I dragged my retiring ramen warrior friend Dex to visit this hidden Japanese restaurant that I have been dying to try for these past few months, Marufuku.
As a Japanese food aficionado, this place has been on my list since it opened more than a year ago.
Each table is placed with a tray with a small paper with the lunch set menu, which ranges from Php 350 to Php 595. But adventurous people that we are, my friend and I decided to order ala carte.
As we are waiting for our orders, we were served spicy anchovies as a complimentary appetizer.
The first to arrive were the Ebiten (Php 400) and Marufuku Roll (Php 550).
A piece of Ebiten is twice the length of the usual shrimp tempura, with the adequate batter thickness. It is more than enough for its price.
The biggest futomaki I have ever tasted, the Marufuku has tempura inside, covered by ripe mango and unagi (freshwater eel). I did try swallowing a piece whole, and I wouldn't recommend you to do so. Though I have a huge appetite for sushi, the Marufuku Roll defeated me. However, you shouldn't miss getting this when you visit the place.
We also shared a bowl of Miso Chasu Ramen (Php 280), which is one humongous bowl.
|Miso Chasu Ramen|
I loved the taste of the broth of the ramen. Quite satisfactory for two persons, in my opinion.
We also tried the Burabata Shio Robata or pork belly grilled skewer (Php 70 each).
Our server recommended that we try it. However, we think it stayed a bit longer than it should be at the grill that the meat tasted like charcoal.
Last to arrive was Okonomi Modan Yaki (Php 390), which takes a while to prepare, as we were warned by our server.
|Okonomi Modan Yaki|
The Okonomi Modan Yaki was generously topped with bonito flakes, but it needed more sauce as the pancake itself is quite bland.
Overall, I was impressed with Marufuku. The servings are bigger than what we expected. The service is excellent too. We overestimated our food and ended up taking half of our orders home. I would love to go back to try the other dishes on their menu.
Marufuku Japanese Restaurant
29 San Miguel Avenue
Lunch - 11:00 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner - 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Contact Number: 5703989