My love for Japanese food doesn't stop at the traditional fare. And with a growing popularity of West meets East types of Japanese restaurants in the Metro, I didn't want to be left behind. So when we spotted Mr. Kurosawa Euro-Japanese Restaurant one evening in Eastwood, I just knew we had to try it right then and there.
The storefront of Mr. Kurosawa is definitely catchy, especially for fans of Japanese cuisine. With a stylish and modern interior in purples, reds and whites, it had enticed us to give it a go. However, upon entering, we found the lighting too dim for me and my camera's personal liking. I guess at night, Mr. Kurosawa can be considered as a resto bar, especially since it's located in the hip Eastwood.
After being seated, the date and I checked the menu. And to our surprise, Mr. Kurosawa boasts of offering a very wide array of Japanese-Western dishes. There were list after list of appetizers, soups, salads, noodles, sashimi and sushi, steaks, seafood, rice dishes, as well as pizzas and pastas. Merely looking at every page of the menu was overwhelming. It made it hard for me to choose items we'll be having for the night. However, in the end, we got an order of Assorted Sushi Platter (P388), Salmon Sashimi (P208), Salmon Belly Teriyaki (P228), Japanese Carbonara (P299) and Manhattan Roll (P278) if I'm not mistaken.
I'm not sure if our server wasn't paying attention when he took our orders, but he mistakenly served us a platter of Assorted Sashimi (P759) instead of the Assorted Sushi. Good thing, I remembered that we didn't ask for the sashimi, or else I would've devoured the wrong serving in just a few minutes. To be fair though, our waiter apologized courteously and delivered our correct order promptly. And in no time, we found ourselves enjoying our freshly-made sushi platter. One downside about this order though is that there's only one piece of each kind. On the other hand, we also very much enjoyed our Salmon Sashimi order. They were freshly prepared and successfully satisfied our salmon cravings.
Next on our table was the Salmon Belly Teriyaki, a serving of five slices of approximately 2-inch wide of Salmon meat. Cooked in teriyaki sauce, this fish dish had a lot of sweet, salty and savory flavors which I liked. However, it was nothing extraordinary. The Manhattan Roll on the other hand, was quite the opposite. Though it has a nice garnishing of cheese and scallops, I initially thought it would taste mediocre. Upon first bite however, I was sold. It was indeed a good choice for a Japanese-Western maki.
Our dining experience at Mr. Kurosawa is quite good. We enjoyed a selection of good-tasting food, friendly and courteous service, as well as a hip and comfortable restaurant ambiance. From everything we've got to try, not a single item was below mediocre. However, for someone on a budget, Mr. Kurosawa can pose a pain for the pocket.
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 2.5/5
Overall Value - 3/5
Mr. Kurosawa, Eastwood Mall
G/F Eastwood Mall Veranda, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave.,
Quezon City, Metro Manila