Going to Japan has been in my bucket list since forever. It’s been there before I even had a bucket list! I suppose a large part of the reason has been all the animes I watched as a kid. Sure, they’re all cartoony-like and have out-of-this-world superpowers (or at least, most of them do), but they still managed to convey to me the richness of their culture.
Sigh. I want to eat mochis under a Sakura tree so bad.
Moving on, why all the talk about Japan, you ask?
It’s really all because of Mitsuyado Sei-men, a restaurant we tried a few weeks ago that specializes in ramen.
The interiors are just a-mazing! It really looks like a typical street in Japan (or how I think it would look like since, again, I have not yet been to Japan, sigh).
There were a lot of Japanese people dining there, too, which made me think that the food must be pretty authentic for them to come here.
We ordered Coco Royal’s Basil Seed with Honey Juice and Coconut Water with Aloe Vera to drink. People with Trypophobia, look away! I think other restaurants have these as well, but it’s our first time to try it and I must say, it has a pretty unique taste. If you want plain old water, you’ll have to pay for it. They do have service tea, though.
As a side dish,we ordered the Black Pepper Chicken. You can also order this with rice. It was nicely cooked and tasted great. If for some reason you don’t want to eat ramen in a ramen house, this is a good choice.
I said earlier that Mitsuyado Sei-men’s specialty is ramen. But to be more specific, it’s tsukamen or dipping noodles. We ordered their best-seller, the Double Cheese Tsukamen. The noodles already had parmesan cheese on them, but you also have to pour the cheese sauce. Thus, the “double” in Double Cheese Tsukamen. This is really, really good. The cheese melts into the noodles and totally complements its rich broth.
We also ordered the Aji-Tama Curry Tsukamen. You can actually order your noodles either hot or cold. Since the hot noodles for the previous dish, we had this one cold. This also had a very rich broth and the Japanese egg was especially tasty.
For dessert, we had the Strawberry Kakigori. It tasted good, but there wasn’t anything special about it. It was a good way to cleanse the palate, though.
I really can’t get enough of their design! They paid a lot of attention to the details. The staff was very friendly and they were always ready to help you out. This resto’s a definite must try, whether or not you want to go to Japan.
Mitsuyado Sei-men is located at No. 22 Jupiter Street, Brgy. Bel-Air, Makati City.