Try Kamameshi rice, my friends recommended years ago when I ventured in Makati. I still hear, and sometimes use, the term “Kamameshi rice”, although this is redundant if you come to think of it. Kamameshi, which literally means “kettle rice”, is a traditional Japanese rice dish, with various toppings, cooked in an iron pot. So, because Kamameshi is a rice dish, it may be redundant to say “Kamameshi rice”. But redundancy is for English majors. It has absolutely no bearing to those who are hungry or those who seek Japanese food.
I only tried, and know of, one branch of Kamameshi House — the one in the Quezon Circle (where P-Noy had his victory “concert” in the night of his inauguration; found in front of the Quezon City Hall). Plenty of open spaces and parking. The cluster of restaurants include Serye, Max’s, Bacolod Chicken Inasal and Tropical Hut (if you know of other branches of Kamameshi House or if you have other recommended dishes here, please use the comment section below).
Anyway, I ordered “Kamameshi rice” only once and let’s just say this is not the reason why I visit this place a good number of times. Let’s start with the simple, free and delicious appetizer they serve while you wait for the food you ordered — crunchy, sweet anchovy with bean sprouts, sprinkled with a bit of sesame seeds. That’s dilis with tawge (or toge?) in Filipino.
There’s the California Maki (which I always order in any Japanese restaurant anyway), which is mango, crab stick, cucumber (at least those that I recognize from the photo, I don’t know if there’s lettuce and avocado) rolled in rice and nori (dried seaweed), plus fish egg. With that goes unagi (eel), everyone’s favorite ebi tempura (shrimp), and sashimi (thinly sliced, fresh and raw seafood, with salmon as preferred).
Then there’s my favorite in Kamameshi House, the sukiyaki. No, I don’t mean the song entitled “Sukiyaki” (and, yes, there’s a song entitled “Sukiyaki”). Sukiyaki is a dish made of sliced beef (choice of local or U.S. prime), jelly noodles, tofu, among others. The beef is soft and the soup is a bit sweet. I’d be very happy even if only this dish is served.
Now, looking at those mouth-watering Japanese dishes, do you care if “Kamameshi rice” is redundant?