Affordable Japanese Dishes in KARATE KID

Karate Kid in Lucky Chinatown Mall Food Court
Karate Kid in Lucky Chinatown Mall Food Court
Karate Kid was one of those restaurants that I simply ignore when I happen to pass by in front of. However, upon the suggestion of a friend,  I gave it a try! In this blog post, I will share with you a good food experience albeit not ultimately excellent!

The Food 

Lately, I've developed a huge craving on sashimis, so when I found out that they were offering one variant of it (i.e. Tuna Sashimi), I decided to include it in my order without any hesitations.

Tuna Sashimi 6 pcs || P82
Tuna Sashimi of Karate Kid
Affordable Tuna Sashimi of Karate Kid - beyond satisfactory! 
The Tuna Sashimi was definitely a good deal! I know the quality and freshness was not that top-notch, but it was more than decent enough to satisfy my cravings for it. Considering the money I paid for it, it was already fantastic for me! In other words, you may see me eating this dish again in the future!

Kani Mango Salad || P89
Kani Mango Salad for only P89 in Karate Kid
Kani Mango Salad for only P89 in Karate Kid

Takoyaki 8 pcs. - Regular || P69 or Special || P79
Japanese Takoyaki - a Karate Kid specialty
Japanese Takoyaki - a Karate Kid specialty
Takayoki is indeed a favorite Japanese dish or snack for me! Yeah, I know this is by far not the best I've tasted so far, but it was not half as bad. In fact, I really appreciated because of the authentic squid found inside the takayoki. Many small stores use extenders or only flavored starch for the squid, so I felt assured of the quality with Karate Kid's takoyaki. the downside however was that I found the sauce a little more sweet than savory which what it should have been based on the taste I have in mind.

Ebi Fry Don || P119
Ebi (Tempura) Fry Don of Karate Kid
Ebi (Tempura) Fry Don of Karate Kid
Beef Teppanyaki Kido Meal || P299 (Good for 1-2)
Teppanyaki Meal by Karate Kid inclusive of Unlimited Rice and Drink
Teppanyaki Meal by Karate Kid inclusive of Unlimited Rice and Drink
This dish comes with 2 bowls of unlimited rice and 2 refillable red iced tea.

Sizzling Spicy Squid Tempura || P99
The affordable and interesting squid tempura of Karate Kid
The affordable and interesting squid tempura of Karate Kid
The squid dish was interesting because of the sweet yet flavorful sauce. Although I found the texture a little more soft that what is usual (because I usually enjoy a little crunch in my squid, but not to the point that it becomes chewy),  it was still enjoyable. My only issue with this was the lack (or absence, even) of the spiciness. To wit, it was as if what we ordered was just "Sizzling Spicy Squid Tempura"

Kamameshi House in a Nutshell and Rating Overview
Place:  n/a
(Ratings apply for the dishes we ordered an 
this experience alone)
Thank goodness I happened to try out this Japanese casual restaurant! Due to its affordability and beyond-okay taste, I definitely urge you to give it a try as well. However, do not expect a very fancy experience. Keep in mind that what this restaurant will provide you is joy from the maximized value for money. In other words, if your priority is taste and adventure, then this may not be for you. On the other had, if you enjoy good quality yet affordable Japanese dishes, then go for this one.

PS (on service): I waited a bit longer than what they promised, so this one is a reduction on the service rating.

The Karated Kid
Food Court
4/F Lucky Chinatown Mall
Reina Regente St,, Binondo

4/F Pedro Gil Wing
Robinsons Place Ermita

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1 comment:

  1. On Sept 15, 2014, my mom and I went malling at Robinsons Metroeast. We were already starving when we saw Karate Kid. With us both being a fan of Japanese food, we decided to eat there for early dinner. There were only 3 tables occupied by that time, I wondered why. I ordered Beef Teriyaki Bento, (comprised of Beef Teriyaki, Yakisoba, 2pcs gyoza and red iced tea), while mom ordered "Creamy" Fishdon with rice (which was really dry, I cant figure out where they got that "creamy" word). Plus we ordered 8pcs California Maki.

    The "Creamy" Fishdon was served first, and we were a bit disappointed with how it looks as it was really dry. Not appetizing at all. Then comes the California Maki. Since my Beef Teriyaki order hasn't arrived yet, and me being hungry, I ate 1pc of the Maki first. I tasted that there's something wrong with it, like it was already spoiled. But I didn't mind it and I thought it could just be the mayo on top. So I just swallowed it fast. And as I said earlier, I was really starving, so i had another piece. Same thing, and I swallowed it fast again.

    Mom, (being a fan of California Maki in any Japanese restau) took 1pc as well. And without even finishing that piece, she told me that it is already spoiled. Panis. Sira.

    That confirmed my initial taste for what I ate and I just want to throw up!

    Then my Beef Teriyaki arrived. I told the server that the Maki is already spoiled. He took the plate inside their kitchen. And when he came out he was asking me to just order another in the menu. I told him to call the manager because I don't want to order another and just want the Maki to be refunded.

    The supervisor came out, my mom apologized to him for the inconvenience of refunding. And so, being very cool about it, he did the refund, then just placed the money on the table and went back inside.

    Yes. Without ANY apologies.

    I got really pissed off. I asked the server to call him again. When he came out, thats when I asked him why I never heard even a single apology from him and it was even my mom who said sorry when I asked for the refund of the Maki. Then he finally apologized and said that he went inside to check on the Maki that was served blah blah blah. I told him that being a supervisor he should know how to handle such situations.

    I asked him what happened to the Maki, he said that it could be the mango being spoiled. But we told him its the rice that's spoiled. Nevertheless, be it the rice or mango or whatever they can blame it on, they still shouldn't be serving ANY food below quality.

    I asked him to have everything refunded as I didn't want to take risk in eating their food anymore. By the way, mom tried to have a taste of the gyoza from the Bento meal I ordered and she said that it tasted a bit foul also... tsk tsk..

    I asked him to call the manager since he is just a supevisor. When the lady manager came out, I asked her if she knows whats happening and she said Yes. I told her that since she already knew, why didnt she even come out to face me, knowing that theres already such incident. She said that she is controlling the production inside and having a taste test for all the Maki. I told her that being a manager, and having such a commotion, she should've came out and be responsible for what happened. I told them that if only I got an apology at first, we wouldn't arrive to that point. Yes, only apologies, I even told them that I never wanted any complimentary from them. That also answered my question in mind why there are lots of vacant tables everytime I passby their "eatery".

    I asked them to put their names at the back of the receipt as well as their company's email address. She took mine as well and asked her to keep me in the loop as I want to see how they will respond on this and the actions they will be taking.

    Yup.. it's Karate Kid Robinsons Metroeast branch.

    And I think it would take some time before I eat Maki again. (Trauma)


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