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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Murakami: Japanese Restaurant (Asian Fusion): Marikina City: Review

Tori (Chicken Teriyaki)
Tori (Chicken Teriyaki) 
Growing up, I did not like eating any as in ANY vegetable because of their either plain or bitter taste. Although I heard that when you eat strictly leafy foods only, your life span will be longer than an average person plus you can maintain your youthful look. And now that I am on my 20's, I find eating vegetables a must to intake vitamins and minerals to take care of our body better, as an option from taking tablets and capsules with promises of nurturing our body with it.

Before I encountered this restaurant, I only eat vegetables with a condition. And what condition was it? It was that it has to be combined with a delicious and very flavorful main dish. Like I only eat vegetables in and with a burger, when eating Tocino, Longganisa, or Okoy.. But now, its different, I crave eating vegetables which I myself was shocked being in that situation.

Talking about this restaurant, its named Murakami. In Tagalog language, breaking the name in half gives you "Mura" and "kami" meaning affordable.

Murakami is a Japanese restaurant fused with a bit of Asian cuisine offered at very affordable prices. I am not familiar though if they do have more stores in other places but what I often visit is their branch here in Marikina located in the popular Bayan Bayanan Ave.

I discovered this restaurant through my cousin since this was her new favorite Japanese restaurant back then that is within our area, it being very near to our residence.

The restaurant serves Ramen, Yakisoba, Katsu Don, Tempura, Teriyaki, California Maki, Sashimi and more. They even have this unique dessert which is called Maccha ice cream that is like a green tea flavored ice cream, a great news for green tea lovers out there.

Miso Ramen
Miso Ramen

Ebi (Shrimps) Tempura
Ebi (Shrimps) Tempura

Below is their menu. Approximately, their plates are averagely priced at about P150 per meal. And with that amount, it is not bad for a unique experience of eating a Japanese meal comparing it to other branded Japanese restaurants.

Murakami Menu
Murakami Menu (click to enlarge)

Personally, I have four favorite dishes here namely the following: Ton Katsu (Pork) [Bento Box], Tori (Chicken Teriyaki),  Kakiage, and Yasaiitame. 2 heavy meat meals and 2 heavy vegetable plates. What is so good about their bento boxes here is that it already has a small sized vegetable serving included in the meal, the rice is mixed with many ingredients already that is like a "Yang Chow" style in other restaurants, plus a yummy red iced tea is added to quench our raging appetites. Their Tori (Chicken Teriyaki) is just so flavorful that when you start to take your first bite, you will be eager to finish it up until the last bit of it.

Yasaiitame
Yasaiitame
And for my most favorite (haha!) is their vegetable servings. Kakiage is I believe a deep fried vegetable mix that is both crunchy and chewy in texture which makes it very fun to eat. And the Yasaiitame which is a stir fried vegetable mix with a little bit of beef included. I just cannot imagine that a vegetable serving can be of that taste. Its not like I am eating vegetables, its more of like eating a delicious delicacy from another planet (haha! I really cannot describe its taste specifically but it is crazy good!). So now, I can eat vegetable meals itself without any other conditions.

But just a small trivia, eating Yasaiitame with Tori (Chicken Teriyaki) in a single plate is just perfect!

And that is why I occasionally call/text their numbers for delivery every time I crave for it. Though they only deliver on limited nearby areas only as they are just starting to get their market but rest assured that their meals will be worth your money, time and effort on doing so.



Carrier: Murakami
Address: 260 Shoe Ave, Brgy., Sta. Elena, Marikina City
Contact Nos.: 09178181548 & 09279665730
Operating hours: Mon to Sun: 10am - 10pm

Murakami logo
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9 comments:

  1. I was planning not to eat dinner tonight but your photos made me hungry! Your post destroyed my diet (in a good way, of course). I want tempura now. Haha! Hope to visit this in Marikina ;)

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  2. Murakami is an interesting name when translated to Tagalog haha. In Japanese, what does it mean though?

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  3. Nice play of words to create that name (reminds me of Nakamura which also serves Japanese inspired dishes). Do they have other branches or just in marikina?

    The miso ramen looks literally like miso soup ingredients combined with noodles and meat. I'd like to try that!

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  4. hello. :)) Awesome Blog post! Japanese food is my favorite food because it is innovative, yummy and prevalent on taste. Hope you read my blog too! marcteng.blogspot.com

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  5. Ramen food's nice and easy to make, very delicious. Excellent review for this Japanese restaurant. More Japanese food are spreading across the Philippines.

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  6. I'm a ramen/noodle lover, thank you for sharing info about this resto! Not bad for the price :)

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  7. I like the name Murakami. It's catchy and also smart. Their food also looks great.

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  8. you made me crave for chicken teriyaki at this time of night!!

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  9. I am not so fond of Japanese food, but this Miso Ramen and TORI is a must try food they have in the restaurant.

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