Away from the eyes: Dohtonbori

As I have mentioned in my previous post, we had a one week break from school. On the day before our classes resumed, the squad decided to have one last hurray before we go back to hell again! (*~rolls eyes~*) So we decided to go to Greenhills Shopping Centre, because it is renowned for the cheaper clothes, gadgets, etc, and it also has numerous well-established premises where we can carelessly spend the money our parents worked hard for. #WinParenting

But to our surprise, Shoppeville, the part of Greenhills Shopping Centre where there are a lot of stalls selling cheaper clothes, gadgets, beauty products, shoes, accessories etc (Or commonly referred to as “Tiangge” in Filipino), was C L O S E D! The guard said that that day was the schedule of reshuffling of their stall location so they are all not working that day. And since that left us no chance of buying cheaper clothes. We decided to just have lunch and later we’ll explore The Shops, Promenade, and other parts of Greenhills Shopping Centre.

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Exterior of Dohtonburi

I have read a lot of good reviews about Dohtonburi so when I found out that it is a member of the Prime restaurants (or Partner restaurants) of Booky, and we’ll have a discount on it, I didn’t think twice and I immediately chose it. Besides, lately, Japanese foods are my comforts. According to Booky, we can avail almost up to 500 off discount, but since based on the time I reserved it’s only 100 off, then we had to accept it instead of starving to death.

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The interior definitely achieved giving the Japanese ambiance, with all the woods, dividers, posters with Japanese touches, and lanterns. I also observed that most of the tables are consistent having an equal number of condiments, are contained in identical repositories, and all tables are equipped with the steel flat iron grill griddle. However, I hope they had a cover for the griddle so that we can place our dishes on top of it once we’re done with the cooking.

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Since the tables and chairs outside are very common, we wanted to feel more Japanese so we chose the ones in the more private area. What I loved about this area is not only because it is secluded but because I’d like to recognize the efforts of the designers to make a hole for the table, so that the diners are not expected sit on their knees but they can actually take a seat like how they do in usual chairs. However, this area is a little unwell ventilated, and the smoke from the griddle cannot exhaust somewhere else. So this area tends to be warm.

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Okonomiyaki: Hiroshima Yaki

Dohtonburi is famous for its vast array of Okonomiyaki, but for us, since we are first-time eaters we have no idea which is which. But the server told us that we can try this Hiroshima Yaki (390). She also encouraged us to cook it ourselves because they have provided a cooking guide. But looking at how complicated it is flipping and adding what after the other, we wanted to eat good looking and tasting food, so we “used the service charge.” lol 

Cooking Hiroshima Yaki needed so much attention and dedication, it’s not a joke flipping those pancake-like things with noodles and vegetables in a swift but careful manner.

And then when we tasted it, I almost forgot my name because of the mayonnaise and the noodles and everything in between de-fa-nitely suited each other. Once I come back to Dohtonburi, I will still order this one and still ask them to do it for me. hehehe

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And then together with the Hiroshima Yaki, we also had Kimchi and Pork (220). However, they have no Kimchi anymore so we decided to just have the pork. And it’s also cooked in front of us, and they are all cooked very well and the meats are tender.

These Kimchi and Pork and Hiroshima Yaki are really just what Pammy, Krizia, and I ordered. Our other companions, Michael and Charles, ordered Katsudon and Gyudon (260). They didn’t make many comments on it, but they said that it tasted like the usual Katsudon and Gyudon.

After that, we watched the movie “Doctor Strange.” Although the visuals are making my head hurts, it is still a quality movie with very delicate computer graphics.

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And then before we go home, we went to J.Co for our one last taste of sweetness before we go back to reality. It was a very fun day indeed with the squad! Don’t know where we’ll head to next time, though.

So there you have it! If you want to visit a restaurant that gives an authentic Japanese ambiance and delicious Okonomiyaki. Go to Dohtonbori! You can find it at the Cullinan Prime Building, 8 Missouri Street, Greenhills, San Juan City And check Zomato for any information that you need. Hope to hear your experience!

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