Cesar Cruz Jr.
Business Mirror | August 15, 2019
For the Filipino diner, Japanese cuisine ranks among the top-specialty foods that are close to their hearts. The ever-growing number of Japanese restaurants sprouting all over the metro clearly goes to show that we cannot get enough of sushi, tempura and donburis to name a few.
In response to the constant demand for high-quality Japanese food, the Bellevue Manila reinvents its in-house Japanese dining outlet formerly known as Hatsune, to Homare Japanese Restaurant and Grill.
The refurbished dining outlet Homare, which means “glory, honor, reputation” continues to be firm in its commitment to offer authentic specialties coupled with personalized customer service.
Aside from its Zen-inspired interiors, the new name offers excitement to sharp palates with a new and improved menu showcasing a wide selection, including classic Japanese set meals, Teishoku and Gozen; mouthwatering hot pots filled to the brim with noodles, fresh vegetables, meat and rich stock; Japanese noodles, such as Soba and Udon, an assortment of Sushi, Nigiri, and Ippin Ryori; filling rice bowls; Donburimono; fresh salads; classic crispy golden tempura; tender teppanyaki; and Japanese desserts, such as Matcha Tiramisu, Matcha Roll Cake and Wasabi Mochi.
The newly renovated restaurant boasts of a total seating capacity of 130 diners (the main dining hall accommodating 100 diners, and two private rooms with eight to 12 seats each where guests can enjoy a different barbeque experience with its featured highlight—the newly installed Yakiniku grills.)
The recently-held grand opening of Homare was a display of what the establishment serves best as it caters to a full house of guests. Diners made a beeline for the fresh sashimi and sushi, including yellowtail fish, crabstick, squid, sea urchin, mackerel, eel, shrimp and egg. The crowning jewel of the event was the 35-kilo whole tuna fish served sashimi-style. Gindara Teriyaki, Chicken Barbeque and Tsukine was the featured hot food items.
The tempting aroma of high-grade beef cooked in butter at the Yakiniku grill never fails to draw attention to the crowd of foodies.
After having their fill of the good stuff, guests washed it all down with one or several items from the well-curated drink list—Homare Iced Tea, Sapporo Beer, Roku Japanese Gin Tonic, Sake Fashioned Bitters, Shochu Cucumber Margarita, Anatawa Kirei and a selection of chilled juices.
The attention to detail Homare puts in concocting well-loved Japanese dishes shows the level of respect its seasoned chefs put in their work. The restaurant is open daily from 11 am to 2 pm for lunch, and 6 pm to 10 pm for dinner.
Cesar Cruz Jr.
Cesar studied communication arts at the University of Santo Tomas. He writes articles in the Lifestyle Section of Business Mirror as a lifestyle writer. He manages Pancit Malabon, his own restaurant at Banawe St.