The Ramen at Urameshi-ya

My friend, who recently went to Japan and fell in love with the sights and sounds of Tokyo, wanted to eat at an authentic Japanese place in Makati. In my opinion, it’s Urameshi-Ya that looks so much like an izakaya among all the restos in Little Tokyo.

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It was my first time to eat inside and not at the courtyard. Urameshi-Ya is known for being one of the best yakiniku places in the metro, that I never got to eat any of their other food until that night.

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We had a deal to eat ramen Japanese-style. You know, with noisy slurps that announce you’re eating your noodles with much gusto. They only have several kinds of ramen available. The bestseller is their Enma Ramen with its levels 1-20 of spiciness.

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For appetizers, we were served mini sausages. Cheesedog daw sabi ni Mikmik. For a moment there, I wondered what was so Japanese about it. Anyway, masarap naman with my Coke. (That sana Share with your BFF na lang para swakto. 😛)

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First to arrive among our picks was my potato salad. Loved this paired with the salmon sashimi we got from Oishinbo next door. I wonder why Urameshi-ya doesn’t sell sashimi. Good thing you can just order from the other restos and have it brought to your table.

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Didn’t have to wait long for the ramen to be brought to our table. I got the Miso Ramen. Pretty satisfying with the firm noodlea, flavorful broth, and tender pork slice.

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Miko got the Enma Ramen, with a level 5 of spiciness. He ate it noisily, so I guess he enjoyed it pretty much. Ingay ingay, nakaka-distract. (Joke lang, hehe.) I tasted it and it was oishi indeed, but if I were to get it for me, I’ll go with spiciness level 3.

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Also had some Saba Shioyaki or grilled mackerel with some salt. The fiah tasted fresh. I liked that it was barely seasoned. Liked it with Asahi Beer.

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Over all, this Urameshi-Ya experience was really good, that I’d want to take my other friends there not only for the yakiniku, but also for the ramen.

Urameshi-ya Yakiniku Restaurant
Little Tokyo Makati
2277 bet. Pasong Tamo and Amorsolo Street (beside Makati Cinema Square)
(02) 8132210

// listening to The Expendables 3

Tarragon Tea

While my mother likes tanglad or lemongrass steeped for tea, I prefer tarragon. It’s one of my favorite herbs, because I like the shape and shade of its leaves. Oo na, superficial ako. Hehe.

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I recently brought home a pot of the French variety. This one is better for culinary purposes. I have no idea about the better benefits of the Russian tarragon. I just know that it’s more robust.

If you’re thinking of planting some in your garden, remember that it likes sunlight and doesn’t need excessive watering. Another thing you have to remember about tarragon is that it’s rich in antioxidants so it is good for you.

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Boil some water and throw in some leaves for an after-meal tea. I like its sweet smell and taste. It reminds me of anise. You can also drink it before eating because it’s an appetite stimulant.

// listening to Wolfgang – Arise

Yakimix-ed Again

Last month, (yes, this is another super late post) Ate B requested that her birthday dinner be at Yakimix so that she can finally experience it.

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It was easy for me to say yes, because of course, request ng birthday girl eh (hehehe) and I haven’t destroyed my diet by buffet in quite a while.

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To see my first blog about Yakimix, you can check out this link. Yakimix serves Japanese food predominantly. Then there’s some Koren and Chinese food, too.

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I was surprised to see some pinoy dishes like lechon kawali and sisig, and some western treats like pizza and nachos when I went there with Ate B and Kichi (also a July birthday girl).

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For me, the technique to get my money’s worth in the Yakimix Sunday Dinner Buffet that costs 700php is to eat as much salmon sashimi and grilled bacon-wrapped asparagus as I can.

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Also go easy on the unlirice and unlidrinks. Also just a cup of miso soup and just a small bowl of sukiyaki to maximize the tummy space. Hehehe.

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Their dessert section, no matter how colorful, is still so-so. You might enjoy the ice cream and chocolate fondue(-fonduhan) all you can though. I liked the gummy worms and leche flan. Weird combo, but so what.

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Likes about this last Yakimix experience apart from the wonderful company, were the fresh salmon (freshest among my x number of visits here) and the sauteed green beans. The lechon kawali was also good.

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I wish they’d always make sure that the sukiyaki is hot (It was lukewarm when I had it… Blech) and that they also have tuna sahimi available.

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Lastly, we just want to point out that they really have a weird Twitter handle.

Oh well. Vikings and Buffet 101, wait for us!

// listening to Metallica – Enter Sandman

Mandarin Morning

Have been swamped with loads of work that need to be accomplished in shifting schedules, so I have been terribly busy and quite out of the loop lately.

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I had to make time for Mandarin though, as the iconic hotel is about to close after almost 40 years of operations.

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I went to the Mandarin Deli one morning that I was craving for something rich and chocolatey.

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If I weren’t craving for a specific kind of cake, I would have had my all time favorite– their cheesecake!

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I’ve always like the Mandarin Deli because they serve good pcakes, breads, and pastries. Their coffee is also intense yet smooth and delicious.

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This is a bit pricier but a much nicer alternative to cake and coffee at Starbucks or the likes.

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I had a petite Sacher Torte. This intensely chocolate cake is named after the famous Viennese hotel. It’s dark and delicious. It also has apricot jam! I loved it!

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The torte went extremely well with the coffee. The brew was served with a fruit and pistachio bread stick. Cake and coffee for 300+, not bad at all.

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Ending my breakfast at the Mandarin Deli was a surprising and uplifting Bible verse. This made the breakfast much much more memorable. :)

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Too bad I’d have to wait for 2020 when the new Mandarin Oriental will re-open when I get to have this experience again. Anyway, until then, Mandarin!

// listening to Stevie Nicks – Landslide (Acoustic)

The Butcher Shop & Pub

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The Butcher Shop & Pub is the newest gastropub in the metro. Just a few days old when I went there yesterday to see my favorite person Tricia, and her friends Anton, Mike, and Paolo. (Hi guys!!!)

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It was a spur of the moment trip to BGC and I was still full from my dinner of spicy tuna pasta (recipe to follow) that I only got me some Farmer’s Pâté (250php). It was this or the Dumaguete Sisig.

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The Farmer’s Pâté is pork wrapped in bacon, shitake and pistachio with jam and toast. And yeah, you’re right. It had me at bacon. :p This chow from the Longford Bar list was a good pair with my Lychee Amaretto (150php). You know me, I love sweet-savory combos.

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I am not so fond of lychees, but surprisingly, I loved the amaretto. Sweet, smooth, and strong. I also liked their Classic Margarita (150php). The Long Beach Iced Tea (160php) was so-so.

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They have an unlimited-cocktails promo now for only 700php. Not bad at all for the quality of their drinks. Thought of availing it last night, but I had to exercise self control. If only I didn’t have an early call time this morning! :p

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They have Katipunan Beer. Have been hearing a lot of good reviews about it, like it’s citrusy and can kick your ass. Hehe! Unfortunately, I believe that I should not mix my drinks, so I would have to try this ale next time along with their steak. You can create your own steak here at The BS. Choose the meat, the cut, the rubs, the sides, and the brush-ons.

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FDessert, dessert, dessert… Didn’t notice any dessert in their menu. :( I hope there will already be choices on my next visit. Chocolate mud mousse or sticky toffee pudding maybe?

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There was a dj last night that gave us hits from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Ah… sounds from the college days. Really good background music while we discussed comic books, Magic cards, charter change, photography, and the horrid tacky gown of Nancy Binay.

Will be going to The Butcher Shop & Pub again. For now, will check the latest about The BS from: Facebook/Twitter/Instragram = thebspub

The Butcher Shop & Pub
Lane P Corner 9th Avenue (near Agave),
Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig City

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Thanks to Paolo Dolina of the Ayala Alabang Camera Club for the first photo (not the header image) and for teaching me how to adjust the lighting of my Z1. :D

// listening to Tamia – So Into You