I was invited last week by Bistro Group (through Spanky Enriquez) to try the newest restaurant under their belt, Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant at the SM Mall of Asia.
Watami is an international restaurant chain with over 700 locations all over the world, and the SM Mall of Asia branch is the first location here in the Philippines.
The place has a modern Japanese vibe, and the resto was quite spacious. Seats are also available at the al fresco area if you want a better view of the Manila Bay.
Watami offers both traditional and modern Japanese dishes, and being a Japanese food fanatic, I was really excited to try what they have to offer.
To start our meal, we were served their salads: Caesar Salad with Hot Spring Egg (Php 320 for full, Php 200 for half) and Watami Salad (Php 350 for full, Php 220 for half).
|Caesar Salad with Hot Spring Egg|
Caesar Salad has lettuce, bacon, croutons with a hot spring egg to add some kick to this yummy salad. The
Watami Salad is almost a feast with lettuce, broccoli, corn, cherry tomatoes and shrimp. What's nice about Watami is that they also offer salads in half servings.
Salmon & Sashimi
We were also served Assorted Sashimi (Php 425) and Salmon & Vegetable in Rice Paper (Php 185).
|Salmon & Vegetable in Rice Paper|
Assorted Sashimi has 5 kinds of seafood: tuna, salmon, fatty salmon, scallops and amaebi, which can also be ordered ala carte. The Salmon & Vegetable in Rice Paper is also good and easy to pop in your mouth. It's another healthy choice too.
Another comfort food on the menu is the Crispy Chicken Wings (Php 195).
|Crispy Chicken Wings|
The Crispy Chicken Wings is served with sweet sauce. It's one of the items you shouldn't ignore.
Watami serves delicious meat dishes like the Pepper Beef Rice in Stone Pot (Php 190) and the Self-Grilled Short Ribs (Php 295).
|Pepper Beef Rice in Stone Pot|
Pepper Beef Rice is served in a very heavy stone pot and should be mixed immediately for the rice not to get burnt. It was really tender and I could really taste the pepper without overwhelming the whole dish. I love this dish!
|Self-Grilled Short Ribs|
The Self-Grilled Short Ribs is one item that caught my attention immediately as I browse the menu. The meat is grilled right at your table with butter, potatoes and steak sauce. The aroma was already inviting that it was gone for seconds. This is really a must-try.
Another dish that I enjoyed was the Assorted Skewers (Php 295).
Assorted Skewers is a sampler of the 5 skewer dishes that they offer: the Beef & Spring Onion Roll, Pork with Enoki Mushroom, Chicken Thigh, Chicken Breast, and the Chicken Wing. It was simply flavorful and tender.
We were also served Tonpeiyaki (Php 275), which is a Japanese omelette with pork, cheese and cabbage.
It was sweet and crunchy, something the kids would also enjoy. I'd love to have this dish again.
We got to try their Bolognese Pizza (Php 315), which has sausages, cheese and hot spring egg on the center.
The pizza has a thin chewy dough that you can easily make a roll out of it. It was simple yet delicious.
A Japanese dish that left us in awe was the Gomoku Pot Rice (Php 345).
|Gomoku Pot Rice|
It was served while being cooked and should only be eaten after the fire runs out. It's a rice mix with lots of toppings, and something we really liked. You'll be intrigued and excited with this dish.
This place isn't a Japanese resto if they don't have ramen, and we got to try their Ramen in Spicy Miso Soup (Php 380).
|Ramen in Spicy Miso Soup|
It is a humongous bowl of ramen with pork, egg and bean sprouts with the right kick of spiciness. A serving is good to share, but a really hungry guy can finish the whole thing.
Watami offers a variety of alcoholic drinks like sake, wine, beers and shochu. During our meal, we were able to taste some of their non-alcoholic drinks.
My fellow food bloggers tried their Fruit Squash drinks like the Apple Berry Soda (Php 195), Fresh Kiwi Squash (Php 150), Mango Snow Mountain (Php 165), Milky Green Tea (Php 165) and Lychee Grapefruit Soda (Php 150).
We also tried Healthy Drinks like Green Tea Yakult (Php 150) and Mango Yakult (Php 150).
|Apple Berry Soda, Fresh Kiwi Squash|
|Mango Snow Mountain, Lychee Grapefruit Soda|
|Green Tea Yakult, Milky Green Tea, Mango Yakult|
Watami also serves Big Drinks or Green Citrus Drinks like Green Citrus Green Tea (Php 145), Green Citrus Tea (Php 145) and Green Citrus Cola (Php 145).
|Green Citrus Green Tea, Green Citrus Tea, Green Citrus Cola|
To cap our Japanese feast, we were also served desserts. We had Chocolate Fondant Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream (Php 200) and the parfaits: Chocolate (Php 195) and Mango (Php 225).
|Chocolate Fondant Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream|
I love the chocolate desserts! The Mango Parfait was also good if the mango is a little sweeter.
Watami also offers ice cream at Php 75 per scoop. Available flavors are Chocolate, Vanilla and Maccha.
|Maccha Ice Cream|
Like the other Bistro Group resto I visited like TGI Friday's and Fish & Co, Watami has excellent service and delicious food. The dishes were also good for sharing that it would recommended that you visit in big groups.
I find the Bistro Group restos quite pricey, but Watami is a contrast with its reasonable prices. I'd definitely visit Watami again with my friends soon.
Thanks to Bistro Group for having us.
Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
Veranda Bayside, Entertainment Mall
SM Mall of Asia
Contact Nos. 8367141, 09275641815, 0915720-6577