Ariake Japanese Cuisine

Last week the hubby just had an out of the blue craving for japanese curry. I’ve only seen this dish eaten by Naruto in the anime but this was hubby’s staple food during his month-long business trip to Japan this year. So given that it’s really rare for him to crave for unusual food, I googled a place that served decent curry. I wanted to try something that will resemble the authentic food so that hubby won’t get disappointed. Then I stumbled upon Ariake restaurant at Tomas Morato, Quezon City. I was really enticed to try out the restaurant due to several reasons: their menu includes Beef Curry rice which is what we were looking for, it’s just near our place so going there is very convenient, we always see this little restaurant whenever we’re along Morato and Ariake is the surname of Ninomiya‘s character in Ryusei no Kizuna which happen to also cook curry (I just had to insert some Arashi connection here. ;))

Surprisingly it wasn’t crowded along Tomas Morato despite it being a Friday night. The restaurant itself had only a few customers when we got there and we like it’s calm, quiet interior suitable for a nice chit-chat with friends or an intimate dinner date. It took us a while to get our orders as we don’t know what to get aside from the curry. The waitress was good enough to help us decide and offered their promo as well. We got a seafood dumpling with free California maki, Ebi Tendon and the Beef Curry Rice.

Despite having only a few customers, it took quite a while for the orders to come and we laughed how they bring out the food one at a time. The first item they served was the maki. Maybe because it was just a freebie, there were only 4 little rolls in the plate. The photo in the menu showed bigger rolls. Maybe it will be bigger if you order them separately? I’ll check out next time.

california makiCalifornia Maki

We were finished with the maki when the dumplings came out. The Seafood dumplings tasted like toasted fishballs from the sidewalk but had a distinct nice aftertaste. It’s not that bad but not so great either. I might try out something else in the future though.

seafood dumplingSeafood dumplings

There were 10pcs of dumplings in that serving so we weren’t finished with it yet when the main entrees came out. We shared both the curry rice and tendon to see how the dishes tasted. Hubby liked the curry rice  and said that it tasted like the ones he ate in Japan, but that the japanese version has thicker consistency than the local one. Overall, the curry passed his taste buds 🙂

beef curry riceBeef Curry Rice

tendonEbi Tendon

Surprisingly, we got SO full with our food! As in, we didn’t really expect to get THAT full with the food since their servings weren’t big. We don’t know if the “one at a time” style of serving is the trick. Or that the food were just heavy. I wanted to try out their coffee jelly for dessert but was so full I couldn’t take another bite anymore. I will just try it out next time. Overall, we were satisfied with our dinner and will come back to this place. 🙂

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