Tokyo Cafe in Manila?
We love Mall of Asia. You need to get use to it before really appreciating the genius of its design. We live near the area so we like to hang out here during the weekdays. Usually, Weekends are a no-no for us, but the Typhoon Milenyo weekend was an exception. With most establishments in the Makati area still having no power, Mall of Asia is back to business as usual. This is the kind of reliability that you need from a mall specially during times of crisis :) Aside from this, we love MOA because of its family oriented design where you can find play/ game houses for the kids in every corner and very good shopping places for my wife. This is the first time when we fell in love with a mall.
However, I felt I had exhausted all the new cool resto places in MOA when we suddenly can't figure out where to eat. We haven't tried Bed Scenes, but the food i hear is not that good (please let me know if you hear otherwise). There are the celebrity-owned restos facing the bay like the Yaku Japanese resto owned by jason webb and family and Lamesa Grill with Sen. Kiko Pangilinan as one of the owners I heard. But I cannot seem to drag my feet into those restos-- can't seem to find a reason to do so. Pink Peppers-- we are not sure too. We don't usually repeat any restaurants when it is just me, my wife and Aidan.
Out of nowhere, we came across Tokyo Cafe with its cool white interiors and seductive menu line up. It reminded me of Teriyaki Boy kind of food but without the Chicken grill in the menu. We saw the actor, Michael de mesa and family eating there so we decided to check it out too. I'm sure there is no Tokyo cafe in Tokyo and this would be a Manila version of what a Tokyo cafe would look and taste like. I'm not sure who the owner is and I was not able to get more info about its existence and ownership. Let us know if you know the story of tokyo cafe.
The Verdict? It is very good as expected for a fast food type of resto. We don't mind going back here to check out the Pizza and Pasta items.
It's a small cozy place and Here is the --> Tokyo Cafe Menu. The prices are a bit expensive at P200+ and it is exclusive of VAT but with no service charge.
Kani Crab Sandwich (P139). Japanese kani sticks in zesty dressing. We love this the moment we took a bite of the crispy bread where our teeth sunked into the shredded crabsticks. This also reminds me of the Oliver's sandwich version but the difference here is that the bread is thick and crispy all the way through. This one of those food items, that has a photo in the menu and it deserves to be there. You won't go wrong with this.
Chicken Cheese Balls (P213).Fillets of chicken legs stuffed with melted cheddar with caramelized soy. A bomb cheese! I took an immediate liking to this crunchy chicken balls with the cheesy creamy filling. The terriyaki sauce added flavor to it. It was like eating a tonkatsu except for the cheesy filling. Best eaten when hot! We love the cheese squirting out of the chicken balls every time you bite it or slice it in half.
Shrimp Bisque (P73). Full flavored shellfish soup. No special taste that came with this cream soup, just itsie bitsie shrimps. True it is tasty but I could not describe its taste. I wouldn't recommend this not unless you are really into Shrimp bisque.