Japanese cuisine has been well accepted and loved by Filipinos. Almost anywhere you go, you'll see a Japanese restaurant. Katsu, donburi, sukiyaki, sushi, sashimi, yakiniku, ramen, okonomiyaki, yakitori, etc etc. Name it, we have it somewhere in the Metro!
|Tori Ichi - BGC Branch|
It was a busy Friday night and off to Tori Ichi I went for a sponsored dinner. Tori Ichi x looloo x foodfanaticph!
|A look inside Tori Ichi in BGC! This is their first ever store.|
|Looking down the main dining area from the private room.|
|Private rooms for functions.|
|Their Yokitori Sets that will let you sample an assortment of their Yakitori!|
We tried their Meijin Yakitori Set that has 20 different pieces of skewers.
Tsukune - Chicken Meatballs , Kimo - Chicken Liver , Uzura Tamago w/ Bacon - Quail Eggs wrapped in Bacon, Hasami - Chicken & Scallion and Corn
Asparagus Bacon, Sunazuri - Chicken Gizzard, Yakiniku - Seasoned Rib-eye , Butabara - Pork Belly and Tebasaki - Chicken Wings
Top Set: Enoki Bacon, Nankotsu - Chicken Cartilage, Mochi Bacon, Kokoro - Chicken Heart and Uzura Tamago
Bottom Set: Shitake, Sasami Negiroshi, Momomi Wasabi - Chicken Thigh, Tail - Chicken Tail and Kawa - Chicken Skin
I liked the Mochi Wrapped in Bacon because it's different and it's a good different. I'll replicate this at home with Tikoy ahahhaha
|Yakiniku is the one in the middle! Chicken Wings - Butabara - Yakiniku - Chicken Gizzard - Asparagus Bacon!|
I also liked the Yakiniku with the tender and flavorful chunks of Rib-eye. Butabara can be improved by maybe adding a bit more fat in between the meat. It was too lean.
|Four Chicken Sticks and a Mushroom!|
Four sticks from this set are all chicken parts. Sasami Negiroshi - Chicken Tenderloin, Momomi Wasabi - Chicken Thigh, Tail - Chicken Tail and Kawa - Chicken Skin. I liked the Momomi the most as well as the tail. So juicy and tasty!
Chicken and Scallion was good but what stood out from this set was the Corn!
|Meijin Set has 2x more than the Tomadachi Set - 20 Sticks for 950Php|
Aside from the Yakitori, we also tried the following:
|Spicy Deep-Fried Tuna Roll for 140Php|
This was not spicy at all. This was okay considering the price of 140Php for 6 rolls. Maybe they could add more tuna and increase the price a bit?
|Shake Kawa Maki for 180Php|
Crispy Salmon Skin Sushi Roll needed more crunch for it to live up to it's name. Nonetheless, the bits of salmon skin with cucumber were tasty.
|Ebi Tempuura Donburi - new in their menu|
Ebi Tempura Donburi was okay. It was bland, needing more sauce.
|Shimisaba or Vinegar-Pickled Mackerel|
Makerel Sahimi was good! There was no fishy smell and taste - very clean too!
Surf Clams Sashimi came in next and they were gorgeous! Beautiful red color! I haven't tried this so I was pretty amused. It didn't have any flavor that strongly stood out.
|Closer look at the Surf Clams!|
It was more like squid in texture but more chewy. I enjoyed this best with the soy sauce and wasabi.
|Matcha Ice Cream with Red Beans for 80Php|
Matcha and Red Bean Ice Cream for dessert was good. The Matcha ice cream leaned towards the "lasang parayer meeting" side but not too much. Mix it up with the red beans for a more enjoyable cold treat.
They also had us try this type of Sake. It was the unrefined type of Sake, from the first washing of Japanese rice. Lower alcohol content, milder, was milkier too compared to the usual Sake. I liked this!
Overall, I would say that their skewers need a little something more to make them standout. Maybe offering some side sauces for those who prefer more pronounce flavors. Wondering how the other dishes in their menu would play out though.
4 out of 5 Stars for Tori Ichi!
--- Tori Ichi Yokitori and Bar: G/F Net Quad Bldg., 31st St. cor. 4th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
***you can also find them here:
--- G/F North Parking, SM Mall of Asia, JW Diokno Blvd., Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
--- Ground Floor, Water Garden, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City
--- Second Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City