I love a good “hidden gem” restaurant, especially if it’s in a place where you least expect it. The last time something like this happened was in 2014 when I reviewed Tsumura, a Japanese restaurant located in Makati. Washoku de Azabu is another fine example of these types of restaurants, located inside the BTIC building along Greenhills. This restaurant’s huge sign would catch my eye whenever I would pass by the building, so I decided to give this place a try.
Serious question: What is it with these hidden Japanese restaurants having classy interiors? I instantly fell in love with it from the get-go. We ate here during lunch time, but I’m 100% sure the view looks spectacular at night.
Menu: Appetizer, Salad, Seafood, Meat, Sashimi (sashimi moriwase, sashimi for one, sashimi special), Sushi moriwase, Kinds of sushi, Makimono, Sushi roll, Sushi donmono, Tempura moriwase (seafood, vegetable), Agemono (meat, seafood), Yakimono (yakitori, skewers order per stick, vegetable), Makimono kushiyaki, Grilled seafood, Hot pot/stew, Azabu specials (sukiyaki, shabu shabu, teppanyaki), Gohan mono, Rice, Soup, Noodles (cold, other noodle specialties, ramen specials).
A very diverse menu, if I may say so myself.
Tezukuri Gyoza – Was really astounded by how thin and crispy the skin is. Very nice.
Spicy Tuna Roll, always a favorite. Although this one lacks a bit of spiciness, it was still very tasty.
Mom had the California Rolls – With crabsticks, mango, and lettuce.
Tempura Soba – Hot noodle soup with tempura. The taste of the noodles wasn’t too overwhelming – I normally have a love-hate relationship with soba, but this one was just great. I loved the tempura as well, it was crunchy, and not too greasy.
Tan Tan Men – Sichuan style ramen. Dad thought this one was too salty. I got to try out a bit of the soup, and he was right. The amount of miso also overpowered the broth a bit. It’s definitely a lot spicier than the tuna rolls, though. I also loved the grilled pieces of chasyu.
Not too bad at all! Washoku de Azabu is highly recommended for Japanese food fans such as myself. I would love to come back here if given the opportunity – It’s got the perfect combination of good food, great location, and wonderful interiors… Although I’m still wishing that I could dine here again during the nighttime. Hehe.
Food: 4/5 (taste), 4/5 (presentation)
Washoku de Azabu is located at G/F BTTC Centre, Ortigas Ave cor Roosevelt St Northeast Greenhills, San Juan. Tel no: (02) 942-2051. Links: Facebook || IG: @azabugreenhills.