Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Izakaya Kenta: Authentic Japanese Cuisine in Malate

If you find yourself in the heart of old Manila and craving for authentic Japanese food, here's one place worth checking out... 

Inside Izakaya Kenta, the use of wood and stone provide a rustic feel, and a cool koi pond at the entrance completes the look. Calming, soothing, almost like a sanctuary in the right smack in the center of a busy district. One can always spot Japanese expats at Izakaya Kenta, a good sign, and our dinner begins with a few of their signature dishes beginning with a few unusual starters.

Potato Salad, a western dish popular in Japan, with soft potatoes covered in smooth and creamy Japanese mayo with a side of fresh vegetables and shredded cabbage. Comforting and familiar with a Japanese twist.

Supagetti Sarada, noodles with the same distinct rich and creamy Japanese mayo dressing, velvety smooth with chopped celery and scallions for added texture. Served cold, the spaghetti noodle salad is refreshing, and deliciously different.

Mixed Sashimi, no meal ay Izakaya Kenta is complete without sashimi.

Tako Potato, crisp potato balls, almost like a takoyaki, topped with bonito flakes and a creamy Japanese mayo dressing. New and different, great with a few beers.

Mixed Sushi, and another round of beer, just can't get better than that.

Tori Karaage, fried chicken that's juicy and moist with a crisp outer layer, a personal favorite. Squeeze a little lemon and that's all you need. Each piece of chicken is seasoned for bold flavors. Extra rice? Definitely. And go for another beer too.

Gyu Suteki, tender beef with vegetables on a sizzling hot plate. Thin slices of garlic complete the dish, perfect with steamed white rice.

GindaraTeriyaki, tender codfish glazed with sweet teriyaki. Fresh and flavorful, another signature dish worth trying at Izakaya Kenta.  Authentic Japanese cuisine with a sprinkling of new and innovative dishes, all in one place. Next time you find yourself in the heart of Manila, check out Izakaya Kenta.

Izakaya Kenta is located at the Ground Floor, Malate Bayview Mansion, 1781 M. Adriatico Street, Malate, 1004 Manila or call 523-1874 for inquiries and reservations. 

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  1. you should check out Nihonbashitei - it's on the same street - across malate pensionne/ CBTL - if you haven't reviewed them.

    their spicy torro is really good.


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