The Japanese restaurant you definitely need to try

We’re not afraid to admit it—Japanese food is high up there on our list of favorite food, together with lechon and maybe chicken wings. And why not? There’s nothing like biting into a fresh piece of tuna sashimi, seasoned with soy sauce and a touch of wasabi. Of course, there’s also the favorite bowl of ramen, with a broth that’s been simmering for 12 hours.

Waitresses in kimonos demonstrate how to prepare the Butabara Nabe
Waitresses in kimonos demonstrate how to prepare the Butabara Nabe

A recent visit to Kushiyaki Chikuzenya, however, showed us that there was more to Japanese cuisine than just our staple favorites. The AS Fortuna restaurant is best known for the Butabara Nabe. This is a hot pot simmering with vegetables and prime cuts of pork. The dish is usually eaten in Japan during winter, although it’s also a welcome respite for our rainy days (or when you’re just craving soup).

The pork slices are arranged in a pile, and “melt” into the broth as it cooks. The generous serving comes with the option to refill vegetables, and a serving of ramen noodles to add to the broth.

The sashimi bowl features a variety of fish and seafood
The sashimi bowl features a variety of fish and seafood

Although, the impressive new dish doesn’t mean we’d forgotten about the rest. The Butabara Nabe is best enjoyed with Kushiyaki Chikuzenya’s offering of sushi and sashimi. We were pretty partial to the shrimp sashimi, which was shipped from Japan and had a sweet taste. Yakitori and edamame completed the meal.

With its varied and delicious offerings, Kushiyaki Chikuzenya is definitely a must-visit for those who want their Japanese fix. As for us, we’re thankful that we discovered the Butabara Nabe as a new Japanese favorite.

Shari Quimbo
Shari Quimbo

Shari Quimbo is the managing editor of Zee Lifestyle. In her spare time, she likes cooking for family and friends, and escaping to the beach on weekends. Follow Shari’s adventures on Instagram at @sharinuh.

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