6.122 OmakaseNigiruSushi Matsu + Epsilon


7 (Thu) May 2015

OmakaseNigiruSushi Matsu + Epsilon


at Ichi Go Ichi E

-Malate, Manila-

with ME, TL

Ichi Go Ichi E is a Japanese restaurant, more of a pub; opened recently, just discovered it a couple days ago; located next door to Jeonju (see generally 6.010 Jeonju Bibimbap).

Sushi + Alpha*, Day 5.  Engaging in a week-long sushi binge, just because I can now afford to.  In college, I had reportedly proclaimed that my financial ambition in life was simply to earn enough money so that I could eat sushi every day.  I was reminded of this over a recent get-together in Seoul with DP — actually, I don’t recall ever setting such a target, but it sounds like something that I would’ve said.  Even back then, apparently, my primary frame of reference had been food.  For a college student, I suppose that sushi would’ve been quite a luxury.  And as an English lit major, getting rich obviously hadn’t been part of the plan.  In any case, I’ve since attained that relatively humble measure of success, and perhaps a stretch beyond.

*In Korean, the phrase “plus alpha” — pronounced “plus al-pa” — describes “something more, a bit extra on top.”

All in Japanese, and English transliterations thereof, which could signal either authenticity/confidence or laziness/ignorance.
  1. Izakaya Den (6.118 Sushi Moriawase Matsu…) (2.25) / 6 nigiri + 1 gunkan + 6 maki (+ soup) = 420 PHP / alpha : tako karaage (2.5)
  2. La Tuna (6.119 Sushi Set M…) (0.5) / 10 nigiri (+ soup + salad) = 650 PHP / beta : grilled shrimp (1.5)
  3. Tanabe (6.120 Tokujyuo Nigiri…) (3.25) / 9 nigiri + 1 gunkan + 6 maki (+ tofu) = 1,200 PHP + 10% / gamma : horenso tofu orentashi (2.25)
  4. Kushimasa (6.121 Tokojyo Nigiri Sushi Moriawase…) (1.5) / 8 nigiri + 2 gunkan + 6 maki (+ soup) = 740 PHP + 10% / delta : geso karaage (1.5)
  5. Ichi Go Ichi E (6.122 OmakaseNigiruSushi Matsu…) (3.0) / 9 nigiri + 3 gunkan = 780 PHP / epsilon : roast baby potatoes (2.0)
EPSILON : Roast Baby Potatoes (2.0)
Any dish with auric garniture makes me wish that they’d leave it off and charge a bit less (see for example 5.266 Gold; 6.018 Bok Jeongsik).

Whereas the point of this project is to enjoy the symbolic fruits of my modest success, Manila is a poor place for implementation, particularly this part of town, where the sushi leans towards the mediocre (see generally 5.250 Assorted Sushi).

Chutoro (3.75) — very fatty, closer to otoro, which is generally more valued by most customers, and thus pricier; but I prefer tune belly with a bit more lean flesh, like the one at Tanabe; I did appreciate the rough cuts, which could indicate either artisanal rusticity or poor knife skills.

The sushi was … disappointingly okay.  In light of all the old-male-smoking-drinking Japanese customers — a kind of Ajeossi Bellwether Standard (see most recently 4.163 The Eulji Myeonok…) — as well as the Japanese menu, and most significantly the Japanese chef/manager/owner — the first time that I’ve encountered a Japanese person working in a Japanese restaurant here — I’d hoped for more.  The chutoro and negitoro maki were excellent, but the remaining pieces were reasonably tasty if unremarkable.  Oh well.

4 thoughts on “6.122 OmakaseNigiruSushi Matsu + Epsilon

  1. you know they take themselves seriously when they actually use the undyed pickled ginger instead of the standard garishly pink stuff.

  2. artisanal rusticity or poor knife skills. i’m voting for poor knife skills.

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