こんにちわ! 今日のレストランはSM North Edsa のあらふカフェです。
(Hello! The restaurant for today is Arafu Cafe in SM North Edsa.)
今日のフドツリプは家族を一緒に食べます。(For this foodtrip, I'm eating with my family. - I don't know if my grammar is correct, just comment if it isn't.)
Arafu Cafe is owned by a Japanese couple. Manami Maejima-san is the chef for the restaurant so it is indeed authentic Japanese cooking. This is their 2nd branch; the first one is in BGC, which has been open for 1 year already. We get to chat with Manami-san for a while and she is really nice. She is quite fluent in English. Too bad I wasn't able to get a picture with her.
Back to food. Most of the items in the menu are hamburgers, which is their specialty. The first part of our meal, the appetizer, is composed of Dashimaki Tamago & Ika Tatsutaage.
The Ika Tatsutaage is my favorite dish. It's like Calamari. The squid was cooked evenly, not too hard or soggy. The skin is crispy and when you bite into it, it pops in your mouth. It's really fresh and it doesn't have this fishy smell to it, unlike other restaurants selling seafoods.
Also, the cookie was really tasty. I wasn't able to get a picture of it because my sisters ate the cookie instantly but it was really good. They are actually selling the cookies if you really want to take some home.
My sister ordered Syougayaki Chicken Don. This is actually your normal chicken teriyaki with rice. This dish was fine. The chicken was really flavorful. The only problem was that there was too much ginger for garnish. I hate ginger so it was really a struggle to pick them out so I could eat peacefully. I love the sticky rice by the way.
Last is Arafu Ramen (Tonkotsu), which is also the best of the bunch. I'm not into noodles but I liked this dish. The chicken mixed well with the soup of the ramen bringing out a new flavor and aroma to it. I regretted what I ordered and wished that I just order this one. The soup was really tasty and the noodles were cooked just right.
My problem with this place is the price. Your budget for this should be about 300 per meal. I don't think the food was worth the price and there is an additional 10% for service charge, which is a really big amount. Though, I could say that the service was really nice and fast. Well, if you have a thing for hamburger meals and chatting with Japanese people this is your place.