Love Japanese food? Pamper your taste buds at this lovely Japanese restaurant located at SM Megamall’s Fashion Hall. Rosanjin Japanese Restaurant opened in September 2014, and just last July, it has updated its menu to highlight food entrees that are unique and specially available only in its joint, so you can be smitten anew. Two among the top best-selling dishes are Tobanyaki and Kaminabe. Presented with art and love, they produce the most “wow” moments for diners. More on these below.

Review of Rosanjin Japanese Restaurant (SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City)

Ambiance: ★★★★☆

Overall interior design was simple and classy, with floral wallpaper on one side of the dining room and Japanese-style windows on the other. With serene dark furnishings and intimate surroundings, the ambiance echoes most of its creativity with the gasp-inducing upside-down umbrellas (wagasa 和傘) hanging from the ceiling. Whoever has thought of this decoration must be blessed with a pair of eyes that can easily define what looks most endearing. Almost every table is outfitted with an electric stove top so dining guests can cook food with convenience.

Service: ★★★★★

The staff were extremely polite and professional, making us feel at ease. They were able to explain dishes well and provide great recommendations. The food arrived timely and were nicely presented. I’d like to thank Pearl and the owner, Mr. Ken, for the warm welcome and accommodation.

Food: ★★★★★

Tobanyaki Australian Rib Steak (PhP 380) was served raw with bite-size pieces of tofu on an earthenware called “toban.” This dish is cooked in 7-10 minutes using the traditional Japanese way—with toban’s high quality heat reserve and ultra-red lay effect.

The seasoning of the rib steak was very simple, hence it came out with the true flavor of the beef itself. Juicy, tender, and super soft are the best adjectives to describe the steak, or “perfectly executed” in sum. Three kinds of sauce made good companions for the meat, but we especially loved the yakiniku sauce. Try it!

The Seafood Kaminabe (PhP 400, Regular) is another interesting dish to consider at Rosanjin. Kaminabe translates to “Japanese Paper Hotpot” in English, and this steamboat dish has its ingredients literally laid out artistically in a pot made of paper that doesn’t burn even when cooked directly under fire.

It’s fascinating to learn that the secret behind it is with the special coating on both sides of the paper. A thicker layer that has direct contact with the flame keeps the temperature lower than 160 degrees Celsius, and this manages to withstand the heat, keeping it from burning while cooking food in it (as long as there’s still soup).

The sharp bitter taste in the soup is lessened. What results is a sweet soy sauce-based soup with fresh-tasting shrimps, scallops, and buri loaded with seafood flavor without grease. Like the tobanyaki, kaminabe also has a cooking time of 7-10 minutes.

Harmonious on the palate, the Chicken Teriyaki Roll (PhP 150) is an absolutely delicious mixture of sweet, sticky teriyaki chicken, and crunchy cucumber with a chili on top as an added spice. This can be a proof that big flavors come in small packages. 🙂 I highly recommend getting this instead of a platter of typical sushi fare.

Salmon Carpaccio (PhP 250), an Italian fusion sashimi, is a refined seafood entree and worth an order every time. The presentation, with mayonnaise flavored sauce at the center, is sure to get some oohs and ahhs from the table. The fish tastes like it just came out of the ocean. It brings everything to the next level. Squeeze the lemon and enjoy it with the sliced tomato, cucumber, and onions in one mouthful. Yum!

Served well-chilled, the Green Tea Pudding (PhP 150) topped with red beans and cream turns out to be a perfect light, sweet ending to a ginormous Japanese meal. Taste is far from the sweet territory, but you can’t go wrong.

Price for Value: ★★★★☆

Walk into SM Megamall Fashion Hall and you will find plenty of restaurants that specialize in different cuisines. Go to Rosanjin if you are looking for a fresh way to sample the flavors of Japan. For those who have not tried Japanese food for a long time, this is a good spot to take the plunge. With great quality and tastes of food, prices are reasonable and won’t upset the wallet. Come with a big appetite. 🙂

Special Anniversary Promotion:

Rosanjin Japanese Restaurant will be having its first anniversary celebration this coming September 20, 2015. On that day specifically, guests can have an order of California Maki (six pieces) for only PhP 1 if they get either Tobanyaki or Kaminabe.

Year-long Birthday Promotion:

As a treat, birthday celebrants can enjoy Tobanyaki, Ramen, or Sukiyaki for free when they dine in at Rosanjin (no minimum order or number of guests required). Plus, staff will sing/serenade them with a song, take a picture with them, and present the picture taken with a frame.

3F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Date Published: 09/01/2015
18 / 20 stars

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72 Responses

  1. Kita

    I would leave the salmon but I would love to try the teriyaki roll that looks interesting. Those dipping sauces I love them when we go to hibachi here in the US

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Lots of sushi joints are popping out but not all offer unique finds like this teriyaki roll. If you want fresh and no fuss Japanese food at good value, look no further than Rosanjin. It has clean environs and friendly service to boot. 🙂

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  2. TC

    How beautiful. The food looks visually appealing, fresh and delicious. I wish I loved near this restaurant, but I’m a million miles away. 🙁 Your post caused me to crave this experience. Well done.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, TC. 🙂 Note this restaurant down so you’ll have it mind when you visit the area. It’s in a pretty convenient spot on SM Megamall and it’s easily accessible.

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  3. Dee

    I swear my mouth is watering like crazy! I love Japanese food and based on what you have share with us, I believe that I need to add Rosanjin Japanese Restaurant to my bucket list as to one of the major foodie places I need to get to. The Chicken Teriyaki Roll looks really good and I am fascinated by the Green Tea Pudding.

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  4. Yolanda Williams

    This was a great post and I will definitely check out this resturant when I am in the area. I really love Japanese food and everything here looked really good.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The menu has a nice selection and the best part is that the items mostly have pictures so you can have a more vivid understanding of what to expect from the dishes. 🙂 We are already excited to have another dining experience here.

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  5. Melissa

    Everything looked so good. I usually stick to things I know when eating Japanese food. I just need to step out of the box and do it! The chicken roll looks like something I would order.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      My mom is also a creature of habit as she wants to order the same things over and over again. I’m the total opposite since I like trying new items in every visit. 🙂

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  6. Michele B

    I have never heard of Green Tea Pudding, that looks delicious! Cooking the steak at the table looks like it would be fun to watch happen as well. This looks like a fun restaurant to go on a date or a group date at.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, it’s a different experience from just being served with the cooked meal. Sometimes, customers get more thrilled to watch and wait how food is cooked in front of them on the table. 🙂

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  7. Elizabeth O.

    I’d love to try everything. Except for the Carpaccio. Not a big fan of salmon. Lol. But the food looks really yummy!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Whenever we eat at Japanese restaurants, salmon is our must-order. We either have it on a rice meal or in sushi/maki. It’s one of those food that I think I’ll never get tired of eating. So delicious! 🙂

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  8. Katie

    Yum I love Japanese food. This restaurant looks like it has great atmosphere and awesome food. I love meals that come with dipping sauces. The Chicken Teriyaki Rolls look the best to me and I would love to try green tea pudding.

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  9. A Swede Abroad

    I eat quite a lot of Asian food, but haven’t tried anything Japanese (except sushi of course). It must have been a really interesting experince! I had no idea that the cooking was so technical.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha yeah, it’s always fun and pleasing to learn something new. My mom felt enthusiastic as well after hearing about the process of cooking and the materials involved.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Actually we also visited Rosanjin before the new menu came out. We weren’t very happy with the ramen we tried and it’s forgettable. This was a different experience and I highly recommend you to order the tobanyaki and kaminabe. 🙂 There are other options aside from those that we ordered.

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  10. Priscilla

    Japanese food is taking over the world’s dining areana.
    The salmon carpaccio looks really good though! and I love nabes, the paper pot is always a welcome for me.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The chicken teriyaki roll and the salmon carpaccio are a delight. Rosanjin gets the job done so if you want to increase your Japanese palate options, this is a good place to start.

      Nope, my title is not cut off. Maybe it’s just with the web browser or theme you’re using. 😛

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  11. Terri Beavers

    Everything looks really delicious and I have to admit I haven’t tried Japanese foods because we don’t have any restaurants around here. I should try to cook some myself and might just look for some recipes.

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  12. bluedreamer27

    the place looks neat and relaxing…
    honestly I am not really into Japanese food but one thing I love about their dishes is how they present each meal.. it’s so fascinating to see how much effort they offer just to serve these meals beautifully

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, they made it a point to draw a difference in food presentation. Some people really prefer to watch how food is being cooked in front of them. It makes them appreciate the food more as they learn how it develops its flavor. 🙂

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  13. Chef Jay

    Rosanjin looks like they have perfectly cooked Japanese meals! How does it compare to makati staples like Omakase, Nihonbashitei, and Izakaya Kikufuji?

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Well, I think they have different specialties. Ramen houses are now booming with grace and those popular for Japanese grill are also in head to head competition. Rosanjin can be considered the “new kid on the block.” Try the kaminabe and tobanyaki to get the idea. 🙂

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  14. Pooja Kawatra

    I love the teriayaki chicken rolls and sushi they are looking so tempting but other food i haven’t tried much as not much into japanese food.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I think most people order the same things over and over since they are most familiar with sushi especially. It’s great when you can also try to be more adventurous with Japanese food once in a while. 😉

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  15. Mia Foo

    i love kaminabe too! but the name, to non-japanese speakers in singapore kind be a little awkward because it sounds very similar to a (commonly used?) vulgarity term. haha!
    that green tea pudding looks yummy too!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I’m curious what that vulgar term is. Wahaha. Hmmm… now really, what could it be?! 😛 Yup, the green tea pudding is also a great dessert to cleanse your palate after the meal.

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  16. Anne V

    Rosanjin Japanese Restaurant seems like a great place to enjoy Japanese cuisine. The food looks stellar! I would love to try the Tobanyaki Australian Beef Steak! SM Megamall isn’t that far, maybe I’ll drop by soon. 🙂

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  17. Fred

    This Japanese restaurant looks simple but the food looks good. Expensive, so probably I will only try it once to taste what the fuss is all about. That beef looks so tender and tasty as per your picture and your description.

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  18. Raquel

    Spacious and clean. I like that in any restaurant. And the food is presented nicely. The Japanese really know their thing with food.

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  19. Tisha Berg | Biz Mommy

    My daughter would be salivating right now if she were reading this post – she adores salmon. I like “sushi” too, but I’m a light-weight and only eat our american California rolls. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      If you want to try tobanyaki, there are other varieties available aside from the beef. You can get the buri teriyaki or buri misoyaki (fish imported from Japan), the jumbo scallop butteryaki or jumbo scallop teriyaki, or the seafood platter which is composed of the shrimp, jumbo scallop, and Norwegian salmon. Oh, I would love to sample these seafood for myself. 🙂

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  20. Carin Kilby Clark

    The food looks absolutely delicious! Love all the pictures. And I love discovering new restaurants, it’s always exciting and fun to try a new place. Thanks for sharing your review.

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  21. Enzo

    I would love to try the Seafood Kaminabe. There must be a twist in seafood taste in there. I will visit this restaurant when I come home.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      That’s right. You can also try the other kaminabe variants: shrimp, chicken, and shabu-shabu. Judging from the pictures on the menu, we thought that the seafood kaminabe is the best.

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  22. Yvonne Bertoldo

    That birthday promo seems nice. My hubby’s birthday is next month and i’m starting to plan where we’ll have dinner. Does their birthday promo apply at the exact birthdate?

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Good question. The answer is yes, the birthday promo applies only on the exact person’s birthday. Don’t forget to bring his ID or any certification with his birth date noted on it. 🙂

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  23. Fatemah Sajwani

    I have never tried any Japanese food yet but the restaurant looks pretty amazing. That maroon top look gorgeous on you.

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  24. Pal Raine

    My gosh! Food are all yummy. I am a food fanatic and my hope is that I can find a place like this, every bite comforting and delicious.

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  25. Ling

    the steak looks lovely! I think it was overly cooked though – with that kind of marbling I would have it at most medium done!

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