When asked about what makes Enbu so special, Chef Yoshihiro Sugiyama is quick to point out that dining in the restaurant is a complete sensory experience. “It’s very theatrical,” he shares. From the choice, fresh ingredients brought in from Japan to the hip, yet sophisticated ambiance that draws from Japanese architecture, to the flavourful grilled specialties robatayaki is known for---every meal at Enbu is meant to be a sure delight.
Now at the helm of the restaurant, Sugiyama envisions the new Enbu to be a more youthful version of itself. “Since the food is cooked in front of the customers, I want to show more activity, more theatricality. It’s also going to be more casual, relaxed, and fun, as compared to other fine dining restaurants in the property.” This idea of giving diners a full sensory experience through the theatre of food stems from the chef’s deep appreciation of fresh ingredients and cooking.
Formally trained in Kyoto, a city with a history of traditional Japanese cuisine, Sugiyama’s love for Japanese cuisine blossomed as he was growing up in the streets of Shizuoka. His family owned a restaurant and fish shop and Sugiyama learned to know the world surrounded by the aromas and tastes of various ingredients. It also helped that he often watched other people cook, piquing his interest in the culinary arts. He has since worked in the kitchens of notable restaurants in Kyoto until he finally found his way to Okada Manila as Enbu’s Chef De Cuisine.
Those who are ready for robatayaki will be thrilled to know they can once again enjoy their favorite charcoal-grilled seafood and vegetables. Robatayaki, a method of cooking which literally translates to “fireside-cooking,” is characterized by grilling food over hot charcoal at varying speeds. Diners can enjoy tuna, salmon, and white fish that’s prepared in true robatayaki style. For those who are craving for more tastes and textures, Enbu also offers satisfying sushi, tender wagyu steak, an assortment of crunchy tempura, the freshest sashimi, sweet-savory chicken teriyaki, and even Japanese Halo-Halo for dessert. There’s something to tickle everyone’s taste buds.
To celebrate Enbu’s reopening and Japanese culture, traditional taiko drummers performed at the restaurant, setting up a vibe for a true feast. Sugiyama adds, “Aside from good food, it’s a beautiful restaurant with a great ambiance. We want it to be a place couples, families, and friends can enjoy.”
For reservations and inquiries, please call +63 (2)8555 5799 or email [email protected] Lunch 11 AM to 3PM; Dinner 6PM to 12MN.
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Photographs courtesy of Okada Manila