20 (Tue) January 2015
Jou Nigiri Sushi Moriawase
at Yurakuen (Diamond Hotel)
*As of 1 January 2015, the New World hotel group assumed control over and renamed the property formerly owned by Hyatt, necessitating a name change for the project as well. “TERNWPPD,” admittedly the lamest of all the project names to date, is pronounced “turn-whipped.”
In search of higher quality fare than the joints on the streets of the neighborhood typically offer, I’m eating my way through the three 5-star hotels within walking distance of my apartment. One meal per restaurant, 9 in all, not including lounges, bars, coffee shops: 3 in New World, 4 in Pan-Pacific, 2 in Diamond. Bound to be expensive but maybe worth the hassle of going to Makati or Bonifacio. However, I may fold the project if the on-going returns suggest that I’m wasting my time/money/energy/concern.
Yurakuen is the 5th restaurant to be covered, the 2nd from Diamond. 4 of 9 remaining.
The following tiers–“Would I go back for more?”–are based on the overall dining experience, including all the dishes sampled, cost, ambiance, cleanliness, and any other factors that may apply, cumulative through multiple visits (if any).
Tier 1 (looking forward to it):
- (4) PP2-Asunaro (5.348 American Lobster Aburi Gunkan) / 2.0
Tier 2 (sure, but not enthusiastically):
Tier 3 (only under dire circumstances):
- (2) D1-Corniche (5.095 Peking Duck) / 1.0
Tier 4 (to be avoided at all costs):
- (5) D-2 Yurakuen (6.015 Jyou Nigiri Sushi Moriawase)
The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series: (i) TERRP (Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see generally 5.247 Original Recipe Fried Chicken…); (ii) TEITY (Try Every Item at Tao Yuan) (in process) (see most recently 6.009 Awful); (iii) TERNWPPD* (Try Every Restaurant in New World Manila Bay Hotel, Pan-Pacific Manila, and Diamond Hotel Philippines) (in process) (see most recently 5.348 American Lobster Aburi Gunkan); (iv) TERSK (Try Every Restaurant in St Kilda) (see 5.339 Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (Try Every Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (in process) (see most recently 6.010 Jeonju Bibimbap); (vi) TEIBR (Try Every Item at Bistro Remedios) (in process) (see most recently 6.014 Kare Karentang Butot Baka).
What a joke. Antithetical to TERNWPPD, the ingredients were complete crap. Though we ordered the jou set for sushi–“jou” = “superior”–none of the cuts were particularly special; even worse, freezer burn was clearly evident on some pieces of fish, while others were still chilly stiff. I can only imagine how lousy the regular set must be. Same poorly frozen, poorly thawed bullshit on the other dishes. Hotel prices, food court quality. Shameful.
If TERNWPPD had started here, this would’ve been the end of it.