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Another Japanese Food adventure: JOHN and YOKO!

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I haven’t had my Japanese food fix in what seemed like forever so I decided to go back to JOHN and YOKO!

Armed with a hungry stomach, a tongue craving for Japanese food, and my constant foodie companion, we traveled to Makati to get our fix.

JOHN and YOKO is located at GREENBELT 5 and we arrived in the area just after the evening mass at the Greenbelt Chapel. The place was a bit full but we got seated without waiting.

Blue Iced Tea, Dalandan Flavor P108 refillable

We ordered our drinks, Blue Iced Tea which is Dalandan flavored Iced Tea. They have it in Red, Blue, and Green. Red is Raspberry I think and Green Kalamansi?

We Found Nemo P799

We were going through the menu when this platter caught the eye of my foodie companion. The We Found Nemo Platter consists of 3 orders of sashimi: Maguro, Shake, Kani and 3 orders of maki rolls: Vegas, Philadelphia, and Dynamite. Like I said, we haven’t had any Japanese food in a while so we went for it!

The Maguro and Shake Sashimi did not disappoint! These are the items that can really make or break a Japanese meal for me. The platter is served with a sweet soy which I liked. I think they added pickled ginger to it. The Kani Sashimi is ok.

The Philadelphia and Dynamite Rolls are good! The only roll that we didn’t especially like with the platter is the Vegas Roll. It’s a cucumber roll with Chicken and a lot of cheese on top, nothing special.

Cold Soba Salad P358

I was craving for my Cold Soba noodles so we ordered the Cold Soba Salad! We had this before and it’s still as good as the last time I had it, though not as cold as I would like it to be.

The order consists of Kani, Cucumber, Tamago, Tempura batter, green onions, seaweed, and nori on top of a bed of Cold Soba noodles already in it’s sauce.

Cold Soba Salad after mixing

Total bill was at P1, 471.07 inclusive of 8% SC.

We didn’t get to finish everything on the table. I think we would have been full from the We Found Nemo Platter alone! I should remind myself not to be “takaw tingin” next time and always consider my budget.

It was worth the trip and the money but I will keep it under P1, 000 or less next time 🙂

Here’s to good food, fine wine, and great company!

Kevin Cabanban

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October 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

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Here’s to good food, fine wine, and great company!

Kevin Cabanban

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October 26, 2009 at 4:28 am Leave a comment

Ms. CLAVEL + YENTOWNKID & Co. + LAX the NightClub 30s Plug for CHANNEL [V] Philippines

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Uploaded wmv. format at 5.8MB, original format takes too long to upload.

Directed by: Edong Canlas
Produced by: YENTOWNKID & Co.
Graphic Design by: NOTTI

Location: Integrated Automotive Services, Inc. 9791 Kamagong St. corner Dungon St., San Antonio Village, Makati City

Airing schedule on CHANNEL [V] Philippines on SKYCABLE Ch25:

1pm – 2pm
4pm – 5pm
7pm – 8pm
10pm -11pm 

1 month run.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported us, and thank you to everyone who contributed to this production, you made this possible.

Here’s to good food, fine wine, and great company!

Kevin Cabanban

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October 15, 2009 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

The Best Value for your Money Japanese Resto in the Metro! Well, in my opinion so far :)

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For the longest time, I hadn’t woken up early for a morning meeting.

It was a Monday, my alarm sounded…8:30AM. My meeting was at 11AM. I was thinking if I could get a few minutes more of sleep but decided against it to anticipate Monday traffic jams. Don’t sneer! 11AM is really early for me considering my lifestyle!

We got to leave my place by 9:30AM and arrived at the venue with enough time to spare for a quick breakfast at Pancake House. The usual Country Breakfast for me, and Beef Tapa for my constant foodie companion.

It was a satisfying breakfast except for the hot tea. It wasn’t worth finishing.

Off to the meeting! It had a very casual and friendly feel in a formal environment, it was good to catch up with Myke, who is now handling Marketing and Advertising for another commercial property. An hour and thirty minutes passed and we wrapped up, listed down our assignments and said our goodbyes.

Now I come to the main point of my story…sorry to keep you waiting…KIMONO KEN!

I was a SUSHI-YA patron since my college days and I thought that SUSHI-YA was the best value for money Japanese food chain in the Metro. They have Sashimi under P200, Maki under P200, and they have Bento Boxes under P250. Until…my first taste of KIMONO KEN.

I can’t clearly remember when I first got introduced to KIMONO KEN, but the dining experience fully converted me.

Maguro Sashimi P175

Believe me, we’ve tried to scour the Metro for Value for Money Japanese restaurants, and we’ve gritted our teeth through horrible, horrible dining experiences. The Japanese restaurant at Power Plant Mall, ground or is it basement level? Trust me…don’t try it.

Mount Fuji Roll P200 Spicy Tuna and Spicy Salmon Maki

I started with trying to find the best value Sashimi, and then moved on to the best value Cold Soba noodles, and then the best value Beef Teppan…but in the end, I reward and comfort myself with a great value for your money Japanese meal at KIMONO KEN.

Shake Sashimi P195

This was just a quick lunch, so we had only three items, Tuna and Salmon Sashimi and a Mount Fuji Roll. The Sashimi is always fresh, silky, and meaty. The roll is delicious. I got my Wasabi fix as well!

I’ll post up more pictures when I get to go back for more. Total bill, P600.54 inclusive of VAT and SC.

If I want to stay under P500, we usually get the Tuna and Salmon Sashimi with Omu Curry Rice…I’m getting hungry again…

Sure you can splurge at a few high end Japanese restaurants or hotel buffets once in awhile, but at KIMONO KEN, you can go back almost four times a month without breaking the bank.

It’s not that KIMONO KEN’s prices differ so much from SUSHI-YA or OMAKASE, it’s more of the consistency of each branch, the quality of the food, and the serving sizes as well. I’ve tried dining at their Tomas Morato,SM North Edsa,  Podium, and Macapagal branches (I know I’m forgetting a couple more) and it’s the same across the board. Add all these variables up with very decent pricing, you’ll get the Best Value for your Money Japanese Resto in the Metro!

Still, SUSHI-YA comes at a close second for me. I’m sentimental like that.

Here’s to good food, fine wine, and great company!

Kevin Cabanban

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October 6, 2009 at 2:20 pm 2 comments


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