I’ve always been meaning to come here, but I just never had the time. I finally made time when I got invited for a Zomato foodie meet-up. Asakusa Home of Tempura has perfected the art of making crispy, lightly battered tempura complemented by the slightly sweet, semi-viscous homemade Asakusa sauce. It was the first time I’ve had that kind of glaze/sauce go with tempura, and I’m sure it would be a hit for the Filipino market! Asakusa Home of Tempura is a sanctuary for tempura!
You can create your own tempura set, adding however much you want. Simply choose a side and a sauce. However, if you don’t really want to think about it because you’re too hungry to, Asakusa can do the thinking for you. There are pre-set tempura trays to choose from. Ooooor you can get a set and order some additional pieces that aren’t present in any of the sets like the Uni, Oyster and Jumbo Prawn tempura! The Uni Tempura (PHP 268/6 pcs) was amazing! The fried tempura coating offered some crunch to complement the creamy texture of uni.
–Geisha Set (PHP 258) (Vegetarian): Shiitake Mushroom, 2 Squash, 2 Eggplant, Sweet Potato, French Beans
–Seafood Catch (PHP 338): Black Tiger Prawn, Fish, Squid, Kani
–Samurai Set (PHP 388): Black Tiger Prawn, Fish, Squid, Eggplant, Squash, French Beans
–3-Star Shogun Set (PHP 388): 3 Black Tiger Prawns
–5-Star Shogun Set (PHP 608): 5 Black Tiger Prawns
–Emperor Set (PHP 638): 2 Black Tiger Prawns, Scallops, Shiitake Mushroom, Kani, Fish, Zucchini, French beans
All sets come with plain rice. You can upgrade to fried rice for an additional PHP 48, or to cold soba, hot soba or hot udon for an additional PHP 68. They also come with a single serve of lemonade or iced tea. You can upgrade to unlimited/bottomless lemonade or iced tea for an additional PHP 60.
I went for the Emperor Set because how often do you get scallop tempura, right?
And, of course, there would be sushi, but not just any sushi! Asakusa’s version of sushi rolls have tempura bits sprinkled on top for an additional crunch! Unique to Asakusa Manila is the succulent, melt-in-your-mouth Wagyuni (PHP 388/3 pcs). You’d be missing out on a lot if you don’t try this! I would come back for this just to eat an entire tray of Wagyuni!
Just when I thought that the Wagyuni was something, I tried the Salmon Salad (PHP 218) and the Tuna Salad (PHP 208). I thought they’d be boring, but I found myself taking one bite after another. Each morsel was coated with sesame sauce to give it that complex umami taste, accentuated by a tinge of spiciness. Super good! I wanted the entire bowl to myself but realized I had to save room for the tempura!
What I thought were pork meatballs were actually Chicken Karaage Teriyaki (PHP 288/8 pcs) with a teriyaki glaze! An interesting interpretation!
While it’s not known for its noodles, Asakusa has some strong soba/udon dishes like the Prawn Cream Udon. The elastic udon was coated with velvety prawn cream sauce which gave it that rich flavor! It was so mysterious that it instantly became another favorite! Served with nameko mushrooms, fish flakes and poached egg.
Something new is the Hokkaido Donburi: Salmon sashimi, crab meat cooked in crab fat, ebiko, and sushi rice.
Location: The Grove Retail Row, The Grove by Rockwell, 117 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
Monday to Friday: 11:30 AM to 3 PM and 5:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday to Sunday: 11 AM to 10 PM