After our 3rd anniversary dinner in Nikkei, Tricia had this wonderful idea of trying out another Japanese fusion restaurant. This time, it was quite near and we didn’t have to go all the way to Makati for dinner. Having spent many date nights in the fashion hall of Megamall, we finally got to try out Ooma, and needless to say, the experience was just as good as our Nikkei one.
As mentioned many, many times on this blog, Tricia and I are fans of Japanese food. We cannot get enough of it, from sushi to ramen, gyudon to udon, we are game for anything. Last night, our dinner in Ooma did not disappoint and I we left with smiles on our faces and glowing tummies.
To start of the evening, we ordered two kinds of maki: unagi maki and salmon skin aburi maki. Just seeing those two orders was enough to make my mouth water. When the two makis arrived, they were quite beautiful. The unagi maki was piled on top of each other, the white and the black colors complimenting the greens and the pinks of the meat. Then there was our other maki, torched salmon enveloped the rice while a generous dollop of cream cheese and shreds of torched salmon skin crowned the entire piece. What lay before was were art pieces that we were too afraid to touch or even move.
After the ritual of taking pictures, we dug in. Staying away from the wasabi, I popped the salmon skin, and wow! A burst of flavors and textures greeted my palate, the play of cream cheese, the softness of the salmon skin, and the crunchiness of the torched salmon skin was knee-jerkingly good.
I next moved on to the unagi maki, and once again I felt like I was in heaven. The fishy flavor of the eel, the crunchy rice, and the shallots stopped my brain from thinking about anything. Those two pieces of maki, were heaven! H-E-A-V-E-N! And I couldn’t stop, paired with wasabi, not paired with wasabi, dipped and undipped in the soy sauce, the two maki were absolutely amazing and undoubtedly filling.
To finish the evening, I had the gyudon meal, which was good but not as good as the maki. However, I would like to note that Ooma’s serving was quite generous, the balance between the rice and the beef were just perfect. I would also have to add, that the beef was absolutely delicious, crunchy exterior but soft and chewy interior, which was perfect.
In the end, our simple date and curiosity, brought us to a wonderfully great restaurant. Everything about that evening was absolutely perfect. Everything just complemented one another and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Ooma Japanese Rice Bar
3rd floor Mega Fashion Hall
Open daily from 10am to 10pm
Contact numbers: (02) 6564591 / +639175392083