Japanese – Filipino fusion cuisine? JaPinoy food? Why not! If you don’t mind your favorite Japanese dish served with a Pinoy twist, Manila Maki might just be the place for you.
It’s located at Elizabeth Place in Salcedo. Very near my office! It’s been around for several years but I only found out about it several weeks ago when I was on my way to Makati Sports. Yaaaaay! Good to know I don’t have to go to Greenbelt or Makati Ave when my tastebuds are turning Japanese!
The little resto is tucked near the corner of Dela Costa and Malugay. The walls and lamps are decorated with Japanese newspaper. The place can maybe accomodate 20-30 people at once. The other customers that time also seemed to be yuppies like us.
Their miso soup (65php) has a hint of tamarind. The sourness was just right. Hindi naman naglasang sinigang hehehe! Sayang, didn’t notice any sukiyaki in their menu. Sana meron! I wonder what twist they’d do with it.
I enjoyed their Longgiyoza (with Cabanatuan longganisa and leeks) but I think it would have tasted better with the spicy soy vinegar dipping sauce if they used the sweet kind of longga like the ones from Pampanga and Cebu. It would be great it their Longgiyoza plate (125php) has both the sweet and the garlicky kinds! :D
The Laguna Roll (265php/8pcs) is part of the maki premium list. It has crisp salmon belly and Laguna kesong puti, rolled in sushi rice with bacon bits, topped with spicy salmon. Sarap! kaya kong ubusin yung 8 pieces, bitin pa! The other premium maki that caught my attention was the Heartburn Roll – has sisig rolled in garlic aligue rice, and topped with crunchy chicharon bits. Sinasabi ko pa lang, sumasakit na batok ko. :p
The Mixed Tempura (225php) was so-so. Something I don’t mind not having again. It has eggplant, onion, fish, and prawn tempura – served with a raddish ginger dipping sauce. Maybe we should have tried the Tempura Ukoy instead.
Breaded and fried pork binagoongan, smothered in a Pinoy-Japanese peanut sauce – served with grilled eggplant slices and a side salad… that’s their Pork Kare Katsu (215php). I liked the peanut sauce and the grilled eggplant but didn’t like the meat so much ‘coz it was overcooked.
For dessert we had the Creme Brulee Trio (160php) – according to the menu, ” silky smooth custard with a burnt sugar crust, in classic, buco pandan and coffee”. Though all lacked the richness I expected, the trio were still delish, especially the coffee.
I’d go back for the other kinds of maki because the best among all the dishes we had was the Laguna Roll. Maki and sake next time!
332 HV Dela Costa,
GF Elizabeth Place Condominium
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Mon-Sun 11am – 10pm
// listening to the angry rains of Typhoon Labuyo