From its prestigious location in the Greenhills Shopping Center to its formidably chic plate-glass exterior and soaring, svelte interior of contemporary blond woods and semi-transparent dining ‘pods’, Wafu has cornered the Manila market in terms of upscale Japanese-style dining.
The brainchild of chef Chris Oronce (ex sushi and teppanyaki chef at Shibuya Las Vegas) and restaurateur Bryan Tiu, the menu reflects both classics and ‘reinvented’ dishes to appeal to the local demographic. With many of its ingredients imported from Japan, including fish jet-fresh from the fabled Tsukiji market, the 800 sq m restaurant features a standalone sushi and sake bar, as well as a 2/F teppanyaki grill.
Start with the plump crispy soft shell crab tempura with scallions and citrus emulsion, or chawan mushi (a savoury soy custard with grilled shrimp, candied walnuts and microgreens), followed by rice-less red snapper Mount Fuji rolls and the signature seared Angus skirt with mushrooms and frazzled onions.
With a full slate of sushi and sashimi on offer, it may be a challenge to leave room for comfort favourites like crunchy pork tonkatsu or gyu don – grilled beef and onions over rice, here served with a liquidic soft boiled egg to stir in. With no less than 65 kinds of sake and soju to choose from, it only remains to say itadakimasu!