Mastering Classic Japanese Dining at Kessaku
“Kessaku means creating a masterpiece,” says Yums Aggabao, the Managing Partner. Kessaku is the sister restaurant of Jozu Kin located in Burgos Circle. “There are some items that we have that are not available there [and vice versa]”, says Yums.
Though interiors are modern, the menu is more into the traditional Japanese fare.
We started our afternoon with their complimentary amuse-bouche: a serving of elegantly rolled crabstick with kewpie or Japanese mayonnaise, a delightful preview of that afternoon’s epicurean experience.
Crabstick with mayoMasterpiece number one was the Unagi with Foie Gras (P350). Biting into the velvety soft texture was pure indulgence.
Unagi with Foie Gras
Salmon SashimiThe Symphony (P380) is one of my favorites and it’s easy to figure out why it’s called as such: fried sushi rice, layers of spicy tuna, spicy salmon and crabstick, an effortless medley of spicy and savory.
Smoked Salmon Roll
California Maki with Flying Fish Roe
Tori KuwayakiA few ramen choices are also available, which includes the spicy Tantanmen Ramen (P340) with sliced pork belly. The broth is extra thick because it’s a combination of chicken and pork.
Tantanmen Ramen (P340)If you want to serve assorted maki aside from the usual Filipino holiday food, you can call them up and order their party trays that come in small (6 to 8 persons) and large (20 to 22 persons).
Where’s the Wagyu?
'Where’s the wagyu?' you might wonder. Unfortunately, my stomach is not a bottomless pit and after all of that, there simply wasn’t enough room (not even for dessert and even after drinking their complimentary hot tea). But yes, they do have wagyu that includes Matsusaka Gyu, one of the most famous types of beef because of its high fat-to-meat ratio.
Overall, Kessaku lives up to its name and I’m positive that my Japanese friend will love it there (this means you, Masao).
Afterwards, there was nothing else to say but “Gochiso sama deshita!”
Additional Photos by Mike Alegado.