Where to Eat this Weekend: Mangetsu
Friday, January 24, 2012
So it puts me in a QUANDARY (impeachment trial week 1 word of the day) as the compliments I receive ("Congrats on the column!") are tied in with an accusation ("Why don't you submit your column every week? Too busy?" - NOT!) Unfortunately, the "space limitations" are not within in my control.
Fortunately, this site is. So I refuse to let that limitation rain on my parade and I am going to sing in the rain and forge ahead with my recommendations on where to eat this weekend! :)
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|Japanese fried chicken|
Mangetsu is a well thought-out Japanese restaurant on Jupiter Street. Owned by Manny Zamora, among other partners, it was supposedly created to accommodate Japanese businessmen who craved a taste of Japanese cuisine as they would appreciate it in their homeland and which they could not find here in Manila.
Interestingly enough, the signature item for the resto is not the sashimi or ramen but their fried chicken or karaage. In Japanese fashion, it is not too oily, with the flavors of the soysauce most palpable. Squeeze calamansi on it and sprinkle either black pepper or green tea salt on it.
This fried chicken is best paired with fried rice (how else?). This is rice is distinguishable due to the garlic mixed with it.
|Egg and leek chahan|
But if the restaurant is to capitalize on its hot items, it may just fall into the list of Jap restos in Makati, without really making its mark or being heralded as it should. Instead it should capitalize on what are truly outstanding items and these are all cold:
The sashimis are excellent: fresh, generously cut, beautifully presented. Especially the hamachi and the uni.
|Hamachi. So fresh!|
|Pork shabu shabu salad|
The chef is Masamoto Ishikawa, who used to own a restaurant of the same name on Milelong/Creekside.
The surge in customers has resulted in rather slow service but this is attributable to birthing pains. Otherwise, the waitresses are very friendly and as attentive as they can be.
Function rooms for 6-10 pax are available on the second floor, allowing privacy and smoking.
Rates are on the pricey side but not over the top (like Inagiku). The chicken is P380; the hamachi is P580; Coke is P80.
Jupiter cor Paseo de Roxas, Makati.
Wheelchair accessible on the G/F only.
Major credit cards accepted.