I got a chance to sample Fukudaya Japanese dining in Arya residences, BGC ahead of their Aug. 1 soft opening. They will be offering two dinner tasting menu options for 2 weeks priced at P900 and P1400 before moving to full operations. Fukudaya serves authentic Japanese dishes with some modern interpretations and specializes in dishes using their homemade dashi. Parking is available in the basement of the building.
They have a wide open kitchen so you can see the chefs doing their thing up close and personal.
A bento of appetizers started our lunch at Fukudaya. Japanese potato salad, tuna and salmon sashimi, sweet corn tofu pudding and chicken with green beans. The sweet corn pudding was our overwhelming favorite, it is unmistakably corn but I could still detect the silky texture of tofu on a light dashi broth.
Mango and Shrimp with Sweet Tofu paste. Sweet tofu paste is similar to mayonnaise in texture but is much lighter and I suppose healthier. The mango cubes adds a tropical sweetness while the shrimps add a nice crispness to the dish.
Simmered Pork Belly and Radish. Forget the pork belly slices and just head for the radish. The radish is packed with both the flavor of the pork and the umami filled dashi broth. If not for decency, I would have drank all the broth up or better yet just order some rice and dump it in.
Shrimp and Eggplant in Dashi Broth. Nothing really exciting after following the radish.
Grilled Salmon Belly. Grilled perfectly with crisp skin and juicy and fatty meat.
Kakiage Tempura. I have a new found love for kakiage after my recent trip to Japan. Mixed seafood and vegetables cut into small cubes are battered together to produced a textured flavor bomb.
Marinated White Fish in Orange. Not a big fan of this one as I could discern the batter that they fried the fish in before marinating it in citrus.
Shichimi Cabbage Salad. Chicken with julienned Chinese cabbage mixed with shichimi (seven) pepper. Mix it well so you pepper is spread out. Light and refreshing palate cleanser.
We had a plate of sushi including aburi beef and salmon plus a trio of sashimi. I wasn’t too impressed by both and have had better in other places.
We sampled two rice dishes cooked in an iron pot. One was garlic and the other was sukiyaki. The garlic one was fantastic and might contend for the best garlic rice I’ve ever had. The sukiyaki needed a little bit more soy for me but flavor and texture were already good.
Surprisingly, the three desserts we tasted were all very good. The Hakushu Coffee Jelly is infused with Hakushu whiskey and served with a dark chocolate covered dried mango immersed in Hakushu whiskey. The whiskey taste is really evident but not overpowering but the dried mango is A beautiful and jiggly rain drop cake followed, served with brown sugar syrup and toasted soy powder. The sweet, gelatin like textures of the cake is well balanced with the syrup and the smoky soy powder. The last dessert we sampled was the Matcha Cream Puff, bite sized and filled with a smooth but lightly sweet red bean cream with a side of sliced fruits. The red bean cream is the one that carries this dish and makes it exemplary.
Fukudaya Japanese DiningArya Residences Tower 1, Mckinley Parkway
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines
Contact No.: (632) 800-3563