Japanese food! I love love love Japanese food. Even my wife and baby love it, too. It’s one of our most frequently eaten food when we dine out simply because it’s just so good. My family and I just can’t resist having a plate of crispy and juicy tempura together with a piping hot bowl of ramen. Good thing Metro Manila has a great number of high quality Japanese restaurants, right? In this edition of EATSplorations, my hungry tummy brought me all the way to Quezon City to try out one of the best and newest Japanese restaurants in town. I was really excited to EATSperience this place because of all the good things I’ve seen and read about online. You know, ramen, tempura, gyoza, and so much more. Keep on reading because I can’t wait to tell you about the Modern Japanese Food at Kureji in Quezon City!
Quezon City EATS – Modern Japanese Food at Kureji!
Kureji is known for their Tempura, Ramen, and Kamameshi. This homegrown Japanese restaurant is also known for their exciting and unique way of serving various Japanese favorites that sets them apart from other household Japanese restaurants in and around Metro Manila.
This branch of Kureji that I visited together with friends is located along Malakas St. in Quezon City. This branch has enough parking for around 4-5 cars storefront. Their other branches are located in Ayala Vertis Mall and Rockwell Business Center in Pasig.
Since Kureji in Malakas St. used to be an old house, the place was huge, really homey and welcoming. I loved their modern-minimalist interior which goes perfectly with the modern Japanese food that they serve.
Kureji also has an al fresco dining area just in case you want to enjoy good food with some fresh air.
Private dining rooms are also available! Small parties, family gatherings, and so on. Better call them in advance to reserve these lovely dining rooms.
Enough about Kureji’s ambiance and interior, it’s time for the most important part of every EATSperience… THE FOOD!
Tuna Tataki Taco (Php 320)
This one’s a great way to start off my first-ever Kureji EATSperience! Fresh and juicy tuna with crunchy nori tempura as its taco shell. I almost finished a full serving on my own. If you love tuna and tacos, this one’s definitely a fusion that works a hundred percent!
Chicken Manila Gyoza (Php 200)
The BEST Gyoza in town! No joke, I really really love Kureji’s version of gyoza. This one tasted really Pinoy and Japanese at the same time, thanks to the addition of Kureji’s annatto oil sauce! I would gladly come back to Kureji even if it’s just for this. Sooooo good!!!
Soy Garlic, Sriracha, and Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings (Php 250 per order)
I was really happy that someone ordered these wings! All three tasted really good and were perfectly fried, crispy and juicy. However, if there can only be one, I would gladly pick the Soy Garlic over the other flavors because it had great balance of sweet and salty flavors which was really irresistible.
Mixed Tempura (Php 490)
Tempura heaven on a plate! Prawn, fish, softshell crab, eggplant, sweet potato, and squash together with ginger and radish for the tempura sauce. That’s quite a lot for only 490, right? I was really happy with this one because even the veggies tasted amazing! I will definitely come back to let my tempura-loving baby taste Kureji’s tempura.
Sizzling Carbonara Udon (Php 420)
Carbonara Udon made even better! I love how Kureji is so crazy with their Modern Japanese dishes. It’s so crazy but it works! That’s what’s good about their food. My friends and I loved this so much! Udon is such a versatile ingredient together with other Japanese staples, it all worked so well with cream and bacon. If you love Japanese and Italian food, you will surely love this, too!
Sizzling Tomato Seafood Ramen (Php 420)
The bowl of ramen that I came to Kureji for, the famous, Sizzling Tomato Seafood Ramen! First of all, be careful when you order this because it’s really really hot. Second, wait for a minute (they even have a timer for it) because you pour the extra soup. Third, slurp away and enjoy this Kureji masterpiece! This one of a kind ramen is really really good! It’s not one of those too good to be true dishes. Believe me, it’s one awesome and crazy bowl of ramen!
Cheese Ramen (new item)
If the first two noodle dishes are not enough, there’s this NEW Kureji creation, the Cheese Ramen! There’s nothing more comforting than a hot and creamy bowl of ramen. This one reminded me of how awesome the sopas is. It’s like sopas but with a Japanese twist. Great work, Kureji!
Mushroom and Pumpkin Kamameshi (Php 350)
After all the tasty and comforting noodle bowls, here comes the Mushroom and Pumpkin Kamameshi! The rice was perfectly cooked and seasoned. I love that it didn’t have any meat at all. It’s flavorful yet light at the same time. Definitely a must try at Kureji!
I was really happy to have finally tried out Kureji! It’s as good as advertised. All the dishes from this EATSperience were really really good and well-executed. Tasty modern Japanese dishes that still has so much respect to the already awesome Japanese flavors and ingredients. I hope that they put up a branch somewhere in Makati or BGC soon because a lot more people deserve to try their kind of Japanese food. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations,’till next time!
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78 Malakas Street, Diliman, Quezon City
+632 729 4909
11:00am to 10:00pm (Mon-Sun)
Budget: 800 php for two