Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fusion sushi overload and very nice sukiyaki at UMU, the Japanese restaurant of the Dusit Thani Manila

Sushi with vintage champagne on Thursday night
at the EDSA Shangri-la.
This was the real thing...

Today I had a very nice and long lunch at UMU, the Japanese restaurant of the Dusit Thani Manila. I like this restaurant because it probably has the nicest interiors of a Japanese restaurant in Manila, and so it's the perfect relaxing venue for a long and lazy kind of Japanese lunch.

We had all kinds of fusion sushi to start.

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FUSION SUSHI TO START LUNCH

For some reason, I've been having fusion sushi all week, and this is probably because I had the traditional sushi overload for two weeks in Japan until last weekend, including a pretty massive and enjoyable lunch at a Michelin-starred sushi joint in the heartland of sushi's "hometown" in Hokkaido just over a week ago.

Sushi in Tokyo over a week ago,
living a Travelife

It's not easy to get the really good ingredients for sushi outside of Japan, so I tend to generally eat a lot of fusion sushi when I'm abroad. Besides, interestingly, you hardly get fusion sushi in Japan, so it's a nice balance.


Fusion sushi for someone's birthday party at my house,
last Tuesday, living a Travelife

DELICIOUS SUKIYAKI FOR A MAIN COURSE

Then we had quite a nice sukiyaki for lunch.

I specifically asked for the fatty meat and was rewarded with pretty juicy slices of very good beef.

Sushi in Tokyo last week,
living a Travelife

THE BEST BLACK SESAME ICE CREAM
IN MANILA

To end, Chef Okada sent out his new creation of black sesame ice cream, which was incredibly good. It was so good, in fact, that I ate my lunch companion's ice cream as well.

My lunch companion and I  talked so intensely about all kinds of things so I actually forgot to take photos of the food, which I usually never do, by the way.

Fusion sushi at my house on Friday night,
living a Travelife

NO LINE BETWEEN WORK AND PLAY,
24-7

Everything in my life is a blurred combination of fun and work, so my mind is usually never "off work."

The only exception in recent memory was on a holiday to Hokkaido last week, where work took the back seat to a really nice couple of hot springs experiences.

But I sure needed that long and lazy lunch, talking about everything and anything under the sun, on a relaxing Saturday in Manila, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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