Monday, October 9, 2017

Shinsen, Simple

After watching Jiro Dreams Sushi, we gained a much higher respect for the sushi chefs and then this gave us a hankering for sushi, I mean authentic, traditional Japanese sushi. 

Jiro Dreams Sushi is an American documentary film directed by David Gelb. The film follows Jiro Ono (小野 二郎 Ono Jirō), an 85-year-old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin three-star restaurant. Sukiyabashi Jiro is a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. Jiro Ono serves a tasting menu of roughly 20 courses, for a total of 30,000 Japanese yen ($281 USD). (words for Wikipedia).

However, you can't just go to Japan with just one click and taste its finest culinary offering.

But thank God for local business people who bring in a part of Japan to Manila.  With that, I went on looking for a Japanese resto with sushis that made marks on the internet.  It brought me to Shin Sen.

I can't really tell the authenticity of Shin Sen, like the one in Yuujin and Ryuma, but they do have one Japanese chef on the sushi bar.

Shin Sen is tucked in inside the Sapphire block and before you get in to find them, you'll be sure to be enticed with the other restos you'll be passing by.

But if you are looking for a more discreet place serving good Japanese food, you probably need to focus your thoughts on Japanese food first, or else, you might end up at the Spanish restaurant near it.

Interiors aren't as fascinating as Saboten's but it's okay.  Japan boasts of simplicity anyway in their culture, I'm more than interesting in their food.  They do have a feature wall with a Japanese street art "inspo."

They have a sushi bar, so you have the options to sit here or at the wooden table and chair.

The service was a bit slow though, even though there were just a few customers.  You need to call the attention of the staff to give you water or whatever it is you need.

We waited for more than 20 minutes for our order to be served, I mean for each dish.  So, I kind of hesitated to order more.

My husband ordered ramen, Niku Soba, to be exact, simply put it as a  hot noodle soup with beef.  If only it was beefy-full of noodles in every sip, we could have been happy.  It was so-so for him as he has tasted better noodle quality and more flavorful soup.

I, on the other hand, ordered Take Sashimi Tuna Ika Blue Marlin and Tai.

Nothing too sparkly and special with this one as well, but let me commend the freshness of the fish and how good the sushi rice was.

What we thought was an interesting sashimi experience for us, turned out to be sad and disappointing.  Especially noticing the other tables being handed with complimentary house tea while we waited (again) for our bill so we can pay and get out of the place.

Well, this was recommended by Google, when we researched for Sushi Bar in Manila.  I guess we're off to look for another sushi bar  to fill our fixation for Japanese raw fish-eating.


Address: The Sapphire Bloc,
                Sapphire Road, Ortigas,
                Pasig City

Shinsen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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