Another International franchise has opened its doors in SM Megamall. Botejyu is a known brand in Japan with over a hundreds stores and currently two here in the Philippines. They boast authenticity but is it worth a visit?
My team was spotting a place for our meeting and immediately sat here when we all got curious what they offer. When we went they were barely a month old. And Japanese is always a safe bet.
We got to try two of their Okonomiyaki or Japanese version of savory pancakes. The Premium Moonlight (Php 360) has beef, pork, shrimps, squid and fried egg mixed on their combination of fresh cabbage and batter. This was slightly better than the Osaka (Php 295) which was pork with Yakisoba (Japanese noodles) infused in Okonomiyaki. Both were filling, fresh, tasty and with varied textures.
What I did enjoy most was their Takoyaki. We got the All Star (Php 245) which consisted of six of their selections in one go. These are Umami Sauce and Mayo, Tomato Sauce, Sauce and Mayo, Spicy Mentai Mayo, Thick Spicy Sauce and Salt Garlic Sauce. Although tastes weren’t too different, the major plus were ample real squids. These were also light and flavorful.
A disappointing order was their Beef Sobameshi (Php 260). It was basically a bowl of rice with soba and a few strips of sub standard beef that mostly fat. The taste was also flat. A waste of money.
The Sea Soba (Php 365) was overpriced because it lacked seafood to vouch for the price tag. The noodles though were on point on firmness and seasoning.
Another bad order was their dessert. The Honey Toast was basically toasted bread with ice cream and honey spread to it. Who were they kidding. And this was worth Php 250.