Monday, November 20, 2017

A Japanese Menu at Spice Cafe

 I was fortunate to have been invited to a foodie meet up for lunch earlier at Spice Cafe at City Garden Grand Hotel along Makati Avenue. It was the first I heard of the restaurant and was very excited to explore its offering.

Spice Cafe is located at the 7th floor of the hotel and is known for its breakfast buffet and its Asian Menu.  Last September it expanded its menu further and came out with a separate a la carte listing for its Japanese cuisine

Here is a list of what we tried yesterday

Beef  Yakiniku P495
"Yakiniku" meaning grilled meat. Beef was tender and flavorful. Love the sweet marinade.

Chicken Teriyaki set P350
All set meals are served with miso soup, Japanese steamed rice and stir fried vegetables. Chicken was moist , tender and delicious.  I loved the charred sweetish chicken skin.  Price is fair considering the other items included in the set.

Assorted Maki Rolls 

Tempura Maki P495, Crazy Maki P420,  Yasai Futomaki P290 ,  Unagi Maki  P475. Presentation was beautiful. My favorite would have to be their Unagi.  My least bet would be the Crazy Maki and Tempura Maki.  I found the sushi rice a bit denser than the Japanese rolls Im accustomed to.

Beef Soba Noodles P575
Noodles were al dente and with flavor of umami and sweetness.

Ebi Tempura 3 pcs P395 5 pcs P550

Batter was thin and light. Shrimp inside was substantial

Japanese Cheesecake P150 per slice

Texture was unlike the cheesecake we know. Flavor was very subtle. Mango helped provide the sweetness and went well with whip cream

Summary :

Spice Cafe's Japanese Ala Carte menu  which they started serving only last September offers the hotel's guests a wide range of choices when the craving for Japanese food hits. They have maki rolls, sashimi, nigiri sushi, salad, noodles, donburi and set meals prepared by a Pinoy Chef whose forte is preparing Japanese cuisine.

The food we tasted  were generally flavorful and reasonably-priced for a 4 star hotel.

Spice Cafe
7th Floor City Garden Grand Hotel
Makati Avenue cor Kalayaan
Poblacion Makati City
Open from 6am to 10pm
02 8888181

Spice Cafe - City Garden Grand Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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