We started our meal with sashimi since Irene just loves their wasabi, which spreads out once you add it to the soy sauce instead of the usual paste like consistency. The amount of sashimi and sushi they serve guarantees that what you’re having is very fresh. I had my salmon “shake” sashimi and Irene had her favorite tuna “maguro” sashimi.
No meal is complete at Kikufuji is complete for me without ordering “tamago” egg omelette. They make the best tamago that I have tasted in the metro, with a sweetness that’s mixed into the egg wonderfully. I’ve tasted a lot of tamago, from expensive and cheap restaurants; but I’ve always compared it to the ones here and no place has beaten that.
A lunch set comes with appetizer; choice cut sashimi, miso soup rice and dessert. The appetizers are different from every time; today’s was a chicken and cabbage.
Spicy tuna and salmon sashimi was served instead of the choice cut, its small pieces of tuna and salmon mixed with cooked tempura batter and mixed with peppers. It’s a little spicy for Irene so I got to eat all 3 plates.
Our main dishes came next, Ebi tempura for Lauren and Gindara (black cod) teriyaki for us. Their tempura is 3 pieces of medium sized shrimps with a piece of eggplant. The batter is not excessive like other places trying to cover up the miniscule shrimp inside. I don’t get to try the tempura today since nobody touches her food until she’s done.
Our Gindara teriyaki was very nicely grilled, that’s why sometimes it takes a while before it’s served. The bald Japanese guy is usually the one doing the grilling, and he is really funny always joking around with the other people when they are less busy. I love their sweet and light teriyaki sauce, Irene tried doing it at home but it’s still not the same. If you finish off the bowl of rice served, you can ask for another one at no charge.
For dessert, you have a choice of fruits or iced coffee. We always get the strong iced coffee, a great finish for a great meal.
Izakaya KikufujiLittle Tokyo 2377 Pasong Tamo, Makati City
Contact No.: 893-7319 (smoking area), 893-6131 (non-smoking area)