Takashi is a Japanese restaurant that got its name from its chef – Chef Takashi Kawasaki. Chef Takashi has been living here in Manila for the past three years, and is a graduate of one of the most prestigious culinary schools in Japan. He started working in the restaurant business since he was 18, which I have to say, is quite impressive. Chef Takashi’s main goal for his restaurant is to serve good Japanese food with his own unique, personalized twist.
Menu: Ramen, Appetizers, Mains, Toppings, Extras, Donburi, Drinks.
Spam Gyoza – Chef Takashi’s original creation. I find it interesting that this dish had ‘Spam’ in its name, because it was the number one thing that the dish lacked. It felt like I was eating regular gyoza instead – Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Oh well.
Spicy Spam Maki – With spam, mango, and cream cheese. Well at least this dish had spam in it <_< Anyway, it’s pretty much my favorite dish of the entire meal. Loved the combination of the sweetened spam, and the cream cheese. Not as spicy as expected, but still had a bit of kick to it.
Tori Karaage – Crunchy, bite-sized juicy pieces of fried chicken. This may look appetizing, but… Blaaaahhh. I could barely finish it. Not only was the chicken bland and tasteless, it also didn’t have a dipping sauce. Ugh. What’s up with that? -_-
Ebi Tempura – Shrimp fried with the restaurant’s homemade batter. This was pretty good.
Cha-han – Takashi style fried rice. One of the few decent dishes that we got to try.
Spicy Seafood Ramen – With fresh seafood and hot chili. This is what my dad ordered. Got to sip a bit of the soup, and it had a nice, creamy finish. And unlike the Spicy Spam Maki, this one had me chugging down some water afterwards.
I honestly have mixed feelings regarding our dining experience here at Takashi – Although I did end up enjoying some of their dishes, like their ramen, the spam maki, and the fried rice… The rest of the food looked appetizing, but literally lacked flavor. If I were to come back, I would stick to their maki and probably their ramen too.
Food: 3.5/5 (taste) 3/5 (presentation)
Takashi Japanese Cuisine is located at Pioneer Centre, 8006 Pioneer St Kapitolyo, Pasig. Tel no: (0905) 510-9554. Links: Facebook.