Last March 30, 2018, we had a staycation at Acqua Residences. I was in a total day-off mode so I really wanted to spend the most out of it, and since I’m already in Mandaluyong and way nearer to my best friend, Pammy, we decided to meet up and have dinner (even though I am still full I still went because why not spend money ugh).
It was a holy week so the Powerplant Mall was closed and the whole Rockwell center was dimmed. But that didn’t stop us from walking around, looking for the perfect Japanese restaurant to satisfy our cravings for Japanese food.
We went for Ooma, an authentic Japanese restaurant at 1209, 28 Plaza Dr, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila. I’ve known Ooma for a while now because it was one of the restaurants in BGC that attracted me because of their exterior design. They have unique wooden tables and chairs, outside their restaurant which looked like an outdoor bench with Japanese scrolls used as blinds or dividers. But it was always full that’s why we were not able to try it before.
But now, since it’s a holy week and most people are not in the city. When we visited, we were able to take a seat right away. But the funny thing is, after checking the menu outside and asking some things which implied that we are interested to dine there, the employee asked us, “Ma’am do you want to be seated?” Ay? How sabog can you get?
Upon entering, the scrolls hanging from the ceiling will get your attention right away because of how low it seems. The walls’ design also seems like they are unfinished but it was aesthetically pleasing. The tables and chairs were wooden, which totally complemented the Japanese vibes. There is also the second floor but we were not able to check it anymore– maybe next time?
Pammy ordered the Buta Kakuni Katsudon (Php299) which comes with a salad. Nothing much special about the Katsudon, except the fact that the egg was just rightly cooked and the meat was tender. Also, there are nori strips on top which didn’t really make any difference.
This. This. This. I ordered the Ebi Tempura Maki (Php 245) because I was seriously craving for Makis in the last weeks. And when I tasted this one. Boom. Fireworks. Confetti.
I knew that Ooma was really an authentic Japanese restaurant because even if you bite the half of this Maki it will still be in its perfect shape. It also has Avocado inside which complemented with the sauce, so it was really really good it was a tunnel to my heart. But the Shrimps’ heads were just awkward. I mean, imagine eating something like that on a date, and you had to spit out the head because of your personal preference that it’s kinda strange.
After getting satisfied with our Japanese dinner, we searched for a place where we can have dessert. After going from Starbucks to Wildflour, we ended up in Dean & Deluca at Ground Floor Edades Tower, Rockwell Center, 18 Amorsolo Dr, Makati, 1209 Kalakhang Maynila. It’s famous for their cakes and their breakfast menu. I also heard about it before because my sister was also a restaurant junky.
Unfortunately, when we came, they were about to close already, the second floor can’t even be occupied anymore.
We settled on the first floor, and elegance is everywhere. The big walls and the wine counter were just so fancy. It’s really such a nice place to do paperwork because it’s too peaceful. But, there are speakers outside where you can hear music but you’ll hardly hear it if you’re inside.
We just ordered one cake because the slice was really big, the cakes left were not that interesting anymore, and we are not that hungry for it. It’s like we just wanted to pacify our sweet tooth as well.
The cake we ordered was the Salted Dean & Deluca Cake (Php283.21) which is a moist chocolate cake with caramel bits drizzled on top. It was really mouth watering because I love moist chocolate cakes + anything caramel so this was really a good deal!
This is us in our Tita form. We’d like to also thank Dean & Deluca for giving us boiling water when we only asked for warm water. We appreciated the cleansing of the sweets.
1209, 28 Plaza Dr, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila.
Dean & Deluca
Ground Floor Edades Tower, Rockwell Center, 18 Amorsolo Dr, Makati, 1209 Kalakhang Maynila
There you have it. Hope to hear your experience!