August 23, 2018

Watami Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar - Uptown Place Mall BGC

I will always love Japanese cuisine. I’ve never went to a Japanese restaurant that I didn’t like, whether it’s high-end or fast food. It’s always a gastronomic experience for me. Every time I eat Japanese food, I know I’m always all set for an enjoyable encounter, and more often than not, I walk away satisfied and with a smile on my face.

What’s not to love about Japanese food? I don’t know, I have no answer for that. But this is what I’m going to tell you, I have so many reasons why I love it. First of all, everything is so yummy. Well at least for the many Japanese food I’ve tried. Japanese food is also a very creative art; a lot of thought is put into preparing, cooking and presenting them. Japanese people take food very seriously.

Even before food plating became a thing in the world, The Japanese has already been beautifully presenting their food. Presentation and packaging is of major importance. Their attention to quality is superb, just take a look at those sushi chef who gets up very early in the morning to get the freshest fishes.

That is why I was ecstatic to try out another Japanese restaurant that I’ve never been to: Watami Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar. This is the first time I heard of them despite that they are a Japanese casual restaurant which is one of the leading food & beverage brands in Japan with over 700 branches in the Asia Pacific region. With their original dishes and signature beverages, Watami has proven to be a market leader in product development and understanding consumer's ever changing tastes and preferences.

Watami Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar was established in 1984, started off in the dining-out restaurant business with the key concept of providing a place for all occasions and a comfortable space. In 1992, the Ishokuya concept “Watami” was developed, with 600 domestic outlets and 100 overseas outlets, of different operation types currently established. The first Watami in the Philippines opened back in November 16, 2012 (which happened to be my birthday!)

Watami offers authentic and fusion Japanese dishes and a few days ago I got to try some of their menu offerings which included:

Nori Nachos  - untoasted nori sheets with tempura batter deep fried and topped with Bonito flakes and Japanese mayo. I love nori and I can eat them as is but the flavored one I love them too! Nori seaweed is probably one of the most delicious tasting of the sea vegetables. They are scrumptious crunchy chips that are light and are just so amazingly tasty on their own. These were easily became everyone’s favorite. 

Cucumber Kani  Salad - such a great combination with a Japanese mayonnaise dressing. This sweet and tangy salad goes well with and a refreshing accompaniment to any dinner meal. The crunch of the cucumber matches well with the soft mango cubes and kani sticks.

Chasoba Salad  - a healthy dish enjoyed chilled or at room temperature. It’s a quick and light meal and was amazingly flavorful. The hick soba noodles were so fun to eat!

Salmon Taco Maki  Aburi - Aburi style refers to nigiri sushi where the fish is partially grilled (topside) and partially raw. This salmon aburi was nicely presented with a fresh piece of salmon sashimi. I loved the slightly charred flavor and seriously tasted like heaven. I could eat this whole plate by myself because these beauties are so divine. 

Tuna Taco Maki - this version of Watami’s aburi has tuna cubes on top and are also torched before being served. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try this so I can’t comment about its taste but for sure they also taste good as they look. 

Grilled Salmon Set - grilled salmon fillet flavored with a sweet and savory glaze and sprinkled with sesame seeds and comes with rice, miso soup and side salad. I’m a sucker for anything salmon and I surely loved this uber awesome smoky grilled salmon especially that it comes with sides, it’s good, hearty and complete meal. The salmon portion is also well worth it for its price. 

Salmon Stone Pot - this mixed rice Japanese dish is similar to Bibimbap because you have to mix everything before you eat it. It contains salmon cubes, salmon roes, egg, Nori strips and veggies. It’s a bowl of goodness that tastes as good as it incredibly looks.

Kani Udon - thick wheat flour noodles with cheese sauce, fried crab meat strips and aligue (crab roe). This definitely was everyone’s favorite because it was very delicious and the texture of Udon is very good. The sauce was so tasty and delectable. This is a must try for sure!

I would definitely go back to Watami as I still have to try what they have to offer, especially that I didn’t get to taste their Tuna aburi and I’m super curious of their yakitoris!

4/F Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street cor. 9th Ave.,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact Nos: 02 7762675

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Watami Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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