From its swanky exteriors and breathtaking interiors, Wafu automatically captures the attention of its diners and passersby. Its excellent service complements the fine dining aura that it exudes. Its extensive menu is enough to overwhelm diners as there would be endless variants to choose from.
Yuri's Crab Salad
We started with Yuri's Crab Salad (P280)
, which featured a beautiful bed of greens, mixed with crabmeat and avocados, flavored by its tomato marmalade, chimichurri and accented a lovely miso vinaigrette. This salad was definitely amazing, especially with its tomato marmalade which is essentially a lovely tomato-basil olive oil-based sauce!
My family's staple appetizer would have to be potstickers, otherwise known as Gyoza
. Theirs featured a purely vegetarian version which was not as tasty as I expected it to be. It also had terrible presentation as it displayed the burnt sides of the gyoza when it could have easily flipped it to the nicer, more presentable side of each piece.
We then also ordered the Tofu Steak
. It was really interesting to find each tofu steak piece to be wrapped with egg. It was wonderfully complemented by a sweet and sticky honey teriyak-like sauce which simply tasted superb.
Spicy Salmon Roll
For our sushi, we ordered the Spicy Salmon Roll
which featured pan-grilled salmon and a spicy mix surprise in the center of each roll.
We then ordered a single bowl of Beef Sukiyaki
which was neatly presented in a bowl, beautifully accenting each ingredient. The soup was flavorful, however the meat could use a bit of tenderness and flavor.
We also ordered some Shrimp Tempura
; which proved to be well-cooked, yet a bit lackluster in terms of taste of its sauce and the crunchiness of its batter.
We also ordered the Ika-yaki (P425)
which featured neatly assembled grilled squid drizzled with the sweet and tangy apple yuzu vinaigrette. It was quite alright in terms of taste; however, instead of an entree, it seemed to be more fitting as an appetizer.
The dish that stole the spotlight in our meal would be the Wagyu Skirt
. Neatly carved medium cooked wagyu strips
topped generously with a flossy topping which is simply to die for, accented by a sweet sticky sauce. It comes in half and full versions. This was previously featured in my past article on Wafu.
For our rice dish, we decided to order the Chicken Rice (P297 - good for 3)
which is simply, fried rice with egg and chicken bits. However, it was able to do its work of being tasty enough on its own; at the same time serving as a mere accompaniment to the other tastier dishes on the table. You can opt for a single order at P110.
Overall, I guess it does take a number of visits before you can sift the bizarrely delicious dishes from that of the mediocre ones. It does take a bit of an effort, but finding those gems (such as the Wagyu Skirt and the Yuri's Crab Salad) are definitely worth it!
Wagyu Skirt,Yuri's Crab Salad
Date of Visit: 2013-08-02