Soru Izakaya recently opened in Maginhawa to introduce their spin on Japanese cuisine called New Nippon. It’s a casual joint with lots of small plates on the menu that are perfect matches with their wide range of alcoholic drinks but people looking for more substantial fare will still find lots of options in the menu.
If you love aburi sushi, Soru Izakaya has a lot of choices for you to choose from. You can go the normal route with the Shake Belly Aburi (P220/ 2 pcs) with the fatty salmon lending itself well to the searing. Want a little of everything, get the Aburi Moiriwase (P480), with shake, maguro, saba, tako and horse mackerel.
Salmon Skin Aburi (P220/ 2 pcs). This was our favorite item from the aburi menu. Crispy torched salmon skin with cream cheese, spicy mayo, teriyaki sauce and spicy Soru sauce.
Shake Nori Aburi (P220/ 2 pcs). Nori/seaweed tempura topped with torched salmon cubes, Japanese sushi rice, teriyaki sauce and red truffle mayo. This one looks kinda like a street taco done Japanese style with the nori sheet bringing the crisp texture to contrast the softer rice and salmon.
The next two plates of maki will definitely wow diners with artfully decorated plates from dragons, flowers and beaches. The Hiroshima Maki (P290) is salmon maki topped with fried gyoza wrapper and salmon cubes marinated in spicy Soru sauce. Oh Umi Maki (P390) on the other hand is a maki composed of shrimp tempura, salmon cubes, topped with salmon and tempura flakes and finished off with teriyaki sauce and truffle mayo.
Ebi and Kani Popcorn (P280). Shrimp and kani pieces deep friend in nori batter with shoestring potatoes and served with spicy Soru sauce. This is an addicting sharing appetizer that you won’t even notice munching on with its blend of salty and spicy flavors.
Tori Karaage (P190). They give this classic dish a spin by adding torched cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
Tofu steak (P190). Soru has meatified this familiar dish with the addition of sliced beef wrapped on the tofu squares and finished off with their Japanese steak sauce. Listed in the appetizer section, I’d rather classify this as a main dish, to be paired with rice.
They also have grilled kushiyaki of which my favorite is the Arabiki (P140). Not really authentic since they use Taiwanese sausage for this one to give it a little more sweetness but tasty nonetheless. For a mix of all their best sellers, get the Kushiyaki Platter (P650/ 12 pcs).
For more substantial fare, they have a teppanyaki table dishing out the beef, chicken and seafood dishes like the Royal Seafood Teppan (P440).
Matcha Cheesecake (P240). Layered matcha and white chocolate cheesecake with graham and matcha powder. This is a light interpretation of cheesecake, with a light creamy texture leaning on the Japanese cheesecake style.
Soru Izakaya140 Maginhawa St.
Quezon City, Philippines
Contact No.: (632) 738-2543