Just last week, WATAMI GRILL and SUSHI BAR opened in BGC UPTOWN MALL.
Located on the 4th floor just beside TEXAS GRILLHOUSE, this is a restaurant that is perfect for Japanese food cravings without the heavy price tag.
As I arrived, drummers were doing their thing to welcome the guests.
Also, a bunch of cosplayers were also present to welcome the diners. Believe it or not, once upon a time I was into cosplaying and I was an OTAKU way back in high school some x years back.
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As for the restaurant, the inside is pretty much like a traditional Japanese joint. Perfect for an after office dinner or a quick lunch with a small bar area.
As the guests settled down, the menu was handed over and a quick browse would show that WATAMI is like an IZAKAYA. Basically, this is a grill place for skewers but it also have favorite sushis and rice bowls.
To enjoy the meal, I would suggest that one order sushi or sushimis to start then partner it with a bunch of skewers. If craving for rice, they also have a lot of choice bowls for your cravings.
The dishes would be perfect to pair with a Japanese Beer like ASAHI or ask for some Japanese themed cocktails as well.
If you are indecisive, it would be okay to order a mix sushi plate.
It could be all sliced sashimis or you could match them with their sushi rolls as well.
If you're in a group though, having individual orders of tuna sashimi and fatty salmon sashimi would be better. I was impressed with the freshness and the thick cut of the different sashimis served.
Please do try out their UNI. They were pretty sweet and fresh.
In case you aren't into uncooked dishes, the rolls are for you. This Spicy deep fried salmon roll packed a little kick but it was delicious.
Healthy lovers would enjoy having a salad bowl or two.
Of course, I skipped that and went straight ahead to the skewers.
Most of the skewers were marinated in a sweet teriyaki like bbq sauce. Since this is a grill place, you also have a lot of variety when it comes to getting other cuts of meat.
Seafood lovers would love the SALMON HEAD. FOR ME THOUGH, I prefer the mackerel. The salty flavor is perfect to partner with rice.
If you're in for a huge meal, the RICE BOWLS would definitely be in your sights.
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I tremendously enjoyed my visit to WATAMI in UPTOWN MALL BGC that I see myself going back within the week. Cheers.
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WATAMI GRILL and SUSHI BAR
BGC UPTOWN MALL
9th Avenue, BGC, TAGUIG CITY
Disclaimer: was invited to visit the restaurant. wrote this based on my experience.