Friday, September 9, 2016

NANBANTEI of TOKYO is now in Alabang Town Center…

If you say Japanese cuisine, people would always think about sushi, sashimi and all the raw sea foods that come along with it. But a particular Japanese dish many people didn’t know is the Yakitori. Yakitori means grilled chicken on skewer. But in Nanbantei, they offer a wide array of other grilled meat and vegetables on barbecue sticks.

A very visible signage at Nanbantei Alabang...

A few days ago, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Nanbantei in their newly opened branch at the Corte dela Palmas, Alabang Town Center. The Nanbantei ATC is actually the third branch of the Nanbantei franchise that offers the unique side of Japanese cuisine. The restaurant offers a 90 seating capacity including the al fresco dining area near the veranda. The place also feature the typical Japanese sushi bar for those who prefer to eat in a casual dining experience.

Nanbantei Alabang caters to the yuppies of the bustling side of the metropolis...
Before we indulged in the Yakitori specials, we were served with some appetizers called Namayasai. These are chilled vegie-sticks such as fresh carrots, cucumber and turnip with the house special Miso paste dip, which made the vegie-sticks extra special.

Miso Soup. A great way to start a hefty meal...
It was my first time to eat at Nanbantei so I didn’t know what to order yet. The crew suggested we order the Best Seller Platter which consist of various the Yakitori dishes in one plate. We were told that it will take a while, so I ordered something familiar to me, which is Miso soup. It was a good starter while we patiently wait for more good stuff Nanbantei has to offer.

Namayasai. Fresh vegie-sticks with Miso paste...
Not very long, our Yakitori arrived. The Best Seller Platter is composed of three sticks of each, Tebasaki (Chicken Wings), Aspara Maki (asparagus wrapped with pork), Pork Garlic Yaki (Pork with garlic flavor), Tsukune (Chicken meat balls) and Beef Yakiniku (thinly sliced beef with Yakiniku sauce). What makes these Yakitori so special is, the grilled meats don’t have any saucy marinates like the usual barbeques, but the flavor is so delicious. I refuse to believe that it only has salt and pepper because it really taste so good. And lastly, the Best Seller Platter is served with three pieces of Corn on the cub and you also have the option to have it shredded and be served in a plate.

Best Seller Platter...

Mixed Sushi...
 We also had the taste of other Nanbantei favorites like, the mixed sushi where it has a bit of several types of sushi and sashimi in one plate. And for a refreshing drink that goes best with grilled dishes, is the Strawberry-Mango shake. You also need to try their house cocktail drink specialties like the Hibiscus Mojito, which feature Mojito with mint, Bacardi White Hibiscus Syrup, with Mint leaves and lime juice in soda water.

Strawberry and Mango shake...
And the best way to wrap up the fine afternoon is a chilling dessert, so we ordered the house specialty – the Black Sesame Ice Cream. Now, that definitely clad everything up.

Black Sesame seeds Ice Cream...

NANBANTEI Alabang is a breath of fresh air – its airy, cozy, uncluttered interior with minimalist modern accents and distinctive grilled yakitori dishes give one a glimpse of Japan’s culinary culture that can be savored and appreciated with every bite. It is open from 11am to 11pm, Sunday to Thursday and 11am to 12mn on Fridays and Saturdays. For inquiries, you can reach them at 772-0766. Like Nanbantei Philippines on Facebook, @nanbantei_ph for IG and twitter or you may also visit their website nanbanteiphilippines.com

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