Recently, my FB was getting quite frequent posts from a restaurant called Fukudaya. I had never heard of it, but the photos looked good and a search for some reviews gave it rather high ratings, so we recently tried it out for dinner.
Fukudaya is located at the ground floor of the Arya Residences in the Fort near the American Cemetery. It’s easy to get to from the road although you have to circle the building to get to the basement parking. It’s an elegant, well lit place with the kitchen in full view of the dining area. Apparently, there are two Japanese chefs overseeing the operations.
The menu is quite intriguing as there are some dishes that aren’t your typical Japanese fare. Of course, we had to give those a try. We started with some edamame.
Followed by a sashimi platter. Good quality on this dish.
We also went for a spicy salmon roll.
And I went for a main course of Chirashi Sushi. I know some places serve Chirashi on a plate rather than a bowl but I’m not really a fan of this style as it’s a bit difficult to eat. Good ingredients in the Chirashi, though, but I wish that for the price, they had included some uni and salmon roe.
One interesting dish we ordered was the Foie Gras Zume Teriyaki Chicken which is a kind of chicken roll with some foie gras.
We also had a rather chunky kakiage. Not your traditional shape of kakiage, but this was excellent.
We also had the Chawan Mushi which also had a bit of foie gras in it. This dish was full-on umami. Might be a bit much for some, but I loved it.
To wash this down, we had some very good Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai Sake.
Most Japanese places have rather forgettable desserts but we didn’t feel like moving to another place so we had dessert at Fukudaya, and I must say, they do dessert quite well.
Very good Black Sesame Ice Cream.
Coffee Jelly with Chocolate covered Mango.
And Raindrop Cake. This is a clear gelatin disk (gulaman) with black sugar syrup (kuromitsu) and kinako (soybean flour). Apparently, people were freaking out over this dessert on the internet not too long ago. I was clueless about it, but the kids seemed excited enough by it. All the flavor comes from the syrup and kinako as the “cake” itself is flavorless. Gimmicky but good, nonetheless.
They also have set meals at reasonable prices for lunch and we promised to be back to try those. Definitely worth putting on our list of go-to Japanese places.
Fukudaya is located at Unit 7, The Plaza, Arya Residences, McKinkey Parkway, 8th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Tel 2469069 ext 694