Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014
Roll Platter




I probably represent a few Filipinos who aren't into Japanese food but are curious enough to try one on special occasions or at least once a month. As a foodie challenge, I visited a Japenese-Korean restaurant in Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City one rainy night.

"I Love Makati!" Blog Series Tour

Rushing through the unbearable business district traffic, I barely made it to my dinner with friends Stacy of Tsinoy Foodies, Nines of Nines Versus Food, and Michelle of Dekaphobe. Drenched in rain water as I decided to walk from Ayala Avenue to Jupiter Street, I felt like a fresh fish out of water. Seafood was the last thing I wanted to see that night. I was on restaurant review duty for my "I Love Makati!" Blog Series Tour and Genji M. (formerly called SamJung under a different management) was on the top of my itinerary. I guess I had no choice but to sample raw fish.

Sushi Platter
Crazy California Maki

As with all my dining review experiences, I always taste samplers on an empty stomach. That night, I felt it made it more difficult for me to prepare my palate for the occasion. I started with a skewer of the Chicken Yakitori and liked it so much that I failed to get a decent photo of it. The Yakitori sauce was a tasty concoction of soy sauce, rice wine, sake, sugar, ginger, and garlic that resulted in sweet and salty flavors. I did not mind that the flame-kissed chicken was not as large as everyone at the table thought they should be. I was just starting anyway and there were a lot more to taste.

It turned out that we were having the restaurant's Unlimited Menu that included unlimited sushi and rolls and unlimited sashimi. For interested guests, the promo can be availed in different ways: 1) Unlimited Sushi and Rolls for P499 per person 2) Unlimited Sashimi for P799 per person (with Unlimited Sushi and Rolls) 3) Unlimited Premium Sashimi (Unlimited Sushi and Rolls + Tuna Seafood Shabu Shabu) for P1,499 per person.

After a few more minutes of more Genji M. specialties, I was already in a good mood and had become oblivious of the strong rain outside. The restaurant, under new management, looked every bit a Japanese-Korean restaurant. The central dining area wasn't as roomy as other restaurants in Makati City, but one can always expect of this type of dining venue to have private rooms.

I was informed by the restaurant's General Manager that it normally takes a bit long to serve Japanese food, since most ingredients are prepared fresh and by demand which is why most of their customers make sure to make reservations ahead of time so that waiting time for food is remarkably reduced. However, at Genji M., it seemed that the chefs at the helm know that speed and precision are a priority to achieve customer satisfaction.

Pork Tonkatsu
Japanese Salad

I had a piece of the crispy, deep-fried Ebi Tempura which is popular among Filipinos. Sometimes served on a hot noodle dish or a bowl of rice, it was served as a standalone treat. To further indulge myself in a pleasant disposition, I ordered Pork Tonkatsu which had crunchy Panko (bread crumbs) and considered as a comfort food by many. It worked. I felt at home and ready to try more food without reluctance.

Fortunately, the unlimited menu we were having that night also included an access to a delicious buffet of Japanese Salad, Kimchi Fried Rice, Japchae, and Bulgogi, among others.

The most memorable treat for me that night was Genji M.'s Crazy California Maki. Each portion was well-balanced in flavor that I popped in more than one!

I requested for hot tea to wind down. An easy press of the private room buzzer atop the dining table had the immediate attention of our server since we were staying inside one of the private rooms.

A private room
It was fun dining with fellow dining venue reviewers, especially with this group that have members of experienced bloggers who are juggling serious day jobs with their writing hobby.

H E L P F U L   L I N K S

Visit the official website of the restaurant.
Facebook: GenjiM

Genji M.
Address: 8485 Kalayaan Ave., cor. Makati Ave., Makati City, Philippines
Phone:  (02) 804-2883 or 0906-301-9153
Operating Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm

More Photos Below:

Fried Mandu
Kimchi Fried Rice


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