Loyalty Card, where one can enjoy a bowl of Ramen of their choice once completed.
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Barikta Ramen Bar offers three Fukuoka-style Ramen varieties – (1) Shiro – white Pork Bone, (2) Aka – Red Porkbone (3) Kuro – black ramen with garlic. With these three choices, it’s easier to appreciate Fukuoka-style Ramen. That’s no fuss, just delicious ramen!

And hey, they serve bentos too! 🙂

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Shiro, Aka and Kuro Ramen Bowls

The word “Barikata” translates to “very hard” in english, which would pretty much describe my feeling when craving for a bowl of ramen – very hard to resist. Teehee! But Barikata Ramen Bar is actually describing its noodles – which is described to be very firm.
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Check out Barikata Ramen Bar at the Ground Level of Calyx Building Asiatown I.T. Park, Cebu City. They are open everyday from 11:30AM to 2:30PM and 5:30PM to 10:30PM.

Do you like Barikata Ramen Bar’s Fukuoka-style ramen? Tell us what you think by commenting below! 🙂

Ramen Yushoken Cebu

Restaurant: Ramen Yushoken 

Address: Oakridge Business Park,880  A.S. Fortuna St. Mandaue City, Cebu

Parking: Yes

Operating Hours: 11AM – 11PM Everyday

Ramen Price Point: PhP320.00 – PhP420.00

With the Ramen Yushoken stafff being trained by none other than the “son of the ramen god” Koji Tashiro in December 2012, it would not come as a surprise that this ramen brand will bring about a long line of noodle soup dish fans to their first branch in Cebu. Just after a month from the restaurant’s soft opening, Ramen Yushoken has already been creating a buzz, with people humming about the outlet as one of the best ramen places in the metro, and also, having the best gyoza in the Queen City!

Officially opened yesterday, 4 December 2015, Ramen Yushoken is finally in full operation,  now serving customers from 11:00AM to 11:00PM daily.

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 Ramen Yushoken specializes in “tonkotsu,” or pork-bone broth, boiled for 12 hours for a rich flavorful soup. The “tonkotsu” is poured in a bowl of noodles and then the base sauce is added. Ramen Yushoken has four main  base sauce variations – Shio, Shoyu, Tantanmen and Miso. 

Shio is salt-based soup, where you can enjoy and appreciate the broth in its purest.

Shoyu is soy sauce-based, which gives out a bolder taste than the shio.

Tantanmen has sesame paste with chili oil and ground pork.

Miso is soy bean paste, made by blending seven different kind of miso, giving out a rich texture and a flavorful, complex taste.

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Modern-day ramen called “Tsukemen,”  a ramen dish of dry ramen noodles served with a dipping sauce, is also being offered at Ramen Yushoken.

Personally tried the Karai Tokusei which has a complex, fiery flavor. It is made with stock from kelp, fresh bonito flakes and dried mackerel mixed with a spicy tonkotsu broth, served with ground pork simmered in chicken broth, chasu and half an aji tamago. It is made of 24 ingredients, including a miso base and several types of chilies.

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After trying all four  base soup variations and other ramen selections, my personal pick would be the Tantanmen for  having a delicate base with added hints of spice and boldness; I would say it’s the perfect bowl that would warm up any gloomy day! Best enjoyed with a serving of gyoza and a can of root beer! Yum!

And notice the very chic interior? It’s by our very own Vito Selma!

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Also, if ever you’ll get the chance to glance at one of the shelves at the counter, you will spot a blue statue. That my friends is the “Ramen god” Kazuo Yamagishi, where the restaurant’s ramen is derived from; whose main successor is Koji Tashiro, the very person who trained Ramen Yushoken staff in 2012 to ensure that the flavors of the food served at their outlets are at par with the “Ramen god” champion ramen houses in Japan.

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Before I end this post, let me drop a few must-do when eating ramen!

First, ramen should be eaten immediately, while it’s hot and the noodles are “al dente.” So better capture a photo as fast as you can and go slurp away!

And yes, slurping away is a must as well, for it helps cool the soup down. It also aerates both the soup and the noodles which helps improve flavor and let the flavors spread through the mouth. It is considered a sign of compliments to the chef as well.

Have you dined at Ramen Yushoken already? Which ramen would you recommend? Tell us, we’d love to read  about your favorite items on their menu. 🙂

 

Go Go Cafe Cebu

Go Go Cafe Cebu

JDN Square Ground Floor P. Remedio St. Banilad Mandaue City, Cebu

WiFi: Yes (4 hours Free)

Parking Space: Yes, Arcade Parking

Operating Hours: 10:00AM to 2:00AM(Monday to Friday) | 11:00AM to 9:00PM (Saturday – Sunday)

Contact Number: (032) 239-1496

Finally, Go Morita  did it! He has opened his own cafe after 10 months of selling delicious tonkatsu sandwiches and rice balls just outside  of I.T Park.  He used to station at the same spot everyday from 11AM -3PM for a few months selling Japanese snack treats.  Eventually many Cebuanos were delighted by his perseverance and his enjoyable tiny meals-on-the-go that they would get sold out in less than an hour.

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The new Go Go Cafe seats about 35 customers indoors and about 4 in the al fresco area. Go Go Cafe’s menu also expanded, now carrying new food items and refreshments like coffee, teas and non-coffee beverages.

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Go Go Cafe 3

GoGo Cafe 3

Ordered my favorite Go Go Tokyo’s Tonkatsu Sandwich (120Php)  and paired it with iced Cafe Mocha (120Php). The Tonkatsu Sandwich tastes waaay more delicious than his previous version, with the breaded pork cutlet fried perfectly with the outer layer giving out a good crunch and a tender juicy meat on the inside  in  a more a flavorful sauce.

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Enjoyed my lunch here yesterday and can’t wait to try the other dishes Go Morita has whipped up for us, the Cebuanos.

Go Go Cafe is on its second week of soft opening. Go Morita’s still ironing the running of his new business venture, training his staff to better serve his guests and perfecting everything to make sure Cebuano’s appreciate what he has kindled in the kitchen.

Text and Photos by Cebu Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blogger Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje.

 

 

 

 

Yakitori Binchotan Cebu

Restaurant: Yakitori Binchotan

Address: 2nd floor of Ramen Sora, Lightsite Parc, AS Fortuna Street, Mandaue City

Operating Hours: 10 am – Midnight 

Mode of Payment: Cash/Card

Parking: Yes, Arcade Parking

WiFi: None

 

Yakitori Binchotan recently opened its maiden branch in the country at Lightsite Park AS Fortuna Street Mandaue City. From the heart of Japan’s culinary center – Hokkaido, now made available to be enjoyed by Cebuanos.

Yakitori Binchotan

Yakitori Binchotan

So what makes Yakitori Binchotan special? 

Yakitori Binchotan uses a secret sauce for the skewers, and grilled in Binchotan- a special kind of charcoal found only in Japan that brings out the taste of skewered delights. The restaurant has to ship the Japanese charcoal to Cebu, to bring authentic flavors from Hokkaido to Cebu.

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We want to ‘transport’ our guests to Sapporo and bring them as close as possible to the true Yakitori experience,” said Francis Villaluz, Sr. Marketing Manager of Gerry’s Group of Restaurants.

Yakitori Binchotan‘s recipes were passed on to Chef Nori by his grandfather who used to prepare them for his family during special occasions.

Yakitori isn’t as simple as putting meat or vegetable on a stick and grilling them. “There is so much discipline required in preparing this dish. The smell, the aroma of skewered dishes, and ultimately the taste makes all the difference,” said Chef Nori.

Recommendations: 

Tiger Roll (335php) is an ultimate favorite at Yakitori Binchotan! Tiger prawns rolled in Japanese Rice and topped with salmon and drizzled with special sauce. Yum!

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Teritaki Chicken Salad (275Php). Mixed greens with chicken slices, sweet corn kernels, peanuts, sesame seeds, sliced cherry tomatoes with teriyaki sauce and Japanese Mayo.

 

Tsukune with poached egg (95php), chicken meatball cooked yakitori style. Yum!

 

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Tip: 

The Sapporo way of keeping sticks after you munched on all those skewers – put them on the stick receptacle! 🙂

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Have you tried eating at Yakitori Binchotan already? Which dishes are your favorite? Tell us, we would love to know!:)

 

Mizu Cebu

Mizu 

Address: Gourmet Walk, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Telephone Number: 232 6888

Operating Hours: 11:00AM – 2:30PM and 6:30PM -10:00PM everyday

Mode of Payment: Cash / Card

Parking: Hotel parking (don’t forget to have your parking ticket validated)

 

Mizu, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel’s Japanese restaurant, recently added a fun way of dining Japanese style! For those who aren’t familiar with teppanyaki, it is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. Teppan translates to iron plate and yaki means grilled, broiled or pan fried. One thing I love about Teppanyaki dining  is you get to see your food prepared fresh and  then enjoy your meal hot, right from the griddle to your plate.

Teppanyaki at Mizu

Teppanyaki at Mizu

 

Teppanyaki at Mizu

Teppanyaki at Mizu

 

Mizu has a great selection of Teppanyaki favorites such as fresh sea scallops, Hambago steak, okonomiyaki, jumbo prawns, fresh salmon and  more. My personal Teppanyaki pick at Waterfront’s premier Japanese restaurant is the melt in my mouth goodness Kobe Beef Teppanyaki! The prawns and the scallops teppanyaki are also on my list. The America’s all time favorite hamburger had gone Japanese with  Mizu’s Hambago steak Teppanyaki. Ground beef patty cooked in the griddle then topped with a special gravy sauce. Yum! 🙂 And dessert is always a perfect way to end a meal, and when having a Teppanyaki feast at Mizu, it’s just right to end the meal with  with Teppanyaki Ice cream! ^_^

Enjoy Teppanyaki goodness starting at 195php+, only at Mizu!

Kobe Beef teppanyaki at Mizu

Kobe Beef teppanyaki at Mizu

 

Jumbo Prawns Teppanyaki at Mizu

Jumbo Prawns Teppanyaki at Mizu

 

Hambago Steak Teppanyaki at Mizu

Hambago Steak Teppanyaki at Mizu

 

 

Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu

Mismukuno Teppanyaki

Address: A.S. Fortuna Mandaue City, Cebu 6000

Telephone Number: 032-238 7880

Operating Hours: 11:00AM -2:00PM, 5:30PM-12:00midnight Daily

Mode of Payment: Cash/Card

Free WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

 

Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu
Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu

 

Two of the most notable Japanese restaurants in Cebu are in  A.S. Fortuna Street and would the newly opened Mismukuno Teppanyaki be the third one? yes? Maybe? Let’s see!

Parking space is limited, so when you park in the first row (near the restaurant), there’s a big chance someone’s going to park behind you, blocking you from going out quick. The parking attendant’s fast in informing and asking the car owners blocking the first row cars though, so not much of a problem there.

Going inside, the first thing I noticed was the Japanese Cartoon Heroes Mural to my right! Big fan of Astroboy, Dragon Ball Z, Gundam, Mazinger and Voltes V! Nostalgic!

Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu
Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu

Adoring the contemporary Japanese interiors. Those hanging bonsai plants, really cool. And check out the digital mirror  before getting inside the restroom really wicked!

Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu
Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu
Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu
Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu
Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu
Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu

You might be wondering what Teppanyaki is. Teppanyaki is a Japanese dish where iron griddle is used to cook food.

Our meal started with a serving of the complimentary  Misu soup. We also ordered one serving of  each: Pork, Beef and Chicken Teppanyaki (240php each) and Yaki Meshi Rice (75php/serves one).

All the meat we ordered were tender but we enjoyed the beef best with the yaki meshi rice.

Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu
Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu

 

Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu
Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu
Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu
Mismukuno Teppanyaki Cebu

 

The restaurant seems like it’s an eat-and-go Japanese restaurant. Like after you eat, you have to go for there are other customers waiting for their turn to dine. Though the restaurant does not impose the rule, but your gut just tells you you should and be considerate of the other hungry customers waiting in line, specially during peak hours. So if you are planning a dinner where you can do a long chit chat with friends, this is not the place. hehe.

The dining concept’s awesome. ^_^ Can’t wait to be back to try the Gyudon and rock lobster.

 

Tokyo Table Cebu

Restaurant: Tokyo Table

Address:  City Time Square Mantawi Avenue Tipolo Mandaue City, Cebu

Type of Dining: Buffet

Operating Hours: Everyday Lunch 11:30AM-2:00PM | Dinner 6:30PM -10:00PM

Contact Number: 032-239 7000

 

Tokyo Table

Tokyo Table

 

After running some errands at a nearby mall in North Reclamation Area, I gave myself a good pat at the back for being so productive and  said “hey, me, myself and I need to celebrate!” haha. Okay okay, that’s just a lame excuse. The truth is , I feast a lot (the blog gives it away , no mystery there). Well, as Julia Child said, “People who love to eat, are always the best people.” #TrueThat

So I decided to take on the buffet spread of Tokyo Table. Been hearing a good bunch of people talking about Tokyo Table‘s great buffet, but I tend to temper down my expectation on buffets for I know only a few great places here in Cebu that carry an awesome food wagon.

I was greeted with a warm smile as I entered the restaurant and walking to my table, waitresses I pass by welcomed me with smiles, that made me feel more dashing. Teehee.

 

Tokyo Table

Tokyo Table

 

Tokyo Table Cebu

Tokyo Table Cebu

 

So here’s the spread. One side of the buffet are raw meat for grilling. Squid, shrimps, beef, chicken, pork, hotdogs and  hams. On the other side are asian favorites like lemon chicken, korean pork barbecue, spicy squid and etc. At one corner is  a dimsum station where you can find the soup, siomai and some steamed ribs. Some sushi varieties,  Japanese rolls, tempura and calamares on the chef’s spread. There’s also a dessert station, where you can choose from an array of cakes, an ice cream station and DIY halohalo! You also get an unlimited fill of sodas and iced tea.

Tokyo Table Cebu

Tokyo Table Cebu

Tokyo Table Cebu

Tokyo Table Cebu

Tokyo Table Cebu

Tokyo Table Cebu

Tokyo Table Cebu

Tokyo Table Cebu

Tokyo Table Cebu

Tokyo Table Cebu

 

Tokyo Table Cebu

Tokyo Table Cebu

My Tokyo Table favorites would be the orange chicken, spicy squid, tempura and korean barbecue. And moving to the grilling spread, the spicy beef, chicken and pork  bulgogis are my top picks.

And will I come back? YES! Another great buffet place added on my list!

Prices :

Monday to Friday Lunch:         550.00php for adults | 380.00php child below 4ft.

Monday to Thursday Dinner : 650.00php for adults | 380.00php child below 4ft.

Friday to Sunday Dinner :        750.00php for adults | 380.00php child below 4ft.

& Holidays

* Children below 3ft are free of charge.

* No leftover, no sharing, no take out

* 950php charge per head if disregarded

* Corkage Fees apply

 

You might also want to check out Wakamatsu Yakiniku!

Wakamatsu Yakiniku

Restaurant: Wakamatsu Yakiniku

Address: 1-K Pacific Square Bldg. F. Cabahug St. Mabolo Cebu City

Type of Dining: Eat All You Can

Operating Hours: Lunch: 11:30AM – 2:30PM (Last order at 2:00PM)

Dinner: 5:30PM-10:30PM (Last Order at 10:00PM)

Telephone Number: 032- 2325897

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

Had a weeklong birthday celebration and my last birthday hurrah for 2013 was a dinner with my family. <3  We love Japanese food and decided to have  yakiniku at Wakamatsu. Without making any reservation, we were lucky to got a table for dinner. Yipeee! (well it’s my birthday celebration so God’s been extra kind to me. :P) But seriously, you should make a reservation when you plan to dine here. For dinner, everything on the menu  is on Eat-All-You-Can (except for the drinks which would be charged and just 1 round of dessert for free). And price is just for 580php. But be sure to order just what you can consume or else you would be charged double. 🙂

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Seasoned angus, buttered scallops, squid, maki salad, california maki and chili shrimps would be our top recommendations to order for this restaurant. Chicken was seasoned well too. On top of the awesome food, service is good! <3 This would be one of the restaurants that we would love to visit over and over again. 🙂

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku

Wakamatsu Yakiniku

Wakamatsu Yakiniku

Wakamatsu Yakiniku

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

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Blogged by: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje
Photos by: Doyzkie and Edd Buenaviaje

 

 

 

What’s New Sumo Sam?

Very often I get milk tea cravings and discovered recently that there is one very convenient way to get a good serving of milk tea in Ayala (besides Quickly) is at Sumo Sam. Available for dine in and take out, enjoy your favorite Sumo Sam dishes with these refreshing and healthy drinks for just 85php.

Sumo Sam Milk Teas -Yojimbo Green Tea with Grass Jelly and Choco Cream Cheese with pudding

 

Sumo Sam Milk teas - Strawberry Sakura and Mango Yakult with Tapioca

Sumo Sam Milk Teas - Choco Cream Cheese, Wintermelon Sanjuro and Chocolate

Their milk teas are based with brewed black tea, except for the Yojimbo which is based with green tea, then added with milk and your chosen flavor. Don’t forget to add a sinker. Choose from tapioca pearls/ crystal black pearls, grass jelly or pudding. ^_^

Last Samurai

Another new product from Sumo Sam is their Last Samurai. Sweet and a bit spicy Chicken pieces served with fries and ebikomayo. Price: 218php

Edd, Reymond, Nowie and I said we were just there for the Milk Teas and the Last Samurai but we can’t help it but eat more at Sumo Sam. Addition to our appetizer is Sumo Sam Tempura! Who doesn’t love tempura? And what I like about Sumo Sam’s tempura is they are made from whole prawns unlike some restaurants who cuts their prawns into half and adds some breading to make it look fat. And its golden crisp texture which comes to a soft tender center is just… YUM! Sumo Sam Ebi Tempura at 295php.

Sumo Sam Tempura

 

We also had the Victory Float (haha, please don’t say it out loud, we know! BUURP! LOL) Kane sticks, salmon sashimi, tunsa sashimi, Las Vegas rolls (crab sticks with cucumber and scallops and topped with quick melt cheese), Philadelphia rolls(smoked salmon with cream cheese), Dynamite (salmon with spicy dressing and salmon skin on top) served with mikihana sauce.

Victory Float

 

We are not yet done guys! teehee. Part of our main meal is The Tournament- served with house salad, oyster teppan, beef teppan, Venetian roll, California roll, chicken yakitori, ika fry, bacon asparagus and meat fried rice. The Tournament is available only from Mondays to Thursday except holidays. And menu says (FOR Food under THE FIGHT page): “PLEASE ALLOW 30 Minutes FOR PREPARATION,” so be sure not to delay when planning to order The Tournament.

Sumo Sam's The Tournament

And for us, a pig out session is never complete without dessert! Had a hefty serving of these Sumo Sam desserts!

Sumo Sam Desserts

Sumo Sam Desserts

 

^_^ Thanks for joining us on our pig out session! Til our next session next week. Let’s pig out and be merry!

 

Text by: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje Photos by: Edd Buenaviaje

Kotobukiya Authentic Japanese Noodles and Curry

Resaturant Name: Kotobukiya Authentic Japanese Noodles and Curry

Address: 1st Floor JCentre Mall, A.S. Fortuna St. Mandaue City 6014

Food: Japanese noodles, curry and gyoza

Mode of Payment: Cash

Wifi: Yes

 

It’s 12 noon and my siblings and I were shopping for some kitchen stuff at a Japanese store in Parkmall. My sister, after seeing a gyoza maker, suddenly craved for Japanese cuisine for lunch. My brother Edd suggested we try out the new ramen house at JCentre Mall , Kotobukiya.

Kotobukiya

 

As soon as we enter Kotobukiya Restaurant, we were greeted in Japanese by a waiter then he ushered us to our table. The smell of miso made us hungrier and as soon as we found ourselves settled down in our seats, the menu was handed to us. Really attentive waiter is such a relief specially to very hungry customers. Browsing the menu, I noticed  that there’s no california maki, no sashimi , no sushi and no tempura, making me check and glance back at the paper placemat and it says ” Authentic Japanese Noodles and Curry! ”

Kotobukiya

Wondering how to eat Japanese noodles the right way? Fear not for they have instruction on how to eat Japanese noodles! ^_^

Kotobukiya - How to eat Japanese Noodles

 

Kotobukiya Radish Salad

Kotobukiya Radish Salad (Price : 55php) Radish and cucumber’s clean taste is flavored with semi sweet rice wine vinegar and dark sesame seed oil  topped with nutty notes of toasted sesame seeds that gives the salad a flavorful crunch.

 

Kotobukiya Curry Rice

Kotobukiya Curry rice ‘s (190php) picture on the menu might not tickle your craving for curry but you would be intrigued if you get to know what its made of. Kotobukiya Curry uses 100% Japanese apples for their curry paste and uses fine honey to make it tastier. Kotobukiya claims that Japanese kids love this taste. If you like your curry sweet , then am sure you would love Kotobukiya Curry Rice.

 

Japanese Fried Chicken Set

Just add 85php to your Curry Rice you can avail of Japanese Fried Chicken set. 3 piece chicken breaded meat with rice. Personally I find the taste  a bit blunt so it’s good to squeeze the lemon on the chicken to add a bit of zest to it.


Kotobukiya Miso Ramen

Kotobukiya Miso Ramen with extra chashu (Price: 235php) is the main event of our lunch. The miso soup is full of natural flavors and the smooth thin noodles goes great with the miso soup. The serving is good for sharing.

 

Kotobukiya Gyoza

5 pieces of Kotobukiya Gyoza at 90php.

My siblings and I enjoyed the ramen experience and it was a great rainy afternoon treat. ^_^

Sumo Sam: Fresh take on Japanese Cuisine

Since the day Sumo Sam opened in Cebu, I was really captivated with the cozy and chill set-up of the couches outside the restaurant. I have to be honest but I have not been, tasted or even heard of Sumo Sam until it opened here in Cebu. It was the eve of Halloween and iLuvCebu.com Team was so busy with all the preparation for Cosplay HD (a cosplay event we produced with Ayala Center Cebu, Cedf-IT and Cebu Business Park) and our guests who are Elite Cosplay Team from Manila – Tuxedo Team who totally loves Japanese food and iLuvCebu.com Team was also craving for some Japanese goodness and refreshing green tea (which by the way is available and is REFILLABLE/Bottomless at Sumo Sam Cebu, Awesooooome!) so we decided to eat at the new Japanese restaurant at The Terraces, Sumo Sam.

Getting cool and cozy at Sumo Sam - Photo by Sumo Sam Cebu

Sumo Sam Cebu

 

Team Tuxedo enjoying Sumo Sam

Interiors are modern Japanese with warm and urbane lights.

Interiors at Sumo Sam

 

Cool condiment saucer

 

I have to commend the attendants for being polite, attentive and fast! And the food at Sumo Sam is uniquely Japanese. What I have noticed is that for every dish I have tasted at Sumo Sam, they do not  have the same taste with the dishes I have eaten at any Japanese restaurants here in Cebu- I guess they added some unique Sumo Samness in very dish on the menu. Which I guess is a good thing – like for me I sooo love California Maki and I could devour 2 rolls in one sitting ( yeah yeah , I know am such a peehg, :P)  and Sumo Sam‘s version has all the key ingredients with  a little bit smokey twist which was really appetizing that you’d crave for again and again.

Sumo Sam Sampler

 

Bota Yakiniku

Check Sumo Sam out at The Terraces at Ayala Center Cebu! iLuvCebu.com team would like to thank our beautiful and wonderful host Ms. Shanna Lopez for taking care and entertaining iLuvCebu.com Team and Team Tuxedo of Manila during our dinner.

iLuvCebu.com Team, Team Tuxedo and Ms. Shanna Lopez of Sumo Sam Cebu

Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Restaurant: Nonki
Branch: AS Fortuna Mandaue City (Beside SkyCable Bldg)
Food: Japanese
Type: Casual Dining
Mode of Payment: Cash/ Card
Tel. No: 4223159

Father Torvz is going on a vacation so we had a little Japanese send off party just for him. Kara, Tonton, Edd, Ceigey and I met up at Seattle’s Best before heading down to Nonki AS Fortuna and meet Father Torvz. E totally missed the fun dinner coz she was busy with law exams!

For starters we had Seafood Kaminabe (Priced at 310php). Kaminabe or Japanese paper steamboat has shrimp, fishballs and vegetables on a broth. We also had the special sashimi(price available by request) with salmon and uni sashimi.


We then had bentos for our main course! Beef bento for me (Priced at 250php). 2 small sized tempuras, big serving of Japanese rice, Beef, eggplant fan and vegetable on a bento. Yum!


A variety of sake or rice wine are available and prices differ depending on the brand. Price starts at 160 per serving/shot. It can be served hot ot cold. Cold Sake makes you taste the full sake’s semi bitter taste. You’d trully distinguish a cheap sake from a fine sake when its cold. If your ordering a cheap shot of sake, you can mask the cheap taste by having it warmed to give it a smooth kick!

Kara the Tangera! or mad scientist? hehehe

Mga Kapigouts

Nonki owner with Father Torvz, Kara, Ceige, Tonton
Doyzkie and Edd


Father Torvz, Kara, Ceige, Tonton
Doyzkie and Edd