Verdict: Japanese Jack of All Trades
Budget: P350 – P500 / head
Quality Japanese restaurants are few and far between. I have discussed this with a few of my foodie friends and we have all agreed that finding a Japanese restaurant that has good Sushi, Tempura, Ramen and rice bowls is quite difficult. Instead, we could each name our restaurant of choice for each dish. I have a favorite Japanese place to go to for Sushi, another one for Ramen and yet another one for all the different Rice Bowls most Japanese Restaurants have to offer. Marufuku, however, comes quite close to being the restaurant that has it all. Sushi, Ramen, Rice Bowls, Tempura, the works!
What we ordered:
Spicy Tuna Maki – This is a staple for me in every Japanese restaurant I visit. I must always try the Spicy Tuna Maki because if it’s good then the rest of the food will probably be good too but if it disappoints then I won’t expect much from the restaurant. The Spicy Tuna Maki of Marufuku definitely did not disappoint. The temperature of the sushi felt a little off because it felt a little warm but it was delicious in all its spicy mayonnaise glory. I love restaurants that actually deliver on spice when they say the dish is spicy! They don’t skimp on the tuna either, you can expect a hefty flavorful serving for 2 although I probably wouldn’t want to share this with anyone.
Miso Chasu Ramen – I usually go for the Tantanmen when it comes to ramen but I was in the mood for something different so I got the Miso Chasu Ramen and I can finally confirm that I am a very good decision maker. Even under pressure, (I get pressured when the waiter hovers around while waiting for me to look through the menu), I was able to make the right choice! The Miso Chasu Ramen is not as salty as I expected it to be, neither was it bland. The Soya Bean based broth does not only leave a pleasant taste lingering in your mouth, it pairs perfectly with the vegetables and Barbecued Pork Slices.
Gyudon – This might be my favorite dish in Marufuku. The beef is very thinly sliced yet manages to carry the flavors well. The sweet sauce, the runny egg, and the vegetables make this flavor packed dish quite filling, I would suggest sharing this with a friend. I enjoyed this because the meat practically melts in your mouth and sauce wasn’t too sweet. Would definitely order this again.
The only problem with this restaurant is that the parking is quite inconvenient. They have about 3-4 parking spaces right outside the restaurant, everyone else has to park a little walk away. Also, I found there to be too many cooks in the kitchen, literally. There were about 7-8 of them behind the counter then another 2 behind the sushi counter. Although, they didn’t seem to be getting in each other’s way and I’m pretty sure they each have their own responsibilities so it seemed to work for them.
I wouldn’t say that Marufuku has the best sushi or the best ramen in town but it proves itself to be the Jack of all Trades for Japanese food by doing everything on their menu quite well.
Marufuku Japanese Restaurant
Address: Ground Floor, The Crescent Building, 29 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City
Telephone: + 63 5703989
Operating Hours: 11:00am – 2:30pm and 5:00pm – 10:30pm