Watami – Casual Japanese Restaurant
“Japanese food makes me feel particularly good.” ~David Mitchell~
Jen and I haven’t been hanging out lately and when we did. She suggested to veer away from our usual favorites.
After we got the stuff we need from some specialty shops at Shangri-la mall, our feet led us to this casual Japanese restaurant: Watami.
When it’s casual, does it mean that there would be no Geisha’s to serve you, there’ll be no Tatamis but the usual dining tables, still if it’s a Japanese restaurant, I normally think of the sublime execution of an authentic cuisine. Which is why it is one that always fascinates me. Refined, unmatched manner of preparing and serving each entree, this specific Art and not to forget that Japanese hospitality which is popularly known as “Omotenashi”. Lastly, theirs is healthy.
We’ve been to Akira and Sumo-sam in the past so Watami deserves a try. Besides, we haven’t had Japanese food in a while. =)
This friendly barker helped us decide right away after reviewing the menu that’s displayed outside. There was no mention of miso soup from the menu so we asked him if they have my favorite soup and they have it in 2 variants. A plain one and another that is spicy.
Watami is one of the many restaurants under the Bistro Group:
– Plank Sourdough Pizza – Conrad Hotel Manila
– TGIFridays and Italianni’s – with more than a dozen branches all over the country
– Fish and Co – Mall of Asia and Trinoma
– Krazy Garlic – Greenbelt 5
– Bulgogi Brothers – Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 5, Harbor point, SM Lanag, Mall of Asia
– Village Tavern – Bonifacio High Street
– Modern Shanghai – Mall of Asia
– Tonkatsu – Ayala Cebu
– Buffalo Wild Wings – Glorietta 1, Conrad Hotel Manila, Estancia Mall, Uptown Mall, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa
– Texas Roadhouse – Uptown Mall, Conrad Hotel Manila
– Denny’s – Trinoma, Bonifacio Global City, Eastwood, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa
– Baker & Cook – Conrad Hotel Manila, U.P. Town Center
Sometimes, it is slightly annoying that while you’re enjoying your food, an attendant will approach you to offer the advantage of getting the Bistro Frequent Foodie card or popularly known as BFF Card.
But come to think of it, if I review all of their restaurants, they are the most frequented and been thriving all these years and some of the best restaurants in the country. I must assume that those annoying attendants are one of their most effective Marketing Strategy for a continuous growth and carry one brand after another.
Personally speaking, I have been a regular customer of TGIF and TEXAS Roadhouse. I’ve tried Fish & Co when they still have one at Alabang Town Center. I even got this chance to see some contestants of “American Idol” (Jessica Sanchez’s time) since they held one of their activities at Italianni’s when they had their concert tour years ago.
So even if we haven’t seen and tasted our orders yet, we’re counting on that we will enjoy this early dinner. Later I learned that there are more than 700 branches of Watami all over the Asia Pacific region.
Take a look at what we’ve had:
Chasu rice for me and Jen, special curry Udon with cutlets for Jen and assorted tempura for me. Prior to deciding what to order, I had a miso soup called in advance.
All of these except for my soup were recommended by the attendant who took care of us.
The Chasu rice is truly delicious and its’ flavor matched my tempura. Jen’s Udon is tasteful too but is a little spicy and the hint of curry is just right, it is very mild. I enjoyed my tempura, however, I missed something from the sauce that came with it.
Over all, it was another gastronomic experience. Not to forget mentioning the intricately planned interiors of this casual Japanese resto.
I’ll ask Jen to try the sourdough pizza from Plank and pastries from Baker and Cook soon. =)
Aside from the New Wing of Shangri-la Mall, You can find Watami at the following locations:
– Greenbelt 2
– Mall of Asia
– Uptown Mall