Sugi Japanese Restaurant has been around for over three decades starting from the old Greenbelt before moving to it’s current location in Greenbelt 2. I have vague memories of having eaten at the early branch but I’ve dined many times in both the current location as well as the shuttered Crossroad Arcade, Greenhills branch. You can depend on the classic dishes done exceptionally well but Sugi still manages to inject some new flavors with their monthly menus.
Tuna Salada Isobe Maki. This was part of their December menu that I hoped would make it ways to their permanent menu. Miso marinated tuna and spicy tuna fresh nori wrapper with julienned vegetables and lettuce. This feels like an open faced taco crossed with a temaki and it’s eaten almost like the taco. You can wolf down a few of these before even noticing, that’s how good and light they are, sans rice.
Salmon Aburi Maki. Ebi fry roll wrapped in sushi rice and topped with torched salmon drizzled with, tobiko, spicy mayo and teriyaki sauce. This is a secret, off the menu dish but the chefs can easily make it as the ingredients are always available. There’s a lots of different textures in this large sized roll, crunchy and pops, sweet and spicy that will have your taste buds dancing.
Saba Mirin Boshi. Grilled Japanese mackerel marinated in soy sauce and mirin, sprinkled with sesame seeds and served with a wedge of lime. For those that love saba, Sugi has given it a fresh new injection of flavor.
Sugi still does classics right, as evidenced by their multitude of loyal diners who have come back again and again throughout the years. Ebi Tempura, Beef Steak Teppanyaki and Sukiyaki will still delight your taste buds. Lauren gives high marks to the teppanyaki and sukiyaki by polishing off 2 bowls of rice with room to finish a big bowl of sukiyaki.
There are many new restaurants popping up almost daily that some may have forgotten the classics or have not even tried them in search of the next big thing. You owe it to yourself to revisit the classics like Sugi and be surprised that they are still around dishing out quality Japanese food, plate after plate.
Sugi Japanese RestaurantGreenbelt 2, Esperanza St.,
Ayala Center, Makati City,
Contact No.: (632) 757-3678
Facebook Page: Sugi Japanese Restaurant
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