Ever since watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I’ve been a convert to sushi and to its bigger cousin, the chirashi bowl. Yumi Japanese Restaurant in the new Promenade, Greenhills has a number of options beyond the usual. We did a little sampling together with some foodie friends one lazy lunch a while ago.
Chirashi is basically raw fish on top of vinegared rice (shari), some restaurants specify what you will get on your bowl while others depend on what’s fresh. This is a quick and easy bowl that will satisfy any hunger.
We started our chirashi party with the usual Chirashi Moriawase (P490), this is de rigueur in most Japanese restaurants in one form or another. Yumi’s version has a maguro/tuna, sake/salmon, unagi/eel, uni/sea urchin, ebi/shrimp, saba/mackerel, kani/crabstick, tako/octopus and tamago/egg. The rice had a nice vinegar flavor that was even better than a bowl I had from a place in Little Tokyo a week ago.
The next was the Chirashi Ikura Tokuji (P470). This one is more simple based around the Ikura/salmon roe and ebiko/shrimp roe with uni, kani, tamago and ika/squid.
Chirashi Ikura Sake (P450). This one had even less ingredients just more of each one. This had ikura and ebiko as well as sake, kani and tamago. A different way of eating these two ikura based chirashi bowls is to mixed everything together with the rice. You’ll be surprised how much tastier and better textured each bite is.
The last bowl we had was the Chirashi Tekka (P390). This is a simple tuna sashimi based chirashi bowl given a little twist via the addition of a fresh quail egg. Irene’s not a fan of quail eggs and finds it a bit off. I found it coats the tuna in a nice sheen and gives it a smoother feel on the taste buds.
There were also two platters of sashimi marinated in chilled light soy, Maguro Sashimi in Shoyu (P320) and Sake Sashimi in Shoyu (P320). Both plates feature thinly sliced fish in a light soy so its not salty and topped with sesame seeds for some nice crunchy texture.
Before catching a movie at the Promenade, you might want to get a quick bowl of chirashi at Yumi Japanese Restaurant.