Date # 14: Kamirori
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Kamirori is my default choice whenever I need to satisfy my craving for Japanese food because it’s the closest “relatively okay” Japanese Restaurant from Ateneo.
Kamirori has more or less a traditional Japanese menu, serving the conventional sushi/tempura/ramen and donburi. I crave for hot miso soup whenever it’s cold, so I opted to go here one rainy day. (But I didn’t end up ordering miso soup. HAHA.)
I love the Japanese-style lanterns.
I order Watermelon Shake (P45) more often than how many times I order fruit juices or soda because I feel it’s fresher and healthier. (And okay, fine, I just order it cause I think it’s yummy) Their version is quite sweet, I’m happy it wasn’t diluted. It’s cheaper than fruit shakes from other restaurants.
Spicy Tekka Maki (P162) is my favorite. I love how it has the right amount of spiciness—the kind that won’t burn your tongue, but also not the kind that you’d hardly notice. (I find dynamite rolls too spicy. :|)
We got our first taste of their Salmon Delight Maki (P235) about a year ago, and ever since then, we have made sure we’d order it every time we go here. Pretty expensive for four pieces, but damn, it will surely make you forget that each roll costs 60 pesos each. Each roll gives amazingly strong outbursts of flavors, from the raw fish enveloping the rice to the mayo, spring onion and garlic mixture on top. It’s just as delightful as the name suggests.
I’m also happy that their fish is always fresh no matter what time of the day you walk inside the restaurant (Douglas is very particular with freshness—and I guess, everyone should be, especially when it comes to raw food).
The star of our meal was the Sukiyaki (P185). I initially wanted to order the miso soup because I wanted to eat something hot for the rainy season, but when I flipped the menu open, this was what I saw first. I said to myself, hey I actually miss eating sukiyaki. Hmm, sige na nga… Good thing I wasn’t disappointed at all. I’ve never seen Douglas so happy about what he’s eating. I guess that says a lot, especially since he’s the more ‘discriminative’ person when it comes to food.
I love how the sauce wasn’t too sweet, because Douglas and I find it nakakaumay if it is. However, we felt that the noodles should have been firmer. In the end, though, the soup, the tofu and the meat totally made up for it.
Their Sukiyaki is definitely our best discovery yet. We love this wholeheartedly.
The Verdict: We absolutely loved everything we ate here. It doesn’t have a menu as innovative as Omakase’s, or a menu as varied as John and Yoko’s, but we really love it here nonetheless. One of my favorites out of all that we’ve reviewed. Perfect for after school dates. :)
365, Katipunan Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila
With and For Love,
Rina Caparras and Douglas Chong