Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Tokyo Cafe: Western dish with a Japanese twist

With its name, one would expect Tokyo Cafe to serve katsu, maki, etc.--well, they have that—but also burgers, fried chicken, pizza, and crepes among others! Curious on this eclectic menu, I researched on the internet and found out that Tokyo Cafe’s concept is “Western comfort food with a Japanese twist.”

So one Saturday evening, I decided to treat two of my friends at Tokyo Cafe’s SM Southmall branch (at the Food Street area) to try this relatively new fusion restaurant.  It has a cozy ambiance—I especially liked their Japanese-inspired ceiling lamps.  After a hard time choosing which to order because of the extensive menu, we decided to have the following:

Miso Soup – warm and light with lots of nori!
Miso Soup, PhP 65

Mango Chicken Salad – the light dressing, ripe mangoes, seedless grapes and romaine lettuce was refreshing. It has a generous amount of tasty chicken salad.
Mango Chicken Salad, PhP 230

Carbonara – classic creamy pasta with liberal servings of mozzarella cheese, bacon and mushroom.
Carbonara, PhP 250

California Maki – their version has “jam-packed” amounts of rice vis-a-vis the “tiny” crab stick, mango and cucumber at the center.
California Maki, PhP 150

Katsu-Ju – tonkatsu flavored with tempura sauce and onion leeks. It is served with scrambled egg on top of steamed rice in what they call a Ju-box. It also comes with miso soup and some vegetable sidings. The deep-fried pork cutlet is tender and lightly breaded.
Katsu-Ju set, PhP 285

And the drinks—Cranberry Juice, Cafe Jelly Smoogee (coffee jelly blended in espresso base) and Iced Green Tea (I didn’t like the leafy-bitter taste!).
Cranberry Juice, PhP 85 * Cafe Jelly Smoogee, PhP 155 * Iced Green Tea, PhP 80

Tokyo Cafe is quite expensive (maybe, that’s why there are only a few diners) but the serving size and taste is worth it. I will definitely come back and try their cakes and coffee concoctions.

For more details, visit their Facebook page:

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