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Ooma Japanese Rice Bar, Mandaluyong City

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I am not a fan of fusion cuisine (as it is so often done poorly). I do enjoy it once in a while, but given a choice between authentic cooking or fusion cuisine, I would much rather have the authentic one, the way the locals eat it. Given, I didn’t had a choice that day since most restaurants were full and my friend was insistent to try Ooma.

AMBIANCE

The first time a friend and I stumbled upon Ooma Japanese Rice Bar, I liked the ambiance – casual and fun, and at the same time big enough, which meant that tables aren’t packed too closely to each other giving patrons plenty of privacy and it’s not that too noisy compared to other restaurants. By the way, I’ve already been here several times before the lockdown.

FOOD

The menu had a great selection of meat and fish dishes, and there is definitely something for everyone. The staff were very helpful in explaining the menu and making recommendations.

Scallop and Tuna Aburi Maki (P 395)
Torched scallop, tuna, cucumber, sesame seeds, nori crumbs, Scallion, Teriyaki suace, spicy mayo, Kimchi aioli

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California Taco-Maki (P 135)
Open-faced temaki wrap, Kani stick, Aligue mayo, Herb Aioli, Mango pico

Gyudon (P 289)
Sous-vide beef short plat, fresh mushroom, fried shallot, fresh egg, house tare

Oyako Don (P 289) 
Smoked sous-vide chicken, fresh mushroom, onion, fresh egg, crispy check skin, house tare

Half-baked chocolate lava cake (P 185)

As we ate our dinners, I spied around at the meals being delivered to the other diners and think I detected a trend – very generous portion sizes especially their udons.

I tried more of what’s in their menu but the food featured above are some of what I enjoyed the most. Other few are: Tori Udon (P 395), Salmon Skin Aburi Maki (P 265) and Ebi and Kani Aburi Maki (P 265).

SERVICE

It’s a hit or miss. The first few times I went there, the service was fine. The worst I experienced, the restaurant was barely full, only 3-5 tables and yet service was extremely slow. My Aburi Maki arrived early then I waited 15 mins in between for my Oyako Don and it’s odd how that took way longer til I followed up and looks like the waiter missed out on that. I thought it’s just my order but bill processing took awhile also considering there’s less customers. I didn’t feel value for the service (take note: there’s service charge) but food quality was terrific!

OVERALL

If you can look pass their service and focus on the food, Ooma is worth trying if you haven’t yet.

RATING

LOCATION

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OOMA JAPANESE RICE BAR
CUISINE:
Japanese, Filipino, Fusion
ADDRESS: Third Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
BUSINESS HOURS: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Monday – Sunday)
CONTACT NO.:
(02) 656-4591
ACCEPTS CREDIT CARD: Yes
LANGUAGE: Filipino, English

📌 DISCLAIMER: Golden Island Senorita aims to provide honest and straightforward reviews for the benefit of its readers. This review is solely based on my experience. I do not (and did not) receive any compensation such as freebies, free meals, gift certificates, and etcetera upon my visit and had spent out-of-pocket to try their food.

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Polly Amora

Polly Amora is a Filipina businessperson based in Manila, Philippines. She's a life-long learner who is extroverted to the nth degree, speaks 4 languages, loud & talkative, loves adventure: mountains, beach, and the city. Throw her anywhere and she'll manage life like a pro. Ice cream and beer are her weaknesses.

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2 Comments

  1. Mukhang maganda at masarap. Dito puro Intsik ang nagpapandaar ng mga Japanese restaurant…peke yata. Mayroon lang 2 o 3 totoong Japanese sa Roma

  2. Yum!! I love great Japanese food. Now if only I lived closer!!!

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