Mr. Kurosawa's Euro-Japanese Cuisine in Newport City
We wanted to celebrate the day my dad turned a year wiser, and as usual, I am the one being asked to pick the restaurant. This time it wasn't that difficult because my choices were narrowed down to the restaurants found in Resorts World Manila, and since I got to try this restaurant once before I headed to Hong Kong last December, I decided to have our celebration here. Now, I didn't expect that we will end up slightly disappointed. Here in this blog post I will be sharing with you our experience.
The interior of Mr. Kurosawa is modern yet with a touch of the traditional elements making the vibe really conducive for dining. The tables are spacious, and the chairs are comfy. Everything was really going as planned, but that was until we had the "garlic rice incident" which you will learn more about later.
For this night, we had one (1) salad and four (4) main dishes. Let's begin with the salad.
Spicy Tuna Salad || P268
This Spicy Tuna Salad was really something I found very sulit. The greens were sufficiently fresh and the raw tuna serving on the top was pretty generous. Just take note that the dressing is indeed playfully spicy.
Yakitori Sampler || P368
The Yakitori Sampler was admittedly visually enticing, but it failed to impress due to the sub-optimal temperature of the dish. This had an effect on both the taste and quality of the yakitori. On another note, the taste was in the borderline of "balanced" and bland which was supposedly alright had the temperature been great. It also got this subtle sweetness and smokiness.
Tonkatsu Curry || P328
I ordered this during my first visit here, and I got reunited with it this night. The experience paled a little compared to my first one, but it was still great. In fact, it was my favorite for the night. The katsu itself was crunchy and considerably meaty. The curry sauce was balanced making the overall taste great!
If there is anything that I would return back to here in Mr. Kurosawa, it would be this Tonkatsu Curry as well as the Spicy Tuna Salad.
Chicken Teriyaki || P268
The Chicken Teriyaki was sweet, tangy and slightly smokey. The quality was fine (except for the temperature) as it had this satisfying tenderness.
Shrimp Tonkatsu || P398
This Shrimp Tonkatusu was the only dish that was served hot. The quality and taste was okay, but nothing too great to catch the attention. However, we were all able to appreciate this because again, it was the only dish that had an "optimal" temperature. Anyway, what I'd like to point out is that temperature of the dishes is very important!
Garlic Teppan Rice || P78
Okay, so I'm not about to share with you our garlic-rice incident, which was a great factor in pulling down our overall dining experience. What happened was, when the rice was served, we immediately dug in, but we were surprised by how awfully "cold" it was. It seemed like it was not freshly prepared and cooked. Hence, we called the attention of the waiter and asked if that's how they usually have it done. They took the bowls of garlic rice, and after about 10 minutes they came back with the "hotter" rice. The temperature improved but the quality didn't, so we guess they just re-heated them. This was confirmed when the waiter admitted that they did.
Anyway, this really sort of turned us off, resulting to less enthusiasm for the other dishes.
Mr. Kurosawa - Overall Ratings and Summary
Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings apply solely to this dining experience.
Value for Money ★★★☆
Budget: at least P300 each for a moderate dining experience for a group of at least 4
Unfortunately, I got disheartened by my second visit here in Mr. Kurosawa. I was really excited for my family to try out the dishes here because when I sampled some during my first visit, I was impressed. It was just disappointing that they didn't get the same wow-factor. Honestly, it was really the garlic rice event and the not-so-optimal temperature of the dishes that undermined the potential of the food here in Mr. Kurosawa. It could have been a great dining experience, but it turned out just okay.
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Location: Second Floor, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City
Operating Hours: 11:00 am to 1:00 am
Contact No.: (02) 659 8363
Service Charge: 10% before VAT
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