Price: PHP 230 (+10% service charge)
Serving size: Good for 1
Ate it at: 2/F S Maison Mall, Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
After an hour of archery (and photoshoot, hahaha!) at Kodanda Archery Range in MOA Annex, my friend Ahra and I decided to try Chibo Okonomiyaki in S Maison Mall, a short walk away. We’re both Japanese food lovers, and after reading that the restaurant has teppan in their tables and serves authentic okonomiyaki all the way from Osaka, we knew it would be worth seeking.
It looked intimidating at first, because it gives the impression of a high-end restaurant with all the hints of gold, and S Maison looks so posh! But when we browsed through the menu, the prices are very reasonable. 👌
The service was very traditional Japanese. While the receptionist led us to our table, she called out (in Japanese) that there’s a new customer, and all the servers greeted us with an energetic chorus of “Irashaiwase!” When we were ready to order, the server said “Onegaishimashita” and he kneeled beside us as he wrote down our order. I heard about that practice before, but I was still awestruck when I first experienced it in Chibo.
How they served the okonomiyaki was also something to look forward to. The server laid down the “bare” okonomiyaki (because it only has the special brown glaze on top) on the teppan, and from a height, he drizzled the creamy Japanese mayo. He made lines with the spatula, cutting through the mayo, which created an intricate pattern similar to those in brownies and cakes!
Then he dashed it with powdered seaweed from the salt shaker, and topped it with bonito flakes! It was a sight to behold! 👏
When both of our okonomiyaki’s were on our teppan, the server sliced them up like pizzas. 🍕
We ordered the Butatama (PHP190, +10% service charge) and the Doutonburi, but it’s the latter that really tickled our taste buds. Both had crispy bottoms because of the teppan and they go well with extra slathers of mayo, but Doutonburi’s umami beef and gooey cheese made such a difference against the classic pork of Butatama. Don’t get me wrong, the Butatama also does taste good! 😋
Apart from the two pancakes, we also had omusoba (PHP 230, +10% service charge), which is yakisoba wrapped in an omelet. Like the okonomiyaki, they also swirl it with mayo and top it with powdered seaweed.
I also love their house tea, which they serve cold. It’s the perfect chaser for all the umami-filled dishes we ate.
When we left, all the servers lined up and thanked us in Japanese. We also did the same – Arigato gozaimasu! It’s so sulit, because for only PHP715, Ahra and I felt that our tummies were about to explode. *burp*
Next time, I would love to try their other okonomiyaki variants and their teppanyaki, and see how they would plate them in the teppan. 😍
*Disclaimer: I paid for my own food, and this was written with my honest opinion. If I don’t like the food, I won’t write it here. 😊