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)
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.
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.
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.