November 12, 2019

Sushi Nori - Your Neighborhood Sushi Place in BGC

I’ve said so many times, over and over, that I will never get tired of eating Japanese food and looking for places where I can get my fix of this cuisine. I mean, I can live off of Japanese food every day and for the rest of my life. Yeah, I can see myself that I can do just that. I have this idea that somehow, I might have been a Japanese in my past life (well besides that I also believe that I lived during the Renaissance due to my love of the old-world Europe).

So, you may ask why I’m saying all these (again), well, recently and occasionally, I’ve started eating my lunch from this sushi place/Japanese resto at my office building. It’s now the only Japanese restaurant in the building (there used to be two) and I’ve been dying to try it since I started my job at W City Center. It’s the modern and hip Japanese food place called Sushi Nori.

Sushi Nori is a fast-casual restaurant that provides authentic Japanese cuisine, making use of traditional cooking techniques made famous in Tokyo. The restaurant also takes creative inspiration from Brazilian cuisine to provide delicious sushi, along with other Japanese delicacies to satisfy a wide range of food lovers. It started as a to-go sushi place and they currently have seven restaurants around Metro Manila and even one in Siargao!

Sushi Nori provides a comprehensive menu of Japanese delights but bulk of Sushi Nori’s menu, is, well, sushi, of all kinds, shapes and sizes that even go beyond what you would consider traditional sushi. Including sushi cones or sushi burritos, aburis, nigiris, sashimis, sushi party trays and sushi cakes. They also have poke rice bowls that are equally appetizing even from the photos on their menu. I’m dying to try those actually. But I always come here for their donburis as those are my favorites.

Anyway, so far here are the items that I’ve tried from Sushi Nori:

Salmon Donburi – steamy Japanese rice topped with salmon cubes, egg, sweet Japanese sauce and  sliced leeks. Donburi rice bowls are the typical Japanese comfort meal; and this salmon donburi from Sushi Nori has truly become my comfort food. I love everything about it not just because I love salmon way too much. It has the perfect blend of flavors and sweetness that I enjoy. If I know I’ll be having a toxic day, I will start my day with this meal and even if I’m out of my wits due to my work my stress is lessened. This dish from Sushi Nori is the equivalent of a happy pill for me.

Beef Gyudon – another quintessential Japanese rice bowl with steamy rice, shredded beef strips, egg, sweet Japanese sauce and nori flakes and sliced leeks. I’ve tried many beef gyudon in my life and to be honest they all taste good to me. This one doesn’t stand out but still very tasty and filling. I still yet to meet the Beef Gyudon that will sweep me off my feet.

Sweet/Spicy Chicken Karaage Donburi – steamy Japanese rice topped with Chicken Karaage and your choice of sweet  or spicy thick soy sauce, chopped spring onions and shredded cabbage with Japanese mayo. I ordered this one time when I dined there (I usually do take outs at Sushi Nori) and this was part of their promotional Donburi Set for 299 pesos which is available from Monday-Thursday 2pm-9pm where you can choose between Spicy/Sweet Chicken Karaage or Salmon Donburi. This also comes with aburi salad, miso soup and peach iced tea. It’s a complete meal but can be availed dine in only. The chicken karaages are made of thigh fillets, they are juicy, tender and well cooked. I ordered this in spicy and it was on the level I can tolerate so I did enjoy this rice bowl.

Miso Soup – This was part of the Donburi Set that I availed with the Chicken Karaage. I always love miso soup; no Japanese meal is complete without it; truly a heart and tummy warming soup.

Ebi Tempura – picked this out from ala carte section. Honestly, I was disappointed with this tempura. They tasted good and fresh yes; but I find the size of the shrimps quite small for the price that I paid. Will probably not order this again.

Kani Cheese Tempura – kani stick filled with quick melt cheese, wrapped with nori lightly battered with tempura batter and deep fried. This is my second favorite dish from Sushi Nori. I always order this whenever I eat or take out an order. I got addicted to this because it’s unique and it has cheese. It’s a must try!

Chicken Karaage – deep fried thigh fillets coated in potato starch and deep fried until crisp. This karaage I  ordered ala carte and unlike the Chicken karaage donburi it doesn’t have that sweet/spicy sauce but instead came with shredded cabbage and Japanese mayo and still as tasty as the donburi version.

Aburi Salad – sweet and sour tofu and lettuce topped with roe and torched cheese. This is another dish from Sushi Nori that I really enjoy. It's meatless but still very delish and filling.

I see myself regularly enjoying these Japanese delicacies as they bring comfort to me especially that it’s very accessible to where I am everyday of the week. They have so much more mouth-watering items on their menu that I still have to try!

GF, W City Center, 7th Ave
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact Nos: 0917 888 6674

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

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