On a stormy pay day night, before watching World War Z, I went out with my co-workers and invited them to try Mr. Kurosawa Euro-Japanese Restaurant. The reason that I chose to dine here was because the restaurant was also the operators of SumoSam which I really like. So why not give this restaurant a try? And also, I miss Ramen and Japan so much!
Upon taking our seat, they handed us their big menu list that has a zebra stripe on it. I find it weird. It was supposed to be a Japanese style menu right? Or maybe the zebra stripe represents the fusion of European and Japanese fusion? Zebra stripe?! WHAT?!!
Moving forward, while browsing their menu, I was shocked that their food selection were actually very overpriced compared to SumoSam. Since we were first timers, I asked the lady to help us choose their best-sellers or something that she could recommend for starters. But I realized that I came here because of Ramen so we ended up ordering Ramen miso-based soup, Japanese carbonara, and Spider Roll (which according to the lady, is one of their best-sellers).
Buta-Kakuni Ramen miso-based soup
I was impressed with how the ramen was served. It was in a nice textured ceramic bowl and toppings were visible which usually include nori, meat, egg, menma (bamboo shoots), but the naruto (fish cake) was hiding though. I was very excited to try it because of how it was presented — it looked authentic.
However, the verdict was, the taste wasn’t close enough to an authentic ramen (bit disappointed with the soup). The miso soup lacks consistency and flavor, I couldn’t find the main character of the soup in my taste buds. The only thing that I loved was the Buta-Kakuni itself (Japanese braised pork belly). From there, I couldn’t help but recall that ramen in SumoSam was actually better than this. Valued at PHP 328.00.
Spider roll was one of the recommendation of the lady who took our order. I don’t know why it’s called Spider Roll, it doesn’t look spider right? I had a bite of it and I don’t know! It was cold and wasn’t fresh, and seemed that it has been sitting in their kitchen for a long time. Wait, it’s supposed to be their best-seller but what happened with this one? Valued at PHP 300++ (forgot the exact price)
Well this was ordered by a friend and I only had a bite. But according to him, it was good enough to satisfy his stomach. It was a pasta carbonara topped with tempura and nori. Valued at PHP 299.00.
I don’t know if I will dine here again. Did we order a wrong a food selection? It was bit overpriced as well. And for someone who’s looking for an authentic Japanese experience like me, I learned my lesson, I would rather go to a restaurant that really serves authentic Japanese food, served by a Japanese cook and owned by a Japanese (a saying by Japanese people).
With Mido. Smile and take it the positive way! Photo from Jasfer.
Overall: 2/5, overpriced, the staffs weren’t really accommodating, and VAT are exclusive with 10% service charge.
Mr. Kurosawa @ Eastwood Branch
118 A Ground Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, QuezonCity.
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 12 midnight