Behold the cutest thing I ate
this month ever! :D
I usually won't go anywhere far just for fancy or novel food, since we already have a whole lot of those in Quezon City (Hello, Banawe and Maginhawa Streets!). But when two of our friends messaged me and my Panda about a restaurant in Pasig which serves Panda Sushi...by all means, we went that weekend ASAP!
Takashi Japanese Cuisine is located in Pioneer Center in Pasig. It's owned by a young Japanese chef named Takashi, and not only does his restaurant serve authentic Japanese food, they also have a knack at presenting their dishes in a very creative way.
The set-up is simple, pleasant, and non-intimidating.
Panda Sushi (P280)*
salmon, tuna, kani
Say hello to these panda babies! They're sooo cute that even the lady who sat on the table beside us asked permission if she could take photos! In front, the pandas look cuddly, and at the back they're carrying their sashimi backpacks. OH MY! It was so difficult to start eating them, so we saved them for last. Haha!
My Panda and his pandas! :3
We both loved that the "backpacks" were thick and tasted fresh. We were expecting the rice to be plain, but it had flavor, even on its own. Price might seem steep considering it's just three pieces, but really, it's not everyday you see sushi as cute as this one so it's well worth it.
Karaage Curry (P220)*
My Panda ordered this dish since it looked really cute in the menu, but when our order arrived it had a weird mouth. XD It's supposed to look something like this:
As for the taste, the sauce was good, but we found the serving size of the meat a bit small.
Panda Sushi and Karaage Curry are part of their October specials.
Beef Yakisoba (P270)
with sizzling sauted noodles
Good for sharing. They didn't skimp on meat with this one, and my Panda loved the egg (from Japan!).
Salmon Teriyaki Maki Sushi (P240)
Fresh salmon drizzled with teriyaki sauce
This one's probably the most unique sushi we've tried so far. It had semi-cooked fatty salmon (love) on top, and raw salmon plus cream cheese inside (!!!). Unexpected combo, but it works!
If it were not for their October specials, we wouldn't have trekked all the way to Pasig just to eat. In the end, we're glad we did since we've discovered a new place to eat. There are a lot of affordable choices and this proves that you don't have to spend a lot to get authentic Japanese food. Next time we're around the area, we'd definitely revisit!
Takashi Japanese Cuisine
Pioneer Centre, Pioneer St. Brgy. Kapitolyo, 1600 Pasig, Philippines
Store hours: Monday-Sunday, 11:30-22:00
Phone: +63 905 510 9554