6.124 Special Nigiri Sushi Mori + Eta

6.124

9 (Sat) May 2015

Special Nigiri Sushi Mori + Eta

at Nihonbashitei

2.5

-Malate, Manila-

with KD, MG, et al.

Sushi + Alpha*, Day 7.  Completed 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.”  (According to MK, the Japanese use the same phrase — pronounced “plus ah-ru-fa.”)

  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)
  6. Asunaro (6.123 Sushi Moriawase Matsu…) (2.5) / 6 nigiri + 2 gunkan + 3 maki  = 880 PHP + 10% — 15% (membership) / zeta : (2.5)
  7. Nihonbashitei (6.124 Special Nigiri Sushi Mori…) (2.0) / 9 nigiri + 2 gunkan + 6 maki (+ soup) = 500 PHP / eta : aspara-bacon yaki (2.0)

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).

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Indeed, the sushi here was a wash.  Every aspect — variety, quality, construction, taste — neither here nor there, a perfect 2.0.

Ultimately, the project overall was a wash.  The sushi rated an average of 2.14, while the plus alphas rated 2.04 — both just barely this side of okay.  But food aside, the experience wasn’t fun.  After all, luxury is luxury only when it’s luxury.  Careful what you wish for.

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FREEBIE : Miso Shiru (2.5)
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ETA : Aspara Bacon Kushiyaki (2.5)

This Malate branch of Nihonbashitei is the first restaurant that division colleagues took me to when I joined the Organization in January of last year (see generally 5.012 California Maki Roll).

For reasons of proximity and ambiance, I marginally prefer the location in Ermita (see generally 6.073 Unizoisui).

Not that it matters, as I’ll now be going to Tanabe for sushi and Asunaro for everything else.

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