Tonchaya Japanese Kitchen & Bar

It was during our dating years when hubby and I learned that one very yummy common denominator we have is Japanese food. We love everything Japanese and 12 years since we got married, our son has acquired the preference for Japanese food too. Now with Japanese restaurants around the metro, we really could only count with our fingers the ones that serve authentic ones.

Ton Cha Ya Japanese Kitchen & Bar
For its authenticity for Japanese food and at the same time concept of Japanese fusion cuisine, Tonchaya Japanese Kitchen & Bar made quite an impression on me during my first visit.

Tonchaya al fresco

I love the overall fun feel of Tonchaya Japanese Kitchen & Bar. Above photo is Tonchaya’s al fresco area.

Ton Cha Ya interior

Right from its entrance, interior and even the fun Japanese shows Tonchaya have on inside the restaurant – it’s the perfect mix of fun, chill and laid back Japanese place. And I haven’t even started how good their food offerings yet. I was going to jumpstart with a favorite but figured soon enough I have loved practically everything they served during my visit. I’m posting by the order that they were served instead. 🙂

Ton Cha Ya's Special Gyoza

Tonchaya’s Special Gyoza, P150

No, I don’t go inside Japanese restaurants without trying out their Gyoza. Those Japanese crescent-shaped dumplings filled with pork, prawns and vegetables are served at 6 pieces per order. I love how Tonchaya have their gyozas seared just right. I like plain steamed gyozas too. But I like the texture of seared ones like Tonchaya’s.

Crunchy Crab Maki

Crunch Crab Maki, P280

Tonchaya’s deep fried shredded crabstick could not have come in a better maki – the crunch definitely gave a whole new way of maki indulgence. And just check out the generous spread of Japanese mayo on top. Convinced, I’m having my maki this way from now on. A must try. Continue reading “Tonchaya Japanese Kitchen & Bar”

Japanese Recipes by Mogu Japanese Restaurant’s Chef Seiji Kamura

When I found myself sitting in one of the classes the Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center offers, I cannot be more thrilled.  It was a cherry on top that it was Chef Seiji Kamura of Mogu Japanese Restaurant who is doing the cooking demonstration himself. I have always loved Japanese food. But never got past sushi.  It is the only thing I know how to prepare and serve at home.

I was over the top as Chef Seiji Kamura shifted from one dish to another. The dishes he prepared may just be your usual Japanese recipes all right. But Chef Seiji Kamura sure whipped up 6 of the best tasting, albeit usual Japanese food I have tasted:

1. 4 Mushroom Kamameshi
2. Japanese Mixed Seafood Curry
3. Yosenabe w/ Udon Hotpot Ponsu Sauce
4. Shoyu Ramen
5. Beef Yakiniku
6. Green Tea Jelly w/ Japanese Red Beans

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