A Japanese Journey
16 August 2013
The first week of August is always one of the best weeks of the year for myself as it is my birthday, and what better way to spend it than to eat in one of the best Japanese restaurants in my city - Manila. Inagiku in Makati Shangri-La is a journey to a cuisine that is filled with both tradition and modernity. They have been able to bring a local Japanese experience outside of the country.
The day started with a great selection of Maguro (Tuna), Sake (Salmon), Tamago (Egg), and various other sashimi and sushi; personally my favorite is the Unagi (Grilled Freshwater Eel). Our next stop is tempura and sukiyaki quickly followed by the various teppan of beef, chicken and, seafood. Finally the sinful desserts of fresh fruit and various pasties round our an incredible lunch.
This meal certainly gave me a glimpse of Japan and sometimes the simplest foods are the most delicious and complex, they take you on a food trip told over generations; honed and perfected to tease our taste buds and pleasure our palettes.
This meal has inspired me to go and visit Japan again and to go to the regions I haven't been to before and take in the culture that has given us these culinary delights. I hope that maybe when I'm there I would try something that would lead me to the next great adventure.It has also motivated me to live this quote on my future jouneys:
“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria's mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.”
― Anthony Bourdain