KKK (Ground Floor, Entertainment Mall, SM MOA)

 

Date visited: October 2013

What we ate:

Garlic Pusit, Sisig Pampanga and Choco Overload

 

Taste = 3.5/5

–          Unfortunately, the Pusit (squid) tasted fishy. It sort of ruined Lyn’s appetite a little bit. It came close to being repulsive so we were only able to eat a spoonful each. Fortunately, the Sisig was great! Bits of pork cheeks and onions with a salty-umami sauce that had a touch of kalamansi juice on a sizzling plate went really great with warm rice. This made up a little bit for the poor squid dish. The Choco Overload was chocolate ice cream on top of a brownie with whipped cream and butterscotch syrup. Well, it tasted exactly like the description and there was nothing special about the taste. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either.

 

Service = 4/5

–          It was almost closing time but the service was still good. However, there were times when calling the attention of the servers became difficult.

 

Ambience = 4/5

–          The restaurant had an indoor dining area with lots of Filipino-inspired decor: brown bamboo wall decoration, images of Filipinos in formal attire, wooden furnishings, etc. The al fresco dining area was ordinary but the seats were comfortable.

 

Value for money = 3/5

–          Because of the discrepancy in the qualities of their dishes and relatively high prices, we couldn’t really give a high mark for value for this restaurant. They should improve the taste and quality of all their dishes since there are too many restaurants in the area with much better quality dishes in the same price range.

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Watami (2nd Floor, North Wing, SM MOA)

WatamiDate visited: May 2013

What we ate:

Watami Salad, Salmon Sashimi, Shrimp Tempura Roll and Pepper Beef Rice in Stone Pot

 

Taste = 5/5

–          They have one of the best Salmon Sashimi’s I have tasted – very fatty and very fresh. Lyn and I were fighting for each of the succulent pink pieces of delicate raw heaven but we weren’t obvious about it. The watami salad was good. It had crisp veggies with shrimp, grilled chicken, tuna mayo and a sesame-based dressing. The tempura roll was prepared really well and tasted very good. It had a brown sauce that tasted sweet and when I dipped it in soy sauce with wasabi, the combination was excellent. The Pepper Beef Rice was placed in a very hot stone pot and the server was kind enough to mix it for us. Since the meal was cooked almost entirely in front of us, the beef was great. Hopefully, the meat-to-rice ratio would improve in the future (too much rice, too little meat). The stone pot was so hot that it kept the dish warm until the time we finished the dish. The minor drawback was that the rice at the bottom became toasted when left unattended.

 

Service = 5/5

–          I went to the restroom just as we entered the restaurant and when I came to our table, the dishes were already being served. Talk about fast service! The servers were very polite and accommodating as well.

 

Ambience = 5/5

–          The place was big and everything was clean and tidy. The place looked very contemporary and it wasn’t in-your-face Japanese inside at all. It was a nice and comfortable place to eat. I hope they could maintain the look and feel of the restaurant.

 

Value for money = 4/5

–          The prices were a little too high in my opinion but the food was excellent.

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