Text by Djan Magbanua
Photos by Pau Geluz
MANILA is a simmering pot of culture. And part of that culture is food!
Kahit saan ka man magpunta, you will always get a glimpse, rather, a taste not only of Filipino cuisine but foreign as well. May madadaanan ka palaging Korean, Japanese, Mediterranean, Indian or Chinese cuisine.
When we heard na merong newest Japanese-themed resto na nagbukas sa E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, we readied our taste buds and our tummies.
It is small and quiet. Cute naman at may Japanese style bar pa ang loob ng Onigiriya, ang bagong bukas na Japanese restaurant located at Unit 1, Don Graciano Bldg., 1180 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City.
Parking is easy, er, of course not that easy kapag marami nang kumakain.
We love the food. You will surely get what’s in the menu. Kaya wala kaming nagawa at marami kaming nasubukan.
The number one attraction here is the Onigiris!
Quick fact: Ang onigiri ay isang tipo ng pagkain na laging pinapabaon ng mga Japanese moms sa kanilang mga anak. Ito ay matuturing na isang complete meal na gawa sa kanin, binilog at nilagyan ng palaman sa gitna at binalot sa nori (dried seaweed). We can say the food is prepared with love just like how our moms prep our food.
(P60 – P70)
Each bite is rich. Malalasahan mo sa bawat kagat. At sa isang piraso pa lang, busog ka na. We especially recommend the premium onigiri flavors, specifically the Katsuo Salmon Flakes that are shaped like sumo wrestler. Sa sobrang cute parang ayaw mo na siyang kainin.
(3 pieces for P170;
5 pieces for P275)
Malulula ka sa laki ng ebi (that’s shrimp in Japanese!) tempura nila na fried into golden, crunchy perfection.
Crunchy outside, juicy inside with a flavor that leaves a mark in your taste buds.
Pro tip: Ipanghalili mo ang kanilang house salad sa onigiri. Hindi ka magsisisi.
Mentaiko Cheese toast
The spicy flavor of the mentaiko (made from fish eggs) sauce topped with cheese gives an amazing kick.
Need something to topped all that fried, umami flavors na natikman mo? This popular snack from Nagoya made from azuka beans and served with whipped cream ang sagot diyan.
Calamansi Juice (P58)
Wash it all down with their very own mix ng calamansi juice.
Check out their Facebook page
@OnigiriyaPH for more information