I am no foodie but I love dining out. Being raised in a fastfood atmosphere, dining out is a staple family affair and a week never passes without trying a new restaurant or simply having a good conversation over good food in a familiar ambience.
My family is not a Japanese Food fan and a Japanese restaurant always comes a second choice over other Asian Cuisine; Thai food is always the first option. But our choice made a great twist when we tried Seryna Japanese Restaurant in Makati City.
Nestled in Little Toky in Chino Roces Ave. Legazpi Village, Makati Metro, Seryna offers a distinct Japanese atmosphere. The architecture defines the simplicity of Japan. The structure, mostly wood, brought me back to my Japan trips.
It was raining hard when we chanced upon this quaint restaurant in Little Tokyo near the Makati Square. Reservation is the key for you to savor their dishes. Unfortunately, we didn't make one but thankful enough because they let us in. The Ilonnga staff made us feel welcomed.
First we tried their Sukiyaki. Commonly prepared in front of the guests (you have an option if you are particular with the smoke), this nabe dish is prepared with thinly sliced meat, vegetables, mushrooms, tofu and shirataki (konyaku noodles) simmered in a sweet soy sauce broth. The pieces of food are dipped into raw beaten egg before being eaten.
We also tried the Yakitori, reminiscent of our street food. Yakitori are skewered grilled chicken pieces seasoned with salt or sauce. Almost every part of the chicken is used for yakitori including the white and dark meat, gizzards, skin, and other organs.
My mom ordered for Yakiniku. I was informed that the price is steep but I felt they were all prepared for it. Yakiniku literally means "grilled meat" and refers to grilling bite-size pieces of meat - mostly beef and pork - on a grill at the table. Specialized yakiniku restaurants are among the most popular restaurant types in Japan and usually serve a wide variety of meat parts at multiple quality (and cost) levels.
The food was better and it became "best" when we were informed that all the raw ingredients come from Japan and is delivered on a daily basis. Even the bottled water comes from Japan. The prices may be a bit high but the thought of having all these fresh from Japan is worth an experience.
To experience this, you need to call for reservation because the place gets full all the time. The number is (02) 894-3855.
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