Here at Blume & Grey we love a lot of things, but the one thing we love the most is… Japanese Food!
Our first feature is Ogawa. It’s a traditional Japanese restaurant at The Fort Entertainment Complex, 5th St. BGC (right beside URBN Bar and Kitchen). Named after its Chef Kiyoshi Ogawa and owned by restaurateur George N. Pua, this place delivers Japanese at its finest.
Japanese Fusion restaurants have been popping up all over the metro, but there are days when we just crave traditional Japanese meals.
Starting from the antique main door of the grand entrance, the ambiance of the place makes you feel as if you are being transported to Tokyo itself.
We came across an article published in The Philippine Star and apparently, they also have five private dining rooms named after famous districts in Japan – Ginza, Roppongi, Akasaka, Aoyama and Shinbashi.
We were first seated at the Main Counter since the place was packed for dinner, but later on we were able to transfer to one of the booths.
Based on some research, we found out that 80% of of Ogawa’s ingredients are flown in straight from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo! The deliveries are made two to three times a week to make sure that only the freshest ingredients are used.
We all ordered from the Set Menu.
Kaisen Chirashi Sushi Zen Bento (450php): Appetizer, Salad, Steamed Chawan Mushi, Chirashi Box Sushi, Suimono Soup and Dessert
Everything here is so fresh, it melts in your mouth! This is definitely the closest one to the Chirashi Set that we ordered from Tsukiji Market itself in Tokyo.
Nigiri Sushi Gozen (430php): Appetizer, Salad, Steamed Chawan Mushi, Assorted Sushi Platter, Suimono Soup and Dessert
This one was a sushi tray overload! It was fresh sushi after fresh sushi.
Gyukarubi Slice (450php): 4-5 slices of grilled Karubi beef.
This dish is one of our staple orders at Kikufuji, in Little Tokyo. However, we would have to say that the one in Ogawa pales in comparison. It was very soft and easy to bite into, just as good quality beef should be, but it lacked the grilled character of other grilled beef dishes. It was simply a little bland for us.
Ryo Goku Gozen Bento (550php): Appetizer, Three Kinds of Sashimi (Salmon, Tuna and Hamachi), Salad, Roll Sushi, Chawan Mushi, Gindara Teriyaki, Tempura and Dessert
Unfortunately, we would have to point out a little problem with their receptionist. The person up front was not very accomodating. The restaurant was full when we got there and the girl just said they were full. We had to push a little bit and said we were willing to wait before she went in and checked for seats. As it turns out there were free seats in the counter. (Hmmm don’t really know what to think of it).
Since the restaurant has only been open for 3 months, it was understandable that there were times we had to ask the service staff more than once to follow up on small requests like water. Their uniforms were a cute bonus though!
But beyond the initial problem, the service was pretty good. The girl at the reception even made up for it by taking a good picture of us at the entrance.
Ever since we came back from our Japan Trip, our expectation for Japanese food has gone way up!
And we are so glad we found a place that offers melt-in-your-mouth sushi goodness here in Manila! Traditional Japanese Cuisine is focused on Freshness and Excellence in Preparation which Ogawa definitely provided.
Every cent you pay is translated into food goodness in every bite.
We might order more of the grilled dishes for comparison next time as the Gyukarubi was not at par with their sushi.
The Place : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Food: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall Score: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Ogawa Traditional Japanese Restaurant is located at the 2nd floor of Tony Roma’s at The Fort Entertainment Complex, The Fort Strip, 5th Ave. corner 28th St., BGC, Taguig City.
Daily Operating Hours are 11 AM to 3 PM (Lunch); and 5:30 PM to 11 PM (Dinner).