Sunday, August 3, 2014

A delicious Japanese o-bento and sushi lunch at Senju, at the EDSA Shangri-la


Before flying to Morocco for a holiday last June, one of the last things I did was to have lunch with the Travelife Magazine team at the Senju restaurant of the EDSA Shangri-la.

Senju restaurant is widely considered among the best Japanese restaurants in Manila, and it certainly is the best in the Ortigas area.

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TRAVELIFE WITH US

MOROCCO





GOODBYE FOR A LONG TIME

I was going to be away for a long time on a never-ending Travelife, beginning with Morocco and then followed almost immediately by trips to Japan and Europe.

So our Travelife creative team planned for a long and leisurely lunch at Senju the day before I flew out to Casablanca, just to discuss our plans for the next few months and to brainstorm on some exciting new projects.

On our way to Casablanca last June...

YOU GET EVERYTHING AT SENJU

I like eating at Senju because, here, you get the best of both worlds.

You can have very traditional Japanese food, and also Japanese fusion food.

Of course we had to have both. If you read this blog regularly, you'll already know by now that, in fact, we always want to have it all. ;-)


So we each ordered a traditional Japanese o-bento box, which is quite a typical lunch in Japan. We also ordered lots of other goodies like lobster and anago sushi, and crab rolls.

If you're a purist for Japanese food, you'll know that real Japanese food is on the bland side compared to what you usually find in Japanese restaurants outside of Japan.

There's also a very strict protocol for the kinds of ingredients you can use, and the kinds of dishes you can make, for a dish to be called real Japanese food.

A PLACE FOR JAPANESE FUSION



And if you like the more fun and relaxed side of Japanese food, you'll understand that there's also a respectable place in this world for Japanese fusion food like California rolls and sushi with spider crab.

I like both.

But most of the time you'll never get both types of Japanese food at the same time.

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I LOVE THE JAPANESE FUSION
AT SENJU

Well, at Senju at the EDSA Shangri-la we had both, and the Japanese fusion was excellently done. I loved the combination of lobster and anago in a sushi that we had as an appetiser at that lunch.

And how nice to have had enough delicious Asian food that day, to last me through two weeks in Moroccco, eating almost nothing but tagine every day.

And living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


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