6.052 TERNWPPD-7 PP-3 : Omurice


26 (Thu) Feb 2015



at Minami Café (The Pan-Pacific Manila)

-Malate, Manila-


Omurice is a Japanese rice dish.  Consists of steamed medium-grain rice, sautéed with minced onion and other vegetables, often chicken or beef, seasoned with ketchup or hayashi sauce, rolled into an egg omelette, served with ketchup–the term is a portmanteau of “omu(omelette) + rice.”  One of the classic yoshoku* dishes.

Technique was also weak, as the egg should be folded in and under to form a seamless loaf.

The omurice had potential, but fell short.  While taste and texture were fine, it lacked content, nothing beyond rice and a few random bits of what appeared to be chicken.  Which would be fine if the dish were accompanying something else, like a small piece of tonkatsu on the side, but omurice ideally should be a standalone meal.  Oh well.

Situated in the corner of Pan-Pacific’s Adriatico Square food court…
…the establishment seems more like an afterthought, a place to take up empty space.

Yoshoku is a category of Japanese cuisine.  Comprises western-style dishes developed during the Meiji Restoration, from the late 19th to the early 20th century, when Japan was quick to adapt/adopt European culture.  The classics include tonkatsu, curry rice (see most recently 5.262 Chickpea Curry…), hayashi rice, korokke, omurice*, and hambagu.  Though initially intended to replicate their progenitors, yoshuku dishes have since been recognized as distinct derivations, unique to the Japanese culinary tradition.

The only such case that I’ve seen in the Philippines.

Minami Café–formerly Café Mitsukoshi–is a Japanese-ish restaurant.  Primary focus on yoshoku, as suggested by the items in the display case, but also offers mainstream Filipino and European dishes.

My kids would love this menu.

TERNWPPD (Try Every Restaurant in New World Manila Bay HotelPan-Pacific Manila, and Diamond Hotel Philippines).

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, 5 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.

This is the 7th restaurant to be covered, the 3rd from Pan-Pacific.  3 of 10 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):

Tier 2 (sure, but not enthusiastically):

Tier 3 (only under dire circumstances):

Tier 4 (to be avoided at all costs):

Given the skimpy omurice, I got some takeout from China Place: Roast Duck (1.5)–nice soy dressing, but the duck itself was kinda iffy, probably frozen too long and/or improperly; Hargao (1.0)–okay filling, but the skins were crumbly; Braised Beancurd with Vegetable (3.0)–neither mushroom nor chicken really qualifies as a vegetable (except maybe among Korean vegetarians), the only veg was bamboo shoots, but nice overall.

The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series: (i) TERRP (…Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see completed 5.247 TERRP 85 KFC : Original Recipe Fried Chicken…);  (ii) TEITY (..Item at Tao Yuan) (see most recently 6.031 Fried Fish Skin); (iii) TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) (see most recently 6.046 Pan-Fried Egg Bean Curd…); (iv) TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 6.050 Battle Jjamjja); (vi) TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.014 Kare Karentang Butot Baka).

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