It must have been the combination of hunger and excitement to finally be eating a Japanese meal, but lunch at Eat Sushi was one of the most memorable meals I've had in a while!
I was called and asked to work one day to do the inventory of a popular supermarket chain today. At 3:30AM, I was up and about, ready to take the road to the work place. It was an hour and a half away from home and I had to take the highway for the first time by myself. Scary, but I'm totally proud of myself for doing it and surviving! Work ended at 1:30PM and as I am writing this post, every muscle of my body is aching! I had no idea doing inventory would be this tiring honestly! But I have no regrets. It is good to be out of the house and working.
Back to the meal. I am a huge Japanese cuisine lover. If I could, I would have ordered everything on the menu! I couldn't help but remember my last meal in Cebu, the night before I left. I chose a Japanese restaurant (click here for the post) because I knew it would be a while before I would be eating this type of cuisine. I figured that if I wanted Filipino food, I could always cook some at home, but Japanese cuisine is something I never attempt to make at home - especially sushis!
I eyed the lunch menu specials and while all of them looked delicious in the menu, I went with Menu No. 5, which had 3 sticks of Yakitori, 6 pieces of California Maki, and 2 pieces of Salmon Sushi.
While waiting for my food, I was served a bottle of water and a bottle of Coke. After 7 and a half hour of working, my body needed a dose of sugar! The server brought also two bottle of Soy Sauce - one salted, the other sweetened, Wasabi, and Pickled Ginger. In a little saucer, I mixed salted soy sauce and wasabi, but never touched the pickled ginger.
A couple of minutes later, my order came up - each in a different plate.
Yakitori Plate. From left to right - Beef Gouda (beef roll with melted Gouda Cheese), Grilled Chicken Thigh, and Grilled Beef Balls. My favorite was the Grilled Beef Balls which had a strong taste of ginger. I love how the ginger brought a certain freshness to the grilled meat. Ginger distinguishes the Asian touch. The Chicken was also very good - well-cooked but still very tender. There was a little sweetness that I loved. My least favorite was the Beef Gouda. The beef was cooked well and tender too, but I could have passed on the Gouda cheese. We eat way toooo much cheese at my sister's house!
The Sushi Plate. California Maki made of tuna with mayonnaise and avocado rolled by Nori and Japanese rice and sprinkled with sesame seed. A little dip of wasabi soy sauce and this was perfection. I ate the Salmon Sushi last. Always keep the best for last. The salmon was very fresh and melted in my mouth. Again, dipped in a little wasabi soy sauce. Perfect!
Menu No. 5 came with 2 accompaniments - Cabbage Salad and Japanese white rice. The Cabbage Salad had julienned carrots, sesame salad, and a salt-sweet vinaigrette. It was very fresh and a great accompanying dish. The Japanese white rice was also perfectly cooked but I ended up eating only one fourth of the cup. I had my rice overload from the sushis. No dessert for me today.
Honestly, I had a very good Japanese meal today. It wasn't anything fancy and expensive, but I believe that a good Japanese meal comes from the freshness of the ingredients used. It's a shame that it's a little far from where I live, but since I was in town, I'm glad I took the opportunity to try this out. Who knows when I will back here.
1 Menu 5 with Cabbage Salad + White Rice - 12€
1 Coca Cola 50cl - 3€
1 Bottle of Evian Water - 3€
TOTAL : 18€
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