Japanese food is one of my family’s favorite cuisine. Apart from it being prepared with precision, Japanese dishes are presented like art served on a plate. The colors, the portions, consistency and everything else is just incredible.
Has anyone of you tried Minami Saki by Astoria yet? Well, I had just recently and I can still taste everything they served during our lunch. You know a meal is outrageously delicious when it is discussed even hours after you’ve eaten — and that’s exactly what Minami Saki did to us.
Minami Saki by Astoria took over the place where Santi’s Delicatessen used to be at Astoria Plaza in Ortigas. The place isn’t too big but can accommodate a good number of guests comfortably and serves traditional to modern Japanese food that are absolutely delicious. Each dish is painstakingly prepared by Executive Chef Kimito Katagiri.
Must-try Japanese dishes at Minami Saki by Astoria
As I wait for our food to arrive, I munched on the complimentary Seaweed with Sesame Seeds while sipping on this housemade Pineapple Mango in between.
Then came the California Maki with Salmon. I love California Maki as is but adding the fresh salmon was absolute happiness!
Aburi Sushi 5 Kinds
Imagine this as your elevated sushi. You’ve got a selection of hamachi, salmon, tuna, eel and lapu lapu sushi with special aburi sauce by Chef Katagiri. Lightly torched to give it a slightly smokey taste and a bit of charring for a nice textural contrast. You also get a generous amount of salty fly-fish roe on top! Every single piece was spectacular!
Oysters on Papaya
Oyster and papaya? Quite the odd pairing, you think? But, believe me… it’s phenomenal! The moment I first popped a piece in my mouth, I became a convert! The caramelized miso sauce, the plump oysters and sweet papaya just go deliciously well together.
US Scallops with Tamago Sauce
Pan seared succulent scallops doused in rich and creamy Japanese-style egg yolk sauce is a must-try! The sauce alone already has a nice solid flavor.
US Angus Teppanyaki
Juicy angus sirloin pieces with a beautiful lining of fat. The meat is perfectly seared on the outside with a pretty pink center. Classic and unforgettable.
Wasabi Creme Brulee
Sweet with some pleasant heat from the wasabi. Delightfully silky with all sorts of wonderful flavors.
Light, fluffy and almost cloud-like.
Executive Chef Kimito Katagiri most definitely knows his food. Japanese cooking is about precision and Chef Katagiri truly exemplified it as seen on each dish brought out.
Minami Saki by Astoria promises to take your stomach on a trip to Japan and beyond without having to move an inch away from where you are seated.