I didn't know that there was a Japanese Restaurant as reliable as MINAMI SAKI in the Ortigas Area. Rather than the usual go to's, MINAMI SAKI by ASTORIA is the perfect way to go on a less popular but delicious path. Admittedly the restaurant serves fresh and simple dishes. As such, MINAMI SAKI should be one of your go to Japanese Restaurant in the area be it for lunch or dinner.
Located on the ground floor of The Astoria in The Ortigas Business District, it seems like any other ordinary restaurant until you enter. The Ambiance is perfect. It shouts Japanese yet is very private and well mannered about it.
Appetizers are served to whet the appetite. Shredded salmon meat with pickled veggies are placed on your plate first as a complimentary starter.
If you are tired with the usual miso soup, you could try out the DUBIN MUSHI. Basically a traditional seafood broth, this could pace your stomach just right for the meal ahead.
What is a Japanese Restaurant without fresh sashimi and sushi? Since, it may be hard to decide on which to pick, you could go for the MORIAWASE SASHIMI. Five different sashimi types placed in front of you. Perfectly cut and just plain fresh.
If you're looking for something different. The ABURI SUSHI might be for you.
ABURI means slightly burned. These were torched to give it a slight cooked and caramelized taste. My favorite among the 5 would be the eel. Sweet and luxurious. Other than that, there is tuna, salmon, hamachi, and lapu-lapu.
The chef knows how to please it's younger and picky customers by making the TEMPURA MAKI. This huge roll is just right for the kids and the kids at heart. Playing perfectly with the shrimp, it is rolled into a maki and is deep fried.
The Shrimp is proportional with the rice. It's not as if the rice was overwhelming. Rather, for a rice loving person such as myself, I enjoyed the balance. One bite meal I believe.
For something luxurious, the KAKI PAPAYA YAKI or Roasted Japanese Oysters on Papaya and miso sauce would be your bet. Oysters flown in from Japan are used to make each bite perfect. I didn't know that Papaya would work well with oysters and miso. After just one try, I got hooked.
For Steak lovers, they would enjoy the Teppan-Yaki. The US ANGUS SIRLOIN Steak is just flawless. The Meat is properly cooked to a medium or medium well doneness. You could say that it is healthy because it is accompanied by stir fry vegetables. Perfect with a mouthful of rice.
If that isn't enough you may want to try the USUYAKI STEAK with MUSHROOMS. Basically thin cut meat rolled with a variety of mushrooms inside. I could have just eaten this with rice and I would be all set.
For healthy eaters, the MAGURO PEPPER STEAK was made with them in mind. Maguro or tuna was seared and a sweet sauce placed on top. Simply delicious.
Another must try would be the SCALLOPS with TAMAGO SAUCE. The scallops were smooth and soft. Every bite would remind me of the sea. It worked well with the egg sauce.
Surprisingly, MINAMI SAKI by ASTORIA also has a well thought off dessert line up.
For something light, you could try their Cheese Cake.
The taste was pretty light, but I would have wanted it to be smoother.
For something sweeter and different, the WASABI CREME BRULEE might be your go to dessert. It wasn't that spicy nor was it that hot but the wasabi flavor was spot on and very distinct. It might be okay for some but it might not be for others.
If I was to have just one dessert, it would be the COFFEE JELLY. Aside from its smokey entrance, I was impressed with the taste of the jelly. Made with UCC Coffee, I was in love on my first bite.
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MINAMI SAKI by ASTORIA is a great Japanese Restaurant to visit in the ORTIGAS Area. Under the helm of Chef Kimito Katagiri, I wasn't surprised with the flavor and quality of the dishes. He has an impressive career heading up different hotel restaurants in the Philippines for roughly 20 years. I was floored as all the dishes were superb. The prices are definitely proportional with the quality of the dishes.
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15 J. Escriva Drive,
Ortigas, Pasig City, Metro Manila
02 6871111 loc 8164/ 8165
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