Tsumura's Hidden Authentic Japanese Restaurant in Makati

Tsumura's Hidden Authentic Japanese Restaurant in Makati

Just when you think you already explored the area, something will be thrown in your way to prove you wrong. We were in Greenbelt on a fine Sunday thinking of a place to eat, but we couldn't decide on it because everyone in the family already tried almost all the restaurants in Greenbelt (except for the very expensive ones) That was until my brother's girlfriend suggested Tsumura.

A "hidden" Japanese restaurant in Makati
Just to clear things up, Tsumura is not found within the vicinity of Greenbelt. You may need to walk or drive your way to 88 Corporate Center (near Paseo Center behind Ayala Triangle). The reason why we consider it hidden is because the restaurant is housed within the building, particularly on the 2nd floor. Unless you encounter this on the net, or a friend recommends it, the likelihood of finding this place is slim.

Tsumura Japanese Restaurant, Makati

Interior within the borderline
The interior of Tsumura is dimly lit creating a mysterious air. However, it also has a pessimistic feel that drags the spirit a little down. A part of us tells that the place is cozy. Another tells us that it is dreary. Putting it in another way, we're getting confused as to what it likes to become -- Sugi or Nihonbashi Tei? Hence, we just dropped it, and just focused our energy anticipating for the dishes.

Tsumura Japanese Restaurant, Makati

Authentic Japanese cuisine
Tsumura is headed by a Japanese chef who had been in the country for years. Some ingredients are sourced internationally to preserve authenticity of the dishes. This also explains why there are dishes that are pricier than usual. Anyway, let's check out some of the dishes we tried!

The Agedashi Tofu (P160) was velvety and silk allowing you to enjoy every bite of it. The sauce was refreshingly balanced which made this dish a winner for us
Agedashi Tofu of Tsumura

The Mixed Sashimi Platter (P495) perhaps is the most sulit among the entire sashimi selection. Expect abundance of quality seafood goodness with this platter
Mixed Sashimi Platter of Tsumura Japanese Restaurant

The Ebi Tempura (P490) could use some visualization trick to make it look more presentable, but as for the taste, it was lovable (although at par with a more affordable alternatives)
Ebi Tempura of Tsumura

The Korokke (P210) was delicately made with how crisp the exterior was yet retaining the mushy and creamy core of the Korokke
Korokke Dish of Tsumura

The Chicken Karaage (P250) was crisp and tender all at the same time. With its balanced taste, the karaage was enjoyable to eat
Chicken Karaage of Tsumura Japanese Restaurant

Tsumura - Overall Ratings and Summary

Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings reflect my personal experiences on the times I dine here.
Place ★★
Taste  ★★
Service  ★★
Value for Money ★★
Budget: at least P500 each for a light to moderate sharing-type of dining experience with a group of at least 4
No. of visits for this particular restaurant/branch - 1 || Date of last visit - February 26, 2017

Tsumura indeed is a hidden treasure for those searching for highly authentic cuisine. The executive chef behind the restaurant is Japanese himself, and he seems very passionate with his craft. Ambiance could be given a revamp to make it look more optimistic, but the dishes are really impressive. Just don't let the name of the place deceive because it's not-so-mura in here.

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Location: 2/F 88 Corporate Center, Sedeno St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Contact No.: (02) 887 4848
Service Charge: 10% before VAT
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