How adventurous are you when it comes to dining?
We all have comfort foods. Our palate may only be welcoming to certain dishes and disregard some due to particular health conditions or perhaps, they’re just not in good terms with our taste buds.
Friday, November 9th, we went to Minori-Tei , the newly-opened Japanese restaurant at the First Philippine Industrial Park in Sto. Tomas and had the most elaborated and extended dining experience ever. It was a blogger’s lunch so it was nice to meet new acquaintances from the blogosphere with whom we shared the challenge of memorizing the names of all the dishes served.
Minori-Tei is just one of the chain of businesses owned by the How family. Bill How, Operations Manager, shared that the main purpose of putting up Minori-Tei in Batangas is to bring home closer to the Japanese nationals who are working at FPIP and other industrial parks in proximity. Home, in all its genuineness and warmth brought about by the food, the restaurant interior and ambience, and the crew as headed by Chef Toshiya Honda, who has been managing Japanese kitchens around the globe.
At first, I thought I was the only one who got really thrilled about that lunch for it was only me who’s into anything Japanese. Seriously. I’ve always been fascinated with the Japanese culture and their food so it was one rewarding experience having to eat the most number of Japanese dishes in one sitting! But when sake (rice wine) was served in a posh glass container, I swear I saw Alva’s smile glimmered.
In Minori-Tei, Japanese food and authentic Japanese food were delineated from one another. The freshness of the ingredients and the even more meticulous preparation of the latter set it apart from what we get in Japanese food chains. The authenticity a dish is not just labelled by its straightforward taste but also by the experience it inculcate to whoever tries it.
As far as we know, Minori-Tei (Japanese translation for ‘golden harvest’) is the only authentic Japanese restaurant there is in this part of Batangas or probably in the entire province. We were treated with how many dishes, we don’t know, we lost count. To think that the first wave was composed of the starters and we’d had enough then but the main dishes were too tempting to ignore. It was just one gargantuan dining experience if exaggeration may be excused.
They served different kinds of sushi rolls, mix sashimi, tofu salad, kani salad, tempura, teriyaki chicken, yakitori mix, tonkatsu, and shabu-shabu, to name a few I can remember. You know how intricate Japanese dishes are served. They were all very pleasing to the eye that you would dare try each one upon looking at it.
I mentioned earlier that it was a blogger’s lunch. Invited bloggers were from Laguna, Manila and our team. It was kind of funny that we all share fascination on every dish that was served for us. Well then, our palates survived! Haha.
Minori-Tei General Manager, Deborah How, shared through a press release that aside from bringing home closer to the Japanese nationals working and currently living in Batangas, they also aim to make Japanese food available in this area outside Manila as it is a given fact that the cuisine is mainly popular across the country.
Having an authentic Japanese restaurant in Batangas as Minori-Tei is made more agreeable with their affordable price list. It’s quite surprising that the rates of their dishes are not unbelievably expensive considering how world-class they are with Chef Honda taking over their kitchen.
Minori-Tei is open from 11 AM to 3 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM daily. They have weekly set menus and monthly promotions so feel free to visit this food place as it’s open to everyone. If you’d like to call them for reservations and inquiries, call them at (043) 4055791, (043) 4055001, or 0917-5236318.