Wednesday, September 16, 2015

5th Taste: Modern Japanese Cuisine

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Located along P. Guevarra Street (above Tama Yaki), 5th Taste is a restaurant that gives its diners a new way of experiencing traditional Japanese dishes.



Deconstructed Miso Soup (P98)
Miso broth, silken tofu, pork floss, and leeks
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For starters, instead of serving miso soup in a plain white bowl, 5th Taste brings it by the pot and with a small, but hugely significant addition, pork floss. We were all surprised that the pork floss brought out a lot of flavor and texture to the already well loved dish. It makes it less boring, in a sense. The presentation is not to be ignored, of course. I'd definitely order this again.

Smoked Mackerel Maki (P150)
Smoked mackerel flakes, mango
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Aside from the usual california maki, 5th Taste has created their own take on japanese rolls. Their Smoked Mackerel Maki is a perfect example of their being a modern Japanese restaurant. Not a lot of places go out and risk creating their own versions of popular dishes, so I commend them for this.

Kani Salad Pizza (P225)
Crispy thin crust peppered with shredded kani, cucumber, carrot ribbons, mozarella, and Japanese mayo
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A light and crunchy kind of pizza, perfect as a snack. This was one of the favorites that night. They serve it with chili powder and shredded nori on the side. It's also a good way to get kids to eat cucumber and carrots. Haha!

Mussels Tempura (P150)
Lightly battered mussels with wasabi mayo and sweet eel dressing duo
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It was my first time trying something like this and I really liked it. The mussels wasn't malansa, and unlike most shrimp tempuras, you won't end up with 80% batter in your mouth.
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5th Taste Cheesesteak Sandwich (P200)
Stir-fried beef sukiyaki and mozzarella cheese on ciabatta bread, served with fries on the side
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A twist on philly cheesesteaks. Different beef, different bread, but idea's the same.
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Crispy Chicken Curry (P220)
Lightly crisped chicken and Omurice
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If you're craving for curry, try this. You can either have the chicken crunchy or dipped in the sauce with omurice. A pretty heavy dish compared to everything else we got to try. 
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Like their other dishes though, this one's good for sharing as well.
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Jalapeño Cream Cheese Onion Tonkatsu (P325)
Soft pork cutlet with crispy coating and jalapeño cream cheese and onion filling, served with Japanese slaw
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Yabu, is that you? I loved this one! Stuffed with jalapeno cream cheese instead of mozzarella cheese so it has a bit of punch to it, not that I'm complaining. The roasted sesame sauce is A+! Did I mention I love this dish?
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5th Taste is located at 2/F 453 P. Guevarra Street, San Juan City.
Opening hours: 11:00AM - 11:00PM | Call (02) 705-1856 for reservations

Don't forget to check out their milk tea and takoyaki offerings at Tama Yaki while you're there!

The 5th Taste Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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