It’s been a gruelling but rewarding week so I thought of treating myself to some of my good old favorites from Kimono Ken.
Kimono Ken is a chain of Japanese fusion restaurants that’s been around for about a decade. It may be homegrown here in the Philippines but they certainly deliver. (Restaurants in Little Tokyo are on another level, though.)
It’s a little heavy on the pocket, but the price is comparable to how food costs in Japan. Taste-wise, the flavors are definitely there. So for today’s snapshot of their offerings:
I started with miso soup. Plus points for their fresh tofu and seaweed. Minus points for the soup being a little thinner than it used to. 😦
They brought this along with my iced coffee. This appetizer’s good for up to three people. It’s fried wonton stuffed with ground chicken, shredded cabbage with mayonnaise and wasabi dip. It may be an odd-sounding combination but it works for me. I was describing to my boyfriend what wasabi’s like. I told him, if peppers feel like a burn from a flame, wasabi’s spiciness feels like a chemical burn. Don’t you think so?
My favorite drink in this resto, iced coffee. I’m glad they haven’t changed the price in years, and more importantly, it tastes the same every time. I believe they’re using UCC coffee for this treat.
And speaking of staying the same, one of my staples in Japanese restaurants (heck, even when I was in Japan) is curry. It’s comparable to the dishes I’ve eaten in Osaka’s subway stations, but my only complaint is that the chicken was a little too salty.
Service is efficient and the staff are cordial. I don’t eat out as much as I used to anymore, but Kimono Ken will stay as one of my favorite go-to restaurants if I want a treat. If you like Japanese food and haven’t gone to any of their branches, do give it a try!