Our yearly trip to Subic happened once again, and during our first night there, we ended up having dinner at this Japanese restaurant called Chef Samurai. This resto is owned by a restaurateur couple who are also big fans of Japanese food.
You may think that this place is a huge restaurant, but it’s definitely smaller on the inside. The interiors were kinda dull too (I didn’t get to take a picture of the sushi bar).
Menu: Sashimi, Sushi, Maki, Soup, Salads & Starters, Favorites, Ramen, Rice bowls, Rice, Spaghetti, Sandwiches with sweet potato chips, Dessert.
Ebi Tempura – Slightly bland. Oh, and I found a dead ant embedded inside the fried batter. Blech.
Meaty Gyoza, filled to the brim with ground pork.
Shoyu Ramen – This comes in two versions: The regular version, and light version, pictured here. The light flavor has lesser soy sauce, therefore, less saltiness.
Tuna and Bonito Aglio Olio – The noodles were chewy and slightly dry, but that’s what made this dish unique, in my opinion.
Miso Ramen – The broth has a VERY strong and flavorful miso taste.
Spicy Tuna Maki – This dish was my absolute favorite. The rice, spicy tuna chunks, and crunchy flakes of tempura batter all create a perfect balance of flavor. I didn’t really like the red strings that were placed on top of the rolls, since they reminded me of those long whisker-like appendages that you find in shrimp heads. >_<
I felt very full after my meal due to the large amount of food that we ate. Chef Samurai’s dishes are not only delicious; they’re very cheap and filling too. They just have to be careful and observe cleanliness when preparing their dishes.
Food: 3.5/5 (taste), 4/5 (presentation)
Chef Samurai is located at Raymundo St, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales. Links: Facebook