Many Pinoys are into Japanese food. I myself is a fan of maki, tempura, tonkatsu and the soup that’s best for bed-weather — the ramen.
Japanese food, aside from being a comfort food, is a specialty food that is quite pricey. For this reason, some of those who rave this type of cuisine do not indulge in the dish too often. Good thing, recently opened in Marikina is an authentic Japanese Restaurant which serves popular Japan bento and other signature dishes at affordable price.
Fukurou Nihonryori is located at the ground floor of the Bluewave Mall (in front of Marquinton Residences) in Bgy. sto. Niño, Marikina City. As if it’s destiny, you’ll find it across Japan Home, a novelty and homeware shop for low-cost Japan-made products. It is right beside Max Restaurant.
The proprietor is a beautiful lady who took culinary arts in the most appropriate place to learn it — Japan. When she came back to the Philippines, she brought home with her authentic spices and ingredients as well as kitchen and dining wares which she would use in the restaurant she will open in Marikina, her place of residence. Fukurou, she explained, means owl in Japanese. Owls are popular in Japan.
Tasting Japan, the inexpensive way, is a wonderful experience especially because I shared it with friends and family. Should you try it, too? Let these photos help you decide…
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Photo collage 1: top: restaurant wooden dining ambiance; middle left: the tea cups featuring the restaurant signature, the cute owls!; middle right: the sign which reminds the customers to be patient in waiting for their food as the restaurant cooks meals fresh and as orders come; bottom: the eye catching wall design featuring Japan’s famous intersection, the Shibuya crossing.
Photo collage 2: top: california maki with authentic wasabi; middle left: classic tempura, my son’s favorite; middle right: Katsu Donburi (pork cutlet rice bowl), my personal favorite; bottom: the leche flan (crème caramel and caramel custard) is not at all Japanese but it was made part of the menu as it’s a family recipe that I would say a MUST TRY!
Photo collage 3: top left: the signature and best seller Miso Ramen which uses authentic Japanese Wakami seeweed; top right: Kaki Age Soba, a soup that is a combination of veggies and seafood; bottom left: the iced tea.
Photo collage 4: top left: our order number, the lucky number for Chinese which actually, is related to the Fuku as the word means luck or good fortune; top right: the restaurant menu which features the affordably-priced Japanese dishes; bottom left: the open kitchen.
Convinced enough? Better try it for yourself. Happy Japanese, err… eating! 🙂
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