A couple of Sundays ago, my parents told us to meet them for lunch in Morita Japanese Restaurant at Fisher Mall. It’s a new restaurant, having been open less than 2 months. The restaurant was opened as a tribute to Tomiya Morita by the owners of Fisher Mall because every fishing boat that he has recommended in the last 40 years is still in operation to this day.
We actually had a bit of difficulty looking for the restaurant since it was not located inside the mall but outside, facing Roosevelt Street. There are actually a number of parking spaces available in front of the restaurant.
We had entered the mall parking from Quezon Ave so missed the facade of Morita as well as this drop off area in the basement.
We finally got to this part of the mall after questioning a security guard, good thing they knew where it was. When we asked the guard on this level where Morita was, he told us to exit the door and turn right. We later found out that we could have passed thru the glass doors which leads to the back door of Morita and the basement drop off point.
The restaurant is fairly seating with nice clean decor filled with cherry blossoms murals on the walls. There’s also second floor/mezzanine area for parties or events. My parents love this place so much that our lunch was the 3rd time they were there in a week.
The waitstaff told us that Chef Tom Yamasaki (formerly of Haru) was tapped by Morita to be their head chef. He’s here behind the sushi bar.
We started with some sashimi, Salmon (P325) and Ika (P179). The salmon is imported while the Ika (cuttlefish) is local. Serving size and quality is very good especially for this part of the metro.
We also got an order each of Hamachi (P485), Tuna (P219) and Amaebi (P550). The hamachi was silky while the amaebi sizes were pretty big.
I’ve been on a sushi eating craze so I of course could not resist getting a plate of Nigiri Moriawase (P415). 9 pieces of well made sushi with good sized fish and seafood plus a tuna roll. The tamago was a bit of a letdown though.
Lauren got her usual order of Ebi Tempura (P295) and said it did not taste as good as her favorites, Tsumura and Kikufuji. I tried a bit of it and found the batter not well seasoned although the shrimps were plump, large sized and crisp.
My dad loves squid so after having it in sashimi form, he also orders Ika Teppanyaki (P220). This one was good, well prepared and tasty.
The dish I enjoyed most was the Enokidate Itame (P280), golden mushroom sauteed with spinach, shimeji mushrooms and chicken strips. This is a healthy dish I would not mind eating everything, lots of vegetables as well as low fat chicken breasts that’s well seasoned and cooked perfectly.
We got a Tori Teppanyaki (P285) for my mom and Irene since they both don’t eat beef. Serving size was generous as you can see, chicken leg pieces were sauteed and seasoned well. This is can’t do wrong choice.
My brothers got the Batangas Tenderloin Teppanyaki (P420). We were all expecting the beef to be tough but was actually pleasantly surprised it was quite tender. A good, bang for the buck choice as it’s less than half the price of the Australian rib-eye.
Morita Japanese Restaurant may not be the best Japanese restaurant in Metro Manila but it is a great choice for those in the QC area. The sashimi are good quality since the family that owns the restaurant and the mall also own the largest commercial fishing company in the Philippines. Some dishes needs a bit of improvement but since the restaurant is still in their infancy, I expect them to do just that. So if you are craving for some delicious Japanese food and don’t want to brave the traffic going to Makati or elsewhere then Morita Japanese restaurant is a great choice.
Morita Japanese RestaurantG/F Fisher Mall (outside area) Quezon Ave., cor. Roosevelt Avenue Heroes Hill, Brgy. Sta. Cruz Quezon City, Philippines Contact Nos.: (0926) 616-9246 and (02)294-8140
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