Nanbantei of Tokyo in Bonifacio Global City
Duration : ~1-2 hours
Bummers : small portions
“Legend has it that the chicken dishes in Japan began with the Samurai and a game called Taka-Giri (teaching a hawk to catch a smaller animal). The yakitori tradition (or roasting bite-sizes pieces of meat, poultry, vegetables, etc.) has its roots with the Japanese, but with the Dutch who had settlements at Dejima, Nagasaki during the Edo period.
Nanbantei of Tokyo combined the best of these two traditions to give you a thoroughly and memorable Japanese culinary experience.” -Nanbantei of Tokyo
Nanbantei of Tokyo is a great place to go to if you are craving for tasty yakitori. In this restaurant, you can have a taste of tender and succulent yakitori without breaking your budget. Though the servings may be small, each plate is packed with flavor which you won’t get in an average yakitori restaurant.
Aside from yakitori, Nanbantei of Tokyo also offers some of the common Japanese dishes like the Kani Salad, different maki, sushi, and sashimi. We started our dinner at Nanbantei of Tokyo with Salmon Soup (Php 75). The salmon soup was served piping hot, which is perfect to warm up our tummies for this Japanese gastronomic journey.
The awesome about Nanbantei’s salmon soup is that several pieces of pink salmon are immersed in the soup. The soup tasted great, without any unpleasant or too fishy smell or taste. They had us at the salmon soup. Just wished that it came in a bigger serving. Or maybe we could have just ordered another serving.
Our appetite was further heightened by the Kani Salad (Php 185). This salad is a festival of flavors starting with the bed of lettuce then a layer of thinly sliced carrots and cucumbers. Square slices of ripe mango joined the festivity. Then, the kani (crab meat) is added and topped with strawberry mayo. It is decorated on top with strips of nori and tabiko.
The California Maki (Php 180) is another festival in our mouth. The burst of flavors is a colorful as its appearance. The mango, cucumber, and kani (crab meat) are married together perfectly inside the sticky Japanese rice. The maki is rolled on caviar and topped with sesame seeds. The best way to eat the maki is to dip it on some soy sauce mixed with wasabi.
The Yaki Meshi Rice (Php 100) is a meal on its own. This Japanese fried rice is enough to satisfy our palates. Though it appear to be a little light, it is actually full-flavored with every scoop. We think we can have yaki meshi rice all day and still not get enough.
Never thought that pork and fish can go together well in one dish but the Sakana Maki (Php 100) proved us wrong. Sakana Maki is a yakitori dish of cream dory wrapped in thinly slice pork. When you chew on it, the flavor of the fish and pork combine in a perfect symphony. It was definitely heaven in every bite.
The Agedashi Dofu (Php 95) is lightly breaded giant cubes of tofu that are fried until golden brown. The tofu used in this dish is not your regular off-the-market tofu because it was extremely soft and light. The agedashi dofu comes with a creamy broth, and topped with chopped spring onion and dried bonito shavings.
We ended dinner with dessert, of course. We had to feed our curiosity with an order of Green Tea Ice Cream (Php 100). Bet this is considered as a “healthy” dessert as you can taste the Matcha Green Tea with every spoonful. It was something new and quite refreshing.
Nanbantei of Tokyo sets a very relaxing mood. The lighting is perfect for intimate dinners or a simple meet-up with friends. When we dined at Nanbantei of Tokyo, we were seated in a booth. The arrangement was cozy and we really enjoyed the food. The staff are very friendly and they all greet you with a smile.
Definite going back to Nanbantei of Tokyo. And next time, we will have one of their yakitori platters. See yah!
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