Tokyo Tonteki

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I was recently invited by Vast Asia Dining Corp (same group that operates Chili’s, Super Bowl of China, Yomenya Goemon, Red China by Super Bowl, Nanbantei of Tokyo and La Petit Camille) to try out their newly-opened Japanese restaurant called TOKYO TONTEKI. Personally, I love anything Japanese (especially their food), so I was pretty excited about this. And though I didn’t know much about the franchise, I knew that it was a casual dining restaurant and that their specialty was pork dishes. I was in the mood to try something new, so with an open mind (and a hungry tummy), I headed over to U.P. Town Center at Katipunan to sample their food.

As I learned (while dining), the word tonteki literally means “pork steak”. It is a famous local dish from Yokkaichi City Mie Prefecture in Japan, which was brought to mainstream consciousness by its owner and founder, Shusaku Namikawa. And since it has tonteki attached to its name, you can really expect most of their dishes to be made of pork (in Japan the only meat they carry is pork, but here in Manila they’ve decided to develop chicken dishes as well). Tokyo Tonteki prides itself with their perfectly prepared pork, made of thick cuts of premium, high-grade pork steak spread like a fan and served on a hot plate. They have a special way to cooking their pork that uses a unique, low-fire method that keeps the meat tender, juicy, and extremely flavourful. I just knew I was in for a treat, and let me tell you now: the resto did not disappoint.

20131024_113549To start, I tried the Spring Roll of Prosciutto, Avocado and Onsen Egg (P175), which I have to say, had a very interesting flavour. It reminded me a little of carbonara (probably because of the prosciutto and egg) and a rich, flavourful salad. I really like how the avocado and egg came together to form a creamy texture which was contrasted by the saltiness of the prosciutto.

20131024_114308It was a little filling, but a good appetiser nonetheless.

20131024_113803Then, on to the main course, which consisted of set meals. This one is the Regular Tonteki Set (P350), which is made of Premium Pork Steak. Honestly, I couldn’t believe it was pork because it had the texture and taste of beef. The pork is unbelievably soft, tender and flavourful.

20131024_113815It had a sweet-salty sauce that really enhanced the flavour of the pork. Also, the serving is pretty big (which makes this sulit). I can imagine a guy can get full with this meal.

20131024_113913Second set meal on the list: Cheese Tonberg Steak Set (P400), which is made of 100% Pure Ground Pork. Think of it as your burger steak, but with a Japanese twist. I love how it has a sweet sauce on top–it goes perfectly well with the cheddar cheese (again, salty-sweet).

20131024_114613Ready to attack haha (this one’s my favourite).

20131024_114719So if you cut up the tonburg steak, you’ll see that its made of yummy ground pork.

20131024_113646And the last of the set meals: a Chicken Steak Set with Onion Steak Sauce (P325). This meal was made specially for the Philippines (as Tokyo Tonteki found out, Filipinos love chicken). The onion sauce was a great match for chicken, as it had a lighter flavour.

20131024_113709You can use different sauces on your Tonteki, Tonburg and Chicken Steak Sets: mix and match these with Tonteki, Teriyaki and Onion Steak sauces.

20131024_113616A yummy side dish: good old Potato Salad (P150).

20131024_131202Honestly at this point I was way stuffed, and I really didn’t want to order any more food. I’m glad I managed to find space in my tummy for this Sundubu Style Tonteki Stew.

20131024_131214Its a little weird, but you will find this dish in the Side Dishes part of the menu. There is nothing side dish about this! Its a full meal you can even share with someone! This reminds me of a korean spareribs dish that is one of my favorite food–it is just the right amount of spicy, salty and sweet. It is so tasty, you’ll get hungry all over again (hmm maybe that’s why its a side dish).

20131024_114029Of course, you cant enjoy these meals without Japanese fried rice or better known as ‘Special Fried Rice with Egg’ (P150) on the menu.

20131024_124413For dessert, I wanted something light like the Homemade Almond Pudding (110). This is your typical almond jelly but in a light syrup.

20131024_124432But, of course, I just couldn’t resist the Cheesecake (P140). It was just a tiny slice though which I appreciated, because it was very rich and I was already so full!

TT Back-to-Back Menu Front1TT Back-to-Back Menu Back1For more information, go to TOKYO TONTEKI’s Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/tokyotontekiphilippines

Visit them at U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, 1105 Quezon City, Philippines / (02) 955 2269

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