METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES. We rarely go South to food trip because I felt like I have not exhausted yet all the restaurants near us but when circumstances gave us the opportunity to do so, we immediately grabbed it without thinking twice.
It was a Sunday when we thought about it. I love Sundays in the metro because it presents us endless possibilities. It's as if Sundays let us be crazy on our decision-making and it would not matter where we decide to go to because there is an assurance that we will get there in lesser time than it would normally take us if we were to go on a weekday. Well, we decided to go to BF Homes in Paranaque City as I have a long list of restaurants that I wanted to try there and it is nice to have a change of environment sometimes!
Our travel led us to Bono Tei Japanese Restaurant. If you follow my posts, you know how much a sucker I am for Japanese food. There is just something about the simplicity and rawness of the cuisine that appeal to me and it had been a long time already since I last went to one. Even the ambiance of their restaurants is so simple and so cozy that all you wanted to do was be your absolute self and to eat and be merry to your heart's content and not care about anything else!
I always check their Sushi varieties first before anything else and I was happy to see that Bono Tei has a lot of nice stuffs to fully satisfy my cravings. We ordered the Chef Specialty Roll (Php 250), Rainbow Roll (Php 200), Negitoro Maki (Php 170) and Uni Maki (Php 150). What stood out from the bunch for me was the Chef Specialty Roll because more than the fresh ingredients, what surprised me the most with it was the complementing strip of avocado that surrounded the sushi. It gave the sushi a different texture and taste that is not reminiscent to the others.
How would I ever forget to throw in some Spicy Tuna Salad (Php 180) to our order list? This is one of our must-haves if we are to eat in a Japanese resto. The serving size may not be that big as compared to what Nihonbashi Tei serves but it nonetheless satisfied our lust for it. Just be wary that the tuna cubes are small and that it is a lot spicier than its counterparts out there. So for those who wanted some upward level of kick on the spiciness, I think you would enjoy this!
Let us not forget their amazing Gyoza (Php 120). It is amazing already that it is pan-fried on one side and it has soup drizzling down unto your mouth when you bite on it, like a Xiao Long Bao, but to have that distinguished pork taste that would render you to get another piece from the plate because you just could not get enough of its amazingness is already beyond what I expect it to be. I do not know what they did with the pork but it was utterly delicious that I would not mind commuting/driving all the way to Paranaque just to have a taste of their Gyoza again. I think the secret ingredient there is Longganisa but I don't know it is just a hunch! So please, please tell me what it is as I am so curious to know what made it so special!
Let us not forget their Okonomiyaki, by the way, as I just love how thick the slices are and how sweet and savory it was that I decided it was the best Okonomiyaki that I have tasted so far. The serving was good for a group. It was hefty, yes, but it did not scrimp at all on the nice ingredients that made the dish stand out.
Our meal in Bono Tei concluded in a very nice light. We ordered a lot but we still did not get any bill-shock. It was just right for a group of 6 and it was definitely filling. More than just filling, actually! It was more like satiating! Neighborhood restaurants are like that; they let you pig-out without damaging your wallet and that's what I love most about them. Good food and good times for a good price? Now, who can beat that?
BONO TEI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
- Address: 333 El Grande Corner Jakarta Street, BF Homes, Paranaque City
- Phone: +632 825 6330
- Facebook: fb.com/bonoteifanpage