Tsumura is a Japanese restaurant hidden inside a building in Makati. It’s one of those so-called “hidden gem” or “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants where you have to keep your eyes peeled, or ask for directions in order to get to this restaurant. At first, I was quite intimidated because of the building’s location, and also because it looked empty—But I decided to give it a go.

The interior looks really impressive; I never imagined that you can find a classy-looking restaurant like this inside a nondescript building….

Menu: Appetizer, Sashimi ala carte, Sashimi assorted, Hot pot, Yakimono, Agemono, Tempura, Teppanyaki, Nimono, Mushimono, Salad, Sunomono, Zousui, Ochazuke, Shiromono, Ju box, Teisyoku, and Udon/Soba.

Maguro Sushi. The slice of tuna was large and thick enough to cover the lump of rice underneath. Really fresh and delicious, I knew I should’ve asked for two or three pieces instead of one.

Hire Katsu. The katsu pieces were thick and tasted a bit plain, but it was nice and crunchy. It comes with two dipping sauces – One for the salad, and one for the katsu itself. I kept dipping my katsu into the salad dressing, hehe.

Ebi Tempura. Not exactly the best 😡

Sukiyaki Ju. I only got to try the thinly-sliced beef, which would taste even blander if it wasn’t coated with sweet scrambled eggs. Delicious, but not great.

I guess Tsumura is a wonderful place to go to, if you only came for their sushi/sashimi/maki dishes. Unfortunately, their other dishes are just disappointing. The relaxed ambiance makes up for it, though.

Tsumura is located at 2/F, 88 Corporate Plaza, Sedeno St cor Valero St, Salcedo Village, Makati. Tel no: (02) 887-4848.


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