Location: 11th Floor Food Odyssey, LKG Tower, Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Welcome to part 2 of the Tale of the Cheapest Sushi in Town. If you haven’t checked out the first part, head over to Tok-Yu Sushi Bar where I digested what makes it unique and a hole-in-a-wall.
In this second part, I’ll be looking deeper into the art of Chirashizushi, and where you can find the most affordable Chirashidon in town ~ that is, at Izakaya Sushi at LKG Tower’s Food Odyssey along Ayala Avenue, Makati City. Food Odyssey is one of the chain of food courts operated by Raintree Inc.
What is Chirashizushi? Simply put, it literally means “scattered sushi” over a bowl of rice. Think of your ordinary sushi but deconstructed and imagine you are the one creating your own sushi given a bowl of rice topped with cooked and raw ingredients. Well, not all may be attracted to this entire idea but if try it, it might just change your mind that it’s probably one of the notable dishes in Japanese cuisine there is.
Given that you can just imagine how expensive Chirashizushi is going to be with the raw salmon, tuna slices, kani and even sometimes the Uni. If you’re already a fan of Chirashi, where do you go to eat one? One hidden gem is Izakaya Sushi.
Izakaya Sushi is one of those Japanese express type of stalls that hover in food courts offering you a quick Japanese fix. But the twist in here is that Izakaya not only offers you the usual bento box meals, but also Chirashidons.
For a price of only P125, Izakaya’s Chirashidon has rice at the bottom, topped with fresh cucumbers, kani, shrimp, tamago, tuna, salmon and fish roe. Drizzled over it is Japanese mayonnaise and you are served with soy sauce and wasabi. Most who have eated this agreed that it’s the healthiest lunch you can ever think of. The Japanese rice is doused with vinegar and rice wine that gives it a sweet, addicting taste and that sticky structure.
I had the rice removed in this Chirashi and had it replaced with kani salad with no extra charge. Cool, right?
Another of my favorites at Izakaya Sushi is their Tuna Salad. This only costs P70.
This is one of those basic tuna salads that you normally order at a Japanese restaurant. Again fresh cucumbers are at the bottom, and are topped with raw tuna, and again drizzled with Japanese mayonnaise.
Izakaya Sushi also has Tempura Bento Meals, but instead of rice, you can exchange it for Kani Salad. The Bento meal comes with 4 pieces of California Maki and 3 pieces of tempura.
Tempura Bento Meal with Kani Salad
I love their tempura because it’s crunchy and the sauce gives it a good balance. Not bad for something that costs only P120.
I like that Izakaya Sushi doesn’t sacrifice ingredients for economic reasons. This is definitely one of those that strive to give a good dining experience despite the price. If food stalls and crowded food courts don’t bother you, I’d highly recommend Izakaya Sushi as the sushi spot for you to try.
Next on The Tale of the Cheapest Sushi in Town: On this final part of the series, we’ll push the needle a bit higher on the budget and eat one whole roll of makimono on our own.
Izakaya Sushi Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||( 3 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||( 3 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||( 3.5 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||( 2.5 / 5)|
|Average:||(3 / 5)|