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Wabi Sabi, Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Wabi Sabi Tomas Morato Quezon City Restaurant 1

Location: POS Building, Scout Mandri├▒an Street Corner Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Tomas Morato, Quezon City; The Collective, 7274, Malugay, Makati, Metro Manila
Opening Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 12:00nn to 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday 12:00nn to 11:00pm
Telephone Number: +639189622935
Facebook: Wabi Sabi

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Wabi Sabi Menu

Wabi Sabi Restaurant menu

Wabi Sabi, Tomas Morato, Quezon City

I think we’re done with fine Japanese meals and fast casual ones. We’re thirsting for something different, and throws us out of the norm. While Wabi-Sabi isn’t purely serving Japanese (doing Thai and Vietnamese as by-the-way’s), Wabi-Sabi’s lures us into changing the way we know Japanese food – by serving things vegetarian.

The setup is cozy, shanty bar-style, a few wooden chairs and tables crammed in an almost claustrophobic space one might recognize similar to ramenyas in Tokyo or Osaka. I enjoyed the arrangement. Throw in some L’arc-en-ciel or T.M. Revolution and the place time-warps to Japanese hipster.

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Now vegetarians might rejoice, but to us regular foodies, Japanese food at Wabi-Sabi draws out second thoughts. Typical Japanese dishes with the likes of gyoza gets disrupted with Mission street dumplings. I felt compelled to order it because of my love for the Mission District in San Francisco. Is it in any way Mexican-inspired?

The idea of Sweet Corn and Cream Cheese Tempura intrigues me and being highly recommended by most people only adds to that excitement. If you caught my snapchat story (@candidcuisine) on Wabi-Sabi, I noted how empty the tempura was, save for some scattered corn kernels. Nevertheless, dipping it in salt is different in a good way. I just wished I wasn’t hyped to the level where there’s cream cheese inside.

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I paired my Sweet Corn Tempura with a bowl of chahan, tasting eerily like the Chinese kiampong less peanuts. There’s some mock meat in it (again, this is vegetarian food) but isn’t too salty to make it overwhelming.

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My friends got the classic Tantanmen, whose bowl is cheaper than the average for most Japanese restaurants in the metro. This rationalizes the fact that a bowl of ramen shouldn’t really be ridiculously priced at P500, and if it does, it needs to be at par with the ones in Japan.

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As I’ve said, Wabi-Sabi doesn’t confine itself to Japanese dishes, but also serves the affordable Bahn Mi and Chinese siomai.

Wabi Sabi Tomas Morato Quezon City Restaurant 4

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The portion sizes aren’t large, but Wabi-Sabi sells fast Japanese tapas here and there to fill you up, and your cravings to see something different gets satisfied. While it resides within some decrepit building along Tomas Morato, you’d be surprise at the flock of people coming in at Wabi Sabi and its sister Ikigai Kakigori to fill in that void in their stomachs

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Wabi-Sabi Rating:

Taste and Originality: (3 / 5)
Customer Experience: (3 / 5)
Value for Money: (3 / 5)
Brick and Mortar: (3 / 5)
Average: (3 / 5)
Vhalerie Lee
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