There must be something with September because around the same time last year, I remember being stuck in really bad traffic too. I attended a meeting in the Malacañan compound which lasted longer than expected so I wasn't able to eat breakfast and lunch. They served food and snacks but I found it hard to eat and to participate at the same time.
After the meeting, T picked me up but traffic was so bad, he had to find alternate routes and somehow we ended up in Greenhills. I told T I was dying of hunger so he suggested that we try Yuujin Japanese Cuisine.
Yuujin has been around for 10 years but I still want to write about it because I think it's one of the underrated Japanese restaurants in the Metro. The set up is cozy and intimate with only a few tables and a sushi bar at one end of the restaurant. So it's perfect for those who prefer to dine in hidden and not-too-mainstream places.
To start, our server gives us a complimentary bowl of Crispy Salmon Skin. I love how the spiciness of the crunchy salmon skin blends with the sweet, sticky sauce drizzled on top of the pieces.
I order the Sashimi Moriawase (PhP450/$10+SC) which is a mix of five kinds of sashimi-- tuna, crab, salmon, squid, and shrimp. I always look for this in Japanese restaurants but what they usually have is a combination of sushi, sashimi, and maki. So I'm happy Yuujin has this platter of pure sashimi.
The squid sashimi is soft and the melt in your mouth kind and the salmon sashimi is fresh. I wish they would add more crab sticks though but given the price of the whole dish, I think I shouldn't complain :D
Nasu Abura (PhP140/$3+SC) or sweetened eggplant with sesame seeds is another favorite of ours. This isn't always present in menus of Japanese restaurants so when we see it, T automatically orders it.
Another staple of ours in Japanese restaurants is tempura so T orders the 8-piece (yes 8 pieces even if it's just the two of us) Ebi Tempura (PhP395/$8.50+SC). The tempura is good.. Thin because there's not so much batter on the prawns but T and I like it because it's crunchy. The sauce is good too.
Of course, no meal is complete without an order of Fried Rice.
I've mentioned this a number of times in previous posts but I really love unsweetened brewed iced teas. So during a long hectic day like today, I'm so happy Yuujin has Homemade Brewed Iced Tea (PhP90/$2+SC) and it's bottomless too!
So here I am.. From an ogre to a smiling human being :D Happy Friday everyone!
Good authentic Japanese food.
Very reasonable prices.
If you're looking for a place that serves authentic Japanese cuisine but won't break your wallet, Yuujin is the place to visit. T and I will definitely be back!
Yuujin Japanese Cuisine
Dining Date: 5 September 2014
Owned and operated by Maeda's Japanese Cuisine, Inc.
221 Wilson Street
Tel No.: (02) 706-0626
Monday to Thursday
11:00am - 3:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday to Sunday
11:00am - 3:00pm
5:30pm - 11:00pm